Final Fantasy XIII-2 is official, coming 'next winter'

You know what the world needs? More Final Fantasy. Not content with its upcoming roster of spin-offs, cross-overs, prequels and ports, Square Enix has announced that it is giving Team Lightening the full-on sequel treatment "next winter" (late 2011 or early 2012?) with the reveal of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Revealed this morning during Square Enix's 1st Production Department Premiere event in Tokyo, the game will be a direct sequel to last year's Final Fantasy XIII and be ready for North American PS3s and Xbox 360s next winter. The announcement was also posted to the PlayStation US Blog wherein Square Enix Senior Brand Manager, Adrian Arnese, explained, “We have a new story in store that stems from the previous title, a battle system that is evolved from “XIII” – and more…”

Details are predictably thin, but Square Enix did release a new screenshot and logo for their upcoming title:

Above: Lightning's new outfit looks substantially more "Fantasy" than her last

Above: Lightning on the right, plus a new character on the left, who looks a lot like an "evil" Lightning

Above: The teaser trailer, before it's likely pulled down

Final Fantasy XIII was loved and loathed in equal doses by Final Fantasy fans, so the biggest question will be if XIII-2 repeats the original's weirdo pacing or retreats into more familiar JRPG territory. As long the team isn't planning to include dress spheres or giggling sidekicks, they're already on the right track.

Correction: This article originally indicated a "late 2012" release. The official word, however, is "next winter," and we have adjusted the wording to indicate that. Sorry for any confusion.

Jan 18, 2011 

[Source: Square Enix Members Blog / PlayStation.Blog.US]  

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  • AlpineGuy - January 19, 2011 6:16 p.m.

    Sheesh, and I *just* started Disc 3 of FFXIII. Suddenly, between this, FFXIV Online, and the new Kingdom Hearts games, it feels like Square Enix is giving off shades of Activision. Still, color me excited for XIII-2.
  • g4m3rk1dd - January 19, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    HAH the video got pulled "happened alot faster than we thought it would eh GR?" i said that and now i cant help but wonder if SE is rushing this :( THIS winter? we only just got the first game last year i really hope that it isnt a complete waste of time (although if it is ill probably buy and play it all the same and just force myself to forget all the bad parts after ive beaten the game about a bajillion times)
  • Corsair89 - January 19, 2011 3:17 a.m.

  • grayguwapo - January 19, 2011 3 a.m.

    WOW! This is the best news this 2011... Can't wait to see more about this new sequel... So far it's looking great! I'm kinda diggin' Lighting's new outfit, looks like she got promoted to a higher rank or something... I wonder where the story will revolve this time around... let's wait and see!!! Exciting!!!
  • NocturnalRight - January 19, 2011 2:39 a.m.

    I honestly don't know what to say about this. I like FF 13 but there were several things squeenixcould have done to make it better. Hopefully this will be better and not suffer the same fate as all the other sequels.
  • FlikNightshade - January 19, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    Sounds good to me. All they have to do is take out half of the endless corridors and get to the point 28 hours earlier with this game and I'm 100% sold.
  • The_King_of_Nothing - January 19, 2011 1:21 a.m.

    I am excited about this, but am having some mixed feelings about it too. They are making a sequel to 13, but are changing back to the other Final Fantasies in a way that made me hate the others. I loved that 13 wasn't unrealistic characters that can do magic tricks with no explanation as to why at all while wielding 500 pound swords and doing things that made absolutely no sense or possibility or characters that are just ridiculous looking with spiked hair or guys that are often mistaken for girls. AKA Anime style. I know that is what made the other games so famous, but that's why I absolutely hate all the other Final Fantasies. I loved that 13 had some of the same aspects of the Final Fantasy world, but had a different style to appeal to a different crowd.
  • Defguru7777 - January 19, 2011 12:41 a.m.

    Looks like the Top 7 Games We Want Announced in 2011 article is right on track guys. :)
  • Ultimadrago - January 19, 2011 12:36 a.m.

    To quote egregious "FF13 was pretty mediocre, but I didn't hate it. Will actually buy this (probably)." @Carolyn: Yeah, Sazh was like my favorite character from the cast (possibly the only one I personally liked as a character at all).
  • lovinmyps3 - January 19, 2011 12:27 a.m.

    I loved XIII so I'm really looking forward to this!!
  • BluesyFish - January 19, 2011 12:13 a.m.

    I was jsut saying the other day, 'FFXIII is great all, but it could use more feathers! Not like chocobo feathers, but white, floaty, pretentious feathers! Maybe even a whole half skirt thing of them!'
  • NappyAfro - January 19, 2011 12:12 a.m.

    Dear god why!? Do not want! But knowing me, I'm still gonna buy this on release day. x_x Fail... super fail... I hate you SE. I really do.
  • lrem - January 18, 2011 11:22 p.m.

    Hoooray! The more "fantasy" outfit is a little meh. But still, very excite!
  • goodguy - January 18, 2011 11:18 p.m.

    looks sick nasty.... but what ever happened to XIII versus....
  • Denrok - January 18, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    If the costume change is something that's mirrored by the entire games setting and atmosphere this could be pretty cool. Also if they could make the story slightly less confusing, enhance the battle system, and remove some of the need for grinding, then I will love this.
  • 2cute2Bcruel - January 18, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    Oh! This is a pleasant surprise, and I'm not even the biggest fan of XIII.
  • justinbanda - January 18, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    This is going to be effing amazing. I'm stoked that SE didn't give up on XIII. Everything looks more 'fantasy'-ish, so maybe that'll give the haters what they want. I just hope they don't change the battle system and feel too much. I want it to be more of its own game rather than an extension of the original, good as it was. I was kind of bummed out when I beat Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood in about eight hours. It felt more like DLC than a full-on sequel. That being said, I've heard X-2 was awesome, so here's hoping that XIII-2 is even better than the original.
  • Ilyere - January 18, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    I'd like the other characters to return as well, considering there was so much character development in XIII. ... Hopefully they'll all have awesome new outfits too.
  • Clovin64 - January 18, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    I just died of joy.
  • Gungalei - January 18, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Black Swan: The Game

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