Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

Square Enix just keeps on exciting the gaming fans by releasing beautiful looking screenshots and game trailers. Check out Final Fantasy Versus XIII an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 3 video game console.

Alongside Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII, the game is a part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy XIII compilation. Unveiled at E3 2006, the game focuses on a mysterious protagonist, the last heir of a dynasty ruling over the only remaining city in the world to control crystals. Under unforeseen circumstances, he is forced to make a stand when his kingdom, people, and its crystals come under attack from marauders seeking to conquer the city and take the crystals as their own.

According to developers of the game, the game is not a sequel nor a prequel to other Final Fantasy XIII entries, but a wholly independent story unfolding with different characters and visual designs. According to Square-Enix, each title takes place in the same universe, but are not directly related.

The game is directed and designed by Tetsuya Nomura, who previously directed and designed the Kingdom Hearts series with Yoko Shimomura scoring the music and Shinji Hashimoto handling the production. A trailer of the game has been screened at both the E3 2006 expo and the Tokyo Game Show, and is now available to the public.

Square-Enix has shown a new trailer in a closed mega theater at Jump Festa, with new action footage showing the protagonist fighting against the soldiers. A new trailer shown at the Square Enix Party shows even more new footage as the protagonist fights against a new character in white who uses magic.

Very little information regarding the design or plot of the game has been revealed as yet, although Square Enix representatives have stated that it will be primarily action-oriented and may be the darkest Final Fantasy yet. From an interview with Nomura in Dengeki PlayStation 2 magazine, he has stated that he aims to create previously unseen "tricky" battle sequences, reminiscent of the CGI film, Final Fantasy VII Advent Children. Various websites such as IGN have speculated that the game might be released sometime in 2008


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