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During my perusal of the NeoGaf forums I was in no way surprised to find a translation of the latest Famitsu magazine with details on the current setbacks for Final Fantasy XIII’s game brethren. When it was announced I knew it to be too much for Square Enix to handle, and now the results of stressing to create three simultaneous FFXIII properties is coming to a head.
According to the Famitsu article (as translated by NeoGaf forum members) the majority of those working on Final Fantasy Versus XIII have been pulled off to go work on the core title. It already takes Square Enix forever to complete a main FF game that it’s ludicrous of them to think they could pull this off. Why they’d ever have separate teams not working on the main game is incomprehensible.
Maybe now we can be assured of seeing Final Fantasy XIII at some point late in 2009. But what of Versus and Agito? I’m going to say if we do get these titles, it’ll be long after FFXIII ships.
UPDATE: Square Enix has issued a statement to Eurogamer stating that: "Reports that development for Final Fantasy Versus XIII is on hold are false," said a representative from Square Enix. "The truth of the situation is that when free, some staff from the Versus team have been helping with the XIII team on development of Final Fantasy XIII. Development for both titles is continuing as originally scheduled."
There you have it. And it's still going to be an agonizingly long wait until we see either game.