Final Fantasy XIII was officially announced for the Playstation 3 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles yesterday. The intial trailer showed a very futuristic setting, one that we have never seen in a Final Fantasy game before, and a female protagonist (who could possible be the main character) fighting a bunch of guards. Her weapon was a sort of "Gunblade" and no, not like Squall's, this one was a gun that transformed into a blade.

The girl fought a bit like Yuna, jumping around and pumping the bad guys full of lead. The battle system seems very "active" and fluid as there was a mass of enemies on screen and it looked like it went into a cutscene and back out of it with no load times. The game looks to be a true testement to the Playstation 3's power. Not much else is known about the game yet. But we will be keeping you informed!

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Now thats not all I got to say, as there was one last very big surprise announced. Final Fantasy XIII will not be just "one" game. It will almost be a franchise in itself. As there is a prequel and sequel game ALREADY announced, although not direct sequels, they will be in the same universe as the main game. The prequel Final Fantasy Agito XIII will be for mobiles, and the sequel Final Fantasy VERSUS XIII will be for the Playstation 3. Versus XIII will be an action game developed by the Kingdom Hearts team.

The name for the whole FFXIII series has been dubbed "Fabula Nova Crystallis". FABULA NOVA CRYSTALLIS, defined in Latin as "the new tale of the crystal," is made up of several different titles based on variations of the FINAL FANTASY XIII universe. However, while each title in the project features different characters, different worlds, and different stories, all are ultimately based on and expand upon a common mythos. Square-Enix

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FINAL FANTASY XIII

FINAL FANTASY XIII for PlayStation 3 system

A tale of souls from a futuristic civilization illuminated by the Light of the Crystal.

This eagerly anticipated title takes full advantage of the PlayStation 3 system's advanced hardware, providing tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of FINAL FANTASY XIII, thus making this newest addition to the FINAL FANTASY series worthy of the title "next generation."

*This title is not yet concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America

FINAL FANTASY XIII Key Development Staff

  • Director: Motomu Toriyama (FINAL FANTASY VII, FINAL FANTASY X, FINAL FANTASY X-2)
  • Character designer: Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY V~VIII, FINAL FANTASY X, FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN, KINGDOM HEARTS)
  • Art director: Isamu Kamikokuryo (FINAL FANTASY X, FINAL FANTASY XII)
  • Main programmer: Kazumi Kobayashi (CHRONO TRIGGER, XENOGEARS, CHORONO CROSS, FINAL FANTASY XI)
  • Movie director: Eiji Fujii (FINAL FANTASY: The Spirits Within, FINAL FANTASY XII)
  • Main theme: Nobuo Uematsu, SMILE PLEASE Co., LTD. (FINAL FANTASY series)
  • Composer: Masashi Hamauzu (FINAL FANTASY X, DIRGE of CERBERUS -FINAL FANTASY VII-)
  • Producer: Yoshinori Kitase (FINAL FANTASY series)

http://na.square-enix.com/e306/titles/fabula/ff13/


FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII

FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII for PlayStation 3 system

Harmony is realized in this alternate tale of FINAL FANTASY XIII

Not a merely a sequel, but a wholly independent story unfolding in a different world with different characters. This title will appear alongside FINAL FANTASY XIII on the PlayStation 3 system.

When coupled with FINAL FANTASY XIII, FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII completes the core of the FABULA NOVA CRYSTALLIS Project.

*This title is not yet concept approved by Sony Computer Entertainment America

Key Development Staff

  • Director & Character designer: Tetsuya Nomura (FINAL FANTASY V~VIII, FINAL FANTASY X, FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN, KINGDOM HEARTS)
  • Movie director: Takeshi Nozue (FINAL FANTASY IX, FINAL FANTASY X, FINAL FANTASY VII ADVENT CHILDREN, KINGDOM HEARTS)
  • Composer: Yoko Shimomura (LEGEND OF MANA, Parasite EVE, KINGDOM HEARTS)
  • Producer: Shinji Hashimoto

http://na.square-enix.com/e306/titles/fabula/versus/


Final Fantasy XIII will run on the "White Engine", a propietary engine built for Square Enix's next-gen games. The game was originally planned for the PlayStation 2 but was later moved to the PS3 after the development team discovered the power of the platform.

FFXIII on Wiki Pretty sure about this but I have not personally seen the information.

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