Date: December 21st, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tags: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Japan, Sales
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.
Ten days to go until Final Fantasy XIII-2 releases in Japan! Today a new commercial was released. It shows a few new scenes and there are spoilers, of course. Watch it below!
Thanks to forum member Musou for the heads up!
In a traditional move, the Japanese cover art for Final Fantasy XIII-2 has been revealed as the game’s Amano-designed logo on a pure white field. This minimalistic design mirrors the style of the Japanese art for Final Fantasy XIII. So, how do you think it stacks up with the recently revealed North American art? Take a trip to the forums to discuss!
Square Enix has just released the Japanese version of the NYCC Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailers on their Youtube channel, yet instead of being titled “New Adventures”, they call it the “Final Trailer”. With the games release coming in two months, it’s not surprising that there’s little more to show. See both the PS3 and Xbox 360 trailers below with full Japanese voice acting.
Four new Final Fantasy Type-0 commercials have begun airing on Japanese TV and this time, they aren’t cringe worthy comedy dub overs. They’re the more traditional type of commercial we’ve come to expect featuring the games theme song and a good montage of gameplay and story. See them all in the video below.
You’ve probably forgotten that a half-hour television special for Final Fantasy XIII-2 aired on the 15th in Japan. How could you not, with all that juicy TGS action going on? Turns out you didn’t miss much. Most of the information shared by Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama has already been revealed and the latter half of the programme featured Masashi Ebara (Sazh’s Japanese voice actor) paying a visit to select departments working on the game.
Among the few notable segments, composer Mitsuto Suzuki demonstrated the music production process with a track that hasn’t been heard before. You can check that out below. After having a chat with co-composer Naoshi Mizuta about the new Archylte Steppe theme and checking in with the game’s foley artists (that’s sound effects, for you clueless types out there), there was a brief montage of various visual processes. You can find shots of those a bit further down, too. Images include a demonstration of the animation process using a frightening dragon-type creature, manipulation of Sazh’s eyebrows, a city locale and Serah running through a city (maybe the same one) on a rainy night.
There’s going to be a very special scene in Final Fantasy XIII-2. Speaking at Japan’s CEDEC conference, Square Enix mobile business senior manager Takashi Tokita spoke of the late Yoshinori Kanada. Kanada was a storyboard artist who, among other things, worked on Final Fantasy XIII. One board in particular was for a scene that didn’t make it into the game. According to Tokita, its omission was something director Motomu Toriyama regretted as he quite liked the scene. Not this time, however. The scene, in which Odin holds Lightning, will be included in the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2.
You can see the sequence in question at the end of the clip below, as well as the board it originated from.
With Final Fantasy Type-0 coming out in just under two months, Square Enix has already started the advertising onslaught with three new commercials which have begun airing on Japanese TV. The characters in the adverts have been dubbed over with alternative voices, apparently saying something hilarious. I feel the humor will be lost on most of us. See all three in the video below.
Looks like Japan and importers are going to have to wait a bit longer than planned for Final Fantasy Type-0. The game’s original October 13 release date has been written off in favour of October 27. The single for the game’s theme song has also been pushed back to October 19 (originally October 5) and the soundtrack itself is now being released on October 26 (originally October 12).
The delay is due to Square Enix wishing to polish the game further. At the release of Type-0′s Natsubi demo, director Hajime Tabata specified ongoing tweaks for the game’s camera and Phantoma system.
Given the fact that the game was announced alongside Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII back at E3 2006, another two weeks is pretty much a drop in the ocean.
The Tokyo Game Show is slowly creeping up, but today it was announced that a Final Fantasy XIII-2 Special would be airing on TV during the first day of the event. The half an hour special, announced on the BS11 website, is said to contain a never before seen trailer as well as special guest appearances. It will be airing on BS11 at 8:00 to 8:30pm Tokyo time on the 15th September.