Final Fantasy XIII-2 launches January 31

Square Enix nails down North American, European launch dates for PS3 and Xbox 360 role-playing game sequel.

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In July, Square Enix announced that its role-playing game sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 would arrive in North America in January 2012. Today the publisher affirmed that it will meet that release window, but just barely.

That's one date to circle on the post-holiday release calendar.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will launch for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on January 31 of next year in the United States, and February 3 in Europe. The publisher also confirmed that downloadable content previously announced for the game in Japan would also arrive in North America, though it still declined to detail exactly what that would entail. The North American version of the game will also feature the theme song "New World," sung by Warner Bros. Records artist Charice.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a direct sequel to 2010's well-received Final Fantasy XIII. It stars Final Fantasy XIII protagonist Lightning and is being directed by series veteran Motomu Toriyama. In an interview with GameSpot, Toriyama said XIII-2 will be "perhaps even darker and more mysterious" than Final Fantasy XIII.

For more on the forthcoming title, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Discussion

163 comments
Darkefka
Darkefka

@Joedgabe Though the game was a drawback from FF7-8-9-10, it still managed to amuse me, wich last I checked, is exactly the purpose of a game, so what if it's as linear as a straight line, has Auto everything andeverything else, I liked it, the sotry was good and the combat system was pretty fun, if you don't like Auto-Battle do like me and just put the ''Ability'' boxes by default and forget about Auto-Battle...

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

@blackace what chapter are you in now

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@megatronx2 Oh well deal with it. Anyway, the teams that worked on the games you mentioned were mixed. If it was purely monolith soft team, it would be, but people that worked on the games you mentioned still work on SE games and what not. Get your facts straight.

megatronx2
megatronx2

@TheTrueMagusX1 lol man, ur spamming my mailbox with this argument. I know those people worked at squaresoft. Now same people are at monolithsoft. So logicaly monolith soft are the creatives behind som and ct. end of conversation.

blackace
blackace

Time to pre-order my PS3 copy at Gamestop. I still haven't finished the first game. Sheessh.. time is such a burden.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@megatronx2 I love how you back track, but you make little sense in the first place. You said Monolith Soft created those games, you should of specified the former employees. Donot back track when you donot know what your talking about.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

I bet Serah's hot body will play a major role in this game because, seriously, there's nothing much you can extract or extend from FF XIII. That game had limited potential on EVERY level.

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

I would like a complete remake of the 1st FF into modern graphics. Choosing your characters and exploring a huge world map with plenty of side quests and no order in which things can be done. Replaying with different Character sets. It has the potential if done right.

Jebatin
Jebatin

I have one good advice for few people here: DO NOT hit the Auto Batlle -button. Maybe you haven't noticed but you really can input those commands yourself! Amazing isn't it! (I finished FFVII tapping the circle -button) >.> And yes this American pop music sucks. We should have bands like In Mourning and Anaal Nathrakh making the soundtracks. Or Dir En Grey, it's japanese.

Dedaxys
Dedaxys

Why do they always have to put in garbage English songs in place of the original Japanese ones? Changing the song just takes away from the game itself.

megatronx2
megatronx2

@TheTrueMagusX1 Relax man. I said creatives because all of leaders at monolith soft are form squaresoft. I'm not counting employes because they only do what those guys tell them.

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Again, just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, FFXIII-2! Is square totally, completely oblivious to what everyone thinks or something?

Raeldor
Raeldor

Awesome, just pass me the blinkers so I can be lead down that linear tunnel without being tempted to ask the question 'what's over there?'.

SuperMessy
SuperMessy

I won't be getting this unless they fix the major problems from the first game. I miss world maps, controllable airships, and sidequests. :(

Jebatin
Jebatin

@BigBigR Words of sense

jasongm
jasongm

Do people actually care for this series still? It was really good back in its hayday, now its just the same old same old cosplay kids trying to save the world... Lets not forget how linear the series has been compared to open world games like Fallout or the Elder scrolls series of great games, I'd probably get back into the whole FF series if they start to smarten up & implement a open world game for fans. Linear games might be BIG in Japan, but this is North America, we love exploration!

jasongm
jasongm

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ryzrocks
ryzrocks

@danjin44 yea I still enjoy the FF series and I know this game is gonna be good but not like the classics and believe me, even the guys that say they won't buy this game will of course buy it anyway and feel like jackasses and don't let the so call 'haters" get on your nerve...and your English is super epic:P

Adult__Link
Adult__Link

Looks decent, if only they would release the older titles on the PSN, then I would own a PS3 again, I love FF

BigBigR
BigBigR

@banana23man According to VGsales, it sold 6 million units, ranking 3rd best selling FF game ever, just under 7 and 10 (which is also very linear, but people seem to have forgotten that). If that isn't "well received", then I don't know what is. Just because a very vocal minority had complaints doesn't mean the game sucked, because it didn't. You might not like the game because it doesn't have X or Y, , but it's not Big Rigs. The series will keep changing. It's the one thing that makes Final Fantasy. For those that enjoy more traditional RPGs, you have Dragon Quest. Me? I've been able to enjoy every game in the main series (not counting XI and XIV). They're all good games. I don't go playing them with preconceived ideas of what a Final Fantasy should or shouldn't have, and I finish the game with a smile on my face. Much better and more fun than being bitter about it.

moviequest14
moviequest14

@spartan2777 : I guess it just feels different when they at least have a different name for each title instead of just a number...

FlyingKoopa
FlyingKoopa

It's not a good release date... it's after the Xmas, when people spend ALL their money. I think people starts to buy things normally after Feb or Mar, when they've recovered a little of the money lost. Anyway, that's a good game.

mrmeow14
mrmeow14

wow charice!! nice one!!

