TGS 2008: Final Fantasy Versus XIII Trailer Impressions

There's no gameplay in sight, but Square Enix is still teasing us with trailers. We take a look.

TOKYO--Earlier today, we sat in Square Enix's exclusive Mega Theater in anticipation of new and forthcoming information on its famous franchises. In actuality, we got very little in the way of facts, but we did get to see some trailers for multiple games, including those in the hotly desired Final Fantasy series. One of these games is Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the upcoming PlayStation 3 role-playing game. We didn't emerge from this session knowing much more about the upcoming RPG than we did before (and still know nothing about how the game will play). However, we thought we'd give Final Fantasy fans a quick rundown of what we saw, and hopefully, it will help tide us all over until we get to see something more substantial.

As with last year's TGS trailer, this one begins with the words: “This is a fantasy based on reality.” Then, the camera locks on to a futuristic car zooming across a rural wasteland. We see a figure in leather reclining in the backseat, and we believe him to be Noctis, the known star of the game. Then, we see another quote, attributed to Shakespeare: “There is nothing neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” We then cut away to an entirely different scene. Here, a woman in white speaks with the chairman we saw in previous trailers. They are in a boardroom and engage in a heated discussion; an enormous painting looms over them as they approach. We cut away again to the speeding vehicle. The car crosses a bleak landscape where fallen telephone poles litter the view.

The stars strut their stuff.

A combat montage follows these scenes. There is a rush of acrobatic moves, spiked hair, and the rush of high speeds as the car zooms ahead. Then, the car stops, and Noctis emerges with his friends. They look into the horizon, and we can see that the road ahead is flooded. The next montage shows scenes we saw at last year's TGS, in which the boys get friendly, putting each other in headlocks and laughing as old friends do. A moment later, they gaze upon a tall building in the distance, which looks impressive but oddly lonely, considering the emptiness of the world we've seen up to this point.

Then, we see a beautiful figure. It is Stella, the other known named character in Final Fantasy Versus XIII. She locks eyes with Noctis, and the two unsheathe their weapons to prepare for a fight. But before the fireworks can begin, we return to the boardroom where the suited man and his companion in white continue their conversation (all in Japanese, of course). In the background, fish swim back and forth in a towering aquarium, with the ripples of water causing the light to dance on the figures in the foreground.

The teaser ended with a reminder that Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be coming only to the PlayStation 3. We weren't given a release date or even a hint as to when it might be released. So, with only brief glimpses of these characters and short montages meant for a few prying eyes, we can only leave you with these tantalizing snippets of information. But rest assured, we'll bring you more on Final Fantasy Versus XIII and its highly anticipated brethren as soon as we can.

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SubHumanTorch
SubHumanTorch

@WilliamSmith45 What do you mean stupid FF game there would be no kingdom hearts without Final Fantasy, they won't make KH3 until they've finished with the FF13 games so they can inclde those characters in it. I'd rather them work on a serious than ridiculous (but fun) Disney hybrid.

will_i_am911
will_i_am911

at unbentonslaught. yea thats why i'm gonna trade in my final fantasy XIII for XIII Versus.This game will be better than XIII

jango195
jango195

4 years after its announcement, and there's still no sign of a release date. Ah well, if it's at least as good as Final Fantasy XIII then it'll be worth the wait in my opinion. Not sure how this ties in with Final Fantasy XIII, but from the look of things, I'd guess it's set in the future with respect to Final Fantasy 13, big chance I could be wrong there though considering the technology and such present in Final Fantasy XIII does seem to be more advanced. Ah well, it's just speculation, hopefully there will be some solid information released soon.

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

aww man, this looks SWEET. Definately gonna be careful though, I spent $60 on FFXIII only to have it suck.

Ellojamie
Ellojamie

Hey it is PS3. the home of final fantasy. Epic trailer :)

The_Frozen_Soul
The_Frozen_Soul

hope it's better than ffXIII.... and no linear anymore...

