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Final Fantasy Versus XIII Boasts An Airship And World Map

Okay, so we're all a little disappointed that we didn't have the customary towns, world maps and traveling options in Final Fantasy XIII; elements we've all come to expect from most RPGs.

But we remind you that FFXIII director Motomu Toriyama has said you can expect the return of those elements in the future, now that Square-Enix has a better grasp on this generation's hardware. Well, perhaps he was referring to Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the upcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive that is starting to get a lot of attention now that FFXIII is out the door. And according to The Lost Gamer citing a recent Square-Enix Members Area interview with FF designer Tetsuya Nomura, the new entry in the legendary series will include an airship and a world map. Hey, now that sounds familiar! Said Nomura in response to a completion percentage question:

"Things are not connected yet, every part is moving along separately. However, we have gotten airships working over the world map."

Now, this could be interpreted in a variety of ways; perhaps he's not referring to player-controlled airships but even if that's the case, the mere mention of a "world map" is like a warm, friendly reminder of the way things once were in Final Fantasy. Of course, we still have to hear about the gameplay but you can bet we'll be looking for more info from here on out. Oh, and don't forget that Square-Enix has said former FFXIII team members have moved on to Versus now that the former project is complete. Things should start to roll!

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

3/17/2010 9:11:14 PM Ben Dutka

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Zemus101
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:31:35 PM
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Well this news got me extremely excited. I remember back in the day waiting and waiting for FFX anticipating what flying around a world map would be like on the PS2. Sadly ....that never happened. Even though I love FFXIII for everything it is, I personally can't wait for Versus XIII now that we have some info coming in.

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to_far_apart
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:36:31 PM

I agree. I just hope to see these elements brought back again in Versus, I did have this empty feeling when playing FFXII, it didn't feel like a Final Fantasy game at heart. I agreed with Ben, you had to play FFXIII as a whole different game in itself, not to rely on the anticipation of past FF games., which we know and love.

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shadowpal2
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 11:08:28 PM

Considering how much I follow this game, this is actually old news to me

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/837/837350p1.html

Yea yea I know how many times I've posted that article up but it really have Nomura sama stating that he would include the elements of an airship and a world map nearly 2.5 years back.

Just saying...

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kraygen
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 5:59:05 AM

@ shadowpal2

maybe true, but they were originally planning on having those things in ffxiii, but they were cut.

just saying that planning and doing are 2 diff things, glad to see this will happen.

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Irievibes
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 11:48:58 PM

repeat after me....


EX....CLUUUUUU...SIIIIIIIVEEEE!

this is why there will be towns and such this time around, there excuses are utter bull imo, time constraints ? yes because that tard wada wanted to appease the xbot crowd,this time around they wont be targeting that crowd, so hopefully we can expect a better focus on rpg stuff


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NoSmokingBandit
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:43:37 PM
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HELL YES! WORLD MAP!

Seriously though, this is great news. I am playing FFXII again to get my RPG fix seeing as FF13 isnt going to cut it. FFv13 should bring this generation back where it belongs.

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convergecrew
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:34:45 PM

I hope vs13 is gonna be awesome, but knowing SquareEnix, its probably gonna do some things well but many more things poorly.

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:46:21 PM
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I heard rumors about this a while back and I am stoked about this. For them to have to get them "working" sounds somewhat telling to me that it will be a player controlled airship. At least that is what I will tell myself until I hear otherwise.

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Deleted User
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 5:22:59 AM

you get thumbs up for Epoch.

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laxpro2001
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:52:18 PM
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I didn't get into the FF series until FFX so even if the airship is like that I won't be too dissapointed. Though as I'm sure many of you agree, I would like to have a little more freedom when using the ship.

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:54:02 PM
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One word. w00t. Thanks for the update.

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johnld
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:56:26 PM
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I'm not even gonna wish this stay exclusive anymore, seems like too much for square to handle. Instead i wish that this game is a final fantasy game and not just a new hybrid action/rpg with the final fantasy name slapped on it just to sell more copies.

