Few games have left as huge an impression on the world of video gaming as Final Fantasy. The franchise began in 1987, and a game in the main series has been released almost every year since then. Without counting spin-offs, sequels, or different platform re-releases, the series is now fourteen games in and waiting for a fifteenth.
As mentioned before, the series also gave birth to a huge amount of tie-in content, such as different video game series (Kingdom Hearts), animated movies (Advent Children), and even games to serve as sequels and prequels to other games in the main series.
I keep talking about the main series because each game in the fourteen titles so far is independent of the other ones, although they do take place in the same universe. So, sequels like Final Fantasy X-2 serve to continue the story from some of the games in the main series without actually interrupting the numbering.
Very interesting is the how the next entry in the series came to be. Originally meant to come out as a sequel or tie-in to Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Versus XIII was first announced ten years ago. On May 8th 2006, Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy Versus XIII would expand the Universe of Final Fantasy XII alongside Final Fantasy Agito XIII.
For more clarity, this was happening in the same year when Nintendo announced Zelda: Twilight Princess to be a Wii launch game and when Sony announced the PS3’s upcoming launch price to be $599. Fable II, GTA IV, and Gears of War were also announced that same year.
Now, finally, ten years after the initial reveal, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII to come out as Final Fantasy XV this September. The project was rebooted in 2012, and the game was revealed once more during 2013’s E3 conference, but no other news followed since then. Now we only have four months to go.
For those of you interested in what Final Fantasy XV is going to be about, there is still a presentation trailer from it used to be known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but there is also a trailer for when the game was re-announced as Final Fantasy XV. It will involve the same characters and similar storylines, but with graphics and an engine appropriate to the current timeline.
Seeing as the title spent more than ten years in development hell, people are antsy about the resulting product. Usually, when games are in development for so long, it’s very noticeable, and it seldom ends well (see the infamous Daikatana and Duke Nukem Forever, both of which spent years in development and were heavily criticized for their poor quality).
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