We told you it was nothing more than vaporware .

It has been six years since we first caught sight of the impressive Final Fantasy Versus XIII , and all we've had since that time are constant promises that say we'll get more info "soon." Now, according to Kotaku , it seems the anticipated title is no more.

"Several sources" have apparently said the game was officially cancelled within the last few weeks. Sadly, it was a decision that has hit Square Enix staff pretty hard, as morale is now quite low. On top of which, we may never know the real truth of the matter, as it seems Square Enix doesn't want to make any sort of announcement. They'd rather just let it fade away over time, possibly because a confirmation could result in declining stock value.

Earlier this year, there were rumors that Versus XIII had actually become Final Fantasy XV , thanks to a leaked video . But that was confirmed as fake, right? Still, it seems more possible than ever that whatever was Versus XIII has been – or is currently being – incorporated into the next installment in the primary franchise. That might not be a bad thing.

Still, if true, this is just more disappointment to heap atop the already depressing pile of disappointments for Square Enix fans this generation. Well, at least as far as Final Fantasy is concerned…and I still say I had fun with both FFXIII and FFXIII-2.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

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bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

Haha…

Sadly at this point that's all I can do… Laugh!

Mdash0009
Mdash0009
8 years ago

This rumor better be just a rumor and not true. I've still been waiting for vsXIII and all it's awesomeness. If it's true, I'll never see Square the same.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

If S-E fail to complete this game, I won't even defend them from the harshest criticism they've received this gen. That 7 minute trailer shown years ago showed so much potential, I have been willing to be patient but to have it cancelled is devastating!

I personally don't believe it yet, That 7 minute trailer showed the game was in heavy production stages. It's not normal for a game to be cancelled so far into production is it. Take The Getaway 3, we only saw a few screenshots before that was cancelled. I want to wait and hope that it is not true.

telly
telly
8 years ago

I know a lot of folks here are going to be disappointed by the news, but just imagine how it feels to work on a game for SIX YEARS and then have the plug pulled.

For me, I say good riddance. Clearly that game was going nowhere, I was sick of the whole FF XIII cycle about three hours into FF XIII, and I think SE's singular focus on this one FF universe this generation was a colossal mistake. Move on, SE, and redouble your efforts on FF XV. Find a way back to what made FF so special in the first place.

ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

IMO, what has happened here is that SE put in some guy who is obviously obliviuos to how to make a great game. He only wants to sell lots of games and is pointing the finger and saying, "Make great games!" because that is all he can do. Im betting that the talent is leaving SE and he is having a hard time replacing them to make this game.

Square Enix. What has happened to one of the most loved franchises in gaming history?

oONewcloudOo
oONewcloudOo
8 years ago

I'd love to know how much of the game was done when they announced it and how much was left to do when the cancelled it.

I find it hard to believe that a game that has been in development for 6 years just gets cancelled.

duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
8 years ago

I doubt its true but if it is good, one less game out of the 7 annouced already -_- that id hav eto buy in 2013

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
8 years ago

not too surprising, but very shoddy business. No way to treat fans by just "letting it die a quiet death".

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

I will believe it when SE says so! Rumors for Versus XIII is getting as bad GTA V.

gumbi
gumbi
8 years ago

They didn't even want to talk about it when it was supposedly in production. So it should come as no surprise they don't want to tell us it's been cancelled. They never should have announced it in the first place, this game has clearly never had any real direction.

Pretty shady though if this rumour is true. If you're brazen enough to announce a game way too soon, grow a pair and fess up when you bail on it.

Feel bad for the team members working on it, no kidding morale is low. Once again SE drops the ball.

Rogueagent01
Rogueagent01
8 years ago

I so agree with you! If your gonna announce a game several years before it is done then make sure that your willing to tell the fans it has been cancelled.

This, if true is exactly why I HATE when companies announce a game more then 2 years away from release.

Also if this is true then I am done with SE as far as paying attention and giving a crap about them.

