E3 06: Final Fantasy Versus XIII First Look

We catch a glimpse of the second Final Fantasy XIII game planned for the PlayStation 3.

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LOS ANGELES--Following on the heels of Square Enix's Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, the company has released its new Final Fantasy vision for next-generation consoles: Fabula Nova Crystallis - Final Fantasy XIII. Of the three announced titles under the "New Tale of the Crystal" concept, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is the second being developed for the PlayStation 3. While we only got to see a short trailer at the Square Enix press conference, that was still enough to thoroughly whet our appetite for more Final Fantasy goodness.

The trailer started off by panning a dark cityscape, before cutting to a view of what appeared to be the interior of some sort of palace. The room shown seemed small, accented with stark detail; shadows were thick on the domed ceiling and in the far corners, and columns were ringed about a circular dais in the center. In the middle of the dais was a black throne, occupied by a young man (black hair, dressed all in black... we're sensing a theme, here), who's got his legs crossed and is resting his chin on one fist, looking enormously bored. Suddenly, he raised his face and glanced up at some unknown sound, then stood and walked out of the chamber. He emerged onto a staircase that was riddled with the corpses of what seemed to be uniformed guards. The camera then shifted to behind the mysterious man, showing the square in front of the building, and it was filled entirely with black-clad troops--who interestingly enough seemed to be dressed the same as the corpses. Perhaps some kind of power struggle is being hinted at.

There was a quiet moment as the man stared at the assembled forces. The soldiers appeared hesitant and even timid, glancing at each other and weaving their weapons around uncertainly. Finally, one of the army took the initiative, and began to fire in a crazy arc toward the young man. The surrounding stairs and masonry became pockmarked with bullet holes, but an invisible shield around the target harmlessly reflected the hail of gunfire as the force of soldiers started their assault.

Then the young man made a gesture and was surrounded by a halo of gleaming swords that materialized from the air around him. He grasped one of these weapons and then took up a battle stance, his crimson eyes focusing on his enemies.

Then the trailer ended. Tease!

We don't have much information on the game at this point, but what we do know is that the trailer was created by the team that worked on Final Fantasy Advent Children. They'll be joining the Kingdom Hearts team, who will be primarily responsible for gameplay, under the direction of Tetsuya Nomura. Mr. Nomura is also the concept designer and character designer for all of the titles in the Fabula Nova Crystallis project. The games will all have separate characters and storylines, but will be united under a single mythos. The storyline for Versus has "bonding" as its central theme.

We can't wait for more information on these games, and we'll be bringing you more news the instant we get it. Until then, keep your eyes on this gamespace for the most up-to-date information on Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Discussion

29 comments
Xyla707
Xyla707

If this game doesn't come out I will cry :cry: I want to see this game! FFXIII-2 can wait till next yr we got FFXIII to keep us going Please bring out Versus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eliebaz
eliebaz

Funny how 5 years later still no news what's wrong with square enix?

Du_Hast_Mich
Du_Hast_Mich

I can't wait for this game, i just wish they would give us some news about it to let us know how its progressing

Todaishi
Todaishi

Noctis is going to ally with Kratos and kick 360 ass! FFXIII Versus is going to be an amazingly awesome game and is the next in line of my Must Buy games after God of War 3! I love the creators of this game for making it PS3 Exclusive!

NAWAF005
NAWAF005

i saw some pictures the hero looks so cool !!

CamiKitten
CamiKitten

Oh snap, sounds like some more FF franchise fun.

Sparda_13
Sparda_13

still a long way till it comes out

riku222
riku222

This game looks like one of the best shooting/rpg games I'll try this year. ^^ I'm SOOO excited!!! And what happened 2 Kingdom Hearts 3, when's that commin' out?!?!? I think I'll die without this game....Hurry up!!! So I can buy it!!! XD

angkawsw
angkawsw

I wonder what the story would be like... will they be releasing both games on the same year? maybe an adult version of Kingdom Heart story.. who knows.....

Heaven_Moon
Heaven_Moon

INTERESTING n i'm looking forward FF vs XIII

iron_zealot7531
iron_zealot7531

I'm quite skeptical, so far every final fantasy spin-off title has been a pile of crap( with the obvious exception of tactics). Dirge of Cerberus was completely awful. Ill reserve judgement but I just wish Square would either stop with the spin-offs and stick to proper final fantasy installments or make Tactics 2

dusank99
dusank99

this game is most likely going to have the kingdom hearts gameplay, which was probably the funnest gameplay cause there was no waiting like in final fantasy

Xavdidtheshadow
Xavdidtheshadow

This game looks very good indeed. While you can't tell how good a game is simply by its trailer (*cough*Tales of Legendia.... *cough*) this one looks like a good bet. By the way, for those of you who don't know, versus, used here in Latin, means together. It is not being used in the traditional english meaning, to pit against (vs.).

blem16
blem16

im excited for this game. Better be awesome. looks amazing if uve seen the trailer

ryanthegamer
ryanthegamer

yeah i dont know what the versus has to do with 13

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

versus was probably not exactly whats in mind, think more 'counter' as a counter story to Xlll, takes place in the same world but has a different spin on the storyline. as for the swords, its obvious that his swords are on him all the time, but you probably select what weapon(s) to use each time he attacks... each probably having its own attribute or embument... say fire, ice, water types... and completely ripped from advent children from clouds finisher against sephiroth, or thats his limit break style attack. bonding can mean either magic, summons, weapons, or characters a la breath of fire... i'm hoping its the second and third together... imagine a ifrit infused zweihander... im already planning on getting a ps3 and FF13 and this... so im out over 700 dollars... someone got a lawn i can mow?

Squids-Ahoy
Squids-Ahoy

Lookin really good. Wonder what the versus is about?

loverboy1988
loverboy1988

how can i see the trailer for this game does anyone known

Last_Grimreaper
Last_Grimreaper

Okey, this game has every chance of beeing a great one. hope the KH-team don't make it too easy like they did with the KH and KH2(make it difficult). And I am really exited to see some more news soon.

kevins-devils
kevins-devils

that sounds awesome He has just the skills that I want in a character materializes weapons at will and has a invisible shield..

bunkbo
bunkbo

looks soooooooooo cooooooooool