WilliamSmith45
WilliamSmith45

Kingdom Hearts III should be worked on 1st. FF 13 Versus should be worked on after KH III comes out. We have been longer for KH III. Square Enix just released FF 13 not too long ago that shoulda hold Fans off till KH III released but No Square Enix wants to focus more on FF when they just released FF 13. We want KH III made first not some stupid FF game again.

eternal_blade3
eternal_blade3

For those confused between this and XIII: "Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII​ is the collective name of a series of games made under the Final Fantasy XIII label by Square Enix. Made in the same vein as the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII and the Ivalice Alliance, Fabula Nova Crystallis (which means "the New Tale of the Crystal" in Latin) is based on various worlds and different characters, but each game will be "ultimately based on and expand upon a common mythos." According to Square Enix, they all take place in the same world but in different time periods and there is no cooperation between the teams of the various titles, the only connection being a "vague crystal theme". "Consider that development is simultaneously ongoing for three FFXIII's

errol_80808
errol_80808

wow im waiting for this one, i think it is better compare to xii

lowkey254
lowkey254

This was how FFXIII was supposed to be but then they decided to make it a multi platform game so they had to scale back for the 360.

shabulia
shabulia

@big-boss-91 Final Fantasy games are all in their own seperate timelines as long as there is a roman numeral right after the main title and with no subsequesnt subtitle or number. When such a thing exists (Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy Versus XIII) then that game is intended to be tied directly to one of the main titles (Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XIII).

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

i'm confused, is all final fantasy games connected into one timeline?

woshiXD
woshiXD

This game could be better than xiii.

JoePiervincenti
JoePiervincenti

Why call it XIII if it as no connection (sequel, spinoff) to the actual FF13 game?

oblivion-IV
oblivion-IV

I have faith this will be better than FFXIII

UnitedGamerz
UnitedGamerz

This game looks way better then ff13 I think there holding the best for last.

coolkid132
coolkid132

i know right i saw a trailer for this game and at the top it said Cloud i'm also really conufused!!!!!

jeffoclan
jeffoclan

please can anyone tell me if cloud is in this game or not i am really conufused

secretfrog2
secretfrog2

I dont know the difference but for some weird reason I think the main charater is the old cloud maby in the future as a sleeping god that is going to be awoken and very pissed off

secretfrog2
secretfrog2

Im sure glad I bought my ps3 when I did! My wife is going to hate me with all these Final Fantasy games coming out. Hee Hee

VXLbeast
VXLbeast

So, what is different bewteen FFXIII and FFXIII Versus? I am confused...

ascalon94
ascalon94

@Gammmet25 As an owner of both ps3 and 360 I'm more interested in the ps3 exclusive so yeah I agree I'm more interested in this game. What you said is pretty much true but hey look at the success of Dragon Age Origins... Maybe there is still hope haha

Gammet25
Gammet25

They have gotta put a new trailer for this one cause i just really want to get to know this game. It looks hectic and much cooler then the ones like final fantasy 4 geting away from the old mythical fantasy to modern fiction. Square Enix may even get more fans by putting the modern theme of FF13. Sometimes looks is the only thing that will fascinate a gamer. Sadly.

skywalkerforce
skywalkerforce

@will_i_am911 I completely agree with you. This should have been the actual FF XIII lol. This game kinda reminds me of why I originally started playing FF games before they started throwing in crap loads of guns. I do like how bad@ss this guy is from the trailer. I am glad they are making this for PS3 only at the moment so we can have a decent exclusive title. (Also MAKE FFVII REMAKE NOW!!!!)

