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Square Enix sheds light on Final Fantasy XIII-2's "To Be Continued" ending

If you've already reached the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2, odds are you're suffering from major sleep deprivation, and probably wondering what Square Enix was thinking by slapping a “To Be Continued” after the brief, final cutscene. Rest assured, Square Enix has confirmed (via Andriasang) this is not an omen for Final Fantasy XIII-3, but instead a hint the game is larger than you may think, and that true closure is coming in future DLC.

Above: To be... continued? Really?

Explaining the abrupt finale during his appearance at the Taipei Game Show 2012 in Taiwan, director Motomu Toriyama said Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a number of Paradox Endings, and that the “To Be Continued” is the studio's way of encouraging players to go back and dig up every possible conclusion.

Additionally, Motomu noted Square Enix has a significant amount of DLC planned for the Final Fantasy XIII sequel, meaning true closure might have to wait until development is wrapped for good. Upcoming add-ons include the addition of Lightning and Amodar to the forthcoming Coliseum Battle mode, plus an individual episodes for for Lightning. Future episodes for Snow and Sazh have also been hinted.

There you have it; mystery solved. Or is it? Have you seen the end? Let us know if you think Final Fantasy XIII-2's final moments stand on their own, or if Square Enix is effectively holding the real ending hostage.

30 comments

  • moj-cameron - March 1, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    Just finished the game a few hours ago, and feeling well and truly happy and dandy with myself, I sat back and awaited the torrent of cheesy music, happy faces and 'Woo! I just saved the world! Now I'm going to get married and live with my husband, my sister and my best buddy and live happily ever af-"BOOM. Not so much. Thoroughly disappointed. Even the 'Secret' ending doesn't wrap things up. Not even remotely. They're going to have to release an entire games worth of DLC to explain what the hell just happened to everything and everyone.
  • albionkyle - February 25, 2012 11:39 a.m.

    I am greatly annoyed when I 'finished' the game last night. This isn't the end, it had no resolution in any kind. 'Somebody' is dead.... And where is everybody? And now you want me to pay for DLC to see the ending? Oh well, it's not like Square Enix or Final Fantasy really matters anymore... I will be cautious to buy another SE RPG from now on...
  • pr0tostar - February 8, 2012 5:47 p.m.

    Asura's Wrath is also an episodic-narrative game. I'm calling Capcom out on this very tactic here and now. I was going to make another prediction about the future of entertainment while my gears are still grinding, but then I stopped and realized it's already been done; The final Harry Potter/Twilight movies. Thankfully I never touched either series, but just wait till this becomes a standard trend in cinema, as well as gaming.
  • InsomniacGamer - February 7, 2012 8:54 p.m.

    Shameless grab for cash
  • Ravenbom - February 6, 2012 5:37 p.m.

    Well, I think since FF6 only about every other game gets a satisfying ending. FF7 ended in a "What?" FF8 wrapped up everything. (I didn't play 9) FF10 was another "What?" and FF12 ended nicely.
  • Will.E 304 - February 6, 2012 4:42 p.m.

    So what he's saying is that SE released half a game; makes sense. I did pay full price for each of the three discs of FF7. ...oh, wait, NO I DIDN'T
  • Cyberninja - February 6, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    lets see i currently have the game and like it enough that depending on how they present the in game canon ending will make me hate the idea of dlc for it or not, plus in theory they could have been planning on making a complete third FF13, but midway through development realize it would just be easier to make the next part dlc or have said dlc as a teaser for the 3rd game
  • RyoonZ - February 6, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    I've beaten the game in 3 days when I got Saturday I played non stop, the game was very exciting. Maybe it continues to Versus, lol.
  • GAYMER - February 6, 2012 2:07 p.m.

    I was on the fence on wether or not I should buy this. But after reading this article I have lost all interest in this game. Square, what happened to you? :(
  • Garlador - February 6, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    ... This somehow implies FFXIII-2's story is WORTH "continuing". Damn, I miss Sakaguchi's story-telling skills.
  • A_Winner_Is_You - February 6, 2012 12:02 p.m.

    Why warn for 'mild spoilers' when the headline is already quite a whopper of a spoiler? :P
  • fanfundy - February 6, 2012 10:59 a.m.

    It saddens me to see what has become of the gaming industry. DLC on disc, online passes, missions and ending PURPOSELY held back to sell later, fighting games that release DLC, then don't include it in their ULTIMATE editions. In a way I'm glad. I no longer buy new games now. I wait 6 months to a year for the inevitable rerelease with ALL the DLC at a brand new discounted price. Instead of making more money with me, these companies are making less.
  • jcarbajal - February 6, 2012 10:19 a.m.

    Could be worse we could be paying for DLC thats already on the disk oh wait. -_-
  • Darkhawk - February 6, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Hurray! Paying for proper endgame content! Now THIS is the future of DLC. *SARCASM
  • Clovin64 - February 6, 2012 4:05 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure none of the alternative paradox endings were canon, and I honestly can't see Squeenix letting the FFXIII story end with the proper ending we got. I wouldnt hold my breath for a XIII-3, but future story-based DLC containing the real ending (just like Castlevania LOS) sounds much more likely. Dammit, I need closure!
  • polarp - February 5, 2012 11:15 p.m.

    Songs without the last few verses, movies without the last few minutes, books without the last few pages, dentists who only cleaned the bottom half of my teeth
  • g4m3rk1dd - February 5, 2012 6:21 p.m.

    ill just wait until the DLC comes out then...
  • Redeater - February 5, 2012 2:44 p.m.

    Ok now I'm glad I passed on this game. This sounds like a pretty horrible way to end it. Still might pick this up when it hits $20 but my interest in this game has dropped even further.
  • Redeater - February 5, 2012 2:47 p.m.

    And here I thought only Ubisoft had the balls to make you pay for your games ending. If Rockstar and 2K catch on to this I'm going to give up gaming period.
  • samsneeze - February 5, 2012 3:19 p.m.

    But Ubisoft only did it that one time, unless I'm mistaken. We are talking about Prince of Persia right?

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