Date: January 5th, 2012 Author: Death Penalty
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tags: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Moogle, Trailer
Square-Enix released a new trailer today that features Serah and Noel’s little friend Mog. While most of the information in the trailer is old news, it does shed some light on exactly how some of Mog’s features work. And if you watch it until the very end, there is a surprising development. As always, comments and discussion are welcome in the forums!
Microsoft and Square Enix have just recently announced that they are collaborating. They plan to release a DLC weapon for Serah for Final Fantasy XIII-2 exclusively on the Xbox 360 consoles.
The weapon, named Azrael will be available on day one when the game is released, meaning January 31st, 2012 for North America and Asia and it should be available day one when the game is released in Europe on February 3rd. It will be sold for 80 MS Points
Source: Square-Enix Press Twitter
Final Fantasy XIII-2′s first week sales have been released by Media Create today. As many would expect after the disappointment many fans had with the first game, sales are drastically lower than FFXIII’s first week.
The Playstation 3 version of FFXIII-2 appeared at the top of last weeks Japanese chart, selling 525,271 copies between last Thursday and Sunday. The first game sold 1,501,964 copies in the same period at it’s launch. The Xbox 360 version failed to break into the top 20 meaning it’s sold under 28,406 copies.
Although these kind of numbers are incredible, for a Final Fantasy game, these sales make it the worst performing numbered title in recent history. It could be attributed to multiple factors. The disillusion of fans who were incredibly disappointed in XIII, the fact it’s a sequel therefore alienating new fans, or changes in the audiences taste. Whatever the cause, perfect review scores don’t seem to be helping it shift more numbers. Maybe if Square can win back some fans trust with the improvements made to the game, word of mouth could help it attain more sales over the next few weeks.
Square Enix have released a trailer showing off five pieces of upcoming Downloadable Content for the recently released Final Fantasy XIII-2. Check it out below.
In order of appearance:
* Noel’s ‘Brave in Blaze’ Costume
* Serah’s ‘Evening Calm’ Costume
* Serah’s ‘Resort Style’ Costume
* Omega Colosseum Battle
* Lightning Colosseum Battle
Square Enix’s line of Ultimania guides continues still with the Scenario and Battle Ultimania books being released on the 31st of January.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Scenario Ultimania will cost 1575 yen (~20 USD) and consists of 512 pages. Final Fantasy XIII-2 Battle Ultimania is slightly more expensive, at 1785 yen (~22 USD) with a bulkier 704 pages. Both books are A5 size.
A Q&A has been posted over at the PlayStation Blog featuring the game’s director Motomu Toriyama.
Unfortunately, no new information was revealed, although, for those chomping at the bit for anything FFXIII-2 related, you might want to read it.
In response to the PlayStation Blog’s last question pertaining to Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Toriyama had this to say:
The PlayStation Blog: “When will we finally be able to play Final Fantasy Versus XIII? You know, the game has been in development for eons. Do you have anything to share at this time? Anything!”
Motomu Toriyama: “First, please enjoy XIII-2 while you wait for additional information.”
Curt, but not unexpected. You can read the full Q&A here.
The DLC boss Omega has finally been revealed in all its glory, and it’s looking good. In a nice callback, its XIII-2 design largely mirrors Omega’s original designs in its earliest appearances in the Final Fantasy series. Omega will be available as DLC in Japan, and in the west as a pre-order bonus from certain stores. Once the optional boss is defeated, it can be recruited into your party to fight by your side along with the other monsters you’ve collected throughout the game.
Final Fantasy XIII-2′s soundtrack has been released and tracks from it are popping up everywhere online. Final Fantasy XIII took a pretty big divergence from the series norm when it included several vocal tracks from background music. FFXIII-2 does even more of the same, with some resulting in either a disaster or hilarity. Take a listen of XIII-2′s new metal Chocobo theme below.
Youtube user psychotron502 has uploaded several other songs from the soundtrack, including the more traditional Chocobo theme for those of you who couldn’t handle the other one. Take a look.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is now on sale in Japan, and the live streams have already begun. There are several around but naturally, they don’t last forever. Thankfully, some clever soul has captured over seven hours of Leta_jp’s streams in extremely high quality from the very beginning. Presumably, it’ll be updated the more they play. So if you have no patience and want to see the full game for yourself now, watch the first part of the stream below.
If you want to watch the action live from other live streamers, take a look at this thread on our forums to see which ones are currently available. Spoilers naturally.
The first video is split into three parts, each roughly 1 hour 45 long. To watch the second and third parts of it, visit this link. To watch the second video, click the part 2 video in the Other videos section on that page.
Final Fantasy XIII-2′s soundtrack is coming out tomorrow in Japan, a day before the games release. To celebrate, Square Enix have released 7 full tracks from it for free for us to all enjoy. They’ve all been uploaded to Youtube and are available in the links below.