Nomura tweets about Final Fantasy Versus XIII and multiplatform development
“Multiplatform is when you start development on a game with the assumption of optimizing for multiple platforms,” Nomura wrote. “Porting is something that’s done after you’ve developed a game specifically for a particular platforms. The debate over porting is decided by the management based off the current market and the costs. All I can say right now as a developer is that Versus is being developed specifically for the PlayStation 3.”
Final Fantasy XIII, which was previously an PS3 exclusive in Japan, is coming to the country's Xbox 360 console. Square Enix boss Yoichi Wada has been catching all kinds of hell from Japanese gamers for the decision.
Some Japanese Twitter users have been expressing disbelief via messages sent to Wada's account, @yoichiw. Others have been far more vicious, calling him a liar, a money grubber and treacherous. While some said they would not buy the Xbox 360 version, others have been questioning how Square Enix runs its business.
Tetsua Nomura got into one of those moods earlier today and made a few posts about Final Fantasy Versus XIII at The 3rd Birthday Twitter.
Wrote Nomura, "Yesterday, we had meetings about three sections -- maps, events and battles. For the map section, I checked the problem areas that had been fixed. The staff had gone beyond the requests and and filled them with playful elements. I put in orders for additional areas as well."
Nomura's got a bit specific about what he was checking on the maps: The look of a forest that you can see once you've cleared a narrow mountain path.
Things that are required when leaving the city by moving on the roofs of buildings.
The positioning of the bookshelves in shops
How flags are standing
How the sea is handled on the world map
The roads you can see from the air ship
The length of bridges
Regarding events, Nomura said he can't say too much without providing spoilers. He's checking such things as: The look on a character during a short cut in a scene where he or she is leaving.
Explanation of a fathers feelings during a conversation scene.
The areas that they want to have connected seamlessly, and the areas that they want to connect via cuts.
Explanations about the heroines movements.
For both of these areas, Nomura was attempting to convey that the check work goes down to detailed levels.
Regarding battles, Nomura checked up on menu areas yesterday. "We're doing lots of trial and error on this. When you say Final Fantasy, you think of enemy damage figures flying out and showing player HP. What will we do with these in the action-heavy Versus?"
Outside of the direct Versus XIII bits, Nomura provided an update about future Twitter activity. Dissidia won't be getting its own Twitter, he said. They're currently looking at the possibility of opening up Twitter feeds for FF Agito XIII and Versus XIII, although he noted that if these existed they would probably be closer to the Kingdom Hearts Twitter where, unlike The 3rd Birthday Twitter, there wouldn't be as many comments from the development staff.
Well, courtesy of Andriasang at least we can now be sure that Nomura is definitely considering having the previous Parasite Eve games out on PSN, which isn't the most surprising thing ever as we were certain that it would happen.
Tetsuya Nomura confirmed today via The 3rd Birthday Twitter that Square Enix will be giving a PSN release to previous entries in the Parasite Eve series. The Tweet was brief, only saying that a release has been set. Details and an official announcement will follow.
Nomura did not specifically say if both Parasite Eve 1 and 2 will be released, or if the news just concerns one of the games. However, in past Tweets, he said that both were under consideration.