First, Final Fantasy Versus XIII producer Tetsuya Nomura said we'd have to wait until early next year to receive the first set of official details, info and media. Then, a video suddenly and unexpectedly popped up at the Tokyo Game Show last week.
Now, I would've been the first to show it to you, but there was something strange about it. See, there were whispers going around that despite the fact that it appeared to portray actual gameplay, Square-Enix was saying it wasn't gameplay; that it was just a "tech test" of some kind. So I had to wait and I'm glad I did, as Nomura has clarified things according to Andriasang citing the latest Famitsu issue. The footage of the main character, Noctis, running around town and then out in a field populated by large monsters was shot on camera. But as it turns out, this really wasn't from a development version of the game, "but rather part of a technology test." Basically, S-E just produced this clip to prove that yes, they were indeed working on Versus XIII , and they wanted to show players how they plan to make night and day scenes very different in this particular game. The NPCs in the video? They just borrowed 'em from FFXIII. And really, not much of anything you see in that video – we'll grab it for you soon, but it's not high on our priority list – will be in the final game.
Perhaps the only part of the trailer that might be accurate is Noctis himself, who may appear as he will appear in Versus XIII . Nomura says this character is "pretty much finalized" and as far as the team's actual progress is concerned, Nomura adds that they've been working on tests "since last year" and they've been increasing the staff since this past Spring. Now that development on FFXIII is mostly complete, members of that team are starting to gravitate over to the Versus XIII team, so things should start speeding up now. And that's all we know…we wait anxiously for the official stuff, maybe in January.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII