Finally! woooo can't wait. If it's not released in 2013 worldwide, then I'm just giving up on them -_-, 2014 will be too late.
Don't give up hope just yet. It's going to be Nomura's Magnum Opus for the FF series. Supposedly he said after this game he no longer wants to work with the FF series. Not sure how believable that is, if the game does really well he will be the star child of SE(as if he already isn't) and be cornholed into that role (much to Toriyama's dismay and my glee).
I don't see how FF can possibly continue without Nomura. Nomura's done every character design, no? Without his artwork, the feel of the game just would not be the same. The success of the FF series as a whole, even beyond FFvs13, depends on Nomura and his work. Although, if what he says is true, I hope FFvs13 is truly the FF we've all waited for, a 'classic' ps1FF/KH combo, with a bit of edge.
Then again, Kojima threatens us all the same, and I don't see him actually stopping his involvement in gaming production.
Nomura has systematically been apart of the winning formula for the most popular of FF games. He first came in during FFVI as the monster designer as well as battle designer(or something). He then became lead character designer for FFVII and during their script/story writing team meetings he gave some of the most iconic points of VII's story. He worked on VIII as Character Designer as well. Parasite Eve1-2. 9 wasn't his, and is probaly the lowest selling FF since they jumped to PS brand. He is head of the KH series, SE's 3rd highest bread winner. He was apart of X but not XI-XII. Then of course he has his art in the original XIII an Versus.
FF Versus XIII is described to be the FF game I always hoped for. I cannot stand the colourful nature of VIII and XIII, and much prefer the dark turbulent moods of VI,VII, and sort of X. The story is said to be more serious and tragic, I love tragedy. The gameplay is more action oriented, similar to KH (Which I think is the BEST Action RPG comat system period), Open World to explore, more city landscapes rather than rural village setup, it is almost too good to be true but I want it anyway.