Hmm…it'll be interesting to see if this little piece of information alters an RPG fan's viewpoint of Final Fantasy XIII-2 .
According to Gematsu citing a Tweet from Yuichiro Kitao, lead programmer of Resonance of Fate and battle programmer for Valkyrie Profile 2 , developer tri-Ace assisted in the development of Square Enix's new sequel.
Evidently, the team responsible for the Star Ocean franchise "helped in the gameplay, art, and programming fields." tri-Ace is listed under third-party contractors in the credits of FFXIII-2, so that's proof enough right there. The question is whether or not this is significant…it says they helped with the gameplay aspects, which isn't exactly surprising, as tri-Ace's combat mechanics have been similar to what we saw in FFXIII.
Star Ocean utilized a very similar pseudo-turn-based system that involved characters moving in real-time, but at least you could pause combat in SO and issue commands to all characters, which made those adventures role-playing games. Well, anyway. What do you think?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2