LeoLex_
LeoLex_

Final Fantasy XIII-Back to the bulls*** Squeenix you should be disgusted with what you have done with the FF series...

leeko_link
leeko_link

I'm still waiting for Final Fantasy Versus XIII (an actual game). As for XIII-2, I'll be watching the full movie on YouTube after its release. The first film was okay though.

banana23man
banana23man

"well-received Final Fantasy XIII"? *raised eyebrow* Sure, it's not a bad game, but it was one of the worst FF games (FF14 doesnt count since it's MMORPG)

Purewall
Purewall

Final Fantasy XIII got a 8.5 on Gamespot and 8.9 on IGN, how is that a bad game?

hawaiiinsomniac
hawaiiinsomniac

can't wait for this game... I just wish for more exploration and awesome battles.

spartan2777
spartan2777

no its not out of hand moviequest14, theyre not sequels to each other, theyre completely different stories. when the put a only something with -2 at the end is a direct sequel. What about Zelda, it does the same thing.

moviequest14
moviequest14

Am I the only one thinking things are getting a little out of hand when a series has 13 titles and even a sequel to a sequel?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I'll be picking it up, now I just want a US date for Type-0

soulless4now
soulless4now

I'm more happy that Leona Lewis isn't singing the theme song again but yay for a release date too.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@blamix99 I agree. Squaresoft was awesome. Square-Enix sucks. @johnners2981 Yep I long for the return to turn based because I thought FF12 tried to present itself as epic but came as pretentious in that it seemed to feel overly important, powerful, gripping, full of great gameplay, with fantastic characters and story when in reality it only did a mediocre job like almost all S-E games these days.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Just let it be better than the Linear game that is FF XIII and start working on VS XIII.

toddx77
toddx77

Is anyone else kind of worried about Square Enix putting these pop stars into their games instead of using the Japanese themes? Final Fantasy X had Suteki da ne untranslated and Final Fantasy XI had some theme for the Chains of Promathia in Japanese I beleive, I don't know for sure because Im still on the COP missions but I remember seeing some song on itunes. It just seems a bit ignorant to me that SE assumes that people need an english song from an American singer to fully enjoy the game. 1. that is stupid and SE shouldn't be catering to people like that and 2. if this is like FFXIII the theme is going to come at the end of the game. What does SE feel that if during the ending someone hears a japanese song they are going to turn the game off, not watch the ending, and tell all their friends not to buy the game simply because of that? I seriously hope that if Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out we still get Utada.

Ovirew
Ovirew

@blamix99 While I agree with you, I still think there have been a couple decent games in the franchise since then. Heroes of Light on the DS is kinda fun, if a little simplistic. FFXI seemed like it could have been a decent online game if you put a lot of time into it. And while I know we're only talking about Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games have continued to be decent ever since the merger. I liked the game Drakengard as well, which was in development at Enix before the merger.

toddx77
toddx77

@blamix99 Actually I would say FFXI was the last and only good FF from Square Enix but FFXI was mostly made before the merger.

blamix99
blamix99

final fantasy died since squaresoft teamed up with enix. it died just after ffx.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

ff13 was a good game, hell it might of even been great if it was not named final fantasy, if they would of called it legend of the L'cie! it woulda been praised by the rpg community, but anyway i enjoyed 13 an ima buy this day 1 an enjoy it to, all hail final fantasy baby! an yeah ff versus 13does look better though so,,,, cant WAIT!!

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

not got much hope for this, FF13 sucked, someone needs to tell Square Enix that awesome CGI doesnt make up for boring gameplay and terrible story.....

Joedgabe
Joedgabe

@darkefka I did play the game, and I can't give out details of who else happened to have met that fate because it would be spoiling for those that haven't played it. That game was seriously over rated, and this one seems to go down the same path.... I truly hope they would make an entirely different game if they make 15... which i know for sure SE still wants to milk people. But it can only go so far.....

solidsnake726
solidsnake726

I personally think that they should have skipped a sequel, and did a full-blown hd remake of VI/VII.

Guest_1001
Guest_1001

@YummyMango - Sorry but I really have to take issue with number two on your list of why FFXIII sucked. You described every single Final Fantasy game with that one, the only difference being that XIII didn't go into a battle screen. And weirdly, Lightning was the only character of the bunch I didn't like. It has to be said, too, that if you're criticising dialogue in FFXIII then my God, how were you ever able to play through something like FFVII, with Cloud's "I don't even know what a black cape is" nonsense or FFX with Tidus' (*vomit*) "whoa, you really do understand me!" to Rikku, in spite of the fact she'd been talking to him for about fifteen minutes of our time.

tu2pac
tu2pac

... instead of one path there will now be several different ones to choose from ... and you'll "capture" monsters ... Throw in the exact same fighting system with auto battle ... It'll still sell.

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Good, this game has a release date. Now can Square get to work on Versus XIII?!

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@megatronx2 No you got your facts wrong. Check your facts before praising something. Monolith Soft was formed after the creation of Chrono Cross. Monolith Soft consists of many former Square employess, and yes many of them worked on Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana and Xenogears, but it was not purely the Monolith Team. The Monolith team is lead by Tetsuya Takashi and his wife Sorya Song is involved in the group. Tetsuya Takashi worked on those games, but again it was not Monolith Soft itself that worked on the games. Just people who would later be members of Monolith Soft. Their first real game as a whole entity is the first episode of Xenosaga. Do Some actual research next time.

AceJakk
AceJakk

@YummyMango: I'm not entirely sure what you mean by having an option to turn off the battles... could you clarify?