That's exactly right. The TC has inadvertantly owned Sony fanboys.
That said, to the casual audience, FFV13 WILL be viewed as a spinoff.
So it's a safe bet that Square gave the FFXIII name to the team they thought would do the best job.
Despite what could be the excellence of Verses, in all likelyhood it will sell very poorly compared to XIII.
That just shows you how important a name can be.
Also, I am not a huge KH fan, and I believe XIII to be the more traditional experience of the two games just based off assumptions. Therefore, I'm more excited about XIII, because imo, Verses has been really low profile, and there must be some reason behind that.
I would assume the XIII is going to be AAA. I can't make that same assumption about Verses for those same reasons. I can't go into more detail if you'd like.
The casual audience and oh... 90% of the "hardcore" audience. This is the very first thread i've seen on this site that hasn't called V13 a spinoff.
Everyone was fine calling it a spinoff.... until Sony lost FF13. Go figure. Wonder if it gets announced for 360 if people will go back to calling it "just a spinoff."