Square-Enix has officially revealed its sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, the most recent single-player entry in the long-standing series. Called Final Fantasy XIII-2, the title is scheduled for release near the end of 2011 for both the PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms.
Little has been revealed about the game itself, however a trailer was presented along with the announcement gives us a taste of things to come. Here is a summary of the footage:
The first half of the minute-long trailer reveals the ending of Final Fantasy XIII. The following scene depicts an armor-clad woman kneeling before a crystal throne in what appears to be a temple. Feathers rain gently over her as she stands up and walks away, revealing a heavily feathered sash hanging off her left hip, giving her a Valkyrie-like appearance. She stands at the edge of a balcony and looks into the camera, revealing herself to be Lightning, the protagonist from Final Fantasy XIII.
Lightning summons a sword to her side (which you can see in detail in the released CG screenshot) and the camera circles around her as the scene changes. A black-clothed man with long hair stands behind her with his back to hers, and they both whirl around and clash blades.
Square-Enix is keeping this trailer under wraps for now, but rest assured that it will be available for viewing the instant it is allowed. Check back with us until then.
[Update] Square-Enix has revealed the teaser trailer publicly via its Japanese website and Youtube Channel. Watch the trailer here.
While Final Fantasy XIII was financially successful (S-E has shipped over 6 million copies worldwide), it was met with criticism by both the media and fans due to its game-design choices. To quote my review: “FFXIII refines its combat system to an art, and expands the breadth of its story’s cinematic presentation, but at the cost of its exploration and any shred of freedom.”
Final Fantasy XIII had a story to tell, and the approach Square-Enix took in realizing that story negated anything that didn’t relate to it, affecting gameplay in the long run. This was a shame, since Final Fantasy XIII had pacing issues and its characters were poorly developed.
According to Square-Enix’s own press release, Final Fantasy XIII-2 “… is currently in production with an aim for producing high quality game content which exceeds “FINAL FANTASY XIII” in every aspect.” We’ll just have to wait and see how this sequel shapes up.
- Genre: RPG, Japanese RPG
- Developer: Square-Enix
- Website: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2/
- Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
- Release: Winter 2011
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