Date: October 19th, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tags: Collectors Edition, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Merchandise, Pre-order
It didn’t take them long to reveal what we’ll be getting. Today Square released several graphics detailing the different editions Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released in. The limited and special editions have been named as the Limited Collectors and Crystal Editions, and now we can tell you what you can expect to recieve with them. Both editions have been confirmed for North America and Europe.
Limited Collectors Edition
- A composer selected soundtrack which features several tracks from the game chosen by Hamazu himself.
- An artbook titled “The Art of Final Fantasy XIII-2″ including art from throughout development.
- Six collectible postcards, featuring CG artwork of the games main characters.
- A high definition lenticular artprint featuring Lightning.
- The full 4 disc official soundtrack to the game with premium digipack packaging.
- An exclusive Final Fantasy XIII-2 T-shirt, never to be released elsewhere.
- The same artbook, postcards and lenticular print as the Collectors Edition.
Square have also revealed a pre-order pack which includes the DLC insert, the Episode I novella and some collectable art cards. It also comes with an exclusive steelbook case.
The new editions are now available to pre-order from a few stores such as Play.com which is listing the collectors edition at £59.99 and the Crystal Edition at £79.99.
The first pictures of Serah’s pre-order weapon have been released by Square Enix, with a few details about it. The angels bow drains HP from enemies as previously revealed, but it turns out the weapon will actually be available in the game without the need of a download code. The only difference is the weapon will be in a different colour. If this is true, it does bring into question the entire point of it.
Soon after Amazon revealed that they would be including the Omega DLC with pre-orders, Square Enix sent out a press release announcing all the other pre-order bonuses available at other retailers. The other two stores offering bonuses are GameStop and Best Buy, each offering different incentives.
At GameStop you’ll receive the same alternative costume for Serah as revealed for Japan earlier today. No word on Noel’s alternative costume coming to the States yet. Pre-ordering at Best Buy will get your something a little different. Remember Episode Zero? It received a sequel cleverly titled Episode I which came with the Ultimate Hits Edition of FFXIII in Japan. It was an epilogue of the events of Final Fantasy XIII. The novella will be getting a collectible hardcover book with each pre-order from Best Buy. This will mark it’s first official translation into English.
Today Square Enix has detailed some of the first of Final Fantasy XIII-2′s post release downloadable content and it turns out one of the downloads will also be available in the US as their first announced pre-order DLC.
Square Enix is offering 3 separate downloads set to to coincide with the Japanese release date on December 15th. First is the Omega boss battle which is a coliseum battle against the series’ traditional optional boss, Omega (aka Omega Weapon). Once beaten, you can take his crystal and have him join your party. The other two announced downloads are an alternative costume for Noel and an alternative costume for Serah.
The Omega DLC will be available as a pre-order bonus in the US when ordered through Amazon. It can be redeemed on both PS3 and Xbox 360 but the download code can take up to two business days to arrive through your email.
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.
Square announced earlier this month that we’d be receiving plenty of DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Today they’ve actually detailed some of what we’ll be getting, pre-release anyway.
For pre-ordering the game at Lawson’s or HMV in Japan, customers will receive a download code for a bonus weapon for Serah. The weapon itself is described as an angels bow which drains the damage it causes and converts it into HP for Serah. An image of the new weapon will be released in the future. It’s fairly likely the same DLC will be available as pre-order bonuses in other countries as well.
A second piece of pre-release DLC will be coming with the limited edition version of the games official PS3 theme, Yakusoku no Basho. The CD will include another download code which can be traded for some special bonus accessories. The set named “Gift from the Songstress” will include Diva Mic and Diva Headphones. Whether they actually do anything is yet to be confirmed. The CD will be out on November 23rd and the code can be used on both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game but whether the Charice version of the song, New World, will include it hasn’t been announced.
Square Enix has revealed the collectors edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 on their e-STORE priced at 12,760 yen ($161). The collectors edition includes special packaging, the games soundtrack, a post card book and a bonus DVD. No details are given about the DVDs contents but it’s probably the usual fare of music videos, trailers and the like.