Speaking to Edge Online, series artist and director of Final Fantasy XV Tetsuya Nomura revealed that the rebranding of Final Fantasy Versus XIII to XV has been known internally for roughly two years.
“As you may know, three years ago we announced three titles, Agito, Versus XIII, and XIII. But one to two years after that announcement in the company we started discussing the possibility of moving Versus XIII into XV because of the size and scale of Versus XIII,” Nomura told Edge Online. “So we were warming up the idea of considering the move to XV—which is the mainstream [entry of the] Final Fantasy series—and between that time and now we had several chances to announce updates of the series and we debated if we should go with Versus XIII or announce the change to XV.”
“About two years ago we confirmed, internally, that we would change the title to XV and then at the same time, around that time, the company started working on next-gen consoles, because hard disc was getting ready for the next-gen development,” the artist-turned-director added. “So that became a really good trigger to move on to the change of XV. And also around the same time Zero changed the title name so that was another reason.”
The name change was officially revealed during Sony’s E3 2013 press conference on Monday. Final Fantasy XV is expected to launch on PlayStation 4 sometime 2014, with an Xbox One release to follow later.