In February, Square Enix shocked the world at the Playstation 4 presentation by announcing that they would soon be making an announcement about something Final Fantasy related at this year's E3. If your computer's sarcasm filter isn't working properly, I'd like to announce that the previous sentences were filled to the brim with sarcasm.
I absolutely hate when companies come out during a big show to announce that they are going to announce something. But that isn't the point of this article. The point is, just what is Square Enix going to be announcing? Everyone, including myself seems to believe it is going to be a Final Fantasy Versus XIII announcement. But what if it wasn't?
Just think about it. We know that they'll be making some sort of Final Fantasy announcement at E3 this year, that's absolutely certain. But just how many different Final Fantasy games is Square Enix even working on right now? We've got Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0 could always make an appearance, Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD, the Dissidia series is still floating out in the ether, and who could forget Final Fantasy XIV?
How long do you think he's been sitting there waiting for a release date?
That last one and Lightning Returns are the real dangerous ones in this scenario. The character Lightning is for some as of yet unknown reason Square Enix's baby recently. Over the last few years, Square Enix has been trying to make her the poster child for the Final Fantasy franchise, but it has been met with quite a bit of resistance. Resistance that Square Enix doesn't seem to notice.
I could easily see their big announcement being that Lightning Returns will be ported to the Playstation 4, thus cementing the Lightning character in Playstation history as a mascot for Sony's newest console.
Now onto the more likely scenario of Square Enix trying to hype people up for the reveal of Final Fantasy XIV being playable on both the PS3 and PS4. The original plan was to actually have Final Fantasy XIV on the PS3 years ago, but as I'm sure most of you are aware, things went south pretty quickly on those plans. The original version of XIV was torn to shreds, and Square Enix went to work on completely remaking the game.
"Haha! I was a colossal waste of money!"
A few months ago, they finished it. The new plan was to begin work on a PS3 version of the newer better version of the Final Fantasy MMORPG after work was finished on the PS3 version, but then Sony had to go and complicate things by announcing the PS4.
Considering how much money went into making Final Fantasy XIV and then remaking it, Square Enix is going to want to get as many sales as it can. So odds are the PS3 version will stick around, but it could be followed by the "surprise" announcement of it also being on the Playstation 4.
And then we have the problem of the Final Fantasy tech demo that has been making waves for the last few months. Square Enix is obviously going to want to get into using that as soon as possible and odds are they already are using it for their next big Final Fantasy title. This, of course, doesn't change the fact that they're still working on Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but I have to wonder, just which one are they going to want to hype up at E3 this year?
Mums the word on Versus for the last seven years, so who's to say they won't shelf it for another year so they can start hyping up their next big thing? Its an incredibly stupid move on their part if they try it, but like I said before. They're almost certainly revealing Versus XIII this year, in my opinion. But I said that last year too. As always, thank you for reading.