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Final Fantasy XV moved to next-gen two years ago

Apparently, Square Enix's secrecy regarding the upcoming Final Fantasy action game was due to the company's decision to move to next-gen.

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Fans were frustrated at Square Enix's long silence surrounding Final Fantasy Versus XIII. At E3, the company finally announced that the former PS3 exclusive had moved to next-gen and would be titled Final Fantasy XV.

Apparently, Square Enix's secrecy regarding the upcoming Final Fantasy action game was due to the company's decision to move to next-gen. According to game director Tetsuya Nomura, they had decided to move to next-gen two years ago. That's the same time the company announced that Versus XIII would be delayed, suggesting that "a number of incredible things" would be incorporated into the game.

A Famitsu report (via Siliconera) reveals that the Versus XIII title was dropped last year. That would explain the report that the game was quietly canceled. It was actually true. What we didn't know was that Square Enix had turned it into Final Fantasy XV.

Because of the switch to next-gen, the company decided not to talk about the game publicly. However, PlayStation's E3 press conference was the perfect venue to re-reveal the game, especially with next-gen finally starting to kick into full gear. Hopefully, with the game in development for so long on next-gen tech, fans won't have to wait too much longer to see the game get released.

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    June 14, 2013 3:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Final Fantasy XV moved to next-gen two years ago.

    Apparently, Square Enix's secrecy regarding the upcoming Final Fantasy action game was due to the company's decision to move to next-gen.

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      June 14, 2013 4:24 PM

      I don't get the love for this game. The entire move seems completely cynical and stinks of desperate money-grabbing.

      The game must have been in development hell, so they decided to cut their losses and rename in FFXV to make back the cash, because a main FF game is guaranteed to sell better than a spin-off.

      We haven't had a decent Final Fntasy game since 2006...

      Maybe FFXVI will be the first proper FF since XII.

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        June 14, 2013 5:13 PM

        Excitement would be a better word than love, considering the director involved and the style presented. It was in development hell because the team was pulled to work on higher priority projects at the time, so it constantly slipping and eventually falling way to next-gen isn't exactly surprising by this point.

        FF13-2 was decent. It had solid game play, great replayability and was in many cases a fun game to play. Sure the story was weak, but it was in many facets better than it's prequel title.


        And while FF13 is easily one of the weakest titles, it wasn't exactly garbage.

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        June 16, 2013 3:57 PM

        This is initialy what i thought.. (desperate moneygrab) ive pretty much given up on Square making FF games. FF13 was the death nail for me.

        but... assuming what hes saying is true..
        Lets say they did add alot of features, and expand the game to more than just a hack n slash, by using next gen hardware. It could actually be good. Ive always thought it looked interesting just didnt seem like a true numbered title.. maybe itll hold up?

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      June 15, 2013 10:04 PM

      Does this one take place right after the movie. The setting's seem to be similar, being that they both took place in reality. I swear the ship crashing through the streets in the game was one of those transporters we saw crash in the Final Fantasy movie: Spirits Within.

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        June 16, 2013 3:58 PM

        oh god... plz not Spirits Within. Considering how that movie completely wiped out their movie division.. i doubt it.

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