Nomura is providing more details. The CG movie we just saw, featuring a spiky-haired character (natch) squaring off against machine-gun-wielding soldiers, was created by the Advent Children team, but the game itself will be made by the Kingdom Hearts team, and will feature “extreme action elements.” He says “bonding” will be the primary theme of the game.
A bit higher quality and extended video here http://www.gametrailers.com/player.php?type=mov&id=10420 The person appears to actually be a female (wearing a skirt and having boobs and all) but I won’t be too surprised if this conclusion is wrong. The game looks like it is going to a lot more similar to an action RPG and has more of a sci-fi setting at this point. Still a bit early to tell much about the game and we’ll no doubt get a lot more information at E3.
FF13 looks like its returning to “cyberpunk” eclectic environment, the style that FF7 and FF8 had, not so much swords and sorcery, more magic+technology. The question to you is, which one are you more excited about? (my guess is the majority of people on this board are more excited about FF12, there seems to be a swords and sorcery bias here).
I dont mind one way or the other whether there’s technology or magic. All FF games have technology (at least some sort of airship) and yet they all have magic somehow. I like the fantasy settings (as in FF I, IV) the dawn of technology settings (V, VI, IX) and the modern-futuristic technology settings (VII, VIII, XII? XIII?) and others (like whatever FFT and FFTA are). Even if it is final FANTASY, scifi doesnt bother me, so the FFXIII world probably wont bother me (waiting for the game will).
Although I will reserve my final opinion till I actually play the games, I do think that it looks very interesting, and the style in versus (with the whole summoning swords thing) looks apealling to me. The graphics were outstanding from what I saw and I’m looking forward to the games at the moment.
It depends on whether the majority of FF fans can make the sci-fi leap. If they can’t, the game will do bad, it may be the FINAL fantasy. or it will be the forgotten Fantasy.
Then again, the fans could love it, and the sorcery/sword stuff will be lost forever…