Square Enix first unveiled Final Fantasy Versus XIII at E3 back in 2006. Five years of tantalizing visuals and scrupulously leaked details later, fans have yet to get an in-depth look at the game. Unfortunately, it looks like that cold streak won’t be ending anytime soon.
Director and character designer Tetsuya Nomura explained in Dengeki PlayStation’s 500th issue that Versus will not be shown in this year’s Tokyo Games Show. He was also mute about when to expect the next showing, deflecting to news about progress on other Square Enix titles such as Final Fantasy Type-0 and their 3DS rhythm game. Although Nomura-san made the same assertions for the last two TGS, bits and pieces of Versus still surfaced.
Meanwhile, a lucky group of 40 will get to preemptively demo Final Fantasy XIII-2 on September 10th. The game will also be available for trial at the TGS Square Enix booth a week later.
Fans have to wonder what could be causing the delay. Final Fantasy X began development in 1999 and was released two years later. Final Fantasy XII took 5 years. Final Fantasy XIII, announced at the same time as Versus, was released in 2009. It looks like Versus is competing for attention with the other kids in the Squeenix family and, by all accounts, it’s losing.