A worker, who claimed to have worked with Versus XIII before it was changed to FFXV, has leaked some information. Knowing that Versus XIII’s theme was MISERY (Nomura himself said that) and that the game would be very dark with heavy issues, this does sound legit. The original Versus XIII concept contained such things as yakuza boss Regis, him selling Noctis for a demon so that he’s bound to serve the Goddess of Death in this life and in the next, Noctis being addicted to hallucinations causing drug (manufactured by their family) and which gives him ability to see Stella (who is a real person, but no one else sees her).
The full text in the picture says:
“For example, one of the main characters of the game, Stella, inflected bodily harm on herself so that she could commute with what she believed to be deceased relatives (this behavior was actually the result of a certain medication she was prescripted for sleep disorder earlier in life, an ironically is a major plot point – more on that later). This ultimately culminated at her accidental suicide, which the main protagonist, Noctis, being told he was responsible for her death (he wasn’t, at least not directly). Moreover, many of the cinematic sequences in the game contained depictions of violence against women (it was completely in the context of the story=, with one sequence involving the implied rape of Stella in the hands of the white haired character many have seen in the original Versus trailer (Seifaris, in English). A key scene involving a ceremony of sorts demanded to be pulled altogether, effectively ruining a major plot point. Said scene involved demonic “claiming” of Noctis in his mother’s womb, Cycillia Lorette Caelum, the ruling Queen and the wife of King Regis. Due the pact made by his father (originally a “don” sof sort the Lucii yakuza family, not the good, watered down king written much later) Noctis was bound to the servitude of Etro, Goddess of Death (in this life and the next). This covenant gave the line the Lucii the Ring of Binding, power over life and death, through the Crystal of the Void (all this will be explained in the footage, so don’t get too caught up on it). So that the course had to be cut, citing “potentially sensitive religious content” since the character (Noctis) was more or less written as this world’s antichrist, cursed by his father in a deal with the power behind the Void to bring the coming apocalypse.
A sequence involving a car chase and shootout, giving the player
the option to kill Insomnian citizens. This is only due the fact that the
target is running and attempting to hide within the crowd. This was probably
one of my favorite early game scenarios, involving Noctis, Varis (bald headed
bodyguard character that drives Noctis in a particular trailer, the one that
keeps telling him to wake up), GLadio and Ignis. If you takes with delivering a
large quantity of a street drug (secretly manufactured by a pharmaceutical company
ownded by the Lucii family, of course) called Lunatelristium, marketed ad
Lunatel, street name “Luna” (seriously though) that causes its user to have a
lucid dreaming effect, where the individual is awake, yet sees things in the
real would as through it’s a dream (loved ones long expired, ghosts, demons,
locations changing back to how they looked in your earlier memories ect. It
works on putting the minf in a state on conscious REM) – originally developed
as a military grade sleep substitute for the Insomnian military (this concept
was later adopted into the Magitek project), and used in a weaponized forms
against a particular nation with disastrous effects.
Noctis being addicted to
this substance was absolutely essential to how the was able to interact with
the female protagonist (Stella), as no one else would see her for a certain plot reasons, all of which is revealed about two hours into the game. He is only
convinces that she is a hallucination after being held and interrogated by the
INPD (yes, the original game had a police department in Insomnia, along with
all the other normal things you would see in any regular city) – with the
division head showing him camera footage of him covering no one as the bullet
are being fired at him (Noctis thought he was covering Stella). Stella is in
fact real, but it is a bit too convulsed to type without me spending 30 more
minutes that I don’t have. Much of this information I did not release in my initial post
months ago anonymously, because quite frankly, I was afraid of losing my job
and legal ramifications. Now that much has changed thanks to fan outcry (yes, they DO
listen),a lot has changed… which I can’t discuss at this particular moment.
Now, you have my permission to release these plot details, but I am going to be honest in saying that I don’t know if Square will immediately hit your channel with a cease and desists, citing ownership of the content, but the fact is you won’t be posting any content, only information that is valid. This is where it becomes complicated and I cannot give you the best advice.”
Also a following message from the leak:
Hi, I am OP. I will clarify this point. Everything to described is unfortunately accurate, (I did not write it, that is the way they are explained). These events are listed as Chapter 1, with the second chapter beginning with Insomnia’s Crown City have its crystal actually extracted, by a small team of special forces units that literally blow the gates to the thrown room to get to the Crystal Vault (from the email). The key person is the white haired individual who is the adopted brother of Stella, who uses the spell ‘holy’ to nullify the unholy magic sealing the crystal, causing a magical explosion that takes out the top of the Lucii Family’s tower. They then storm the building with these forces in what is described as a “ruthless massacre”, shooting simply people who work there and don’t even have knowledge of the Crime Family’s illegal activities OR the Crystal. Holy is cast and the Vault opens revealing the Crystal. it is then “smuggled out”, collapsing the “Embrace of Etro”, something that causes the city to stay in perpetual night and be covered in a huge blueish shield. Then a coordinated attack with Magitek airships and Walkers start invading during Noctis’ Art of Insomnia Ball where he meets Stella. This is when the attack formally commences. I will post unreleased storyboards to display this with text in Japanese and english below it.
Sorry I could not type more. I am being bombarded. “
ALSO; if this is true, we will get this original game in some extent:
“Hi, I am OP. This is the next FF project that will enter full development when Episode 2 of FFVIIRemake has begun. The source says the development team is simply calling it "Final Fantasy Versus”. No number.Likewise, Nomura did not come to Square to request it, but agreed it will be made in an agreement with him supporting FFVIIR project fully. Via e-mail. Thank you.I’m sorry, I know nothing else development specific.“”