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Nomura Promises "Proper" Versus XIII Unveiling In January

You know, we've all been waiting for a "proper" look at Final Fantasy Versus XIII. They said we'd get it during the first part of 2010...now it seems it'll be here first thing 2011.

During their behind-closed-doors showing of their newest FF title at last week's Tokyo Game Show, Square-Enix revealed a date for the upcoming "Fabula Nova Crystallis Conference:" January 11, 2011. And thanks to new info from producer Tetsuya Nomura in the most recent Famitsu, we've learned the meeting will highlight Versus XIII, Agito XIII and some "unrelated games" as well. Nomura's reason for the delay? He wanted the development team to give Versus XIII the aforementioned "proper unveiling" at the conference, so they didn't bring much to E3 or TGS. Even better, the Fabula conference is meant for the press, which means we should definitely see new footage and details on the Internet come January. Lastly, Square-Enix intends to announce new Dissidia characters; we already know Lightning from FFXIII will be featured in the freshly announced sequel, which will drop next year.

Dare we hope for a release date for Versus XIII at the conference? Maybe it'll be a big holiday title for the PlayStation 3...but above all else, we'd really like to get an extended look at some gameplay. 30 seconds of blurry footage at TGS isn't really enough.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Final Fantasy Agito XIII

Tags: ff versus xiii, final fantasy versus xiii, final fantasy agito iii

9/21/2010 12:25:58 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

dante_zero
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:44:54 PM
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so i'm guessing it's safe to assume this isnt coming out till next year and not the original intended release of christmas 2010.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:45:58 PM

Pft, If I remember correctly, they said not to long ago that it might not even make a 2011 release.

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coverton341
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:06:56 PM

Did it have an intended release date of this holiday season? I don't really remember hearing that but then again I haven't been following as closely as I was when I first heard about due to classes and work and such.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 2:24:51 PM

People, it's kind of like GT5: They're taking their time to make it perfect. Doesn't matter that it isn't a 'traditional RPG', this game is going to kick more ass than more games out there now this generation. I've been let down a lot this gen of gaming, and it seems Birth by Sleep, by far, is the best game this gen. In the fun factor, anyway. Heavy Rain was great, but I just can't get myself to replay to get the rest of the trophies. I blame Birth by Sleep ;P

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shadowpal2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 2:28:10 PM

LMAO I remember back in 2009 or so on US Official Playstation Forum, I made a thread regarding the latest trailer for FF Versus XIII which came with a real-time cutscene and displayed images and such.

Then at the end of the thread I wrote..."I'm pretty sure it'll come by "Mid 2011."

All, and I mean all of the repliers told me I had to be insane to think it would come out "Mid 2011."

"Oh yea I agree with starfr3ak2461 it'll DEFINITELY BE OUT BY 2010."

. . . - don't ever think a Final Fantasy game or any hyped up Square Enix game for that matter will come out in 3-4 years. Hell as Jawknee said I remember SE saying that Versus may not even make the 2011 release time.

WOW, but here I am hoping for 2011 christmas!

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Kevadu
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 4:35:48 PM

I'm not sure where dante_zero got Christmas 2010 from. As far as I am aware no official release window has *ever* be stated.

I think Japan has a reasonable chance of seeing it in 2011 but I'd honestly be surprised if we get it in the US before 2012.

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godsman
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 6:52:36 PM

It'll probably release in Japan Holiday 2011. Then because of multi-platform port, it'll be Q1 2012. It doesn't make sense to make the game 2013+. They could've made a FFXV by then.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:45:05 PM
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This is what they said last year about this summer that is gone now. Ha

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chedison
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:46:35 PM
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allz i want is a gameplay video to make sure it will be as awesome as it looked in that leaked video and a release date. Thanks.

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Cole
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:46:55 PM
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Pfffftt... I'll believe it when I see it..

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:47:59 PM
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Anything less than a release date and some solid gameplay footage will be considered a slap in the face. These bastards have been procrastinating for too long now.

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hald
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 12:58:18 PM
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I'd love to hear more, but I have the feeling that, at the time the game releases, I have forgotten how much fun I had with FFVII on my psp three years ago. And with all the bad press SE have got recently, I doubt I will choose FFversus over another great game...

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:16:26 PM

Yeah, like the superior looking The Another World which SUPPOSEDLY is what we all keep begging for in an RPG this gen.....but when the criteria is filled, we still chose to give space to this constant delay of a let down......which leads me to question said people's desires and whether they just simply enjoy being abused by Enix.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:08:50 PM
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The most underwhelming news from Nomura. This remains still as a "borrow" game for me (since I have some friends who are die-hard FF-fanatics)

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Yukian
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:09:13 PM
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Is it me or is this situation seems extremely deja vu?... I really hope it's me...

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coverton341
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:10:54 PM
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We've heard this very same thing before so I am getting a little wary. I really want this game to be good, I really want this game to wow me and it has been one of my most anticipated games of all time but I am becoming scared.

Though we did get the same kind of thing with GT5 and that is going to be flipping awesome so maybe instead of nobbing off the whole time they have actually been working to make it perfect.

Hey a guy can dream can't he?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:14:41 PM
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Alright, Nomura.... I love you, man.... but seriously... I'm starting to not care about FFvXIII news. Lets get this show on the road so I can experience the awesomeness that is FFvXIII and you can work on your FFVII remake!

Time's a'tickin'!

