The Truth Behind the Theme Song of Final Fantasy Versus XIII


No new info to share with you guys. Lady Gaga is REALLY doing the theme song of Final Fantasy Versus XIII and you have now heard the instrumental version of it. We are looking forward to hear the full version of the song with lyrics!

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…Just kidding.

However the “theme” song is a real thing. Surprisingly it isn’t the theme song of Versus, but it’s a theme song of the Moomins, the Finnish-Japanese cartoon. The stories and characters were originally written and designed by Finnish writes, Tove Jansson. The anime & its music were drawn and composed by Japanese studio which had some FF designers in their team. (!!!) (At least one’s wife) The Moomins were quite popular in 90s in Finland (we!), Japan and in European countries.


And in the end the main thing in our April fooling was the world-famous & talented (maybe a freak in somebody’s opinion) singer, Lady Gaga. In our opinion it wouldn’t be that bad if Lady Gaga really made and sung the theme song of Versus, as long as it sounds FF and it isn’t too out of the soundtrack itself.

So why we chose to use her in our April fooling? It was pretty simple idea. She looks like Etro (hah) and she is a beast with her piano. (Gotta love our opinions, huh?) We also wanted to see how Final Fantasy fans will react if they hear an awesome song, but info says that it was composed by Gaga. Reactions were positive and negative, but surprisingly the video had more likes than dislikes. At some point it felt like the song itself wasn’t that bad after all, but the fact that Gaga had composed and written it made it sound bad in some people opinion.

However we are damn interested to see what kind theme song she would make for the game like Final Fantasy. Would it be revolutionary theme song? Something so different from other FFs?

Every Final Fantasy are meant to be different, right? RIGHT?

EXCLUSIVE APRIL FOOLING: Lady Gaga Will Sing the Theme Song of FFVXIII! Listen the Instrumental Version!

Yesterday Lady Gaga accidentally tweeted that she will be singing the theme song of Final Fantasy Versus XIII! Anyway it didn’t take a long time until she deleted her tweet, but we were lucky enough to take a print screen to share this with you.

Later today we contacted Gaga’s manager and she confirmed that Gaga will be doing the theme song. We made a “little” contract with Haus of Gaga and now we could bring the FULL VERSION OF THE THEME SONG FOR U! (Instrumental thou) The song will be called as “The Tragedy of Our Hearts” and Lady Gaga has fully composed it by herself.

Tetsuya Nomura talks about Final Fantasy Versus XIII in Weekly Famitsu

This week the Weekly Famitsu had an interview with Tetsuya Nomura, where Nomura-san told few new things about Versus.

According to Famitsu, Tetsuya has been checking new media for the press, and in comparison with old trailers, visuals has increased a bit. He also told that Final Fantasy Versus XIII will mix real time and pre-rendered cutscenes like  Final Fantasy XIII/-2 did.

CG Full Motion Video Screenshot

In versus the ration of gameplay and cutscenes is said to be 7:3 and full motion videos are created by Visual Works. The developer team has increased their skills to express realtime graphics, but in some cases there is scenes what has switched to be pre-rendered scenes.

Nomura announced that next time when we will see the game, it runs on PS3.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 News Announces FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII News!

Happy the 1st anniversary guys! We have been writing Final Fantasy XIII-2 News for a year now and it has been very rewarding to get known with new people and make new contacts. We started writing on January 19, 2011 – a day after the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII-2, but the real thing started on June.

Now after a year of the creating Final Fantasy XIII-2 News we are happy to announce our newest site in our family, Final Fantasy Versus XIII News! This site will release and tell the newest, latest and most exciting news about Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Don’t worry, even if we start this new site we will be updating Final Fantasy XIII-2 News as actively as in the past.

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Now enjoy and watch our Final Fantasy Versus XIII News announcement trailer!

In the end we want to thank Square Enix (especially Europe HQ) for supporting us and Japan HQ for creating these amazing games. And of course our awesome readers – without you there weren’t Final Fantasy XIII-2 News!

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released in Europe on 3rd February and in United States on 31st January. The downloadable demo is now available on PSN and Xbox Live.

Thanks for the amazing year

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 News Staff

FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII

Final Fantasy Versus XIII is an action role-playing game currently under development for the PlayStation 3 which, alongside Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy XIII-2, makes up Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy. However, the game has no physical connections to the rest of the project, and will feature a wholly independent story and a unique visual design.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII was first announced at E3 2006 alongside Final Fantasy XIII. It follows the story of a mysterious protagonist, Noctis, who the protector of the last remaining city in the world with control over crystals.

CHARACTERS

NOCTIS LUCIS CAELUM

The game’s protagonist is Noctis Lucis Caelum. He is a member of the royal family in a kingdom that has protected its crystals for generations. While Noctis sports normal, modern day clothing and is chauffeured in a luxury car, he works to protect his kingdom’s crystals from invaders. Nomura has compared Noctis’s family to the modern-day Yakuza.

Noctis is able to wield any weapon type, including swords, spears, axes, lances and a variety of guns, all of which he can control telekinetically, using them for both attack and defense. He has also shown the ability to teleport at will with his hair flashing white before and after he does, and his eyes change color from blue to crimson during battle; according to Nomura, the color changes are both intentional and significant, but has not stated how or why.

