Here's some new images for
Final Fantasy XIII-2, showing a variety of modes from Square Enix's
upcoming spinoff. There's a good look at the game's antagonist, Caius
Ballad, who comes off every bit as menacingly flamboyant as you'd
expect a Final Fantasy villain to be; and traveling merchant
Chocolina, who's billed as comic relief and whose theme music you
probably have stuck in your head already.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is due
for North American release in January of next year. We got a good look at the title earlier this month, and found the game's
time-bending narrative a clever way of delivering a far less linear
game than its predecessor. Producer Yoshinori Kitase recently spoke highly about the experience of building on what his team's already
achieved with Final Fantasy XIII – but warned fans that revisiting
older games is far more difficult than building on current titles.
Which is to say, one suspects, that he hopes FFXIII-2 is engrossing
enough to stop fans asking about that pesky FFVII remake for a few