Sogi_Otsa
Sogi_Otsa
8 years ago

so… stop posting rumors. it's bullcrap. if versus is gonna be a new installment and not 13 when it's OFFICIAL tell us.
you've posted rumors like this before. just stop, it's not news worthy if it's just rumors!
seriously. the last thing we heard is that we will see more.
what if TGS rolls around and we get good news? just wait till there IS news.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
8 years ago

rumors = news

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

Most all major sources will cover this, stop lecturing journalists on how to do their job, and go yell at Kotaku as THEY'RE the source and not us.

Tired of this "stop posting rumors" crap. Self-righteous ignorance of how this industry works.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 7/20/2012 11:54:01 AM

telly
telly
8 years ago

Off the record sourcing, reported by professional journalists, is hardly unfounded rumor-mongering. It's a way to get the real, behind the scenes story sometimes, including stories that maybe a company/official doesn't want you to hear. Was great reporting, and Ben was absolutely right to post about it here.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
8 years ago

So if rumor=news, then basically all this site has become is gossip… not much better than a group of middle school girls talking about what he/she said last night. Gaming news is just as dead as world news, it seems.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
8 years ago

There ya go, Ben, I told Kotaku they are idiots.

gumbi
gumbi
8 years ago

Really? Okay, if all you're interested in are official announcements then go sign up for the newsletters of all your favourite publishers. They'll email you when there's big official news, and you'll get it straight from the horses mouth. Then you can STOP visiting "gossipy" sites like this.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Ben, rumor or no, thanks for keeping us in the loop. And an extra thank you for indicating quite clearly when something is only rumor and not official. Not sure how else one could keep us informed while staying honest.

Don't listen to bad feedback like this. The day you stop filling us in on the latest information, unconfirmed or not, is the day I stop coming here.

To all the nay-sayers… how often have you watched the news and see them cover a live story saying things like, "it is not confirmed, but we believe…. yada yada" only to later be told, "we have now received confirmation that it was not, in fact, yada yada, but a … blah blah blah. We will keep you informed as the story unfolds"

THIS IS HOW NEWS WORKS! haha… seriously!

@DeathofChaos
How can you say world news is dead when we are more connected to live events than we have ever been in history?!?! I don't get why you think that.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 7/20/2012 1:50:47 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

DeathofChaos, newsflash- Half the "news" reported in this industry is rumor. If you'd like to change that somehow, feel free. Until then, we sort of have to adapt and do what everyone else is doing.

Unless of course, you'd rather us just post up press releases and nothing else. And watch how fast we die.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

By the way, it looks like GameSpot is just another "gossip site," too-

http://www.gamespot.com/news/final-fantasy-versus-xiii-may-be-dead-report-6388171

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

Damn. So the supposed PS3 exclusive dies a quiet death? Never really thought it would remain exclusive but I am surprised it's totally cancelled. Hmm. maybe they didn't think they could finish before this generation ends. What in the world took them so long in the first place?

I've always wondered about Square's commitment to this project. They announced but NOTHING more to push it. I heard it was shown behind closed doors at last year's E3. There was some footage on the web. Square sure didn't say a whole lot about it though. In hindsight that is very telling.

homura
homura
8 years ago

For now it's just a rumor but if it is true they should have a very good reason for it like working on FFXV but if the reason is FFXIII-3, I will be very very disappointed.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Head Of SE – "Hmm, what color duck shoes should I wear today?"

"I really like the color of the sky, it's very nice"

Knock Knock Knock by Admin Assistant

"Huh!!! Oh, don't scare me like that, who are you?"

"Look at those Fluffy Russian Turtles flying by on their Toothbrush Cars"

Maniac Laughing afterwards

If this rumor is true, they have completely lost all touch with reality.

I am guessing FFVXIII has been changed to FFXV.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I kind of doubt the truth of this but it does have a ring to it a la Last Remnant for PS3. If it's dead then that's probably good, as much as I love the old FF maybe it will take a colossal blunder like this to teach SE that they are on the wrong track with FF and their entire approach to this generation. Sad for Nomura if it's so.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

It does have a ring of that!! I agree with that. I thing this rumor has just the right ring to it to be true. Square's never really felt commited to Sony this generation. I have heard some say it's all because of MS sticking their nose into the JRPG genre earlier this generation. They did do it. The JRPG's didn't do as well as expected so Square thinks the genre is dead or something. Poof!! JRPGs gone.