If square enix introduced FF13 as a different game with a different name, i wouldve still bought it. But when they called it final fantasy, it set itself up for disappointed fans.

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 6:50:44 AM

No, you need to keep wishing for it's exclusivity, it's really important to me.

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OtisFeelgood
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 9:58:11 PM
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Great news. Now I just need to hear more about the gameplay and a release time frame.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:08:34 PM
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Aww yeah baby. This game's gonna pwn so hard. I'll be getting this, XIII and probably Agito too, so I can have the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis.

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maxpontiac
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:09:08 PM
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I can't resist the urge any longer..

FF13 + 360 = DLC towns at extra cost.
FF13V + PS3 exclusive = Towns included.

Go figure.

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Highlander
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 10:23:43 AM

Could we also be fortunate enough to see a return of a bit of turn based battle? Even a taste would be welcome.

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Natalisrubbish
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 12:24:56 PM

Amen to the both of ya!

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sobleck
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 4:48:06 AM

@theHighlander, I'm pretty sure i've read the gameplay is meant to be a more advanced version of kingdom hearts style gameplay. Its meant to be action oriented while giving you full control. It won't however be the same thing as kingdom hearts, i believe they're building a new battle system.

I've been following this game since it was announced, and although i haven't read about it in a while, what i've said is the impression i've gotten from the articles i've read albeit i don't remember them exactly.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:09:20 PM
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So no towns?

But hey, world map sounds good!
Hopefully this is just not that world map used in Kingdom hearts where you flight through space..... (hence world map + airship)

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SnipeySnake
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:30:41 PM

Yeah, i hope so too even though i liked that in KH2.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 8:58:28 AM

They had to redo how Noctis looked while on the world map. That tells me that the world map will be completely explorable, especially since they seen it, knew it wouldn't be good, and decided to FIX it. Something they should have done a lot in FFXIII.

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Akuma07
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 11:02:19 AM

I reckon we get towns.

This game sounds like its the REAL FFXIII

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godsman
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:12:28 PM
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I said this before and I'll say it again. Square Enix most likely recycled the FFXIII towns that they have created and use them in FFXIII Versus. Both games are in the same universe, so it's not surprising that towns could be reused. Looks like the game could be finished A LOT earlier with that help.

No developers will scrap all their months of hardwork on the towns and restart. It'll eventually return in the future, and a lot earlier than expected.

One probably is, I hope the game won't be bigger than a blu-ray disc. FFXIII with their videos, are pushing the limit with 1080p. I hope nothing is compressed to sub HD.

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Kowhoho
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:18:58 PM

We're talking about Blu-ray here, I think you'll be safe.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:24:01 PM

ha yes, there will be nothing to worry about. Duel layer blue rays are past the 50gb mark now. They're only getting bigger. there will be plenty of room.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:00:17 AM

Apparently, the PS3 is able to play a 3x bluray disc. which is 3 25GB discs in one, right?

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Highlander
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 10:25:13 AM

Bingo!

Perhaps some of the cut scenes will be generated by the in game engine which will make fitting on one 50GB BluRay much easier.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:19:01 PM
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Lets also hope they return game play back to the player. XIII has a promising battle system, but its missing two key things, the option to switch party leader mid battle and the fact that the game should NOT end if the leader is down, especially if your other party members are Medics.

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convergecrew
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:25:47 PM

I gotta agree about the game over thing--it makes no sense. especially as they start you over at the beginning of the battle anyways.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:31:26 PM

it's irritating. I've never seen so many game overs in a Final Fantasy game Evah!

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SayWord
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:31:35 PM

I as well hope you get control but vs13 is real time battle am I right? I am only making a guess but wouldn't you only be able to control one at a time? Unless they put in a gambit system and allow you to change who you control in the battle anytime you want.

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piratedrunk
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:49:06 PM

I think the frequent game over screen isn't nearly as bad as it could have been with the retry option and battles being as fast as they are.

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I_defenestrate
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:15:20 AM

Just imagine if they made you start at your last save when you died.

That would equal trade-in my friends.

