Update: As expected, FFXV isn't exclusive. KHIII won't be, either, probably.

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In one of the biggest surprises of the night, Square Enix boss Tetsuya Nomura showed up at Sony's E3 conference and dropped a couple bombshells.

We got two new trailers , one each for the long-awaited Final Fantasy Versus XIII and the freshly announced Kingdom Hearts III . We've been waiting for a long time!

We learned that Versus XIII is no more and it has become Final Fantasy XV , which isn't all that shocking. A few rumors earlier this year indicated that this would be a possibility. The interesting part is that FFXV appears to be exclusive to the PlayStation 4, which would make it the first exclusive PlayStation Final Fantasy since FFXII on the PS2. So the obvious question is, what about KHIII? Is that exclusive, too? Because if they're both exclusive, that'd be pretty freakin' awesome, wouldn't you say?

We haven't even heard about everything that's coming (wonder what Quantic Dream and Media Molecule are preparing, for instance), and yet the PS4 exclusive list already has Killzone: Shadow Fall , DriveClub , inFamous: Second Son , Knack , The Order: 1886 , Final Fantasy XV , and maybe Kingdom Hearts III. Not to mention the probably inevitable entries in the Uncharted , Gran Turismo and God of War franchises. Oh, and then there are all those indie titles that will debut exclusively on PS4 as well.

Plus, it's a more powerful system than Xbox One, it costs $100 less, it won't have first-party DRM restrictions, it doesn't require an Internet connection "check-in," it will have an upgradeable hard drive, PlayStation Plus subscriptions will carry over from this generation to the next, the controller and console feature multiple sharing and multiplayer upgrades, and we hear GameStop.com sold out of the initial round of PS4 pre-orders in a matter of hours (they better get more soon).

…and this is supposed to be a "war?"

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III

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darxed
darxed
8 years ago

I saw the conference but didn't see that FFXV would be an exclusive.. How did you get that info Ben?

On topic, yeah, Sony did exactly what it needed to do, It even managed to give the news that now you have to be a plus member to play online, and nobody seemed to care in light of all the positives…

Gaming Prodigy
Gaming Prodigy
8 years ago

I did hear that, but in all reality i would much rather pay to play for quality and something thats going to give me what i want instead of…meh.

I think MS is in the hole right now. What was their game plan? People just going to shell out $800 (system, kenict(required!), controller, 2 games) to get started for the xbox1? I think spent $600 for the system, controller, and 2 games. Didnt add in Plus or Live

Xombito
Xombito
8 years ago

Heck, if your already a plus member you could just buy the console and play the free games that will already be available.

darxed
darxed
8 years ago

As I thought… KH3 has now been confirmed to be not exclusive too… The only exclusive from SEnix is FF XIV.

Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
8 years ago

@The_Guy88
Like you, I'll pay for quality but in this case you're getting a better machine for less money with PS4. Will I pay LESS for quality? Most definitely!

PS3_Wizard
PS3_Wizard
8 years ago

Why KH3 won't be exclusive:

All signs point to SE wanting to be the next Infinity Ward/Treyarch. They constantly strive to bring in the income that those developers bring in. A few of SE's games have performed WELL, but they viewed them as failures because they didn't sell the 10+ million copies that call of duty did.

In order to do that, they would have to release their games on both platforms. Buteven then they wouldn't reach those astronomical numbers.

Douchebaguette
Douchebaguette
8 years ago

Darxed, it was stated on Playstation's official Facebook page. And it still is there posted, just scroll down and look at the ride side a couple of posts down.

StopTheWorldNow
StopTheWorldNow
8 years ago

Well summed up Ben, I haven't been this excited for a new games console since the launch of the PS2!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

You want to stop me?

darxed
darxed
8 years ago

@World

je je, nice one…

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

Quantic dream has a game. The sorcerer one. I forget the name.

johnld
johnld
8 years ago

that was just a tech demo. clearly said that before playing the video.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
8 years ago

Why is this game trying to be an action adventure? Sure it looks VERY GOOD but it just reminds me of Devil May Cry. At least show some classic Final Fantasy monsters such as Malboro or Fire Fall. Heck, show some GFs like Ifrit and Shiva…. >_>

darxed
darxed
8 years ago

I saw a Behemoth and an Iron Giant in the trailer they showed…

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
8 years ago

Guess I missed that, but either way I would have proffered my FF15 turned based >_>

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

It was always an action game. From the makers of kingdom hearts.

Ultima
Ultima
8 years ago

This game always had this feel to it. It's just been ramped up considerably. Ostensibly the game uses a Kingdom Hearts-style engine with environmental set pieces, and I doubt that has changed to true action-adventure.

Really, aside from name change and system change, I'm pretty sure this game hasn't changed much at all from its previous incarnation.

Gaming Prodigy
Gaming Prodigy
8 years ago

It looks like KH gameplay with GoW style. Like when he was climbing and it kinda panned out to show you the bigger picture. Pre order, that will also be a day one for me, along with KH ^_^

Broady
Broady
8 years ago

Pretty certain I saw levaiathon on there as well – will have to watch the trailer again instead of working (sigh!)

