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

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TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

A room full of crack addled chimps with typewriters….

What's that? It's Square Enix's PR department.

So, which reports are we to believe the ones from a week or two ago that indicated all was not well? The ones that have SquEnix people using phrases like "God only knows"? Of do we read this new report and take it at face value as this article does?

This is why people are begging to cease caring. The crack addled chimps with typewriters are confusing us all again.

So, do we cling to hope and the words of this report? Or maintain out cynicism based on earlier reports? Do we care any more?


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/27/2009 10:49:17 AM

Kevadu
Kevadu
11 years ago

S-E's PR department is not the problem. They've barely said anything at all about the game's release date. You might argue that not saying much is a problem, but it's also pretty typical.

The problem is that Nomura can't take a piss without some asshat blogging about how that effects FFXIII's release date. This is then made worse by the interconnectedness and complete lack of fact checking that are typical in the community.

Basically, site A will make some totally speculative comment without anything to back it up. Site B then sees this and repeats it as if it were fact. Then site C sees that and all hell breaks loose. Yet at no point in this process was S-E actually involved in any way…

I know saying this will upset some people, but frankly in this case PSX Extreme is part of the problem. They're rarely site A, but they've been B or C plenty of times.

karneli lll
karneli lll
11 years ago

That's it Nomura,work on the FF that matters.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Hey Ben,

A quick question for you. Do yo know whether any of the upcoming E3 goodness will be simulcast (so to speak) in Home?

Gogaku
Gogaku
11 years ago

"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)."

Or FFversusXII will go multiplat too?

KevinCairo
KevinCairo
11 years ago

You guys are way too cynical about FF news. Why be all pouty when this is clearly good news, and the news from the other week wasn't definitively negative; it was an ambiguous, light hearted statement that he probably didn't even consider would stir up such frustration among haters. You act like they're making back-to-back contradictory press releases, which is far from what's happening. Other companies do the same thing all the time.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

How are their press statements not contradictory? We've gone from comments by the game producer that clearly implied that the basic engine is still under construction, to comments by SquEnix's top dog to the effect that "God only knows" when FFXIII will ship, to this news that is being taken as implying that the game may be near completion.

Do you not see the implicit contradiction there?

b3mike
b3mike
11 years ago

By the time ANY Square Enix game hits the PS3 I will have gone on with my life