It's almost done.
And it had damn well better be, considering the Japanese release date is December 15. Producer Yoshinori Kitase told Famitsu.com (as translated by Andriasang ), that Final Fantasy XIII-2 is nearly complete.
Speaking in a short Q&A during the London part of the European media tour for the game, Kitase said he's actually playing through the game right now. He says the adventure is "packed with many elements," including different routes via the Historia Crux system and various collecting missions. He thinks FFXIII-2 has a "great balance between story and game elements," and the Historia Crux feature really encourages replays.
For instance, you may come across a boss-level enemy that will annihilate your party during the first play-through of a certain area. But after building up, you can reopen the Historia Crux and try again. …I just hope getting suddenly wiped out like that won't cause controllers to go hurtling into TV screens. That could prove problematic.
Anyway, December 15 for Japan and January 31 for the US. Although I still maintain that it's gonna be more like RPG Lite, I have very high hopes. How can I not? It's Final Fantasy ; I can't help it; it's like a chemical reaction.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2