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Final Fantasy Versus XIII promoted to full-fledged FFXV? And dropping Xbox 360 in favour of Wii U?

If this video is real, it's spoiled one of Square-Enix's megaton announcements for E3. Some not-so-secret filming at a pre-E3 briefing appears to show previously-announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII has now become Final Fantasy XV. A full, numbered sequel. But that's not the only (potential) megaton it's dropping: It's only coming out on PS3 and Wii U in 2012 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the series. No Xbox 360.

What can we take from this? The game has been in development for some seven years already, having been announced at E3 2006 and is being produced by Square-Enix's 1st Production Department. We're looking at a AAA entry in the series, so perhaps it makes sense that it becomes a fully-numbered sequel - especially considering Square-Enix had complained about the cost of making full-scale entries for this generation of consoles. Why go through all that again from scratch when a title of this caliber is waiting in the wings?

But that also has large implications for the series. The game was a spin-off for a reason - it's an action-RPG, which isn't quite in keeping with the traditionally turn-based gameplay that Final Fantasy is known for.

Whether it all turns out to be real or not still hinges on next week's press conferences. But seeing as we've heard nothing about this change before now, it's either a pretty convincing fake, or one of the biggest leaked megatons of recent years. But for now, we'll have to add it to our E3 rumours page.

34 comments

  • micashinramiami777 - October 12, 2012 6:57 a.m.

    got the ff13 and ff13x2 on the xbox 360 so it would be nice to have ff versus on it too...completed my advent children doll collection and shiva from ff13 still waiting for ff versus noctis doll so i dont really mind if its not on xbox as long as i they release a doll for it=^;^=
  • gtaivac_ - May 31, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Calm down people, Unicorn Montage; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47AgSIMuE-0
  • taokaka - May 31, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    But at the rate this game is going we'll probably see XVI before XV.
  • Clovin64 - May 31, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    I was never massively interested in Versus, but it does make a lot of sense just to promote it to FFXV. Its been in development for so damn long. Still keeping my fingers crossed for Kingdom Hearts 3 at E3.
  • LordGremlin - May 31, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    Versus was never going to be on 360. It was supposed to be PS3-only, unlike XIII. But now it's going to Wii U as well. Misleading news.
  • meg127 - May 31, 2012 12:31 p.m.

    Eh....it looks fake to me, but we'll see. Making Versus XIII FFXV instead would make sense, though. I remember Square Enix saying XIII will be the last traditional Final Fantasy game after all.
  • FirLocke - May 31, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Totally buying it for the Wii U though. Especially if it's got extra features for the controller.
  • BladedFalcon - May 31, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Um... GR? Seriously, you're falling for this? I could bet that this video is a fake. The footage from the game is all things that already had appeared in previous trailers. And It wouldn't be that hard to create logos that looked like What Square usually puts. Not to mention the fact that the "conference" room looks more like a classroom, and the people there look more like students, than press or business type people. Seriously, this a fake, I can guarantee it. And I'm honestly surprised, more people have not caught up on it yet.
  • IceBlueKirby - May 31, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    Whether or not Versus XIII is now XV or not, I just hope the part about it coming out in 2012 is true. I've been looking forward to it for a while now, specifically because it's an action-RPG, not to mention the gameplay looks similar to Kingdom Hearts II. Also, the realistic(ish) setting should provide a nice breath of fresh air for RPGs in general.
  • rballa2 - May 31, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    Agreed
  • lazer59882 - May 31, 2012 10:54 a.m.

    the last great FF came out on SNES, and it was called FFVI. PERIOD. there is no dispute. the last two were shit. but good, maybe now FF will be done for once and for all after no one at all buys it.
  • BladedFalcon - May 31, 2012 noon

    Um... GR? Seriously, you're falling for this? I could bet that this video is a fake. The footage from the game is all things that already had appeared in previous trailers. And It wouldn't be that hard to create logos that looked like What Square usually puts. Not to mention the fact that the "conference" room looks more like a classroom, and the people there look more like students, than press or business type people. Seriously, this a fake, I can guarantee it. And I'm honestly surprised, more people have not caught up on it yet.
  • BladedFalcon - May 31, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Blah, sorry, not meant to be a reply for this. Mods can feel free to delete this and the post above, as it's a repeat. My apologies.
  • ABACADA6494 - May 31, 2012 10:40 a.m.

    Sounds good to me. I enjoyed FF XIII - 2 and am hoping this is legit. My guess for no Xbox was that it didn't sell nearly anything on the 360. The 360 is not the place for a Final Fantasy game. It doesn't have the right demographic in it's user base for Final Fantasy to be a big seller
  • lazer59882 - May 31, 2012 10:56 a.m.

    how bout looking that stat up first, buddy. everything sells better on the XBOX, including FFXIII. whatever you think you know about the demographic playing 360, you don't. this game will FAIL beyond failing if its only on sony's next overpriced console and nintendo's next underpowered one. recaptcha: Rynboo Kingdom
  • Nifheilm - May 31, 2012 11:02 a.m.

    im pretty sure that FFXIII sold better on the PS3
  • raidramon0 - May 31, 2012 12:13 p.m.

    Maybe in North America, the Xbox 360 is king, but in Europe and Japan, not so much. The Playstation 3 version of Final Fantasy 13 outsold the Xbox 360 version by 300K copies, and that's in America. The games that are better on Xbox 360 than the Playstation 3 (Elder's Scroll 5: Skyrim for instance) are few and far between, and that's only because of technical issues (except for Skyrim getting Move support). See? Don't make these kinds of conclusions without doing some research, and I mean REAL research.
  • ABACADA6494 - May 31, 2012 7:06 p.m.

    I dunno man, i feel like Xbox isn't for JRPG's although that might just be my random opinion. and the fact that it doesn't sell in Japan probably had to do with them dropping development for the 360. and check the Wikipedia article, it says it sold a lot more on PS3. "By April of the same year, American game sales for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 reached an estimated 800,000 and 500,000 units respectively." Did you look that stat up? or just spitting that out there because you think it's true? and the game probably won't sell too well either way, Final Fantasy has lost it's footing and may never regain it.
  • Hawkeyejonjon - June 1, 2012 2:33 a.m.

    Well you will be wrong there. It will not fail if it goes on wii and ps3. I was doing research about final fantasy 13 and 13-2 sales on xbox and ps3. Final Fantasy 13-2 sold thousands and by thousands i mean over several hundred thousand better on ps3 than xbox and final fantasy 13 sold thousands more on ps3 again than xbox Final Fantasy 13 Sales Ps3: 828,200 Xbox 360:494,300 Final Fantasy 13-2 Sales PS3: 798,000 Xbox 360: 13,000 Not looking good on xbox Here are links to them Final Fantasy 13 sales: http://www.vg247.com/2010/04/15/npd-march-2010-raw-data/ Final Fantasy 13-2 Sales: http://www.rpgsite.net/news/1496-final-fantasy-xiii2-sells-350k-first-month-in-the-us
  • samsneeze - May 31, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    I don't usually like to cry fanboy, but you're just making it too easy.

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