As much as this won't be traditional final fantasy (think squenix have forgotten what that is) I'm still looking forward to it

txgamer
txgamer
8 years ago

Isn't FFXIV:ARR coming to PS4 also? I thought that was said last night. Sorry for being off topic.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Yes!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Yeah that MMO is the Sony exclusive one.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Except its on ps3 and PC too

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

PC doesn't count for sh*t though.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

It is like that little cousin in the corner that tries hard.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Music to my ears Ben! Or should I say to my eye's? Anyways, it makes me happy!


Last edited by CrusaderForever on 6/11/2013 11:34:06 AM

Condemnedsoul23
Condemnedsoul23
8 years ago

Sold

Ultima
Ultima
8 years ago

I'll be -very- surprised if KHIII is not exclusive. I'd sooner see FF vs. XIII, er, FFXV being multi-platform than KHIII. If FFXV is indeed exclusive like some sites have been saying, then KHIII is most likely exclusive as well (like also said sites claiming). Bet money on it. Sony would be foolish not to throw enough money at Square to keep that one-two punch.

As for the "war", well we'll see what happens once the dust settles and the consoles go on sale, but all indicators point to Microsoft not really trying to compete with Sony. Posters on NeoGAF who may or may not have inside info have been claiming that MS isn't looking at Sony (or at least they weren't before Sony unveiled PS4 in Feb), but were targeting Apple and Google. MS seems to be channeling the arrogant Sony prior to PS3, but at least that Sony was coming off the dominance of the PS2; while MS has dominated Sony for the majority of this generation, the split has been nowhere near sufficient to justify them acting like this and thinking they can get away with it. Some lunatics are definitely running things over there right now…

Xombito
Xombito
8 years ago

Didn't Jack Tretton say XV was exclusive to PS4 and PS3? I may have misunderstood him.

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

He was referring to 14

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I don't do this but can I ask your source on this Ben? I simply don't believe it since they didn't say it on stage, it's sort of a big deal to omit.

darxed
darxed
8 years ago

Yeah, they wouldn't have passed the opportunity to mention something as big as FFXV exclusivity…

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

Right. Especially on the fact that they immediately mentioned FFXIV's exclusivity. It's definitely something they wouldn't brush off.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I don't think people should be up in arms just yet. It's true we haven't seen a ton but we do know there is supposed to be a fairly large world which includes vehicles so even though the game will continue to have an action battle system you can change characters for different gameplay and I think in the end it will contain more RPG elements than FFXIII Trilogy. We ought to see towns, NPCs, deeper item management, exploration, level progression, etc.

I want classic play back more than anyone, but what we've seen in the last 40 years this has been in development looks more RPG than the autobattle tubes we've seen in XIII.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

Up in arms?I don't understand on how you even have to say this. It's what we've seen for years and many of us was looking forward to it. Did the name change also made people think they were going to change the gameplay or something?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

As I include the metadata from comments sections I have noted that now that this game is in the numbered series and not a spinoff there is a reaction from those of us that wanted XIII to be the end of the action/adventure bent that XV also won't have any RPG elements. I'm simply saying let's not be too quick to judge that because we've seen some content to the contrary.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

I thought many of us already thought that Versus XIII was going to have more rpg elements than XIII anyway. We already saw an open world, towns, airships, and what not. Gameplay was already known to be similar to Kingdom hearts so no reason to complain about this being action rpg. Anybody that's quick to judge the RPG validity of XV either just learned about the game, or just concerned about it being a numbered series.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

It's a different matter from spinoff and a numbered title, the balance of what is expected changes. Most FF fan's don't want a Kingdom Hearts game to be a FF game, I'm stating that even as a KH style game it will be a step up from what we have gotten so far.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 6/11/2013 3:21:25 PM

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

Ben, how come you're willing to give Kingdom hearts a try but not FFXV? FFXV's gameplay is inspired by Kingdom heart's. Is it because of the name?

Abidan13
Abidan13
8 years ago

Well, FFXV is NOT exclusive. Square Enix meeting just revealed that it will be for XboxOne as well.

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

Yup.

*sigh

I swear, SE better utilize the PS4 much more and not hold back cause of the Xbox One.

Abidan13
Abidan13
8 years ago

Kingdom Hearts III also on XboxOne.

Still want for PS4. I'm interested in the remote play functionality with the Vita.

Underdog15
Underdog15
8 years ago

Versus was a promised exclusive but I suppose they didn't say anything about XV

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Yeah that's what I figured, it would be very strange for me to be wrong.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87
8 years ago

I honestly don't care if it's exclusive or not. I'm just happy it's FINALLY here!! Can't wait to play this game!!

daus26
daus26
8 years ago

If the consoles were dead equal in performance, I wouldn't care. Now we may have to go through what ifs again. Well at least, Xbox One has blu-ray now so we won't have to worry about cutting off too much high quality cg scenes.

A console with superior RAM, better gpu, and not having 3 OS that takes about 3GB of RAM should be the better version.

Victor321
Victor321
8 years ago

This isn't war, it's a massacre.

😀

bldudas1
bldudas1
8 years ago

Why do Square Enix insist on ruining Final Fantasy by putting it on a console it's not meant to be on?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

They like wasting money and going broke, MS is infectious

bldudas1
bldudas1
8 years ago

True, true