Square-Enix head honcho Yoichi Wada has taken to Twitter to declare that, contrary to recent rumours, ‘Fabula Nova Crystallis’ entry Final Fantasy Versus XIII is still very much alive.

Responding to the rumours (first run by Kotaku last Friday) the CEO said: “There’s someone making a false rumour that Versus was cancelled,” and, as if to offer some proof, he added, “Haha… just a minute ago, the regular Versus meeting ended. If you saw the presentation of the city, it’d knock you off your feet.”

I said on Friday that I’d be taking Kotaku’s rumours with an extra-large pinch of salt – after all, a lot of work has seemingly been done on the six-years-in-development title, and it’d be massively wasteful to throw it all in the bin. Not that it’ll stop vast swathes of the internet, but there’s little reason to disbelieve Wada’s statement other than abject cynicism; the CEO of Square-Enix is, at the very least, a far more reliable source than Kotaku’s unknown (and therefore unverifiable) informers.

Having said that, I can see this rumour rearing its head again if another TGS (or indeed Square’s own upcoming Final Fantasy-themed event) passes by without a showing of the game. Surely now Square-Enix must be at least considering putting something together to show fans, in an effort to fully allay their fears. Hopefully we’ll have more information in the coming months. I, for one, can’t wait.

See Wada’s tweet (in Japanese) here: