Date: June 7th, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tags: E3, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Square Enix
The European Square Enix Member’s Blog has posted a hands-on account of Final Fantasy XIII-2 and has new details to reveal about the game. Here is the bullet-pointed summary they posted on their blog explaining most of the new features. To see the full descriptions of some of these key points, check out the full article in the link below.
• While still a deeply story-driven game, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 has a higher emphasis on giving the player choices to make throughout the game. More branching paths, more hidden secrets, more exploration.
• Level design sees you returning to unlocked environments to access hidden areas as the game progresses.
• A self-contained story set after the events of FINAL FANTASY XIII. XIII-2’s story will be darker and more mysterious.
• All-new playable characters (Serah and Noel), plus the return of fan favourites from FINAL FANTASY XIII.
• The return of the much loved Moogle. A treasure hunter at heart, he will seek out hidden chests.
• Recruit monsters who will aid you in battle, each with unique abilities
Square Enix opened an official blog for Final Fantasy Type-0 today. The honour of first post went to the game’s producer, Yoshinori Kitase, who issued a message to those anticipating the game under an entry titled “Class Zero Journal Open!”
To be rather vague in my amateur translation, Kitase first talks about the reveal of Final Fantasy Type-0 back in January, the first time the game had been publicly shown after the title “Final Fantasy Agito XIII” was dropped. He goes into further depth about the name (“Reishiki” in Japan) and noting that the game must be distinguished from the mainstream Final Fantasy series. The desire is to create something new and build up a new series (I believe this has been spoken of before, and Square Enix filed a bunch of copyrights to that effect). Kitase calls it the origin of a new number.
What will the blog be used for after this? Based on history, various members of the team will discuss their roles and what their work has achieved, it will probably advertise whatever merchandise the Square Enix Goods team happens to spew out and maybe Nomura will draw something cute when the game comes out. Check it out if it thrills you, it’s all in Japanese anyway.
If you don’t have room on your mantelpiece for the a group of fullsized Final Fantasy XIII figures, you can always slum it with these miniature collectable versions. Square Enix has announced that these PVC figures of the cast will go on sale this December and it’ll only cost $60 to get all five in a box. The exemption of Fang and Vanille from the set is suspicious but they’ll probably make an appearance at a later date.
The announcement that Final Fantasy XIII would be seeing a Japanese release hasn’t gone down well with a lot of Japanese who were promised time and time again that FFXIII would only be available on Playstation 3. The discontent mob decided to take their outrage out on Yoichi Wada, the president of Square-Enix, via his Twitter account.
With the tweets ranging from accusations of betrayal to blatant death threats, you can bet that Square knew this was coming. You can read some of their responses below:
Is it true? After saying so many times it would never be released on the Xbox in Japan, if you really do release it nobody will trust your word again.lockquote>
You’re going to betray us after saying it would never come out? I’m cancelling my pre-orders.lockquote>
Lying to customers is how you do business, eh? I’ll never buy a Square Enix title again.lockquote>
With all the illegal lies and misdirection about FF13 you made, I reported you to the ministry of consumer affairs. And you promised DLC and quietly abandoned it – you’re detestable.lockquote>
Stop your pompous waffling and resign! Haven’t you made enough money yet? Next time put a guy who actually loves games in charge.lockquote>
What’s up with game developers? Practically everything they say is a lie…lockquote>
Well done, Scrooge.lockquote>
Hey Wada! What the hell is this about FF13 on the 360 in Japan? You kept advertising the game in all the mags as a domestic PS3 exclusive! If you go through with this nobody’ll trust you again… Honestly I hate you so much I’d like to kill you. Quit soon. This is your last chance.lockquote>
You’d better be prepared to run, or you’ll be killed! At the very least you ought to be prepared for a few rocks thrown your way!lockquote>
Source: Sankaku Complex
2006 was a simpler time when exclusives were exclusive and the idea of Final Fantasy XIII appearing on Xbox 360 was ludicrous. In 2008, Square’s promise that Final Fantasy XIII would be exclusive to Playstation 3 was shattered when they revealed that the game would also be appearing on Xbox 360. There were tears for some, suicides for others but there was a last flicker of hope for the nearly extinct “console exclusive” when it was announced that Japan would be exclusively getting the PS3 version. Those days are now over.
Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII will finally be coming to Japanese shelves with a couple of extras the original release didn’t include. The new edition will include the English voices as well as a new “Easy Mode” (It was hard?). It will also be priced at ¥4,980 which is half of the cost of the PS3 version. The game, now known as “Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International” will be released December 16th, almost exactly a year after the PS3 version.
Square Enix announced their line-up of games attending this years E3 earlier today. Many of them are no-brainers including the large amount of Eidos titles at the convention for the first time under the Square Enix banner but the main title we care about is Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear in their line-up.
There’s possibly still hope though. Versus could appear as a surprise title like FFXIII has in the past. Let’s just hope that if it does, the infamous Closed Mega Theatre doesn’t accompany it.
Source: Square Enix E3 2010
With E3 only 15 days away, one of the big questions people have is whether Final Fantasy Versus XIII will make an appearance. Nomura said earlier in the year that he was unsure whether Versus could possibly make the event but new evidence gives us a little hope.
Shinji Hashimoto posted on the Japanese Square Enix Members Twitter that Nomura will be going on a business trip to E3. We have no clear indication what the reason for his visit is but let’s hope we’ll finally have the Versus media blowout we’ve been hoping for.
Square-Enix’s endeavor to flog us merchandise before FFXIII has even been released continues with the reveal of three new figurines of Snow, Vanille and Sazh. They’re pretty much the same quality as the rest of Square’s figurine work but will no doubt cost a small fortune. A release date for all of figures is yet to be determined.
Thanks to our forum member IBeatSephiroth
Following their release of the Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII Posters at last years TGS, Square-Enix have released some new FFXIII merchandise. This time, these products are available to the public in the online Square-Enix Store. They’re drink tumblers which Square boast also work as thermoses. There are a choice of four different designs including a Lightning, Snow, Vanille or Noctis piece of artwork printed onto them. At 1,900 yen each you can be one of the first to own possibly one of the most unoriginal pieces of Square-Enix merchandise ever made.
Source: FF7AC Reunion
The exhibitor list for E3 has been posted on the expo’s website and it’s no surprise that Square-Enix will be attending. So far all we know is that they’ll be appearing in both a booth and meeting room as usual.
No mention of any of the Final Fantasy XIII titles attending yet but it’s almost a definite considering this could potentially be the the main titles last American convention.
Source: E3 Expo: Exhibitor List