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Final Fantasy XIII-2!?

Posted January 18, 2011

Mind blown. The rumours have been going round for a while but when I finally got round to checking my inbox I saw the press release from Square Enix. Subject: Announcement: FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 – A sequel to “FINAL FANTASY XIII”.

As you can see, Final Fantasy XIII is probably one of my most played games on my Xbox 360. Even though there was many issues with it, Final Fantasy XIII was still an awesome entry to the Final Fantasy series. I think a lot of people dismissed it before it got a chance to flourish. It does get good but 30 hours in and understandably wasting 30 hours of their life to get to a good bit of the game wasn’t worth it. I loved the battle system, the characters, the story and I can’t wait to see what they do most with it.

I’m shocked to see that not only had the Japanese website got nothing on, the European version has a screenshot. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled on both websites, just in case. Anyway, this is wonderful news and I’m very excited to see what changes to the game play they will be making. Attached are the above screen (but bigger) and the logo. The screen is actually from an upcoming trailer, so get excited!

Alternative link just in case.

London (18 January 2011) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces a new release for next winter, FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. A sequel to “FINAL FANTASY XIII” originally released in Europe in March 2010 that has since shipped a cumulative total of 6 million units worldwide.

“FINAL FANTASY XIII-2” is currently in production with an aim for producing high quality game content which exceeds “FINAL FANTASY XIII” in every aspect; namely, a brand-new story which stems from the previous title as well as a battle system which has evolved further since “XIII” – and more. We will be disclosing further details about the new game in the future.

From the release of the first FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series has continued to offer the industry’s most advanced graphics, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories as it gains the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles in the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 97 million units worldwide (* as of September 2010).

For more information about FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 please visit the official website at http://www.finalfantasy13-2game.com

Title: FINAL FANTASY XIII-2
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: RPG
Release date: Coming next winter
RRP: TBD
Copyright: ©SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA
Website: http://www.finalfantasy13-2game.com

13 Comments leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011 9:11 pm

    I mean no offense when I say this, but what about Final Fantasy XIII was at all appealing? Personally, I grew up with Final Fantasy games on the PlayStation 2 (I’m too young to have had any from before that), and compared to those, this game was absolute junk. Yes, the Paradigm Shift system is a great addition, but, and maybe I’m old school, I throughly enjoyed the ATB gauge. Yes, people can argue that it’s back, but when I am able to press “Auto Battle” the entire game, and beat it without ever having to select my attacks at all, that makes the game not fun.

    I totally understand that “fun” is a matter of opinion, which is why I am curious as to your opinion on why it was. Hope to hear from you soon!

    • January 19, 2011 12:31 am

      No offence taken :-) Well the PS2 only has FFX, X-2 and XII. You’ve only experienced a small fraction of a series that provides a really nice range of battle systems and features.

      I like the Paradigm Shirt system as it works with more relentless and speedier battles. It feels more involving. I like systems in the older games as well but I really liked this system. The levelling up grid was nice and reminded me of FFX.

      Well, I only auto battled for about 20 hours (because of the lack of options) but once you get out to more challenging areas and experienced the battle system by playing it then you might of had a lot more enjoyment out of it. Leaving it to auto-battle would not give you the best tactical advantage either. It’s very much like FFXII’s gambit system, the rest of the team would auto play after you macro’d them up and FFXIII works the same way.

      As you said, it is matter of opinion. I loved the characters, I loved the story, I loved the aesthetics, music and what they tried to do with it. Of course, I didn’t like how linear it was and would have preferred the battle system open up much earlier. However, I stuck with it and did all the post game content (still working on all the weapons but that is it) and I’m loving it.

      • January 19, 2011 12:57 pm

        Oh, wow… heh, so, I’m an idiot, and you pointed it out pretty quickly. So, let me try again. I’ve played every game since the PLAYSTATION (1). D’oh. So, Final Fantasy VII and VIII are my favorites, and no RPG has been able to emulate the size of the worlds that those games have been able to provide. The amazingly terrible linear gameplay that XIII provided made me extremely depressed.

        I’m happy to hear your opinions though! Thanks for sharing! (:

        • January 19, 2011 6:42 pm

          I do miss the world size and being able to do plenty of side quests that offered more story than just items. I think FF13 is just a stepping stone though :)

      • January 20, 2011 1:24 pm

        I loved FFXIII like a wrong-headed child. The story was barmy, the score was lovely and the visuals were absolutely gorgeous.

        Oh, and I could have cheerfully strangled Vanille.

        That is all.

    • skullpeng permalink
      March 11, 2011 5:54 am

      it was your choice to do the auto-battle…
      i remember playing as hope when he was with lightning, and i kicked butt! all of them were weak to fire so i’d use fira in an area where the mobs are clustered…

  2. February 17, 2011 9:12 pm

    Why is it that in final fantasy there’s always feathers or snow or dust or something falling all over the place from somewhere?

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