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Square Enix Swears Final Fantasy Versus XIII Is Worth The Wait

Odd...I had no idea vaporware was worth the wait.

According to TakuChat citing a recent FF Dream interview with Square Enix's Julien Merceron, we find out a few things about Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and the mysterious Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

In relation to Lightning Returns, it seems that it will utilize elements from the previous two installments in the mini-series. But even more interesting is the apparent fact that it will also take advantage of Versus XIII elements... Okay, we'll leave that alone for now. As far as the evidently nonexistent Versus XIII is concerned, Merceron stated that it's "very ambitious" (hence the lengthy delay) and when it finally arrives, "people will be happy to have waited." Oh, and in the Too Obvious To Even Acknowledge category, Merceron added that Lightning Returns will be a lot different than FFXIII or FFXIII-2. Well, thanks. We got that.

But what's this about telling us Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be worth the wait? The game doesn't exist. It just doesn't. We've figured this out by now, haven't we? Well, I have, at any rate.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

Tags: lightning returns final fantasy xiii, final fantasy xiii 3, final fantasy versus xiii

11/4/2012 9:23:28 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (57 posts)

tes37
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:25:55 PM
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I thought XIII was going to be worth the wait. How long did we wait for that, five years?

I think they should look into drug testing all management personnel at Square Enix and everybody in the PR department.

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Jawknee
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:28:29 PM
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As much as I dislike and distrust Squeenix these days, for some reason I believe them about this. Given the footage we have seen and Nomura being the main designer of this title, I think this game just might make up for much of the disappointment Squreenix has delivered this gen.

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Akuma07
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 5:37:36 PM

It might make up for the disappointment from their games over the past 10 years, BUT can it make up for that AND delaying Versus XIII indefinitely?

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ZettaiSeigi
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:29:17 PM
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Right now, I'd rather see solid progress on the game and them actually releasing it. They've already been talking way too much for years!

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xenris
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:31:25 PM
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Wait...a theory of mine is about to come out. Maybe they are going to make Lightning Returns use a really similar if not identical combat system to Versus 13 to see if people like it?

Maybe they are testing the waters or something like that?

I do believe that versus 13 will come out eventually I don't think its disappeared. I have seen enough footage of it to not think that Square would cancel it but I mean they have done terrible dumb stupid things before so it is possible they scrapped versus 13 and just decided to make lightning returns instead :\

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daus26
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 9:51:51 AM

I doubt it. For one, if people find out they don't like it, then what... change the gameplay in versus? Two, people already expect versus to be similar in combat to Kingdom hearts, and many have already accepted that. On top of that, many of us have already seen a preview of it, and from the looks of it, I dig it. The mistake if anything, is for them to integrate such gampeplay in a main FF title, cause main FFs have never been an "action" rpg.

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daus26
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 9:51:52 AM

I doubt it. For one, if people find out they don't like it, then what... change the gameplay in versus? Two, people already expect versus to be similar in combat to Kingdom hearts, and many have already accepted that. On top of that, many of us have already seen a preview of it, and from the looks of it, I dig it. The mistake if anything, is for them to integrate such gampeplay in a main FF title, cause main FFs have never been an "action" rpg.

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xenris
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:31:36 PM

Maybe there are some elements they want to put into versus but they want to test the water first? That is more what I meant, kind of like what they did with the last remnant.

Anyway it was just a theory :P

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FxTales
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:41:11 PM
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Well of course they're going to say that but for me it's a case of "I'll believe it when I see it".

On a completely unrelated topic I had a dream where I had 14 downvotes on this site. You know you spend too much time on this site when you start to dream about it :s

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tes37
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:48:18 PM

As of right now, I can't see you reaching that number. So you're gonna have to put in a little more effort than this.

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Jawknee
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:50:12 PM

That's only achievable by _________.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 10:53:18 PM

Mell,
In order for that to happen, that would mean you would've had to dreamt that you were Mr__________ for the day.

(yeah, like either one of us ever see that happening, LMAO)

*Edit*
Ha, after posting this, I see Jawknee just beat me to it.

Last edited by BikerSaint on 11/4/2012 10:54:57 PM

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FxTales
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:01:13 PM

Ah yes, Mr_______ a.k.a cowpatty. I'm in the clear.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:28:55 PM

*squats*...*poops*... hmmm _________ yup that's what it looks like.

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homura
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 12:35:19 AM

Do you want for your dream to come true? Just so you can say that dreams do really come true. Hehe.

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Jawknee
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:56:04 AM

"Ah yes, Mr_______ a.k.a cowpatty. I'm in the clear."

Lol

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Beamboom
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 9:59:52 AM

Awww... Poor mr noname, don't be bad to him. I think he's a good guy. Enthusiastic, intense, predictable yet fascinating. And a bit over the top of course. But in a gullable way.

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Underdog15
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 10:35:02 AM

I don't think even he can get that many downvotes because most people don't bother reading what he says.