Ivory-Dynamite
Ivory-Dynamite

I would like to play a FF game more based in reality, more closer to present time (not to distant future?) But I don't know what this game is about only it sound cooler than FF13

Rizer
Rizer

So...this is a game right? I got my hopes up so this better not just be a movie...seems more dark and bad@ss then the actual FFXIII, so I'll be totally disappointed if it turns out to be some sort of promotional prequel movie or something.

bibleboy93
bibleboy93

i think this game looks better then FFXIII and the combat sounds better too im gettin a ps3 for this FXIII FFVII (yes it is gonna be a remake of the original hopefully just better graphics) and FFXIV

zvillalba
zvillalba

the combat is supposed to be a blend of kingdom hearts and dirge of Cerberus cept requires more than just mashing the x button haha so at least we know the combat will be good

volrath_86
volrath_86

I was just tryinbg to pre-order the psp´s dissidia at amazon, when i suddenly saw a pre-order offer for final fantasy versus xiii!, it says the game comes out december 31, 2010... but i´m not so sure if that´s true, i mean, the cover is so simple... does anybody knows anything about this? this is the link of the offer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZK9QBY/ref=s9_k2a_gw_ir03?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0SR57VJ6301DNB213ZR0&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

SkinnZero
SkinnZero

daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn! It seems that we all FF fans will have to buy the combo! FFXIII, FFXIII versus and even FFXIV! The only thing I don't like is the mention of Kingdom Hearts :(

Gammet25
Gammet25

Im actually anticipating this game more then ff13 as this game just seems so mysterious. Just cant wait for more info on this game, it looks like a really interesting game with a new 'darker theme' and etc

petrosdaw
petrosdaw

I really just think all these game developers should stop stalling and release their games at least by early-mid 2010. I am already wating for ffv13, gow3, white knight chronicles, ff13, ff14 and so many other games. plz just release all the games soon!

corkyhookahking
corkyhookahking

I can't wait this game looks kool and when was the last time Squarenix failed us (not mentioning FF11 or FF12)

aldovalera69
aldovalera69

If this game is released next year and it will suck (Which I really, REALLY!!! Don't want to happen) I'm gonna hate myself for preparing for this game!!!!

Tomboy_666
Tomboy_666

Some sites r saying that its gonna release this Christmas. I ain't believin' a single word of that

Last_Grimreaper
Last_Grimreaper

Square Enix is just stalling, they really must have some big internal issues.

Gammet25
Gammet25

I wonder how long its been since square enix announced the Fabula Nova Crystalis production

Gammet25
Gammet25

once again square enix doesnt give us a confirmed exact release date. I cant wait to get this game. The story looks really intresting

will_i_am911
will_i_am911

Versus sounds a hell lot better then XIII but i don't think it's gonna be released for awhile.

courtklae
courtklae

If this game ever comes out. We might have passed on by then! Jesus.

strictly_leglt8
strictly_leglt8

i've got a 360 but i WILL buy a PS3 jus for this game

Gioh
Gioh

Please gimme...i cant take no more ....WAITIN!! Give me somethin for buyin that beatifull PS3. My birthday 15 december...seems like a nice timing! Enix says:n "Happy birthday Gio. Here a copy of FFX111" Gio says: "oh my GGgggg.." falls on the ground for sheer disbelief and happiness. Ur not alone...

lamepunk
lamepunk

Is it really coming out this december like it said before this article? In this article it says there is no release date and this was written only a couple months ago so it seems unlikely this game is coming out anytime soon. That is very annoying...

Obamamaniac
Obamamaniac

The reason for the PS3's existence is still far off in the distance, BUT IT WILL COME OR I WILL STEAL A COPY AND MANUFACTURE IT UNTIL EVERYONE HAS A COPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Square, you've been developing this for like 3 years already, come on.

mergedsalem23
mergedsalem23

antagonist8503 I agree my ps3 never broke down. One time I left my ps3 on for like 10 hrs while i was sleep, and it didnt freeze or nothing, I know for a fact you get your money's worth out of the ps3. Playstation fans its just a matter of time when sony make a come back.

mergedsalem23
mergedsalem23

I cant wait for this. I played crisis core Im so ready for ffXlll versus I was happy for ffxlll but its going to the 360 which is being reduce to rubble.

king23_
king23_

Versus definitley looks better than XIII

Shurien
Shurien

ZOMG!!! I want to play it NOW!!!!