Final Fantasy Versus XIII extended trailer breakdown

Straight from Square Enix's recent event in Japan, here is a breakdown of Final Fantasy Versus XIII's seven-minute tease.

Viewers of last Tuesday's Square Enix 1st Production Department Premier event in Japan got to see a long-awaited glimpse of the upcoming Final Fantasy Versus XIII in action (announced back at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo). Instead of words, director Tetsuya Nomura didn't appear for the reveal and decided to let seven minutes of footage speak for itself. Said footage was shown officially only at the event, but luckily GameSpot Asia managed to catch the livestream on the day itself.

Because the game is still in production, the story elements were kept to the minimum. From the premiere trailer, the game stars a prince named Noctis (Latin for "night"--and the first main character in the history of Final Fantasy games beyond FFVII to deviate from names based on meteorological effects). The scene starts off with him talking to another character named Stella, followed up by what seems to be an argument with his father, the current king, about who is next in line on the throne to rule the yet-to-be-officially-named world of Versus XIII. These two scenes take place in an undisclosed high-class party area, and from the visuals on show, it's safe to say that Square Enix isn't holding anything back in the presentation department.

Developer Tetsuya Nomura promised viewers and attendants a few more minutes of gameplay, and that's what they were given. Throughout the remainder of the trailer's seven minutes, Noctis gets to wander around the environment under the control of the player, while the party, in classic JRPG fashion, gets crashed by giant mechanical airships and Final Fantasy's staple behemoths. Unlike last year's Tokyo Game Show footage, viewers get the full monty: Noctis and his unnamed party members lay the smack down in real time against the aforementioned behemoths, shock troopers that emerge from deployed airships, and all manner of fantasy beasts and machines.

Noctis striking a pose.

The battle menus and stats make their debut in this trailer. The bottom left side of the screen shows a command menu which lists "Magic," "Item," "Summon," and "EX-ARTS," while the bottom right displays your party members' health and mana points. These options seem pretty self-explanatory if past games are any indication. Magic lets you cast your firas and thundagas; item gives you access to your phoenix downs and perishables; summon lets you cast down your big magical beast of choice to do a powerful attack; and ex-arts are the equivalent of Final Fantasy VII's limit breaks--character-specific special attacks that can turn the tide of battle.

What's interesting is that there isn't an attack command listed alongside the menu. The attacks will either be done on a separate input or will be done automatically by the party's set AI, a la Final Fantasy XII and Xenoblade. It should also be noted that like in those aforementioned role-playing games, there aren't any transition screens that happen when Noctis and company approach enemies or finishes dealing with them.

What's also notable is that players can do an iron-sights zoom-in with one of the characters who specializes in guns, hinting at the fact that there would be some real-time aiming and shooting in the heat of battle. In addition, there were a few more clips of Noctis hijacking and piloting an enemy tank and mech (after weakening them considerably), hinting that this Final Fantasy title may have a lot more action elements involved than the usual turn-based shenanigans.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII looks to be a big-screen version of the PSP RPG Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, right down to the real-time action elements loaded with minimalistic-detailed menus for spell-casting and limit burst action. This isn't a knock to the game, however; Crisis Core's action elements were enjoyable when it made its debut in 2008.

It's hard to say whether the game will be an antidote for gamers who weren't enthralled by the last game. In fact, Square Enix is still mum about the game's actual release date. Still, Tetsuya Nomura's message delivered via the trailer seems to be one filled with some positive notion that the game is still indeed under production, and we're looking forward to seeing more.

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packtop
packtop

@sephyradoom They said they haven't started Full production yet so that's mean most likely we won't see that game before 2013...

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

For square to redeem my faith in them Versus has to be great in my mind to change my view on them. Lets just face it people everything after FFX has been average to just plain bad. Dirge of Cerberus was the only game that has came out that was somewhat interesting in my view the rest of them not so. I'm hoping Versus will change my opinion but the last few years still weigh heavyly on my shoulders...

DBZKING1234
DBZKING1234

Square focus you efforts on this. Not a bad sequel to XIII, not another MMO, but on versus; the one game that might actually be good.

sephyradoom
sephyradoom

Also if there taking there time to make it a like the old games then take all the time you need because the new RPG's have seriously sucked some major ballz lately. Although Dragon Age: Origins n Mass Effect were great it wasn't a JRPG.

sephyradoom
sephyradoom

So ne idea if we can expect this game in the next year? or is it gunna be like three because I didnt hear nothing at e3 unless I missed it

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

@kdilluh They also poured a considerable amount of bank into 14, not to mention human resources. MMO's, in the long term, will make considerably more money in the long run when it's done correctly than a single standalone single player game. The wisest move would be to divert resources from other projects, get the big project up and running, THEN focus on the smaller, supplementary projects. This is especially true since 14 had such a huge anticipation behind it only to fall horribly short upon it release.

urayanya
urayanya

@kdilluh I know that the team making FFXIII and FF VERSUS is different. but it is still on the same company. so each game has to wait on the cue for the final sign of the company head before it is released right. Blizzard is also a big company but why did they kept on postponing diablo3 when they worked on other games like world of warcraft, and others.

kdilluh
kdilluh

@urayanya The team making versus XIII isn't the same as the team from XIII. The teams working on versus XIII are the FFVII+VIII team and the KH team. They're using the same engine but making completely different games, hence versus. @Son_Jazrin They've been making this game for years, it has nothing to do with FFXIV. It's not like square has just one giant team that works on one project at a time.