Really though, that is my only problem with 13 so far. Yeah, they took a lot of liberties. A LOT. It's still a good game though and I'm happy with my purchase.

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Jawknee
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:18:38 AM

Same here, i was just actually looking forward to playing most of FFXIII not watching it. ;)

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Vitron
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 7:39:46 AM

Hey, have you watched the trailer yet? Man, that guy is just so amazing... But I feel like hes a fusion of Cloud and Jin Kazama in my opinion.

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convergecrew
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 5:38:46 PM

Dont get me wrong--Im extremely thankful for the quick restart thing at a game over. But if they make it that easy for us, why not let all party members die before the game over?

Usually when your main character dies its a result of the enemies randomly ganging up on your character, not because your strategy was poor. Next time you try the battle its just dumb luck if you dont die. If the battles are chalked up to randomness give the player a chance to revive.

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convergecrew
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:28:02 PM
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Im definitely hoping for some world mappage and non-linearity. FF13 tasted stale for the first time yesterday after I got to chapter 9. I just got a little sick of constantly swapping characters and running a one-way path.

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rell
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:28:52 PM
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awesome news

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SnipeySnake
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:29:17 PM
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This is awesome news and made my day! ^^
Just remember guys, its gonna be a 'action' rpg.

Off topic(sorry):
Do you guys know what the elements are from top to bottom on the info list when you click r1 on a battle? My tv is crappy so i cant really tell.

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SnipeySnake
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:34:25 PM

Now that i think about it...has there ever been a action rpg with a world map? I dont think there'll be random battles since its a A-RPG so that may mean no battles while your on the world map.

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Kevadu
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 12:58:09 AM

Depends what you mean by action RPG, really. The term is pretty vague.

Tales of Vesperia could be considered an action RPG because of the way combat works, but the rest of the game is very much a traditional RPG. And yes, it has a world map.

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totozero18
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 6:26:21 AM

You had random battles in Crisis Core.
Anyways GREAT can't wait!

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Deleted User
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:39:00 PM
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world map? now I'm listening

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SayWord
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:40:08 PM
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When do you guys think SE will actually show off their battle system? Usually SE always showcase and hype their games way before it comes out, we should of seen something by now.

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 11:00:05 PM

I think they are worried more about releasing XIV.

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Alienange
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:44:32 PM
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Sounds like a load of BS to me. Last week it was too hard to do but this week it's completed in vsXIII ? What a bunch of liars.

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 10:59:10 PM

Ummm. This one is ps3 exclusive, isn't it?

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:04:30 AM

And they've got a 3 year head start compared to FFXIII, which is a pretty big head start.

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Alienange
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 3:13:57 PM

You are dreaming in Technicolor if you think for a second that FFvsXIII has been in development since before FFXIII. The only thing they developed was the trailer that told us absolutely nothing. They finished XIII and now they've moved on to vsXIII and have, according to Nomura, made the map for it.

I dare Sqare Enix to prove me wrong.

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DARKmark
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 11:03:49 PM
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by the beard of zeus, this better stay exclusive...

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Vitron
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 7:46:48 AM

By the burning hair of Hades I hope you're right

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Superman915
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 11:24:57 PM
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What? You mean a real Final Fantasy CAN be done in HD when it's not forced to be gimped to work on a subpar system? The hell you say.

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daus26
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 11:49:33 PM
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Yes. I really loved the freedom of FFXII. The world map in that game was an incredible scale, nothing short of amazing.

It would be interesting if FF vs XIII is going to have a world map like that, but with KH style of gameplay. While some may not agree, I'd certainly wouldn't mind.

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Naztycuts
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 @ 11:59:24 PM
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Um I don't like the non-mention of towns, wtf's a map without towns? I don't know if any of these Fabula Nova Crystalis games are going to feel like true FF's to me until I start seeing some of the elements in these games that defined true JRPG's to begin with. I'd hate to get a rehash of FFXIII's battle system, I don't think it fit with the gameplay we're accustomed to. You cant tell much difference in magic, the summons aren't jaw-dropping compared to the amazing s*** they could have been, and they need to address the fact that the player is almost NEVER looking at the effects of their attacks, focusing mainly on life bars and paradigm shifts. It feels like FF for ADD. I did like the story though

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:06:00 AM

If there is a world map, towns are a given. And yes, they've mentioned their towns before too.

