Final Fantasy XIII may have gone multiplatform, but at least PS3 owners still have Versus XIII as an exclusive, right? Maybe, maybe not.
If you can think back a couple of years to when it was announced that Final Fantasy XIII would be coming out on the Xbox 360 as well as the PlayStation 3, you might remember how big of a bombshell that news was. The “main” numbered games in the Final Fantasy series had almost always been on one single platform (excluding the MMORPG Final Fantasy XI), and many people who had purchased a PS3 solely for the eventual release of FF13 felt betrayed. Indeed, some of them may have felt a bit too betrayed.
“It’s all right,” the Sony diehards assured themselves. “The Xbox 360 plebians are just getting the crappy multiplatform game. Right now, Square-Enix mastermind Tetsuya Nomura is working on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the real continuation of the series – and it’s just for the PS3!”
Unfortunately for them, it’s now entirely possible that the next time we glimpse the long-dormant Versus XIII, it might no longer be a platform exclusive. Oh sure, while all of the official material still says that it’s PS3-only, Squeenix big boss Yoichi Wada didn’t seem quite so sure of that in a Q&A following an investors’ meeting in Tokyo.
Considering that the multiplatform release of FF13 outside of Japan paid off big for Square-Enix – the game has been the fastest-selling Final Fantasy to date – an investor asked Wada if the company was considering something similar for Versus.
“We’ll be looking into it internally until right before the formal announcement,” replied Wada – as non-committal of an answer as he could possibly give, really. Said formal announcement is expected at E3 2010 next month, though project lead Nomura has cast some doubt on that.
The odds are still in your favor, PS3 owners: It was planned as a PS3 exclusive, and Wada’s answer essentially boils down to “We’ll think about it.” But they are thinking about it – and you might just want to prepare yourselves for the worst. For everyone who doesn’t own a PS3, though, it’s potentially great news! You win some, you lose some, I guess.