This falls into the slowly expanding "what we know so far" category for the freshly announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 .

More details were present in a Dengeki feature in Japan and we've found a rough translation that outlines a few interesting pieces of info. The translation isn't perfect, of course, but it provides us with two very intriguing tidbits: firstly, in addition to the returning characters (which we expected), the story will be "dark and mysterious" and it seems the follow-up adventure will start in Gran Pulse. At least, that's how we're interpreting the following:

"The story begins, according to the developer directly in Gran pulses, the end of Final Fantasy 13th In the center of the action, the deity Etro."

Secondly, the combat system will be tweaked: even though it'll boast an ATB mechanic similar to that of FFXIII, it'll be "extended" and "improved." We don't quite understand what "you may also learn the interface to change" line means but for some reason, we were just reminded of the "changing" of Dress Spheres in FFX-2. …pretty sure that won't happen again, though. Still, a class system might be cool…

More information will come to light as the year progresses. Let's just hope it all goes over well with the fans.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2

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Ultimate_Balla
Ultimate_Balla
9 years ago

Uh, so when does Level 5 of the 3 main roles become ready for leveling? #RandomQButRelated

The image I got when I saw extended ATB was more gauges ('_').

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

In XIII? You can't expand the Crystarium all the way until you've beaten the game.

darxed
darxed
9 years ago

Darker is fine with me… I'm really hoping for a better game than the original here, I think if they take away the linearity of XIII then they have a winner. I really enjoyed the characters and their stories. Also, Lightning looks great on that outfit. 😛

A little off topic, I read that Nomura said that "They have FFXIII-2 and Type-0 this year, so please forget about Versus for a while"… Which to me sounds like no Versus till 2012… Which would reaaaally irk me the wrong way…


Last edited by darxed on 1/25/2011 10:18:45 AM

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Hi i saw ur avatar,sasuke right?Did u play the new Naruto Ultimate ninja storm 2?That game was better than the anime in my opinion!

darxed
darxed
9 years ago

@Kiryu

Yep, that's Sasuke when he decides he'll be attacking the hidden leaf for what happened with Itachi. I don't have the game and I stopped seeing the anime, too much filling chapters and not enough real content. I still read the manga though…

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Really buy the game.It's just like the manga,imagine without any fillers!
That's y i didn't watch the anime i only played the game and it is an anime!

darxed
darxed
9 years ago

Yeah, I might get it when the price goes down… to many great games these year and I'm still in debt for the games I bought the last one…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Versus was announced way too soon and it seems there aren't many people working on it since they are always helping with SE's other ten thousand announced games. They shouldn't even have announced Versus until 2010.

shadowpal2
shadowpal2
9 years ago

OH WOW…Nomura san said that?! Oh that just @#$%ing pisses me off.

I bet he wants to get it out as soon as possible to us gamers, but his boss requires to have most of the staff of Square Enix work on all these unannounced projects. I MEAN HELL back in E3 2009, I was a bit pissed off that they suddenly announced FFXIV out of the blue and said it'd be out for PC last year. Where are these guys priorities?

And now with FFXIII-2? C'mon…you guys shouldn't have even announced FINAL FANTASY VERSUS XIII.

Oh well…

Veitsknight
Veitsknight
9 years ago

They should have focused on Versus as soon as they finished XIII. XIV should not have been developed until after the Fabula Nova Crystalis.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

Well for what its worth, At least we know Versus is coming. I personally am fine with it not coming yet. We got awesome games and HD remakes coming which will keep us busy. By the time we are done diving into all that is coming before Versus it will be here. That's what I think.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

I'm with Shadow… at least we've got something to look forward to as well as Bioshock Infinite in 2012.

darxed
darxed
9 years ago

The trailer with English voices is up:

http://finalfantasy13-2game.com/#/uk/trailer/

If anyone is interested…

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

We put that up as a news article.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Grant us the ability to control each party member individually and take away the idiotic "Game Over if the party leader dies, despite the rest of your team being alive" nonsense and the game will already be that much better.

swapnilgyani
swapnilgyani
9 years ago

Exactly – E X A C T L Y!!!

And oh, please, for heaven's sake, allow us to do all of that right from the start!

Also, no "filler" content please. I'd prefer a short, slick game to an obese one!

DrRockso87
DrRockso87
9 years ago

Agreed. Let me add on this…

a) Fix the damage meter. Sometimes I find myself fighting for 20 minutes against a common enemy because it's empty. That's ridiculous.

b) Have summons ACTUALLY have a purpose other than healing your party. Summons in Final Fantasy XIII were practically worthless. I did twice as much damage with auto-attack than I did using Odin. Also, have it so your tech points don't diminish as soon as you use a summon. I need to use libra as well to identify my enemy. I can't waste all those points on "purdy summons."

That's my main gripe with the combat. I could harp on the rest of the problems I had but I'd be here all day.

Fix those problems (and the ones Jawknee listed) and development team could be onto something. I still wouldn't touch this game even if it were free but I'd like anyone that will pick this up to have the least amount of problems they can.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

I'd like to be able to think about a battle strategy rather than spam the X button during battles and have the computer pick the best possible attack.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

How come you won't consider it if it's a lot better DrRocks?

DrRockso87
DrRockso87
9 years ago

@WorldEndsWithMe – Didn't like the first one at all. Didn't like the gameplay, didn't like the characters (Lightning was okay, and Sazh was good but Hope was a wuss, Snow opened his mouth, Vanille was… Vanille, etc.), didn't like how the story was told, hated the dialogue, the combat was broken, the linearity bothered me (I don't mind a linear game but FFXIII was literally on-rails), the music was meh (Yoko Shimomura is much more talented than Masashi Hamauzu) and other problems.