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homura
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:02:12 PM
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Who's still waiting?

Much of us doesn't care anymore, if it comes out then yay. What we are waiting for is The Last Of Us. Nyahaha.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:16:33 PM
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Lightning Returns is oddly showing up on Amazon for $70. FFXIV is also showing up for $40 with the new tagline: (clearly meant to placate the angry) "A Realm Reborn".

As far as Versus goes, it's like a bad idea to keep pissing people off and reducing the quality of the brand before finishing and releasing it. Makes you wonder if it will arive this generation. Still I find myself just waiting for the 360 announcement.

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:42:17 PM

It's inevitable. Maybe the wait was getting it ready for the xbox720? I have a feeling it will release before the PS4. Seem like something MS probably would and could do, is fork out some money for that.

That's just a theory of course. But you're right about this situation it's just making people angry!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:20:15 AM

A Realm Reborn is actually the subtitle of the 2.0 update that FFXIV recently went through. It is called so because it has gone through a fundamental alteration from the original design to the point that it really is a new game completely, and one that the fans seem to have responded to much more kindly than they did the original. It is under this new guise that it is to release on the PS3.

I think I agree on the point of reducing the quality of the brand, but I think that it could also be seen as a redeemer of sorts. If it is a good game, it will hold promise for the future of the series, but the real question is will it be enough to make people take the chance with the inevitable XV, or Agni's Philosophy or whatever the next mainline entry may happen to be (and its inevitable spin-offs).

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bigrailer19
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:39:29 PM
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"people will be happy to have waited." as opposed to doing what else?

That's all we've been doing and it's going nowhere fast!

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ZenChichiri
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:50:18 PM

Space travel will be worth it one day, so everyone just wait!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:05:52 AM

Maybe they are actually building a time machine so they can go back and undo all these horrible mistakes.

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homura
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:42:58 AM

@World

I hope that time machine doesn't need an artefact to function.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:28:52 AM

Me too man, another thoughtless side quest is not what we need now.

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Underdog15
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 2:23:03 PM

Maybe that's the problem... SE is putting all their side quests into real life and not in their games.

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kraygen
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:45:43 PM
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Is it worth the wait to squeenix because they plan on putting it on every console in hopes that they might actually sell a few copies.

Just fyi SE, majority of xbox exclusive owners could care less about FF, majority of Wii exclusive owners don't know what FF is, and the majority of ps3 exclusive owners have given up on you or any hope of a true FF.

So, it's not worth the wait, because no one is waiting anymore.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:13:13 AM

That's a depressing statement. Sort of implies that I'm the only one. But then, I seem to be more patient for this kind of thing than most. In Nomura we trust (because the rest of S-E is bringing the suck of late).

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kraygen
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 4:21:58 PM

to be fair, I still have a dim hope, but hope and waiting are 2 different things to me. If I'm waiting for something, I'm expecting it and I'm not expecting FF versus 13.

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karneli lll
Sunday, November 04, 2012 @ 11:53:25 PM
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I have a feeling they'll put a versus 13 demo in that lightning game, how else to make sure the game sells.

Worse case scenario: Versus was scrapped/absorbed by lightning returns

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BikerSaint
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 12:38:52 AM
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$E's just waiting till they've spliced in enough editing-room floor-cutting leftovers from XIII, 2 & 3 first.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:08:47 AM
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In other news there are no plans or projects currently to localize FF Type-0 for North America. What is wrong with this company?

http://www.gamespot.com/features/fantasy-star-talking-to-final-fantasy-scenario-director-hajime-tabata-6399208/

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Jawknee
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:58:42 AM

Ah what the fluke!? After promising it would released once reworked for Vita.

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Ludakriss
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 5:19:50 AM

...and it looked so damn good too, y'know?

All those cards and actually rather harsh, dark depiction of war and for once, with actual blood when a human soldier is sliced.

Ohhhhh...drooling just thinking about versus. *building a shrine for Noctis*

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kraygen
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 4:23:22 PM

Uber suckage, biggest reason I originally got excited for 13 at all was the prospect of playing all 3 games set in one FF world during 3 different time periods.

SE let's me down again. Shocking.

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Dancemachine55
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 2:22:06 AM
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You better not be lying again Square Enix!!

I've never traded a Final Fantasy title before, but I traded FF XIII and couldn't be bothered with XIII-2.

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BigBoss4ever
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 2:26:31 AM
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i wont speculate anything until i see it after the release...

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 2:37:54 AM
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Oh, these people always know the right things to say. No, wait. That's not right. By saying this, don't they just realise that they're infuriating their fans by dangling the promise of a carrot in front of their nose, rather than just dropping the carrot there in the form of gameplay footage, or at least something more substantial than promises that are likely to be broken, if the company's direction of late is any indicator? Stupid people.

Hopefully the elements that LR:FFXIII takes from Versus is the lighting system, which is borrowed from the next-gen Luminous Engine (which appears to be a wasted development anyway, considering they've already licensed Unreal 4). They boggle the mind. They really do.

