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They May Be a Ways Off, But it’s Good to See Versus XIII and Kingdom Hearts III

After Square Enix came on stage during the PlayStation Meeting way back in February, you kinda expected them to have something, anything, other than, “Hey, we’ll be at E3, but we came here to make sure you remember us!” It was a disappointment and certainly felt like a waste of effort on their part, but if Square Enix is good at one thing, it’s making pretty games and making people wait. Okay, two things.

Square Enix also seemed to like keeping people in the dark when it came to Final Fantasy Versus XIII news; always saying that they’d have more to say in the future and that it was still in development. Over time, rumors started spreading about the title having some of its assets moved to Final Fantasy XV, or being rebranded as Final Fantasy XV entirely. Yet, without the official word from Square, these stayed as rumors.

Time skip to Sony’s E3 2013 press conference yesterday, where Sony showed several other titles and other goodies that put a huge grin on my face, and Square Enix appeared just as they said they would. Well, Tetsuya Nomura appeared in a video and talked to everyone, but Square was there in spirit, right? Even Nomura noted how long it’d been since there was an update on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and despite once again saying that he couldn’t go into detail and more would be said later, he did, at least, present us with a brand new trailer for Versus XIII; which, at this point, is a lot more than we got before, so we might as well enjoy what we can get.

It’s not too surprising that Versus XIII still looks gorgeous and looks as though it’ll play differently from previous Final Fantasy titles (this still being made by the Kingdom Hearts team?), but the real surprise came at the end, where the trailer shattered the Final Fantasy Versus XIII name and reformed into Final Fantasy XV. Confirming the rumors that the game underwent an identity change. Nothing else was said by Square Enix about the game, but they are planning a Q&A event for today (June 11th), where they’ll discus the ‘future of Final Fantasy.’

Final Fantasy XV

Now, I completely expected this to be all Square Enix was going to show before exploding into a mass of crystal shards and being carried off by the wind, but they quickly kept everyone’s attention by stating that they had yet another trailer to show. After EA ended their show with Mirror’s Edge 2, many unannounced titles became plausible (except for Beyond Good & Evil 2, apparently!) and Square certainly had one of their own, aside from the aforementioned Versus XIII. One numbered sequel and a handful of spinoffs later; Kingdom Hearts III was revealed and confirmed to be in development.

It certainly isn’t much, but it’s enough. It’s also most likely a demo to show what the game will look like on PS4, but it’s enough. It’s enough for Kingdom Hearts fans to know that the series will finally return to a console and, more importantly, it’s the one that all the other games have been leading up to; convoluted plot and all.

Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III have been brought back to the realm of relevancy. Now we can move on from the ‘where are these game?!’ phase and into the equally long phase of ‘waiting for them to come out;’ like I said up top, if Square Enix is good at one thing, it’s making people wait. But it’s okay, because by revealing these two games the countdown clock has been reset (or would it be a cooldown timer?). Sure, we still have to push through Lightning  Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and whatever plans are in store for the rest of the Final Fantasy series, but I think we’re all pretty used to Square Enix’s antics. And besides, it’s not like the PlayStation 4 is out yet; there’s still the chance of getting more definitive details, regarding the games coming to it, between now and the system’s launch.

E3 only started yesterday, but Mirror’s Edge 2, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Kingdom Hearts III all made appearances. I’d call those ‘wins’ and ‘big news.’ Let’s see what the rest of the week has for us, yeah?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go watch that Kingdom Hearts III trailer for the 36th time.

Kyree didn't have an N64 or Dreamcast as a kid (so sad) and he doesn't remember finishing any of his PlayStation games, but skip to the PS2/GC/Xbox era and everything changed. He hasn't been outside to play tag in forever, but he can recall playing way too much Smash Bros. and even more Kingdom Hearts; seriously, he can recite lines from it. I think he may have a problem.

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