At today's Square Enix 1st Production Department Premier, the company unveiled that its PSP epic Final Fantasy XIII Agito would be changing its name to Final Fantasy Type-0, turning it into a new franchise.
Final Fantasy Type-0 was originally planned as a mobile game, under the Final Fantasy XIII Agito name, but it was moved to Playstation Portable following the success of the company's other ventures on the handheld in Japan. After years of development, the game's release in Japan has been set: it will see its release this Summer, spanning two UMDs.
The name change is the result of two thoughts that director Hajime Tabata brought out into the open. First of all, the game had delved so far away from Final Fantasy XIII that he felt the game did not need to be part of the XIII line, which currently has three games in it. Secondly, Tabata stated that the new name would allow it to lead a new direction for the Final Fantasy series. This explains why Square Enix trademarked Final Fantasy Type-1, 2, and 3, as well. It appears the company is anticipating a great reception to the game and is planning on a series for the future.
The game will still be considered part of Fabula Nova Crystallis, which combines it with Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII Versus, as all three games share a similar game philosophy.
A trailer was also shown, but the game will not be fully unveiled to the public until the HD version of the trailer releases on the 27th.