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___________
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 3:35:14 AM
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makes me wonder if versus has been delayed just so they can put it in the luminous engine and turn it into the angilis tech demo.
just imagine what it would be like, that would be worth the long wait no?
it would explain why $E keeps milking the hell out of 13, simply because 99% of their team is working on versus and they dont have enough staff to put out a full idea.
it would be nice to see a game for once thats in development hell to actually turn out awesome for once!
looking at you DNF........

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Knightzane
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 3:48:18 AM
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Final fantasy what now?

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OriginalSin
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 4:51:14 AM
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You know what sad to say but I actually don't want a FFVII remake anymore, mainly becaise of what they've done to the series lately!

I am scared of what the will turn FFVII into if they had to do remake...as they will take the "remake" serious and replace Cloud with Lightning or something far worse...

As for Versus XIII... i stop caring a coupleof years ago.I was only really excited for Versus XIII once they stated that FF XIII was going to be Multiplat... so i hoped that Versus XIII will be a proper Turn based RPG for true fans but guess what...

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Ludakriss
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 5:48:01 AM

Bro, if you truly did not care. You would not be leaving comments in website but would instead get on with your real-life activities.

Eh? Am I onto something here? Eh? Yeah...you do like Noctis, dontcha!

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Lawless SXE
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:10:40 AM

...When was it ever announced, or even implied, that Versus XIII would hark back to the roots of the FF series in terms of gameplay? One of the very first things I remember hearing about it was that the battle system was based on a derivation of that found in Kingdom Hearts. *shrugs*

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Snaaaake
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:34:48 AM
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If it does release that is, that trailer from.....................2010 or 2011 was promising indeed, IF the game does come out then it'd be definitely worth the wait, even if it's coming out for the 360 as well.
Oh, IF it does get a release date.

Which reminds me, there's a good chance it might get release JUST before the launch of the PS4 or Xbox 3, look at FF Type-0, released in 2011 for PSP few months prior to the launch of the Vita.

I'm not hopeful but I am optimistic.

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Ludakriss
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 6:40:18 AM
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Personally I never understood and will never understand the necessity to know all the info etc.

Fact is we saw SOME footage, we know the main plot, we have a hint of what the characters are and what they represent in the story.

Me, as a gamer, I kinda invest emotionally into something that looks as exciting as Versus does.

And yes, depending on info coming in I will more than likely, respond with passion. Be it aggressive or positive.

But that, passion, surely is the best attribute of us as a gaming collective, isn't it?

Otherwise might as well join a book club where (depending on your perception) the events would be rather dull.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:31:04 AM

It's not supposed to take 7 years of development, and if it must, you'd expect to have more than a few snippets of info all these years later.

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Ludakriss
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 7:54:12 AM

Well as of now, there isn't too much they can do to avert their primary mistake - announcing TOOOOOOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOOOON xD

Right now, do what you will, Squeeninx.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 9:30:29 AM
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Oh Versus... it has become a myth amongst the Final Fantasy community. It has gotten to the point where I won't be paying attention until they state a release date.

In other news, I found something out about Lightning Returns the other day. I went to see a Distant Worlds concert in London the other day (Which was beyond awesome!) On every seat was a leaflet advertising LR, It wasn't anything exciting, but one thing I noticed was it states a 2013 release date and this is UK panthlet with a PEGI age rating of 16+ on it. I checked the PEGI website which has not got it on the database, but it's still good to know the game will be released around the world for 2013.

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daus26
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 9:41:05 AM
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Well what the heck. If Lighting Returns releases in 2013, when the heck will Versus release? This was my most anticipated game after GT this generation and that now belongs to MGS Ground Zero easily.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 11:29:09 AM

2015 I'm thinkin'

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Clamedeus
Monday, November 05, 2012 @ 1:15:30 PM
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Let's hope it's worth the wait. I won't be buying any SE titles unless on Handhelds.

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DeusExMachina
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 @ 1:39:28 AM
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Ye ye SE, we already know how awesum its gonna be youve been teasing us for 7 years almost nw. Jus release the damn game before working on new projects.

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aeron
Thursday, November 08, 2012 @ 8:02:50 PM
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I still think they're secretly saving Versus for the PS4...with a delay to make the switch...I hope so!

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DeathOfChaos
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 3:04:17 AM
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You know what the problem is? Everyone wants everything NOW NOW NOW!! Once they're good and ready to release more info and release the game is when it's good and ready. Just saying that it doesn't even exist is extremely ignorant and stupid of anyone to claim. Everyone just needs to stop getting their panties in a bunch and shut up. Just getting mad about how it isn't here NOW NOW NOW isn't gonna help, and neither will considering it non-existent.

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Sage
Friday, November 09, 2012 @ 7:53:16 PM
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I really hope this game comes out before PS3 loses it's prime position.

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