Scrotous
Scrotous

@OtakuLiz Oh lol, now i see what Squall means... Wtf for some reason i thought it was an animal -.-. Forgive me for not having english as my birth language =/. Well, we learn something new everyday don't we? xD

OtakuLiz
OtakuLiz

@Scrotous: Cloud, Lightning, and Squall, actually, but yeah, as soon as I read that sentence up there I too was thinking "Wait... since when are Zidane, Tidus, and Vaan meteorological terms? In what language??" @clockworkengine: Thank you. Your comment made me smile.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is by far the darkest Final Fantasy yet.

TallThrash
TallThrash

When is this game COMING OUT!!!!!

Scrotous
Scrotous

@clockworkengine lol i was thinking the same thing, only lightning and cloud fit their point lol.

clockworkengine
clockworkengine

The weather was bad today, full of meteorological effects. I had to run to my car in the middle of a Zidane without an umbrella. And yesterday, there was a Vaan that tore through my neighborhood and busted a few windows.

urayanya
urayanya

To Son_Jazrin No. It was the other way around....They should've released FF Versus but instead they went back to make ff XIII-2. FF versus was supposed to be released by the end of 2010 but it keeps on being delayed.

Son_Jazrin
Son_Jazrin

So they rush to make a new one, instead of investing resources to fix 14? Sound like either poor resource management or they gave up on 14 altogether.

DiegoNighthawk
DiegoNighthawk

I can't wait for this game to be released. But it has little to do with wanting to play it. The team that usually work on main Kingdom Hearts games are the ones who were put to work on this game, to make it more action-oriented like KH. Unfortunately that means that KH fans cannot expect even confirmation that KHII will be made until this game is released. They seem to be going in the right direction for a more action-oriented FF game (based this second-hand description of a trailer with limited gameplay). The lack of an Attack option in the battle list might be inspired from KH:BBS, which changed the selection of commands to be done with the Triangle button. This left the player free to mash the X button whenever they needed, instead of having to hectically abandon their attempts to Summon/Heal/Revive, and instead return the cursor to attack in the middle of a fight.

02050muh
02050muh

whats great about versus XIII is that tetsuya nomura, the original mind behind the great series of FF since FF7 (except 9) is one of the development staff. so this looks promising. need some antidote from the lackluster, FFXIII

ff10andff12
ff10andff12

Definitely some wicked action for gameplay in a FF thus far.

winder207
winder207

when r they ever gonna release this game...hav been waitin like foreva

boyplaybox
boyplaybox

ff14 sux so bad they need this game to be good

AnimeKen15
AnimeKen15

They can create a FF XIII-2 one year after the disappointment that was FFXIII yet it took 5 years for us to get a glimpse of actual gameplay for FF Versus XIII which shows So Much more promise..... That makes no sense if you ask me. The way I see it FF Versus 13 is probably going to come out in like Fall 2013 or spring 2014

biagio55
biagio55

it looks like there wont be any battle sceen but more open. not like in ff13 where u enter an 'arena' of dorts but just u fight there and then. seems more westernised to me. it looks good however or rather as good as it can from a trailer.

bine
bine

this made much more sense than ffxiii - 2

tu2pac
tu2pac

@Kleeyook Wrong game and a weak joke

tu2pac
tu2pac

The "Duke Nukem Forever" of RPGs I've been a square fan for years, let me tell you guys how this is going to play out Since they're just now showing a glimpse of game play (in a trailer) ... that means you can expect just a tiny bit more by E3 this year ... so then E3 2012 will be when we see the game outside of it's trailer form for the first time ... and it'll have a release date of late 2013 Just in time for all their hard work to be lack luster by 2013 standards.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Now Lightning has finally become a chick!

the22for4
the22for4

any way we are waiting this game to show up Greatly

DEATH775
DEATH775

This has been in the works for quite some time. I hope all the wait will be worth it.

