Anonymous sources have informed Kotaku today that Square Enix’s long-awaited action-RPG Final Fantasy Versus XIII is being quietly canned. Reportedly, “No public statement will be made on the decision… to avoid any acknowledgement that could impact the company’s stock price.” If this is true, all resources and assets from the game will be shifted towards the as-of-yet unannounced 15th main game in the series. Interestingly, previous rumors have in fact purported that Versus XIII was just going to end up being renamed Final Fantasy XV instead of trying to tie it into the ridiculously named “Fabula Nova Crystallis.”
With all of the negativity surrounding Final Fantasy XIII, fans of the franchise were really counting on the real-time adventures of Noctis to get the once-mighty name back on track. Even Final Fantasy Type-0 (formerly Agito) is still a no-show in English, despite scoring 39/40 in Famitsu and being fun to play. With Final Fantasy XIII-3 an inevitability and Square Enix apparently in the process of moving to a new graphics engine, who knows what will come of the 6 years of work put into Versus XIII.
Maybe we’ll learn more on September 1st, when Square Enix holds a stage presentation called “Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Developments Presentation.”