Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Type-0 have been announced for quite a while now, and Final Fantasy Type-0 has been released for well over a year now in Japan. In this article, I hope to give some predictions I have regarding these games, and I hope to get all your inputs in the comments section.
First off, will Final Fantasy Versus XIII get a name change? Some rumors have been floating around that this will happen. Some believe that it will be changed to Final Fantasy XV. Others believe that it will be changed into something else entirely. While others think that the name will remain as it is. My opinion? I believe that the name will remain the same. I believe this because Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been floating around the internet and media for almost seven years now, and I know for a fact that there are people not interested in the Final Fantasy series, and yet are interested in Final Fantasy Versus XIII. At the same time, I know that some of those people don’t follow video game news as much as some of us do, thus if the game does get a name change there will most likely be a loss of potential customers. Basically, the name’s been around too long for it to change now, as opposed to Final Fantasy Type-0 which was changed early in comparison.
However, there is no denying the possibility that the name might change. If so, to what? Final Fantasy Versus XIII’s name, if changed, will most likely be changed to something entirely different as opposed to Final Fantasy XV (a la Agito XIII to Type-0). This is because (disregarding a few quotes here and there) I do not believe that Square Enix will release a main numbered Final Fantasy Title with a Kingdom Hearts like battle system, as well as having Third person shooter elements, among other things. All Final Fantasies to this point have had their differences, but have remained turn based at their core. While there is the possibility that this trend will change, I’ll believe it when I see it.
Finally, which system will Final Fantasy Versus XIII be released on? Given what we learned in the PlayStation conference, it seems safe to say that it will most likely be released on both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4. Several indicators point to this. First of all, if this was planned, it would explain the severe lack of news. Second of all, there are several games that are already revealed to be released on both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4, so it won’t be something unheard of. Another point is that Final Fantasy Versus XIII uses a current generation engine that will use lighting elements from the Luminous engine (a next generation engine). I do not know much about the exact procedures in developing a game, however it makes sense to me that a game that uses aspects from both generations would be very suitable to release on both generations.
Moving on to Final Fantasy Type-0, pretty much all questions have been answered regarding this game apart from which system it will be released on in the West, and in what format. One popular theory regarding this game’s stay in Japan is that Square Enix are worried that the PlayStation Portable market is too small/too rampant with piracy for them to make a suitable profit. When asked why they do not remaster it and release it on the PlayStation Vita, they are confronted with the same theory, saying that that market is too small as well. My idea? Why not release it as a PlayStation Network release and make it available for both the PlayStation Portable and the PlayStation Vita? That way, they would be, in essence, combining both markets. Given the extremely high popularity of this game and its excellent reviews in Japan, I am very firm in my belief that this would make them decent, if not excellent, profit. Furthermore, they would reduce costs since they do not have to pay for production of two times the UMD’s necessary for the market (since the game has two UMD’s)
Anyway, that’s my two cents. Any input would be appreciated!