Final Fantasy XIII-2 details trickle out from Japan

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be less linear, tell a clearer story, and take its players down darker paths according to an interview with head members of the Final Fantasy XIII-2 team in Japanese game magazine Dengeki.

In the mag's latest issue, Producer's Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama talk about the upcoming sequel and the many ways in which Square Enix plans to show that they've been listening to their fans. Among the most promising tidbits from the interview is news that the team plans to completely avoid the cutesy, pop music trappings of its X-2 sequel, and that there will be alterations made to both to the battle system and XIII's oft-lamented linear style. Granted, replacing pop music with extra-broody brooding doesn't really smash any JRPG stereotypes, but we'll see how it turns out.

As for the game's storytelling, Kitase and Toriyama noted that Fantasy XIII-2 will continue to introduce its share of mysteries, but do a lot to shed some light as to what the hell went on in the XIII. Dengeki's article also revealed that players will carry on the search for an invisible gate to the world of Bunibelle, and that a goddess by the name of Etro will play a heavy role in the ensuing adventures.

Ever since Square Enix pulled the lid off of Final Fantasy XIII-2 with its trailer last week, RPG fans have been itching for any indication that its devs are making the sequel with the criticisms and concerns of the original in mind. True, we're still far, far away from any actual proof either way, but even acknowledging said criticisms is a start.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released this year in Japan and 'next winter' (read: next January or 2015 after all the delays) for North America and Europe.

Jan 25, 2011 

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  • Unoriginal - January 26, 2011 7:50 a.m.

    Less linear, more direct storytelling and a darker story? A goddess and the gate to Bunibelle? Bunibelle? So this will have absolutely zero connection to the game I loved save for some returning characters.
  • cozyman - January 26, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    I enjoyed FFXIII for the paradigm battle system, and I hope that they do not take that away for this upcoming title. Also I do not understand this hate for Hope. Honestly I have have had Lightning die on me more than Hope. Actually I have used them both for my battle team since I was able to build my own team.
  • quincytheodore - January 26, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    Hope sucks so bad, but unfortunately needed. Well if you want to make RPG realistic, there should be one rookie, he allows Lightning to mature as well. If there were six Lightnings, everyone will kick everyone's ass. Granted when Square tried it, people hate him, so am I but it just to shows you can't please everyone. Let's not put him on XIII-2 And not really sure if Vanille and Fang are sisters, but it's better that way... if you add lesbian, I guess... ehemmm...
  • lovinmyps3 - January 26, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    Hopefully they don't deviate too far from XIII, I love that game to death.
  • grayguwapo - January 26, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    Didn't really have any complaints on FFXIII, I loved the game... Knowing that SE will go deeper into the story is just as exciting as when FFXIII was announced... it seems they'll be going into the history of how and why things went the way they did in FFXIII's story... Nonetheless, if SE is listening to the fans of the series, they'll still get this right just as they did the first time... Can't wait to hear more about this... Let's just hope it doesn't take till 2015 for this to get released in NA...
  • NocturnalRight - January 26, 2011 12:03 a.m.

    Joining in on the kill hope train, the player should get to kill him. Then again he doesn't even deserve a fight or even a cutscene he sucks so much ass. Also they better put in a better summon system and get rid of the lame crafting system I never bothered to use.
  • Clovin64 - January 25, 2011 9:34 p.m.

    @EnragedTortoise1 Yeah, I forgot to add that in my comment. Kill Hope. At the start of the game preferably. In a rather bloody fashion.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 25, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    Also, give Hope the axe. As in kill him. Although giving him an axe would be pretty damn cool...
  • EnragedTortoise1 - January 25, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    The story was a bit confusing at first, but that's because nobody in the cast knew what the hell was going on, therefore, the player shouldn't either. Still gonna buy this asap.
  • Dusty06 - January 25, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    As long as they give me something to do in the game other than fight boring ass battles that made the game so repetitve. I would have killed for something to do other than that. Also less linear crap and GET RID OF HOPE!!!
  • paganpoet - January 25, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    Frankly, and I know I'm in the minority on this one, I didn't mind the light, fluffy atmosphere in X-2. It was a refreshing change from the usual. I absolutely LOVE the game, too, maybe even more than X (that probably has something more to do with how much I hate Tidus, though, and how much I like Yuna). I didn't mind the linearity of XIII either. Hell, all main FF games other than the MMOs are linear, it's just XIII was obviously so. I see a lot of people had problems with the characters. Yeah, Hope and Snow were annoying, but I loved Sazh and Fang, and liked Vanille and Lightning, so I guess I don't agree.
  • Clovin64 - January 25, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I had very few complaints with FFXIII and the linearity didnt dampen my enjoyment one bit. The battle system was the best I've played in any RPG. Don't mess it up too much for the sequel! Basically, I only want 3 things from XIII-2: Give us access to the full battle system much earlier, flesh out the characters a little more and (maybe) allow us to choose our party members much earlier on than the 15-20 hour mark. Other than that, can't wait for XIII-2!
  • xombiesarelove - January 25, 2011 8:37 p.m.

    Who the hell was confused by the story line? I really enjoyed FF13 but the story wasn't exactly super deep or full of twists. That said, FF13-2 is a day one pick up for me.
  • Cyberninja - January 25, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    i say screw the naysayers FF13 was great so as long as they dont mess with everything to much it will be a day one buy also i would prefer a linear game to game a that gives you no idea what you have to do at any moment
  • indianair5 - January 25, 2011 8:02 p.m.

    I don't really get how the Fabula Nova (or whatever its called) series is supposed to be linked together... Lightning looks like she belongs in Valkyrie Profile judging by the pics *which almost gives me a sorta "the game takes place in another dimension" plot vibe* , and Versus seems to have a more realistic setting to it too... if there's a big connection between these games I don't see it. How did the MMO get a numbered entry but Versus doesn't?
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 25, 2011 7:42 p.m.

    im still not big on them changing the battle system at all... the only REAL thing im worried about is who all will be in it from the original and what the actual story is... either way ill be buying this game just like i did the original...on its release date...
  • HarryBalls - January 25, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Hooray for lesbians, indeed. New Chrono Trigger, please.
  • KingQuestion - January 25, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    The story was decent, the real problem was the characters were not interesting, and i did not know what the hell they were talking about for the first 20 hours of the damn game. The battle system was terrible. Just make it FFX-2's Battle system with out the dress spheres and we will be golden.
  • DeepIsh - January 25, 2011 7:22 p.m.

    Wait-- The story in FFXIII wasn't clear? What the hell. Basically: Some machines with minds rule the world. They are evil, and they fed people for years till their numbers were sufficient enough to release a great amount of life force, which would lead to the summoning of the maker. They are lazy and can't do shit by themselves, so they create Ci'eth in hopes that one of them turn into Ragnarok and kill everyone. Then the lesbian sisters turn into diamonds and save the world from destruction, (somehow) holding a planet in the sky. Hooray for lesbian sisters.
  • freakyfro99 - January 25, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    But this looks like it could be good if they listened to the criticisms. I played XIII for all of 2 hours before giving up. If a game doesn't have me even remotely interested after 2 hours of play then forget it. I figure 2 hours is a pretty wide window to catch my interest.

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