Yeah, we get it. You need to understand more about the gameplay before you get excited. And if it isn't what you want, Square-Enix is once again banished to the doghouse.

Well, while concrete details remain few and far between, we do have an update from S-E bosses Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama, who recently spoke to Dengeki PlayStation after the big unveiling of Final Fantasy XIII-2 . You can find the full rundown at Andriasang , where we learn a bit more about the story, world and characters. FFXIII-2 is a true sequel, in that it will continue to deal with the concepts of fal'Cie and l'Cie, although the game covers "a different area of the Fabula mythology from XIII." The new Etro deity will be introduced and indeed, we will be starting this new adventure in the "Gran Pulse world," which immediately hints at more freedom right from the start. Fans remember playing through a good 15-20 hours of linear pathways before reaching Gran Pulse in FFXIII…

The world in XIII-2 will also "expand further," but we're not sure if Toriyama was indicating actual size, or if he was merely talking more about the story and mythology. Lighting will be the protagonist but other characters will return in "unexpected forms;" Toriyama said that some characters will be placed in a very different atmosphere. Plus, we will be introduced to new characters as well, and that includes the mysterious male character Lightning faces down in the teaser trailer (he is also shown with Lightning in the game's logo). We don't know who he is, but he's described as being "in conflict with Lightning" and is a "character of equal strength."

We have yet to learn much about the supposed "expanded combat," and that might be the most important aspect of the new project. But maybe we'll get that info sooner than you think…

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2

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TheCrazyMerc
TheCrazyMerc
9 years ago

What I know, is that Lightning looks hot with that Suit on 😀

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

And hotter with it off 😉

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Could someone ask Toriyama if we're going to have to read the plot again or will it actually be part of the game this time?

You know, now that the FF series is turning into bargain bin fodder, I'm going to wait it out. I don't trust SE to make XIII-2 the game it should be.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Yeah, I agree. Half way through the game, I just stopped reading the synopsis of what I was missing.

You shouldn't have to do research through a fal'cie encyclopedia to figure out people's pasts or understand that story.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Ohhh those SE bosses are so sneaky. They hint at the things we want to get us salivating, then yank them away. Well, I won't be a Pavlov dog this time, I'll just stay hopeful for the sake of the series if not entirely for myself.

Vitron
Vitron
9 years ago

Hmmm.. Her outfit seems a bit off compared to the first one, I like it though.

SE better not fail this.


Last edited by Vitron on 1/26/2011 10:31:03 PM

LittleBigMidget
LittleBigMidget
9 years ago

Lighting is ugly. *Flame shield on*

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

No, Maggie Gyllenhaal is ugly, single handedly ruined The Dark Knight by having her face two feet from the camera all the time.

Mamills
Mamills
9 years ago

i dunno if i'd say she's ugly,
but she is definitely not a well designed character.
A brick wall has a more interesting personality
and i couldn't care less about her or the retarded story that 13 had.
(didn't even bother finishing the final fight, decided id youtube the ending).

ill probably b skipping 13-2
c'mon KZ3, drake3, LBP2 and finally sometime in the near future, hopefully… 13 versus
(or, whenever squareenix decides to release something people can actually enjoy or go bankrupt, 1 or the other…)

(You haters can now thumbs down if u like)


Last edited by Mamills on 1/26/2011 11:31:44 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Sounds to me like you missed Lightning's personality shift about halfway through.

It was sort of obvious. Didn't make her fantastic, but it certainly built her character.

AnonWTF
AnonWTF
9 years ago

haha, that is so funny -.^

Mamills
Mamills
9 years ago

actually no, i did play it all the way up to the final boss fight, but didn't feel like actually doing the fight.
And yes i did catch her personality shift, and yes her character did improve slightly but i still didn't care, she was still boring and uninteresting and again, a bad character.
especially when you compare her to square's other protagonists in their games.

i mean, you usually come out of the game saying, oh man that character is so awesome or they even have a lovable quality and they grow on you, but not lightning.

and on top of that i still stand that the story was garbage.

i mean they were trying to appeal to a broader audience, but the casual gamer would not be able to follow what the hell was going on. that's why 13 was in the bargain bin in my area not too long after release. it may have sold, but people sold it right back.

believe me, i was a huge fan of this game when it was coming out. telling my friends i cant wait its gonna be awesome etc etc. But when i eventually got it, awe man was i disappointed

and showing me a trailer that only shows her in armor drawing a sword does not make me want to go anywhere near the sequel, but i do hope they get their act together for it, but… they probably wont.


Last edited by Mamills on 1/27/2011 6:51:12 AM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

She's not an ill-contrived character. However, the dialogue was poorly written, and although we knew there was a past, we don't really know much about it. At least not enough to fully understand or relate to her.

But the pieces are there for her to not be a bad character. It just needs to be glued together.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

I truly dislike characters like Lightning who have no personality at all.

Her appearance doesn't help any. Just dull overall…

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You try citing a million one liners like, "What?" or "I just don't know…" or "I can do it on my own." with conviction…

The writing makes her dull. I guarantee, with her history, motive, and personality in place, I could write her into a fantastic character with a couple other well established characters as a counter point.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
9 years ago

this time, i will only start looking at it when it is actually released.

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
9 years ago

and also I think I will be much more interested in Sakaguchi's The Last Story and for that, Square Enix should just watch the game trailer and taking notes. Mistwalker and its products are the true Square in the shadow imo.


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 1/26/2011 11:25:59 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Mistwalker is gonna have to deliver something to the PS3 if it wants to live. Wii players are casual, 360 players aren't big on JRPGs, so that leaves PS3 as the best market.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

What is mistwalker doing right now?

BigBoss4ever
BigBoss4ever
9 years ago

@world

yea i agree that they should be making the JRPG on PS3, not on Wii or 360.

however, regarding the classic JRPG flair and elements embedded in their game, SE has been lacking, thats why I said SE should take notes and learn from Mistwalker's games. SE has no problem of delivering graphic beauty, but they need to add back those classic JRPG flairs they were so good at making in the past. 😀


Last edited by BigBoss4ever on 1/27/2011 7:55:10 PM

shadowscorpio
shadowscorpio
9 years ago

Has the release year been confirmed yet?

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Somehow it's supposed to be this year I think. (In Japan) So with typical SE delays I'd guess 2013.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Japan this fall, the rest fall next year.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Well, so far it doesn't seem half bad, but I'll start looking forward to it when we get some more info on the RPG-factor.
'Smiles and Sunshine.'

HUSO
HUSO
9 years ago

ff13 was so disappointing that i don't even want to have any expectations for this game.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

I loved the atmosphere of XIII though, it was so colourful and cheerful considering the undertones. I hope they don't do a PoP: Warrior Within…

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

If they introduce a half-decent character then I might bother to look at the game. Maybe

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Jeeze… 23 comments… remember when FF news would generate well over 150 comments?