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Slycly
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:22:41 PM
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I just hope the story is on par. Its already seems be more action RPG from the leaked footage we saw. Kind looked like Kingdom Hearts gameplay wise. Ever since 12 i'm just not as excited for Final Fantasy games. Bring back turn based combat,world map, and towns is the only way I would be excited for a Final Fantasy game again. But i will be looking forward to gameplay footage of Versus to see if its at least worth playing.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:40:24 PM
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Looking forward to the footage and I want to hear something about the RPG aspects (if there are any) of the game. If you want a release date don't hold your breath.

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Lawless SXE
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 1:49:26 PM
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Well then, at least now I know when I'm supposed to be waiting for. I want info, I want screenshots, I want videos, I want a release date. And it had better be during the course of next year or I doubt that I'll get it. S-E is taking way too long with their releases. I'm also not sure if Agito is going to be all that good either. Here's hoping.

Dissidia2 on the other hand is going to be slick. The original proved that, and the inclusion of a bunch more characters is cool too. Lightning (FFXIII), Kain (FFIV), Tifa (FFX).
Peace.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 3:00:52 PM

Tifa's going to be in it? Freaking sweet!!!! (Although she's from FFVII, not FFX. I know you know your FF's. Just a slip up. ^.^)

Oh yeah, if any of you Final Fantasy or DOA nuts are in need of a fix... check out Dead Fantasy on youtube. It's a computer generated fighting show. It's definitely independent, but a fun watch!!! And it's all Dead or Alive and Final Fantasy characters!

Tifa has materia early on, and kicks some serious ass! Even Kairi from Kingdom Hearts makes a cameo!!!

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 2:12:27 AM

Actually I don't know my FF's. Only played XIII thus far. Thanks for the correction.

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DeejayDeez
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 2:38:46 PM
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My guess is that these idiots over at SE are gonna pull that same shyt they did with FF12 (released in NA on 10-31-06, PS3 released in NA on 11-11-06) and release it within 12 days of the PS4. So maybe we would be better off waiting for an announcement on the PS4 and then we can get a gauge on when Verses will release.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 2:39:02 PM
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Seeing as how the first "unveiling" wasn't supposed to be seen by the masses, and Nomura now feels the need to say the "proper" unveiling is coming, leads me to believe that even those who were invited into the secret SE tent were not very impressed by what little there was, and were obviously vocal about it.

I'm telling you. This guy doesn't have a game and people have caught on.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 2:54:53 PM

lol you may be onto something. It seems like he probably only has half a level or two together with some responses built in. lol

Sure hope the story's written!

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 3:09:46 PM
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2012 release date.

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Riku994
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 3:14:56 PM
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Yeah... I was bummed when I heard nothing good was at TGS, but I cant help but be hyped for any info regarding FFv13.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 3:36:31 PM

Final Final Fantasy? I don't get it.

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Kr3sn1k
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 3:55:35 PM
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Tifa is one of the new charecters according to ign. And one of the other games they showed behind scenes was kingdom hearts

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Mystearica
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 4:02:06 PM
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Hmmm... that's in a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time!

And it'll be a disappointment like the TGS is... like all their "revealing" and "news" has been

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Masry_XI
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 4:06:48 PM
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dare we Ask for a demo ?
Now that would be proper unveiling :D

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eLLeJuss
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 4:30:51 PM
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Release date Spring 2014

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shadowpal2
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 5:35:36 PM

Dude - Final Fantasy Versus XIII would make the Guinness world record for "Game taking longest to develop"

Dude that would mean it took 11 years...11 YEARS!!! LOL!!! That's certainly insane!

I mean the concept planning did start back in 2003.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 5:42:19 PM

Duke Nukem Forever=13 years.

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___________
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 8:59:27 AM

DNF does not count because they started, stopped, started again and stopped again they were working on many games in between duke.
the scrapped the engine and from scratch all over again 3 freaking times!
im really disappointed its gone to a TPS though, duke was created as a FPS so he should stay as a FPS!

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Snaaaake
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 @ 6:25:35 PM
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I thought it was stated that we would be getting a short footage of Versus but instead it was shown behind closed doors.

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BigBoss4ever
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 12:40:02 AM
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this is off the topic but exciting:

From Software just announced Project Dark which is essentially Demon's Soul 2, anyone else here heard about it?

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 2:13:56 AM

Yes. Go back to the days of TGS and you will see I mentioned the announcement in the article about Demon's Souls going Greatest Hits.
Peace.

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hellish_devil
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 4:09:29 PM

But.... it's multiplataform.

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___________
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @ 4:01:33 AM
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guys can we please shut up about the teases?
im really starting to get tired of the string being dangled in front of my face, i get excited than said announcement comes and its something not worth hyping up.
you think portal 2 or DNF finally releasing would of had the impact they did if the developers announced a announcement for said date?

if gabe told us hes announcing something at sonys presser would portal 2s announcement have the shock and excitement it did?
nope!
if gearbox had promised us a announcement at PAX, would DNFs announcement have the excitement and shock it did?
nope!
sure, both teased at such things, gearbox did tweet a link to pigs flying a few days before the reveal but thats just a tongue in cheek tease its not actually promising anything.

people would be so more excited and happy with news they get if the developers did not tease it in the first place.
as i have said many times if your teased to get something really cool for your Bday than get a get exactly what you were expecting, your going to be happy but your not going to be ecstatic are you?
but if your not expecting anything for your Bday and get the same thing as above your going to be really shocked, and ecstatic are you?

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b3mike
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 6:23:04 PM

what is he on?

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