For a while now, there have been rumors about extra/downloadable content missing from Final Fantasy XIII , and now we have a bit more information on the subject.
Thanks to a FFXIII Ultimania Omega interview with producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama (as reported by Andriasang ), we now know what we've been missing. Well, at least it's one element we've been missing: the Seventh Ark. Originally, it was an area in FFXIII that featured quest-like play and free battles, but they couldn't quite reach the level of quality they desired and there was one other reason it didn't work…wait for it- "because of the great differences between the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 network systems."
You guys can do with that what you will. As for the lack of DLC, Kitase simply said that next time around, he'd "make preparations for online elements and DLC from the start." Yes, well, we don't need an online element but with the constant Westernizing going on, perhaps it's inevitable in the next FF. But the interesting news doesn't end there; those of you who remember FFX-2 may not be too shocked, either:
It seems Kitase "wants to do something that will allow players to further understand the FFXIII story by better passing along the Fabula Nova Crystalis mythology and showing things that won't even make it into Final Fantasy Agito XIII and Versus XIII ." When asked if this could mean the existence of FFXIII-2, Kitase said he wasn't sure and that it would "depend in the end on fan reaction." Toriyama added- "I'd like to at some point make a story where Lightning ends up happy." For the record, the FFXIII team is currently working on its next game, and Toriyama said they want to "incorporate some of the things they were unable to do for FFXIII's download content."
There's a lot to think about here. At this point, we're just a little annoyed at the continuous stream of, "we had to make this sacrifice for this reason" in regards to multiplatform development, and as for FFXIII-2, sure. We'll go for that. We loved FFXIII, regardless of what the haters say. …just make it an RPG, please.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII