I’ve been off the gaming beat for quite a while, but the news of Square-Enix’s newest Final Fantasy in development made me ecstatic. Even while Final Fantasy XII is being enjoyed by gamers around the world, they have announced and shown previews to their next release, Final Fantasy XIII. Final Fantasy XIII will not only be one game, but a series of games and possibly other media. If that’s the case it’ll be like the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, which now has four games, two movies, and two novellas further developing the story of the original game. The FF XIII game series will be collectively known as Fabula Nova Crystallis, which translates to The New Tale of the Crystal. Each of these games will be set in a different world with independent characters, with the crystals and myths unifying them as a whole.
There are three games in development. FFXIII and FFXIII Versus are both for the PS3 console, while FFXIII Agito for mobile phones follows the footsteps of Final Fantasy VII~Before Crisis. FF XIII is being developed by the same team who handled FF X, with Motomu Toriyama directing the project. The team that gave us Kingdom Hearts is working on Versus. The release dates for these games have not yet been released, but rumors have it FFXIII will be out by 2008. For those in Japan who want to see a preview of these games, all three games will be featured in the upcoming Jump Festa this December 16th and 17th.
[tags]FFXIII, Fabula Nova Crystallis, Square-Enix, PS3[/tags]