Now I'm all confused.

The game is taking eons to complete and at this point, nobody would be surprised to hear that it's coming to next-generation platforms. For a while there, we thought it was flat-out canceled.

But Square Enix still swears Final Fantasy Versus XIII is coming, and they keep giving us these little complimentary updates that don't really mean anything. But the latest might give you pause: Speaking at the ongoing FF 25th anniversary event in Tokyo, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada had an interesting comment :

"When it reaches the level where it gives you that nostalgic, 'this is Final Fantasy!' feeling, I want to show it to everyone."

We all saw a quick snippet of gameplay some time ago, which featured a real-time swords-flashing encounter and a large, apparently open-ended world map. Now, either the game has changed drastically since then, or there's a missed translation here. Or, and I suppose this is just as possible, Square Enix has just completely lost sight of what FF used to be and have actually forgotten how these games used to play. Because that statement really doesn't make any sense to long-time series fans who saw that footage. We didn't go, "Yep, that's Final Fantasy !"

I wonder if all the head honchos at FF have just totally cracked up.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

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Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
8 years ago

Maybe it's not the battle system that they're talking about, but all of the other things. Y'know, characters, environment, story details. Maybe it's the soul to which he refers. I mean… games have souls. That's how we know that Resistance: Burning Skies isn't Resistance and why many think that FFXIII isn't FF. There's intangibles in play.

P.S. Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII was just announced. Seems like an even further deviation from what you guys regard as traditional FF, I think.


Last edited by Lawless SXE on 8/31/2012 10:11:25 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

As I said on Twitter, I am going…to…LOSE it. I can't TAKE this anymore.

Jawknee
Jawknee
8 years ago

Lol! To me this is an admission that under his leadership, Square has destroyed Final Fantasy. I really hope this game is worth the wait.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Wada is to Final Fantasy as Hitler was to the Sudetenland.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

And basically, this game is no where finish? If the game doesn't have that "feeling" yet. then when will it ever?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I think either they have cracked up or Lawless is correct. I'm hoping for the latter.

Even in FFXIII after all the destruction they wrought there were still a handful of scenes that showed there was still a Final Fantasy soul flickering behind that hot mess that brought on a twinge of nostalgia. XIII-2 didn't even manage a flicker. Maybe they know that.

If they are aiming at re-establishing that familiar deep feeling, even if not due to classic gameplay, then I think there's hope this game is headed in the right direction philosophically.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

Yeah FFvs13 will be nostalgic in that "Oh man remember that one game that was being made? Man..that would have changed gaming forever" type of nostalgia then yes, it will be.

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

Ugh, I said this in the other article but seriously. FF13 didn't give anyone that nostalgia, yet 2 sequels get made.

This game nostalgia or not made me incredibly interested in the world and characters and most importantly the awesome looking battle system. I loved Kingdom Hearts and this sparked nostalgia for that if anything.

So again remind me why they want this to remind us of Final fantasy games of old, when the next FF13 game is going to be an action RPG?

Square is hands down the most retarded company I have ever witnessed.

Heartless Angel
Heartless Angel
8 years ago

Nostalgia? I remember the last generation FFX, FFXII yes I feel nostalgia for those titles. When the new generation kicks in, FFXIII and it's ugly brood will not even be an afterthought.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
8 years ago

So they're not giving a release date at the 25th Anniversary… Well that's even drawn my straw short. Any new of Type-0, The PSP we never got!

Zeronoz
Zeronoz
8 years ago

I`d say, "THIS IS WHAT FF13 SUPPOSED TO BE!" They should just rename it to 15…

ethird1
ethird1
8 years ago

I cant wait for that old school rpg to come to psn. Cant remember name.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
8 years ago

They're probably talking about how the airships, chocobos, and world map is set up; the game itself.

Ludakriss
Ludakriss
8 years ago

Well perhaps you just misinterpreted. Or not. Look, I get exactly what he meant.

The sense that it's FF not that it's actually going to remind you of any other FF.

The element of FF recognition is going to be there, man.

PHOENIXZERO
PHOENIXZERO
8 years ago

Cracked up, more like on crack.