The Past, Platforms And Future Of Final Fantasy XIII, Agito And Versus

With Final Fantasy XIII just a few weeks away for gamers in North America, Europe and Australia, the first part of Square Enix's grand Fabula Nova Crystallis project. What does the future hold for the trio of Final Fantasy XIII game?

Let's first talk about the past, when Final Fantasy XIII began was still a PlayStation 2 title. The game's director, Motomu Toriyama, says that the PS2 version of the thirteenth Final Fantasy game was in development for about a year, with the demo level Hanged Edge playable on the previous generation PlayStation.

The game never moved past the development of basic mechanics and the battle system, Toriyama says, with XIII switching to the PlayStation 3 after the current-generation console was announced. A tech demo was built and the platform switch was essentially complete.

Now that Final Fantasy XIII is, for all intents and purposes, done, what's next? Not downloadable content, says the game's producer, Yoshinori Kitase.

"For Final Fantasy XIII, specifically, we're not considering any downloadable content," Kitase told Kotaku, ruling out even minor additions like downloadable costumes for the Final Fantasy XIII cast. "We feel that we've created a complete package with Final Fantasy XIII, so 100% of the game is present in the packaged product."

"But that's not to say that for future Final Fantasy games we won't consider downloadable content," Kitase added. "The development teams are very interested in looking into what can be done for future titles. We're definitely open to considering that."

While he didn't mention it by name, Kitase may be referring to the next games in the Fabula Nova Crystallis trilogy, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII. The former is still currently announced as a PlayStation 3 exclusive, as Final Fantasy XIII once was. The latter is bound for the PSP, formerly planned for release on mobile phones.

"For the Fabula Nova Chrystallis series as a whole and the future of the Final Fantasy series in general, we definitely see that the global market has been evolving," Kitase says. "At this time, we don't have any change to the plans for what's been announced for games like Agito or Versus XIII, but depending on how things go in the future we'll continue to adapt to create games best suited for the market."

Unlike Square Enix's other bestselling RPG series, Dragon Quest, which made the leap from PlayStation 2 to Nintendo DS and Wii, Kitase sees the main Final Fantasy series sticking to higher-definition consoles.

"In terms of Final Fantasy in general, the teams are really aiming for movie quality graphics and really dramatic storylines," he said. "For now, at least, consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3 are the best place for this kind of cinematic experience to take place. We don't feel that it needs to transition necessarily to a handheld platform."

As for the immediate plans for Final Fantasy XIII, the game's creators simply hope the new title resonates with fans.

"Our hope is that XIII will become as loved by fans as Final Fantasy VII is," said Toriyama. "We think that one of the reasons that Final Fantasy VII really stood out was because of the futuristic setting of the game. Similarly in XIII, we really mixed the fantasy world with the futuristic world. It's a brand new world that no one's really ever seen before. That's something that players will be excited about."


    I just want them to confirm versus will be on xbox 360 already :(

      nah, no way. IT'S OURS

      That won't happen. Not this time. It is definitely a PS3 exclusive.

        i wish they made more games exclusive for either consoles instead of going multiplat. since i got all the consoles it wont bother me, and they can go nuts with making it look ever more awesome than attempting to make it port-able.

    @ Jarrad: im pretty sure they wont have versus on the 360. i remember reading something ages ago about promising Sony a new exclusive FF Title.

    On another note.. why call it Final Fantasy XIII Versus.. and not Final Fantasy XIV or even XV??? seems odd to have two games with the same name, even if they are in the same world. At-least FFX2 was a sequel.

      So far as I'm aware, they're not in the same world (although maybe the same universe?), but are instead linked through... uhhhh... spirit, or something. A common thread? I dunno, also, cos it's using a different combat system, I think they wanted to differentiate it from the main final fantasy games, like the... shooter for the ps2... something of cerberus? I dunno, something like that.
      Another point on top of that, I think officially its name is Final Fantasy Versus 13, as though it's trying to challenge FFXIII, but that might be just be my inner (not very good) english nerd.

      FF XII was announced as exclusive for PS3 also.... so I won't be surprise SE announce FF Vs XII on Xbox360... after all, SE wants $$$ and MS is more willing to give out $$$ than Sony at present Economy.

    eh my bets on multiformat, unless sony bribes square an insane ammount to keep it exclusive- after all the money thats gone into development, they would want to make the most money out of it as they can

    I will rage if versus comes to 360, but as I'll have both consoles it won't matter.

    Final Fantasy 13 on wii... i can see it happening.. esp with Nintendos new Hardcore (black box) push in japan

    yep yep

    Square Enix will most likely watch the performance of the games in Europe/North American with FF XIII and then see what platform is the one to use.

    It's going to be hard to predict. Most games do better on the 360 than PS3 - but this is Final Fantasy - and fans may stay loyal to the PS3 and stick with that version. Then there is the disc issue but thats nothing massive considering they are releasing FF XIII on 360 with multiple discs.

    However, if the 360 does seem to do exceptionally well and much better than the PS3 in those regions (not including Japan) then i believe Square Enix will consider the 360 as a platform for Versus and the MMO FF XIV

    I never thought that FFVII was set in a future world? In fact, because they were talking about sending their first rocket to space, i thought it was supposed to be like, alternate universe 20th century?

    They had (2?) airplanes, trains, electricity, genetic engineering, but every single town was almost ripped straight out of the 18th century?

    Iono, the futuristic thing never occured to me.

    Oh and they were *Just* starting to send a rocket to outer space.

    Regardless, FFVII was a hit because of it's characters, a good amount of humor, breathtaking scenery, and above all phenomenal game play.

    It doesn't strike me as odd that the "futuristic setting..." is what SE thought was a major contributor.

    Look at FFX, FFX-2, and FFXII - nowhere near the fanbase of FFVII, because they just didn't have that enticing world of FFVII.

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