If they fix EVERYTHING that was wrong with the first one then I'll probably rent it but I don't see that happening since this'll only be a year and a half of development. Just can't fork out another 60+ bucks (hell, even if it were 10) for another game that I'll probably hate.

I'll definitely pick up Versus XIII though. Nomura never let me down (except for bring Kingdom Hearts to handhelds)

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Well, those are some pretty good reasons 🙂

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

@ Jawknee

It so sad how we the gamers have to remind the developer of the good ideas that they once had.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

How about quit wasting resources on multiple titles and get FFvXIII out the door already.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87
9 years ago

As much as I agree, I'm glad Toriyama, or anyone else working on XIII-2, isn't touching Versus XIII (save for Kitase as co-producer).

I'd rather Nomura and his team work exclusively on Versus XIII than seek outside help from that idiot Toriyama.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

I was referring to other staff such as programmers, level designers, character model designers, animators, artists, testers, writers, etc.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87
9 years ago

Oh, my bad. In that case, I agree. I wish they would cancel XIII-2 and just work on Versus XIII then. This is ridiculous. Nomura basically confirmed today that this Versus XIII will miss 2011. Uggggh.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

So what is that 5-6 years of development? Cripes.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

I think so. Wasn't FFvXIII announced around the same time as FFXIII? That would mean FFvXIII is reaching Duke Nukem status.

Veitsknight
Veitsknight
9 years ago

"Duke Nukem Status" hahaha

At least Versus will be a Day 1 purchase for me.

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
9 years ago

LIGHTNING IN A THIEF DRESSPHERE?! HMMMMMM….

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Something tells me she would be really grumpy if put in the pop star outfit 🙂

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

It gonna be very hard for SE to convince me to buy this crap.


Last edited by Oxvial on 1/25/2011 11:33:16 AM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Dark is good, and I think we all hope "improved ATB" means more intricate, more old school, and more logical.

"you may also learn the interface to change" Sounds kind of like he's saying you can customize certain things. Maybe you can make your own sets of moves like in WKC. Then we would be able to choose our attacks or healing patterns instead of leaving it up to the game. It could also be like Persona where you can either let your party members be controlled by the game or you can manage their moves individually. That would be cool.

I dunno, but I think they should do a fan survey before tossing around any wild ideas. And either lose the stagger meter or use it better. That thing was retarded.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/25/2011 11:45:54 AM

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

I don't know how much help that would be, since the survey about a FFVII remake still hasn't given us anything.

btw – love the avatar 🙂

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

In any case they said they are looking at fan feedback and I EXPECT the motherfackers to implement it too!

And thanks, whatever my reservations about xiii, I like Light. 🙂

totozero18
totozero18
9 years ago

Darker = win, maybe we'll see the story tangle with Vs-XIII's story now that they've mentioned Etro.

kraygen
kraygen
9 years ago

I doubt it, since vs XIII is supposed to take place in a completely different time period.

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

Well different time period or not. The two games can still implement each other.

Drake_RB3
Drake_RB3
9 years ago

How about getting Nobuo Uematsu back on some Final Fantasy games? He's still got it. His work in Lost Odyssey is excellent.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

I dont like the sound of this, on of the reasons i liked XIII is becuase of the joy and charisma from the characters. If they turn them in to bland soulless people i will be very disheartend

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Yes I agree with you the last thing I wanted was to see this cast of characters again, if it's just pure lighting and a bunch of new characters perhaps I would feel some of hype for this.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

You did not read what i said, I want the characters of XIII to return because they were fresh and full of charisma, i will be unhappy if they bring them back and turn them into dull boring people, to fit the dark mood.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I think they will try to keep their personalities. I can already see doomsday approaching and Snow being optimistic. Although he needs to drop the generic "hero" stuff.

Gamer Girl Gemo
Gamer Girl Gemo
9 years ago

I always thought Snow was just plain cheesy 😀

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Yes I'm doing this a lot lately…=S.

darxed
darxed
9 years ago

Seems my comment is not getting approved cause I posted the url… So if anyone is interested in seeing the trailer with English voices, go to finalfantasy13-2game dot com… I almost had forgotten how much I like Light's voice…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

PSXE had it up a couple days ago, I like her voice a lot too. Kinda smexy in a "don't f*ck with me" sorta way.

Dante399
Dante399
9 years ago

We're going to wait and see.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Okay, to hear that it is at least starting in Gran Pulse should assuage the worries of the many who complain about it taking twenty hours to get through the corridors of XIII, so that's a good thing. The 'dark and mysterious' story is a high point for me. For some odd reason, I love seeing misery, so stories that can capture that feeling of being trapped work wonders on me… A curious thing, but it makes the game sound a tad more appealing.

An extended and improved ATB could mean any number of things. It could be that they are slowing it down, and perhaps adding party support, so that, to an extent, you would be able to control the other members. It could mean that there are more options to play around with. The constant guesswork is starting to get to me, so I'll just wait until more info about the battle system comes out.
Peace.

P.S. Dengeki also let loose with a bunch of details about Versus XIII, although nothing strictly new. It's more talking about the recent trailer and a few revelations contained within. You should check it out if you're interested. There will apparently be another trailer later this week, but then no new info until E3 at the earliest. Ah well, so it goes.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You know, the junction system from VIII took awhile to get all the nuances, but we at least had the ability to use it within the first few hours.

I think FFXIII provides a great opportunity, since…

*Mild Spoiler*

… since you aren't L'cie anymore those powers would likely go away, so they could introduce a whole new way to gain them absent the Crystarium. Plus we get away from that horrible fallback position where a big dork comes along and just strips us of all our powers. Getting tired of that.