Date: September 21st, 2011 Author: Kitmitsu
News Category: Final Fantasy XIII-2
Tags: Caius, Famitsu, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Hope, Noel, QTE, Time Travel, Xbox 360
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
The two new Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailers that were recently shown at the Tokyo Game Show have surfaced online and in English to boot.
Xbox 360 Version
Oddly, these trailers feature the English dub and theme song over the original Japanese trailers, no reason for this can be seen exactly other than it might have been a quicker way for Square to get the trailers released in English.
Thanks to forum member Briar Rose for alerting this to us.
Famitsu is reporting that although the PS3 Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer was released earlier, we have more instore for us in the form of a slightly different Xbox 360 trailer coming soon. The first difference is that the 360 trailer will use the second theme song by Charice announced earlier rather than the one we saw earlier by Mai Fukui.
Other than that, the trailer features the same battle sequences but with alternative cutscenes. In these cutscenes, the purple haired man (now confirmed to be named Kaias) and the newly revealed masked girl (named Yuru) are shown meeting with Serah and her friends. It is revealed that Kaias is apparently unable to die. Famitsu predicts the game will have themes relating to the creation or correction of time paradox’s due several phrases used in the dialog. They predict Noel and Serah will travel between time periods throughout the game. Towns people are shown in the trailer transforming into Cie’th just like in the first game. Speaking about this, Lightning says “This is a future that I was not able to protect”. The trailer ends with Kaias “doing something to a fallen Noel” but Famitsu don’t give any more details.
The new Xbox 360 trailer will likely be released very soon.
The exclusivity status of Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a long debated and overly drawn out one. It doesn’t help that Square Enix’s development teams put out one message to keep fans happy and the executives put out another to keep share holders happy. With Nomura sticking to his guns and assuring fans that the game will remain a Playstation 3 exclusive and Yoichi Wada saying Square is looking into a multi-platform release, you can probably guess who’s going to win the debate.
Potential proof that Xbox 360 development may have already begun lies in a job listing posted on Square Enix’s careers page asking for a Battle Planner for the game. The job asks for experience in developing a 3D action game, level design and battle design as well as the clincher – “development experience on a PS3, or Xbox 360 package title”. It certainly isn’t definitive proof that an Xbox 360 version is planned and it could be simply a mistake by the recruitment team but it’s certainly some food for thought.
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.