You won't have to wait much longer for the next installment in the esteemed Final Fantasy franchise.
Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will launch in North America on January 31. The highly anticipated sequel is headed to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and it continues the story of Lightning and several of her companions, while offering all new environments and the top-notch production values from FFXIII.
By the way, FFXIII has shipped 6.2 million units worldwide and the franchise as a whole has now shipped over 100 million copies. That's a huge plateau and one for the books, regardless of how you currently feel about the series. Square Enix also sent along a brief prologue for FFXIII-2, which we have here for you:
She defied her destiny. She set out to vanquish the false gods enslaving mankind.
After the war, the world was no longer the same. Humans reigned victorious and their gods were no more. Their utopia fell from the sky and became one with Pulse, the underworld crawling with beasts and fiends. It marked the beginning of a new era.
However, she was nowhere to be seen. Everyone believed she was gone—with the exception of one, her sister, Serah.
Three years later—
A meteorite disrupts the serenity of a peaceful village. Time is distorted; bloodthirsty monsters are released within the confines of the secluded town.
Amidst the chaos, Serah is saved by a stranger who goes by the name of Noel. A hunter from the future, he bears an important message.
"She is waiting for you,” he says. “Come with me if you want to see her again.”
"She is Lightning—protector of the goddess who rules the realm of death and chaos, the one-and-only sister of Serah.
"I need to see her. I need to see my sister.”
Her heart brimming with hope, a determined Serah sets off on an adventure to reunite with her sister, her family, her world.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII-2