…and a lot of fans who haven't been thrilled with Square Enix this generation are probably applauding right now.
Some time ago, sources discovered a trademark filing for "Final Fantasy XIII-3," which of course generated plenty of discussion concerning yet another FFXIII sequel. After all, why register the domain if you're not going to produce a game of that name?
Oh, lots of reasons. And one of them could be a "defensive measure." According to Andriasang , Square Enix PR representative Akio Ofuji explained that the name was only taken as a precaution by the publisher's US office. As it turns out, the name was registered without the Japanese branch of the company knowing about it; the whole situation involves some voice actress apparently assuming FFXIII-3 was real. And this doesn't mean such a project is in the works.
Square Enix hasn't actually denied the possibility of FFXIII-3, but they're far from confirming it. Some fans also thought we'd get another installment because the ending to FFXIII-2 leaves a lot of questions unanswered. But Square Enix replied that this was for the sake of the Paradox Endings (in that the primary ending should inspire you to see the alternate climaxes) and upcoming DLC. That didn't go over too well, by the way.
Oh, and don't forget that Square Enix is supposedly going to announce a surprising new title later today. We'd get all excited and throw up a news story about it, but we know better these days…most of the time, it just turns out to be another DS title we don't care about.