Nomura has described Noctis as a shy and timid person, though he tries to compensate by “acting cool,” as seen in his conversation with Stella. Noctis tends to act more openly with his friends, although they can see right through his false “cool” demeanor.

STELLA NOX FLEURET

A young woman with golden-blonde hair named Stella Nox Fleuret was revealed to be one of the game’s antagonists. She is said to be the daughter of the Fleuret family of the country Tenebrae (Latin for “Darkness”). Fleuret is the French name of the fencing foil, a direct reference to Stella’s weapon of choice, a rapier.

Like Noctis, she is able to materialize weapons from thin air, as she is can summon her rapier from a rune similar to one used by Noctis to summon his sword, though Stella’s rune is golden while Noctis’s is blue. Although they have no desire to fight, she and Noctis are forced to by unknown circumstances. Magazine articles have drawn similarities between her situation and that of Final Fantasy VI’s Celes Chere, hinting that she may possibly become an ally during the story.

Nomura has referred to Stella as a very polite person .A scene from the game hints at the relationship between her and Noctis; she treats him respectfully, addressing him as Lord Noctis, yet acts somewhat flirty and outgoing. Throughout the conversation, the two talk about a strange power they both have: the ability to see the “light” of the dead. Nomura has stated that while Noctis tries to avoid the subject, Stella is straightforward about it and whatever else is on her mind.

From left to right: Prompto, Gladiolus, Noctis & Ignis.

PROMPTO, GLADIOLUS & IGNIS

Three young male characters who accompany Noctis have been revealed; their relationship seems to resemble that of the kyodai (brothers) and shatei (little brothers) in the Yakuza hierarchy.

The first, named Ignis, a man with light brown hair and glasses who wears a suit, is frequently seen at the wheel of Noctis’s car, and appears to be his driver.

The second, a friendly man with dark brown hair and a scar over his left eye named Gladiolus, seems to act as the group’s senior.

The third, Prompto, a blond-haired man, is said to be a fugitive, and carries a shotgun despite the ban on firearms within Noctis’s kingdom.

SOLDIERS & DRAGOON SOLDIER

Mysterious soldiers wearing medieval-style armor appear in the trailers as well, wielding assault rifles and rocket launchers that resemble modern military weapons. It appears they are attempting to invade Noctis’s castle, though their precise motivation and affiliation is unknown.

In a recent trailer, it was shown there was a female soldier dressed like a Dragoon. (Dragon Knight or Lancer, is a recurring job in the Final Fantasy series.) She brings out a huge lance-like weapon and jumps down before Noctis to challenge him.

MYSTERIOUS BLOND MAN

A man with shoulder-length blond hair, robed entirely in white, is seen in what appears to be Noctis’s throne room, casting a spell on the column in the center of the room. When Noctis enters, the man smiles and removes his hood before they both attack each other: the man surrounds Noctis in magical crests while Noctis’ assorted weapons manifest around the man. Though his goal remains unknown, he appears to be an antagonist. In a recent trailer, there was a similar, more elderly man standing off against King Caelum in a similar fashion as Noctis and the other robed man. It is currently unknown who the old man is or what his connections to King Caelum are.

KING CAELUM (NOCTIS’S FATHER)

King Caelum, Noctis’s father, was also seen in the trailer. In the original trailers, he appeared to be a chairman in a room full of men in suits. In the Press Conference trailer, he says he wants to be the last of the kings. To whom he is stating this is unknown, though it has been confirmed it is not Noctis.

MUSIC

The music of Final Fantasy Versus XIII will be composed by Yoko Shimomura, who was  also responsible for the soundtracks of the Kingdom Hearts series, Super Mario RPG, and the first Parasite Eve.

The game’s theme song, performed by Aundréa L. Hopkins,is titled “Somnus – Sleeping” (「somnus – 眠り -」), a reference to the Roman god of sleep. The god is often depicted as a young man sleeping, which seems to match the game’s logo art.

STAFF

  • Producers: Shinji Hashimoto, Yoshinori Kitase
  • Image Artwork: Yoshitaka Amano
  • Mechanic Concept: Takayuki Takeya
  • Clothes Design: Hiromu Takahara (Roen Creative Director)
  • Scenario Writer: Kazushige Nojima
  • Music: Yoko Shimomura
  • Theme Song Performer: Aundréa L. Hopkins
  • Main Programmers: Hiroshi Harata, Kentarou Yasui
  • Planning Directors: Yuuichi Kanemori, Takayoshi Nakazato
  • Planning Director (World): Takeshi Endou
  • Planning Director (Event): Jun Akiyama
  • Graphic Director (Character Model): Tomohiro Kayano
  • Graphic Director (Animation): Tatsuya Kandou
  • Graphic Director (Map Model): Masahide Tanaka
  • Graphic Director (Visual Effects): Shuichi Sato
  • Graphic Director (System Menu): Takeshi Arakawa
  • Art Director (Character): Tomohiro Hasegawa
  • Art Director (Map): Takayuki Ohtachi
  • Movie Director: Takeshi Nozue
  • Director, Concept Game Design, Character Design, Base Story: Tetsuya Nomura

Thanks for info FFwikia!