Rumor: Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been canned

Elusive PlayStation 3-exclusive RPG Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been cancelled, according to reports originating from Kotaku.

The website, citing “several sources,” claims that Square Enix decided to pull the plug on the game in the last few weeks, a move that was said to have saddened staff within the company.

Apparently we won’t get an official announcement either, as Square bigwigs have opted to quietly shelve the project.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII was originally announced at E3 2006, and has made sporadic appearances at industry events ever since. Last September it was confirmed the game had only just entered full production, so even if these rumors are false, it’ll be a while before we see the game in stores.

Unsurprisingly, Square is keeping mum on these reports, telling Kotaku: “We have no information on the status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but will be sure to update you as it becomes available.”

Square is planning a special event for the Final Fantasy franchise later this summer, with one of the events focusing on Final Fantasy XIII and the Lightning story. However, from the look of things, none of the planned stage events will be centring on Versus XIII, so presumably we’ll hear nothing on the game at the shindig.

Stay tuned to for more details.