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A Shakespearean Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailer

Submitted by on Thursday, 16 April 20093 Comments

Final Fantasy XIII VersusWith the Japanese gaming public holed up in their tiny apartments, religiously playing the Final Fantasy XIII demo over and over again, it’s no surprise that we’re experiencing a FF media blowout at the moment.

US fans will have to wait ’til June to experience Final Fantasy VII Advent Children on Blu-ray (which, unlike its Eastern counterpart, will only contain a “sneak peak” of FF XIII) so, in the interest of public safety and the prevention of any potential riots by “spiky haired misfits carrying huge swords”, we’ve decided to post the new Final Fantasy XIII Versus trailer to keep your FF fix in check .

We’ve known for a while that the theme of FFXIII’s Versus flavour will be a lot “darker” than its more mainstream cousin. The trailer however really hammers this fact home, focusing on the game’s moralistic and somewhat moodier motifs while hinting at a great conflict between multiple parties. It also shows how significantly different Versus is from its stablemate, shunning the more fantastical elements and is, in fact, “A fantasy based on reality.”

After opening with some fast action sequences, we then have a quiet character moment between Nokutisu Rushisu Cheramu and Sutera Nokkusu FurÅ«re, annotated with Japanese subtitles but unfortunately no dialogue. And so begins the onerous task of translating. When we’ve got it figured out, expect an update to follow.

The footage is truly outstanding and shows some very noticable stylistic influences as, not only featuring a Shakespearean quote to convey the complex interpretation of good and evil, the presentation is very much from the Baz Luhrmann “Romeo + Juliet” school of cinema. Considering the use of the quote along with the staccato then freeze-frame style, we’re pretty sure Tetsuya Nomura, or whoever put this piece together, are well versed in the ways of the Bard and fans of the aforementioned film in general.

It’s definitely intriguing to think a Final Fanatsy game with a distinctive Shakespearean theme could be on its way as a marriage of Japanese story telling combined with Shakespeare’s renown ability to weave intricate and tragic arcs could be a real treat.