When developer SquareSoft was struggling to make an impression on the world back in 1987 while bills mounted up and the world was in the grip of Mario fever, it looked like there was little option but to wave the white flag. Legend has it, they were on the brink of closing and sending everyone home. Then they released one final game - prophetically called Final Fantasy - and held their breath. The game proved to be a smash success and the rest, as they say, is history. Some 20 years later, the Final Fantasy factory is still pumping out the hits and if Final Fantasy XIII is anything to go by, Square Enix is still a visionary developer to be reckoned with.
Final Fantasy XIII on PS3 is essentially one part of the ‘Fabula Nova Crystallis’ project, which will contain at least six games bearing the Final Fantasy XIII name. Final Fantasy XIII will be the main anchor for the project, but expect the name to be bolstered by additional FFXIII-based titles on PSP and mobile, at the very least.
As for the game itself, it’s based around two worlds - Cocoon and Pulse. Cocoon is a floating utopia defended by advanced technology while Pulse lies below it, serving as the place where those cast out of Cocoon are sent.