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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

Pre-ordering from certain stores will get you a bonus weapon for Noel named as “Muramasa”. Described as a ” weapon of fey power, feared as the blade that will strike down time’s master.”, it will increase chain bonuses in battle as well. Muramasa can be seen below in its spear and sword modes.

Thanks to forum member Ramenzilla for the heads up!

Source: Square Enix Members Europe

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Books Announced
Date: October 28th, 2011 Author: Emily
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
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Much like with Final Fantasy XIII and its “Episode Zero -Promise-” and “-Episode i-” novella counterparts, Square Enix has announced two new books for Final Fantasy XIII-2.

The first will be a post card book, and will contain CG illustrations of the main characters of the game, such as Serah, Noel, Snow, and Lightning, and an eight page character introduction. It will also come with a collection of 24 post cards.

The second and more important book that will be released will be titled “Final Fantasy XIII-2: Fragments Before”, and will focus on the events that took place before those in the game itself. It will also be written by Jun Eishima, the author of the Final Fantasy XIII novellas. This novel will again focus on the different stories of the main characters and will, interestingly enough, also include Rygdea and Bartholomew Estheim from Final Fantasy XIII. Below is a list of the different chapters for each character, as stated in the Nova Crystallis blog post:

Serah: Memories of the year AF0.
New Bodhum: A story of the year AF3.
Snow: The story of his departure.
Rygdea & Bartholomew: The creation of a provisional government, and the secret history of the founding of the Academy.
Noel: The end of the world, a period of uncertainty.

Both books will be available on December 31st, the day Final Fantasy XIII-2 is released in Japan.

Thanks to forum member Henry for finding this information!

Source: Nova Crystallis

Even more pre-order DLC has been announced by Square Enix today, this time targeted towards our new hero Noel. Serah’s bow may be exclusive to HMV and Lawson’s but a new weapon announced for Noel will only be available through Square Enix’s e-STORE.

The weapon named the Calamity Blade is another twin blade which has the special ability to charge Noel’s ATB gauge faster. The weapon will be apparently be useful between the beginning and middle of the game, hopefully not making other weapons along the way pointless. An image isn’t available yet but should be before it’s out.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 SQUARE ENIX e-STORE Pre-order

Famitsu’s latest issue has a Final Fantasy XIII-2 feature where they reveal a few new details to tide us over. Here’s a summary of all the new information they reveal.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be appearing one disc on Xbox 360. This is in stark contrast to the original which was released on three. Toriyama claims that this is all due to the increased use of real time cutscenes but it’s quite likely the game itself being shorter, also played a large part.

Hope is aged 24 in the TGS trailer making him 10 years older than he appears in FFXIII. XIII-2 takes place 3 years after the original if you’re trying to keep up with the time travelling. He’s now the head of a scientific investigation group of some sort.

Caius (Kaias) has an evil influence over both Valhalla and the regular world which may explain why the black smoke emanating from Lightning in the trailer is called Chaos. Yeul (Yuru) is the silver haired girl travelling with Caius.

The game will never penalize you for you for missing Quick Times. Completing them however will gain you something.

Like Final Fantasy X, you will be able to switch party members on the fly. This means that the party leader dying will no longer be game over.

Noel’s memories are cloudy due to the result of a time paradox.

The game will include Easy Mode from launch this time.

Alternative costumes will also be available and will be visible in cutscenes as well as gameplay.

The Crystarium system will not be capped like it was in XIII. Instead, it will be fully unlocked from the beginning and won’t rely on story progression to let you continue.

Source: Nova Crystallis

Some new Final Fantasy XIII-2 information has been released in the latest issue of Jump today, including a couple of fairly small but important story points. Here they are thanks to Kagari on Neogaf:

Noel is from the future where he’s the last surviving human of his time.
Lightning is a knight for the goddess Etro who’s tasked with protecting her temple in Valhalla.

Source: Neogaf

There is now a scan for the above information, showing a new render for Lightning.

Image source: FF-Reunion via FFWorld

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