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Official original designs and story details from Versus XIII/FFXV surface

Ydelnae

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Today Square-Enix held a community event in Japan for Final Fantasy fans and associated press. Among other fanservice material like concept art from characters and places already present in the finished game and that have been released through guides, Ultimania book, etc, the people who attended got to see unused artwork and sketches from previous stages of the game (which suffered multiple rewrites and evolved from Fabula Nova Crystallis spin-off, Final Fantasy Versus XIII to the latest mainline installment of the FF franchise, Final Fantasy XV). Thanks to twitter user @haruki_game, we have some pictures from the event.

Keep in mind that every piece of art was branded as "Final Fantasy XV" concept art and that it was not stated whether everything was from the same version of the script and the timeline in which these ideas were developed.

Unused design for Stella Nox Fleuret, Final Fantasy Versus XIII protagonist which was deleted from the final version.

Stella Nox Fleuret interacting with Gentiana, original design from Gentiana had her wear a white arm armor.

Ravus interacting with Gentiana and unidentified blonde girl with black robes.

Noctis and Stella speaking by phone.

Noctis interacting with Umbra's human form.


Verstael and unidentified male character.

Noctis and Ravus concept scene similar to the one from original Versus trailers.

Unidentified male character, probably rough version of Dino from final game.

Scenes from Altissia invasion, alternate design for Ravus? Unidentified foes fighting.

Full concept art exposition overview

Kill me secretly before my game begins if old.
 

Anteater

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Glad they didn't stick to the original designs, they all look too similar for my taste
 

Ydelnae

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I'm sorry, I messed up with the pictures and uploaded the same Stella picture for everything, I'm currently re-uploading them.
 
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They had phones!?!
I know, right? Bloody ridiculous. Who has ever heard of using cellular mobile devices to interact with someone who isn't within reachable distance? Preposterous.

Now if you excuse me, I need to send a few words (literally a few words) to my pen pal across the waters. What dog would you recommend for the task? A shiba dog? A labrador? A German shepherd?
 

DarkLordMalik

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Are you sure this was Versus because Cindy is also featured in same concept art.






I highly doubt any of this is from Nomrua era. Most likely all was from when Tabata took over.
 

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Are you sure this was Versus because Cindy is also featured in same concept art.






I highly doubt any of this is from Nomrua era. Most likely all was from when Tabata took over.
Going by the style, all of the art here was done by Roberto Ferrari who left the team when Nomura was taken off the project, so this is most likely Versus XIII art.
 

Ydelnae

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Fixed the OP. I also found the full pictures and uploaded them too. I think that was everything shown related to previous phases of the project.

Story details? Where are they?
Well, I don't think they actually read a piece of the original script or made a summary for those who attended, but looking at the art you can probably take your own conclusions about, for example, them planning an active role for Ravus during the Altissia incident, Stella and Noctis interacting by phone instead of writing a diary, some scenes with characters that never met in the final game, etc.

But how can Stella be on the phone if she was already dead? ��
Jokes aside, I think ghosts using phones is a trope in horror fiction and I'm sure a Silent Hill game has used it lol

Are you sure this was Versus because Cindy is also featured in same concept art.
I highly doubt any of this is from Nomrua era. Most likely all was from when Tabata took over.
Cindy was already designed for Versus XIII if I'm not mistaken and Ferrari, the designer who likely worked on these artworks, left the project in 2013, so this was done for Versus XIII and the version of FFXV that was dropped when Nomura left.
 

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At this point I hope they release these concept images + versus era assets in HQ on the internet.
 

Ydelnae

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At this point I hope they release these concept images + versus era assets in HQ on the internet.
I hope for the day the best Versus concepts are made into a novel and they use these concept artworks to illustrate the story. Would be an interesting read and I rather have it that a novel about Noctis' birthday.
 

True Fire

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This actually makes me feel a lot better about XV. It seems very similar, with the minor characters and CELLPHONES OMG being the only major loss.