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Sir Shak
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 12:03:26 AM
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Looking forward to seeing some gameplay .

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just2skillf00l
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 1:14:05 AM
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Maybe an explorable airship, something comparable to a town maybe...SE needs to fill in a few gaps because a little while ago...towns were pretty much "impossible" (more of not worthwhile). However, here they are mentioning or restating the creation of a possible town-like entity only a few weeks later. Hmmm...if this airship turns out to be a town, I'm gonna need an explanation from someone in charge at SE. I guess we can't expect honesty to fill the offices of all game studios.

On a more positive note, if this is like a town, thank heavens!

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 1:15:12 AM
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world map + player controlled airship over world map + towns + free exploration + interesting battle customization/magic + Nobuo style music = Square soft's essential formula of JRPG success

if this happens, square will first time earn a nod from me for this gen; so far, imo, Lost Odyssey, Demon's Souls, WKC are the big three way above Square Enix's games this gen (Infinit Undiscovery, Last Remnant, Star Ocean 4, FF13).

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Jawknee
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:01:24 AM

Why did Nobuo Uematsu stop making music for Square anyway?

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I_defenestrate
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:23:00 AM

@Jawknee

Here is an article from 1up about it.

http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3178095

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Oyashiro
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 4:18:39 AM

He left to form his own production company "Smile Please". It was a good move in the end seeing as SE disbanded there music division. He still gets contracted by SE, Plus it means him and "The Guch" Can work together. Win/Win

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totozero18
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 6:31:54 AM

I think he saw FFXIII main theme coming waaaay back, and he thought, I can't be part of this shit!

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:08:50 AM

@totozero18
So true, lol

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Highlander
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 10:26:01 AM

Three words to describe the only missing feature.

Turn

Based

Combat

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Kevadu
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 11:36:06 AM

Come on guys, I have plenty of complaints about FFXIII but the music is *not* one of them. It may be different, but it certainly isn't bad. In fact, it's one of my favorite scores in a FF game to date. Masashi Hamauzu did a fantastic job.

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BigBoss4ever
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 12:07:21 PM

yes Highlander, Turn Based battle system, that is a BIG one!

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Banky A
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 1:24:25 PM

(IMH, jokes this is a fact... kidding again)
Music made Final Fantasy, Nobuo Uematsu was the shit.

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Vitron
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 7:36:35 PM

I miss those days of playing Golden Sun 2, Brave story, & FFs when the simplicity of their combat system were just enough for me...

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FxTales
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 3:01:05 AM
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I'm actually looking forward to this one, pending the gameplay though.

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SmokeyPSD
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 3:42:53 AM
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i dont care. they should've cared what we thought for XIII

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Deleted User
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 5:19:37 AM

no no, the main series is for experimentation and shots in the dark, the spinoffs are for staying true to the series.

wait...

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Andysw
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 5:25:51 AM
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Stay exclusive.

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kraygen
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 6:10:30 AM
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the only thing that worries me is that they labeled ffxiii as a rpg and ff versus xiii as an action rpg. if ffxiii wasn't action enough to get that title, what the heck kind of gameplay will we get from versus?

*crosses fingers* please have good gameplay, please oh please!