Robochic
Robochic
8 years ago

rumour but wouldn;t be suprised at all for this but we'll see

blaqsmyth
blaqsmyth
8 years ago

If they've really canceled this game I'll never buy another square enix game I swear it, they promised PS3 owners an exclusive FF and they should deliver…..

Veitsknight
Veitsknight
8 years ago

They just want to focus on the next generation and deny us a proper FF game. XIII and XIII-2 was good and all but it just felt lacking

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
8 years ago

Don't matter to me,after playing the horrible FF13 I am done with Square officially.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
8 years ago

I don't believe it, not until I hear from SE.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

They probably won't even talk about it.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

I dont believe it either. But if it is true, I will absolutely never buy anything from square again. I will buy anything they release that is interesting used. They wont be getting any of my money, seriously what kind of morons work at Square anyway?

Unless what we saw of the game was all they had managed to get done in six years this can't be true. Why would they waste all those resources even if they were mixed into FF15 for the next gen.

cLoudou
cLoudou
8 years ago

Haha! Sorry had to do something. I can't put into words how I feel about SE but laugh at how much they are effing up and continuing to eff up. What's that another FFXIII announcement I hear? Just go away SE and wake me when you make something worthwhile.

Hynad
Hynad
8 years ago

All hopes are not dead. According to multiple rumors, it would seem that Final Fantasy XV will be directed by Hiroyuki Ito (FF VI, IX and XII).

This guy is responsible for my favourite games in the series, so I'm still hopeful.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
8 years ago

Anyone who believes this rumor is a dipshit, seriously…

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

What happens if it's true? Then those who didn't believe it would be "dip s****", right? I mean by your logic anyways.

DIsmael85
DIsmael85
8 years ago

I'm still waiting for Last Remnant on the PS3. Where is that game Square-Enix, where?!?!?!

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

Me too >:( I was in GAME the other day and looked on the 360 it was filled with S-E games on the shelf, We never got Infinite Discovery either.

wackazoa
wackazoa
8 years ago

So sad how far Squenix has fallen.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87
8 years ago

Yeah, not believing this crap for a second. My guess is Kotaku either received false information or they're spreading this rumor to provoke Square to start talking about Versus XIII again. If the latter then thumbs up to them!

Miggy
Miggy
8 years ago

If it is true, then good. Kingdom Hearts 3 please.

Hynad
Hynad
8 years ago

Didn't read all the comments, but to the article here, I'll respond with this:

http://thesilentchief.com/2012/07/20/final-fantasy-versus-xiii-canceled-not-so-fast/

CHAOS THEORY X
CHAOS THEORY X
8 years ago

RIOT IN THE STREETS!

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

I can't say I'm surprised, sadly it's just another notch in the decline of my love for SE.

MrAnonymity
MrAnonymity
8 years ago

Let us all just go to the nearest S-E building and rabble. Maybe that will produce some results. I'd wager doing that would be more productive than arguing over whether or not rumors are crap or justifiable. As far as I am concerned I'd rather have a rumor than nothing at all. IF this project were cancelled at least we'd have closure and could move on as opposed to waiting with breaths held. If otherwise, there will be something at some undisclosed time down the line. In the meantime I do believe I'll just keep tabs on tangible up-and-comers like The Last Of Us and Beyond: Two Souls.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

I'm torn between being surprised and not being surprised…. I think it's been so long, I could believe it, but we've also seen so much video (well, ok not that much) but enough to think they couldn't possibly scrap what is done so far…

I dunno… I hope it isn't true…

Soultaker
Soultaker
8 years ago

was lurking around the web and found this link and apparently SE will be talking about FF13 related development on September 1st

http://andriasang.com/con201/ffxiii_developments/

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

Choaw! First the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary on August 30th then 2 days the Final Fantasy 25th anniversary – That'll be an intense few days.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

No mention of Versus, just stuff about Lightning. An interesting non-showing I'd say.