This isn't really the place for this, but I'm on vacation right now and after driving twelve hours I couldn't really provide a more official outlet for my thoughts. That said, here is my unfiltered, unedited take on the Versus rumor.
the rumor hit Kotaku that there was a chance that Final Fantasy Versus
XIII was quietly being cancelled, I cannot say I was shocked. In fact, I
was more curious than anything. While I don't put a whole lot of stock
in rumors, the way this one was phrased seemed almost strategic.
According to Kotaku's source, Square Enix has not only cancelled Versus,
but was also not planning to make an official announcement about it in
hopes that the game would just be forgotten.
you'll remember a few years back, EGM posted a rumor that Final Fantasy
Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers had been canned. Square Enix
was more than eager to make a statement to the contrary and the game
eventually came out. I've recently heard talk that the game was actually
cancelled, but was then revived. Whether or not that actually happened
doesn't really matter, what does is that Square Enix needed to manage
that rumor, especially if it was true. If Versus is truly dead, making
an announcement would clearly hurt stock prices as was stated in the
Kotaku post. Now that this possible leak has happened, Square Enix has a
SE stays quiet and ignores the rumor. This will lead more credence to
the rumor, since it specifically stated that the company didn't want to
let people know the game was dead. Some would say that they are simply
not wanting to feed the fire of the rumor, but the last time this
happened with Crystal Bearers, they jumped in to squash the rumor, so
why ignore it this time if it's not true.
SE denies the rumor and confirms the game is still in development. If
the decision to kill off Versus had actually been made, then the company
will reverse course and try to salvage the situation somehow. If the
rumor was not accurate, the game's fate would be unchanged.
SE shoots down the rumor, but still cancels the game without saying a
word about it. This would be the dishonest route, but it might still
happen. If the company is truly scared of stock prices plummeting, then
giving Versus a verbal stay of execution while slowly starving it to
death behind closed doors only to really kill it off down the road
wouldn't be too far out of the realm of possibility.
of what the game's true fate is, there is no path where Square Enix
remaining quiet on this situation is a good thing. The longer the
company remains silent, the more damage will be done.
that aside, I can absolutely see this being true. Versus has cost the
company a ton of money so far with nothing to show for it and if it's
going to cost more to finish than could possibly be made back, then it
makes perfect financial sense to can it before even more damage is done.
If this does happen, this will likely be the first time in forever that
there is no active development known about for a new Final Fantasy
title (not counting the repairing of Final Fantasy XIV).
there is also the rumor of more Final Fantasy XIII-2 content coming. I
cannot believe that would actually be XIII-3 or even a full game, but I
could easily see this being a major expansion pack for XIII-2. What
happens with the series will be interesting to watch over the next few
months. Is Final Fantasy XV in development? Is Agni's Philosophy a
prototype for what will become the next Final Fantasy? Only time will