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Square Enix job ad hints Final Fantasy Versus XIII far from complete, heading to 360

If you were expecting to play Final Fantasy Versus XIII anytime soon, don't count on it. Square Enix has just posted a job listing for a "Battle Planner" for the game. Exactly how much of this game have the developers actually completed?

You don't need to remind Final Fantasy fans that retail listings for Versus XIII at one time showed a 2008 holiday season release date. Some even suggested it would come out before Final Fantasy XIII (which itself was notably delayed). But then Versus went totally MIA. Details became nonexistent. The game that was shrouded in mystery became even more mysterious.

Above: Sure it looks cool, but after more than three years we still don't know exactly what's going on

Some news came a couple months ago when Square Enix finally released a new trailer. And then, in an interview, designer Tetsuya Nomura confessed the game may not be a PS3 exclusive as previously assumed.

That news has been further cemented by the recent Square Enix job listing. In the description, according to a Japanese translation quoted byKotaku, the post calls for someone with "development experience on a PS3, or Xbox 360 package title."

When Final Fantasy XIII went multi-platform, PS3 fanboys could at least hold onto the hope that Versus XIII would still be exclusive to their heralded consoles. But it's looking more and more like that's not the case.

Also looking increasingly bleak are the game's release dateexpectations. Square Enix has previously said it expects to ship the game in Japan in December. If the game still needs an extra Battle Planner, though, how realistic could that be?

In other words, remember a couple years ago when you had no idea what Final Fantasy Versus XIIIwas? Apparently you and Square Enix had something in common.

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