Square-Enix belt-master Tetsuya Nomura has revealed that his current pet project Final Fantasy versus XIII may miss yet another E3.
Next month, the long-awaited Final Fantasy XIII will finally hit shelves everywhere outside of Japan after almost five years of development. With Lightning’s adventures now published, and the next proper installment – Final Fantasy XIV – officially announced, though, eyes are naturally turning to the other part of the “Fabula Nova Crystallis” collection, Final Fantasy versus XIII.
Almost nothing has been shown of versus XIII since its announcement at E3 2006 – and what has been shown is just pre-rendered cinematic footage. While Square-Enix veteran Tetsuya Nomura had previously claimed that the title would be shown off at this year’s E3, it turns out that it might be a no-show yet again.
Speaking with Famitsu about the upcoming Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Nomura was asked to comment on his other projects, notably versus XIII. While the game designer said that development was going well, certain things were still being revised – he mentioned the world map system in particular. As a result of the work that still needed to be done, though, Nomura was reportedly “unsure if development will have progressed to a point where it can be shown at this year’s E3,” despite initial plans for the game to have a presence there.
Of course, the title’s absence would have to be balanced out by other Square-Enix games, which would be a call for people above Nomura’s pay grade, he said.
Careful, Nomura-san. Don’t want people to start calling your game Final Fantasy Forever, do you?