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 7:03:29 AM
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Oh my fck*n god, Versus XIII news, and it's good news too! I'm so psyched for this game, maybe that isn't good, cuz there's the tiny chance that it might go multiplat and be way less awesome than I hoped... Let's just all pray for exclusivity, and I don't mean the timed thing, full blown PS3 exclusivity.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 8:50:45 AM
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This is OLD news, though. I've known this since the beginning of February or near the end of January. I still have faith that this game is going to stay exclusive. If it goes Multiplat, then the 360 is gonna have to have like 10 discs. FFXIII was only like 18GB because of it only being on 3 DVD9 discs. That's just a terrible nightmare and even more of a reason to blame the 360 for it's linearity. I doubt Versus XIII will go to the XBox because by now, it would be a risk in every aspect that would be nothing but negative. They would have to cut the whole world map out as well as the airships and even have to take out the action RPG idea to suffice for more linearity or even to cut down the size of the game. So with all due respect, it would be more work to make it go multiplat and more costly than worth it, not to mention ruin most, if not all, of the work that they've done in the past 7 years. I'm not sure how many people know this, though I've said it before, Versus XIII has been in production since 2003. That's 3 years BEFORE Final Fantasy XIII. The guys in response to FFVII said to make all the towns, it would take 10 to 12 years, and I think after Versus XIII, they may know how to make these things a little quicker.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 12:05:19 PM

I gave you a thumbs up because I have played God of War 3 (and other exclusives).

I don't even want to board the train of thought when it comes to imagining if GOW3 was multiplat title..

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piratedrunk
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:22:40 PM

You know only the 360 version was 18GB right? the ps3 was closer to 38GB.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:49:43 PM

@piratedrunk
No I did not, but how could they compress it so much? Damn... I know the PS3 version ran a little smoother and was a bit smoother in areas, not to mention clearer.

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maxpontiac
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 4:17:10 PM

piratedrunk -

With all that compression I am not surprised one bit.

The CGI movies tell the entire story.

Thought I might add that.

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Ricochet
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:14:56 AM
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In Nomura I trust.

Didn't FFXIII had an AWESOME battle-system back in E32007? What happened? I hope they implement it here!

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Kevadu
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 11:37:36 AM

Not sure what you mean by that...there was absolutely no battle system shown in E3 2007. Just CG trailers.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:50:58 PM

Yeah, where she was fighting in the area with the Behemoth, wasn't it? Every time I think of FF13, I think of that trailer.

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totozero18
Friday, March 19, 2010 @ 6:59:06 AM

WAIT I REMEMBER, she kind of stops time and beats the sh** out of a bunch of sentries, then the behemoth!!! That's true, yeeeeeaaaaah what's up with that?

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XxNoir
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 9:39:17 AM
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Sweet ^_^!!!!!!!!

I finished Final fantasy 8 a few weeks back and i loved the air ship and the world map,It was great.

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mike rlz
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 1:09:17 PM
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hang on, this was in development while XIII was then right? and i thought they couldnt effectively add that stuff in XIII? now all of a sudden they can with vs? hm.

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DeathOfChaos
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 2:51:33 PM

Versus XIII started production back in 2003, 3 years BEFORE FF13.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 3:55:48 PM
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I don't buy it.

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OPHIDIAN
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 4:49:28 PM
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Is the main character Hope? Looks like it anyways.

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Russell Burrows
Thursday, March 18, 2010 @ 5:11:22 PM
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One PS3 BD 100 disc!

We are going to see 100 GB blu ray discs soon.
So the PS3 can handle it!

http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=3405

Sharp Readies BD-100 Blu-ray Laser

Posted September 11, 2009 10:20 AM by Josh Dreuth


Sharp At the 70th Autumn Meeting of the Japan Society of Applied Physics being held this week, Sharp announced that they have successfully created a Blu-ray laser diode which operates at a maximum of 500mW, enough to burn four-layer Blu-ray discs. This would allow for, when approved by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), Blu-ray discs with either 75GB or 100GB capacities.

Sharp was able to advance Blu-ray laser diode technology by using a new method to process the edge face of the resonator. Typically, the crystal in the semiconductor is protected by a dielectric film. The consumer electronics company found that by introducing an aluminum oxynitride divider, performance of the diode increased exponentially.

They have performed many test on the diode, operating it more than 1000 hours straight at a temperature of 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit) at full power, and have determined it ready for mass production.

The only hurdle now is the BDA will have to adopt the BD-75 and BD-100 into the Blu-ray format, but once that happens, Sharp hopes to have commercially ready products soon after.

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