Next month, the well received RPG/fighting game mash up Dissidia: Final Fantasy will receive a sequel with the release of Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. Fans had better enjoy it, because this game will not be getting the sequel treatment, as famed designer Tetsuya Nomura dutifully informs us.
The reveal came via an interview in an issue of the Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation. When asked “what’s next” for the purely fan service series, Nomura responded:
“There is no next, we’re thinking about ending this pattern of Dissidia here. There also won’t be an international (UT) version. The overseas version is being released at nearly the same time and has the same tuning, so we’re not thinking about a release of a UT version. For Kingdom Hearts 2, I said ‘there are no plans at present,’ but it looks like this was taken to mean ‘it won’t be released.’ When it won’t be released, I’ll clearly say that it won’t be released. For this title, there will be no UT version.”
He goes on to say how the world of Dissidia may be explored further, but that Duodecim will pretty much definitely end the RPG/fighting crossover that the first game started. That being said, perhaps the next Dissidia game will be a full RPG or, better, a full fighting game. The fact that an international version won’t be created is actually pretty good news considering those darned things only came out in Japan most of the time anyway. Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy will release exclusively for the PSP on March 22nd.