FF Versus XIII will have airships, overworld, stupid name

Teased for years with very little actual information, Final Fantasy Versus XIII has up until now been entirely overshadowed by its sister game, FFXIII. With the latter finally released, Square is ready to drip feed more tidbits about this PS3-exclusive side story starring an entirely new cast.

Above: Versus XIII centers on Noctis Lucis Caelum, which is Emo-Latin for "Light of the Night Sigh"

During a Twitter interview yesterday, director Tetsuya Nomura answered a series of questions from fans, breaking the seal on a game that's had next to zero exposure since 2006. We now know that Versus XIII will have an overworld and airship, two things absent in Final Fantasy XIII, which have since become some of the game's most contentious talking points. Combine this with what we know of the story (kingdoms fighting over crystals) and it's starting to sound like the game unrelenting JRPG fans wanted all along, albeit with a stupid, stupid name that'll hopefully be changed during E3 2010.

Above: Back to... basics?

But don't let these nuggets fool you - Versus XIII's mix of classic tropes, Kingdom Hearts-style battles and a drab, real-worldy setting could make it just as unique and divisive as its predecessor. And don't forget that it's only one other part of Fabula Nova Crystallis, an ongoing compilation of sorta-related works. The third, Agito FFXIII, is PSP-only and is just as much of an unknown as Versus.

You can check some translated bits of the interview here.

Final Fantasy XIII review
Team Lightning comes correct with a breakneck, all-out fight for survival


Top 7... best Final Fantasy games
Alright, internet - let's settle this debate once and for all


  • philipshaw - March 19, 2010 1:59 p.m.

    Loving FFXIII at the moment so more FF can only be a good thing
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - March 19, 2010 12:54 p.m.

    Sorta sounds like what FF XIII should have been..?
  • Yaro - March 19, 2010 11:25 a.m.

    Just saying that versus will probably be more of an "FF" than XIII. Yes I suppose my tastes are weird since my favorite FF is VIII. So, yeah.
  • Unoriginal - March 19, 2010 10:03 a.m.

    Almost seems af if SE predicted the FFXIII backlash and had this as a back up to silence the old-school people. Smart move Square, real smart.
  • Embolado - March 18, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    "Kingdom Hearts-style battles" those words made me cringe. Im not a big fan of that style. Here is hoping that im wrong.
  • taterboob - March 18, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Good, now mabye people will stop bitching about XIII. Heaven forbid they actually try something different.
  • lovinmyps3 - March 18, 2010 11:12 p.m.

    Loving the shit out of XIII right now but I'm not sure about this one.
  • RebornKusabi - March 18, 2010 10:32 p.m.

    Hurray! Another Final Fantasy with a bishounen, dark-haired lead that has "open" worlds that I hate exploring in JRPG's, an airship that you never unlock until the end of the game and towns that are supposed to make you empathize with the conflict in the game... which could be accomplished instead via cutscenes much like they did with FF10 >_> Pass.
  • Corsair89 - March 18, 2010 10:11 p.m.

    This game still exists?! Excellent!
  • Fiirestorm21 - March 18, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Sounds good. Hopefully they get it out sooner rather than later.
  • Cyberninja - March 18, 2010 9:15 p.m.

    sounds awesome better than most spin offs
  • Yaro - March 18, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Nevermind FF XIII I've been waiting for versus ever since I found out Tetsuya Nomura is in charge of not just the game but character design too. This one is sure to best XIII. At least for me =)
  • fanboyhunter - March 18, 2010 7:44 p.m.


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