In the latest Final Fantasy XIII update, we get a hint that despite some discouraging rumors, the game may be nearing the end of its development cycle.
In an interview with Dengeki, Tetsuya Nomura has confirmed that he is no longer involved with the hotly anticipated RPG. Basically, he will only participate in the remaining voice work and advertising, and that's about it. This could indicate that the team is past the crucial phases of development and Nomura is free to move on to Final Fantasy Versus XIII , which has apparently been on the back burner while they completed FFXIII. Also included in the interview is proof that all new media for the latter title will be on display next week at E3, along with something else (perhaps a currently unannounced project). Of course, Versus is too far off to be shown at E3 so it's better to wait and hold out hope for an appearance at next year's show. As for Nomura, who usually has a critical role in most any major FF release, it seems he's pretty much done with FFXIII and once again, we hope that Square-Enix will hit their previously estimated Winter 2009 release date for Japan.
That new trailer is bound to have a big impact next week, though, and provided it's available directly thereafter, we'll get it to you ASAP.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII