The 'Future of Final Fantasy' to be revealed at E3 2013

By James Dohnert , Updated Jun 09, 2013 07:44 PM EDT

Square Enix has a lot of games to show off at E3 2013. Thief 4, Murder: Soul Suspect, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix and Deus Ex: The Fall are all expected to get some attention during the annual gaming convention in Los Angeles.

While the studio has a lot of irons in the fire it seems that the biggest news for the company will be about the Final Fantasy franchise. The long running franchise has a lot going on.

Final Fantasy Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 will be showcased at E3. However, something bigger looks to be on the horizon as well.

IGN just got sent an email invitation from Square Enix which promises to detail big news for the Final Fantasy franchise. At the kick off to E3 2013 on June 11 Square Enix will do a Q&A with Final Fantasy brand director Shinji Hashimoto. The conference promises to include news about the "future of Final Fantasy".

Details on what that news is currently nonexistent. However, the smart money is on the announcement having something to do with Final Fantasy XV. The game has been rumored since last year. With one report saying the title will be a Playstation 4 exclusive title.

Last March, VG Leaks reported that Square Enix was working on Final Fantasy XV as a Playstation 4 exclusive. According to VG Leaks, the game originally started out life as a Playstation 3 title called Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

The game began development over two years ago but was scraped to change the game to a Playstation 4 exclusive. Rumors even say that Sony developers jumped in to work on the title to make sure the game lives up to the standards of next generation consoles.

Square Enix's Final Fantasy franchise has been through a bit of a lull in recent years. The launch of its Final Fantasy XIV failed to entice critics. The MMORPG received criticism by many who felt the game was released too early.

Square Enix eventually apologized for the game by saying it 'greatly damaged' the Final Fantasy brand. The studio hopes to amend the failings of the title by releasing a sequel to the game called Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

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