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Square Enix Officially Reveals  Final Fantasy XIII-2
Square Enix Officially Reveals Final Fantasy XIII-2
January 18, 2011 | By Kris Graft

January 18, 2011 | By Kris Graft
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Square Enix's North American division on Tuesday officially confirmed the development of Final Fantasy XIII-2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, due next winter.

The role-playing game is the follow-up to 2010's Final Fantasy XIII, which has shipped 6 million units worldwide, Square Enix said. The Final Fantasy franchise, launched in Japan in 1987, has shipped over 97 million units worldwide, the publisher added.

Square Enix said Final Fantasy XIII-2 is currently under development and it "builds upon the best aspects of Final Fantasy XIII, adding a new story and "evolved battle system."

The publisher previously practiced the sequel-to-a-sequel strategy with 2003's Final Fantasy X-2, a PS2 spinoff from the 2001 hit RPG Final Fantasy X. Rumors of Final Fantasy XIII-2 began swirling following the recent emergence of related domain names.

Final Fantasy XIII received strong reviews from many critics, earning an 83 on Metacritic. But the game garnered criticism from outspoken long-time franchise fans, and the game's developers were open about the difficulties in finalizing Final Fantasy XIII's Crystal Tools engine while simultaneously developing the game.


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B HufF
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There's an old saying that goes "Fool me once (FFX), shame on me. Fool me twice (FFXIII), shame on...shame on you...You fool a man once you can't fool him again!



I won't be touching piece of media built by the clowns toriyama and kitase.

Chico Rodriguez
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I can't wait for FFXIII3VII5XX.



Some people just don't know when to pack it up and call it a day. Enough already, the series has been dead for years, let it rest in peace!

John Gordon
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This may be the only positive comment FFXIII gets, so I'll say it now. I'm really excited by this sequel. I put 100 hours into FFXIII and I was left wanting more. (The first twenty hours still sucked though. :P) Still I can't wait to see the sequel.

Leo Gura
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"Final Fantasy XIII-2"? Really? What's next? "Call of Duty 6 - Part 2 - Chapter 8 - Episode 13"? Stop with the cookie-cutting already.

Sean Parton
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I think Squeenix may have finally found their niche.



As the main series becomes more and more focused on their main audience, they can release sequels that cater exactly to what they want. Sure, they may start to lose in numbers of fans, but they're getting more guarenteed repeats. And of course, continuing one of their games at the very least helps with art budget, not to mention in other ways.

Mark Harris
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I imagine they're hoping that this will sell in the 30%-50% range of the original, a solid 2-3 million copies.



With the drastically reduced dev cost compared to XIII that should net them a handy profit.

Andrew Swain
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Hasn't been a good final fantasy title in a decade, and I don't see this changing things.

Fiore Iantosca
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WOW lot of haters here LOL



I look forward to #2.

George Hufnagl
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If it takes a game 10-20 hours to "get good," then there's an abusive, co-dependent relationship between developer and player. The last FF game I actually enjoyed was FFIX. I'll admit, though, that it was 90% nostalgia and 10% gameplay. Final Fantasy VIII even had me saying "alright, let's get on with it."



I've no idea what the demographic is for the series anymore as there are other games that exceed the series in game design by factors of 10 and don't require of me to bang my head against the wall for a few days to get to the good stuff. If it's redeeming qualities are music and/or visuals, then you're better off just buying the sound track or watching a film (which the series seems to want to do more and more).

Sylvester O'Connor
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Too funny. Realistically, I tried my best to like the game. But in the end, the fact that they give you all of these powerful weapons and the whole crystal thing but still don't let you level up until a third before the end of the game made no sense. My sense of accomplishment was totally broken. What is funny is the fact that no matter how many websites, gaming blogs, and regular people that I talk to about this game and they don't like it, the other 100 people that love it is who Square is catering to.

Geoffrey Mackey
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I really feel the high metacritic is out of respect for the series. If that game was released under a different name, I feel like it would have been in the 60's.

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Mark Harris
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I agree. This is a quickie to net some cash to keep the development of VS. XIII and the early phases of XV going.



We all know they were counting on some continuing rev from XIV and that totally backfired.



Time to find a new source of mid-term cash.

Geoffrey Mackey
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Maybe they will learn from this and make FF13-2 good? It's possible. They've certainly gained a lot of feedback.

Mark Harris
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I certainly hope they do, and I think they are very capable of making a stellar game.



I didn't care for 13 much, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and judge 13-2 on it's own merits.

B HufF
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Let's not forgot also how toriyama claimed they had to cut a massive amount of scenes and landscapes out of 13. It's not hard to see they'll just package this second rate material into 13-2. My prediction is it will be the worst FF to date. Worse than 8 and x-2 although i admit i didnt play either because of generally low ratings

Jonathan Murphy
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Let's see if Square learned from their mistakes? It's just weird to see the owner say no more FF games for a while at least, and boom another FF game. FFXV confirmed!

A W
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I for one hope Last Story comes to the states... I'm done with FF.

Matt Wilson
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I must admit Final Fantasy 13 was enjoyable however theres no denying it is critically flawed.



Im a little confused about the attacks on the previous iterations in the series, minus the MMO's each FF has been totally different and deserved of the praise each has received.



I will approach this with a hope that the developers have learnt from there mistakes and realised that the reason we play video games is to have fun, whether this is through utilisation of narrative or cohesive gameplay, fun is all the majority truly care about and this should be there number one priority, NOT outstanding visuals.

james sadler
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Well I'm also a fan of ff13, and I've played all of them. Yes we all want another ff3(ff6) and ff7 but that just isn't realistic anymore. Yes ff7 was amazing, ff8 was..... eh, and ff9 was worse (to me). FF10 was fun although annoyingly linear, ff10-2 (aka FF-sidequests) was an almost acceptable sequel, and ff11 was nothing to write home about, at least when I played it. FF12 lacked as deep of a story as I've come to expect from an FF title, but the gameplay was fun and different. FF13 kind of brought the gamplay back home a bit. Its story was rough at best, but once one gets past the a certain point things fall into place.



I know the ff13 was originally slated to have DLC but was forced to ditch it for time constraints, so it really doesn't surprise me that a ff13-2 will be coming out. Hopefully they'll continue to expand the title by adding DLC to this one.



I really dont understand people's apprehension to a sequel. Its not exactly a new thing for the SE boys. If anything it will enable them to hopefully release a game more like how they originally intended. The great thing about games too is that if you don't like it, you don't have to buy it.

Jeremie Sinic
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I would be glad to see some remake or sequel of Vagrant Story and a new Front Mission (tactics, not action-oriented...) rather than a FF sequel to a sequel.

The last time I felt the magic of FF was for FFX. The time before was for FF7. I feel sad that the franchise fails to renew itself because the FF games always show real strengths in other aspects.


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