Of the seemingly endless stream of games that Square Enix has been teasing us with for years, the unreleased Final Fantasy Versus XIII is the one I've been anticipating the most. Developed by the same team behind the Kingdom Hearts series, FF Versus XIII is an action RPG that was announced at E3 way back in 2006, and in true Square tradition we've seen hardly anything from the game other than a few screenshots and some scant story details since.
Gaming Union attempted to break the silence (no, not the spell) at Gamescom by asking Yoshinori Kitase, one of the producers, if they could share any new information about the game's release date. This was his response:
"We have no release date information to update. Unfortunately we can't say anything about that. We can't commit ourselves to 2011 either."
The shroud of mystery remains intact! As much as I can respect a game company for taking their time to polish a game to perfection, the amount of time between console releases seems to grow with every major release out of Squeenix. On top of that, I was extremely underwhelmed by Final Fantasy XIII. The environments and characters were beautifully rendered and fairly well fleshed-out, but the game fell flat when it came to actual gameplay, even more so than Final Fantasy XII, another entry I couldn't get in to. Don't get me wrong, I know I'm in the minority here, but that's exactly why I want to see Versus XIII as soon as they can get it into my grubby little paws.
I have been waiting a long time for a renovation within the Final Fantasy universe, and this game seems to want to do exactly that. I honestly haven't enjoyed a Final Fantasy game since FFX, which makes me even more excited that the studio is letting Nomura take a stab at this entry. We'll have to wait until at least 2012 to see what he's going to unleash though.
Source: Gaming Union