FstrthnU
FstrthnU

Square Enix is really walking on a thin line here, this could help usher in people who still want darker stories, but at the same time if they create more crap, then this could create an opening for Namco to release Tales of Xilia (PS3) here, which could really deal a harsh blow to Final Fantasy. Square Enix has forgotten that the main point of RPGs is to be fun - hopefully they won't screw up with this one. Plus, they'd better be working their butts off on Final Fantasy XV (at least in planning)

xX_mike_Xx
xX_mike_Xx

@Gambit yes you misunderstood me. The Name on the screen says Summons as the same as FF7 did... 8's was GF.. 9 was Eidolons i believe. 10 had aeons, I forget 12s i never played that to much.. 13 was Eidolons.. See what im saying. They never took out the mythical beasts out at all just change the option name for using them :p.

johnassassin100
johnassassin100

his thing not coming out till decemder 012 cuz of ff13-2

KH_Nerd
KH_Nerd

I dont think we'll be let down with this one.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

@gambit001, yes, the game is one of the advance games in this generation but it's not that good. I am of the idiots who brought this game and ignored the criticism of this game. A real Final Fantasy is: 1. A great story. 2. mindblowing music. 3. Endless fun gameplay. 4. Epicness. Final Final 13 only has #1 and #2. The gameplay is new and nice but it's work. It's a lot of time to be gather CP. I am Final Fantasy fan myself and I do believe that Final Fantasy is a great entry to the franchise but it's very lacking game. Also, compare the number of Final Fantasy fans to the units of Final Fantasy 13 sold. I got all the trophies of this game in one of my PSN accounts. I am not rude and I am not stupid when I make a comment.

gambit001
gambit001

@xX_mike_Xx - Either I'm misunderstanding your statement or you haven't played an FF since VII. The use of summons as mythical beasts has been a mainstay in every FF entry that has been released since FFVII(and multiple previous entries). If I am misunderstanding your statement then I apologize, but the way it reads to me, you would have to have not played any games after VII to make that statement.

X-7
X-7

I am losing faith in SE. The last couple FF titles have been boring and with no new KH on the way I honestly don't care about them. Although, if this is more like Crisis Core then that is a good thing. IDK Time will tell.

gambit001
gambit001

@Ex-DarkBlade - The short answer: your statement was rude and naive. Long version: Let's go outside the fact that FFXIII is widely revered as once of the most advanced technological achievements to enter the spectrum of gaming to this date and is a huge financial success. Let's go to this: I am, what I can only infer based on your comment, what YOU would consider as someone who knows what a "real" FF game is. I have been playing FF since it's original stateside release on the NES and FF is the reason I play RPGs, possibly even the reason I play any games. FFVI is my favorite FF as well as my favorite game of all time. Now, the naivety and rudeness that I mentioned previously comes in the fact that there is no way you could have honestly expected that you could insult ANY entry into such a massive franchise with one of the largest installed fanbases in the world and not receive backlash from it. Whether or not YOU consider FFXIII or any other entry to be a "real" FF game doesn't mean others will agree. And if they don't agree with you, that doesn't mean they don't know a "real" FF game, because I don't agree with you and, like I said, I've been following the franchise since it began here in the states, and have played all US(and JP only) releases; so I must know what a "real"" FF game is right? My opinion, FFXIII is as much a real FF game as any other entry into the series, and my definition of a "real" FF game is one that is enjoyed, no other requirements need be met.

ozumablank
ozumablank

Looks great, can't wait to play it

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

@Ex-DarkBlade - Though I myself find XIII to be extremely difficult to get into. I do believe it to be a good game. You may have heard of much disappointment about the game, but unfortunately that is because the annoying/bad things are really the only things talked about. I'm pretty sure that there are few games where people have focused on the good. Final Fantasy, having a large fan base, also made many expect more. I'm saying this on the bias that you haven't gotten past the first 20 hours or so of the game. If you have got past that then never mind. I just find most that say that didn't get that far in. Also if you do not mind, I would like it if you could tell me what you think a real Final Fantasy game is. Through a pm would be preferred because I don't want to clutter the comment space here.

wafiy_azmi
wafiy_azmi

finally some new on vs xiii, hope SE bring vs xiii first, then the xiii-2, hopefully SE please give us the pleasure of true and the best game!!!

Demonkillua
Demonkillua

@andresss4 - I watched here because I think it's better than the one currently uploaded by a user onto gamespot. http://finalfantasy-xiii.net/2011/01/18/new-final-fantasy-versus-xiii-trailer-revealed.html If you don't want to leave gamespot though, here's a url to the video on gamespot. http://www.gamespot.com/users/DarkNeoBahamut/video_player?id=JCFmnmat5bMPvz_e HD Trailer will be released on the official website the 27th I hear also. Though I have tried I also can't find it on youtube because it seems that square-enix is removing them.

mellow09
mellow09

@peabody99224 Zidane's name means nothing. Phonetically (how it is pronounced) it is like gitane, which means gypsy. The article writer was trying to be sarcastic, for whatever reason.

Yasviele
Yasviele

@andresss4 maybe youtube... How funny is this, I just read yesterday in my PS3 Fan union the article "A game only existing in trailers".