Final Fantasy XIII-2 lighting up January 2012

Square Enix announces role-playing game sequel arriving early next year in North America; Japanese release date pegged for December.

Rumors proved true in January, when Square Enix confirmed Final Fantasy XIII-2 would arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Japan this December. Now, Square Enix has announced the game's North American launch window, revealing stateside gamers will be able to pick up the game in January..

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is arriving in North America this January, says Square Enix.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 will arrive outside the busy holiday 2011 season that sees the debut of several high-profile games, including The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Battlefield 3, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

As for the newest Final Fantasy game, 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 latest hands-on preview of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Want the latest news about Final Fantasy XIII-2?

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Follow

Discussion

157 comments
da_illest101
da_illest101

i'll wait till this game is 20$ and less before even thinking about buying it. Still waiting for versus XIII

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@TheLoneMortal I know what you said. Yet what Nomura and Kitase are doing still isn't slowing down the development teams part of the job. I know what the other title is if my comments weren't convincing enough.

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

@lilrobda1 I said hindered(slowed down), not halted completely. Nomura and Kitase play vital roles in the development of Versus 13 and while it has not halted, it's going to take longer to finish with those two, along with other team members, multitasking with three titles (Type-0 is the other title).

newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

yuji horii should become the square-enix ceo...

Archzen19
Archzen19

Rather than barking "FFXIII Versus! or FFVII Remake!" I'm going to save my money at the fact that I will have a nice game to play in 2012 [while waiting for Mass Effect 3].

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@TheLoneMortal That has nothing to do with stopping producing on FF Versus 13, as the Kingdom Hearts team who is developing Versus 13 can still work while Nomura designs his characters, and Kitase produces. Do you know what's delaying Kindom Hearts 3's development? FF Versus 13 since the KH team is working on Versus. Now that's halting development.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

@Beomonkey Not a really big RPG fan, so I don't care to differentiate between the sub-genres of RPGs.

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

Just release Versus 13 so they can make Kingdom Hearts 3 already!

blazingsaito
blazingsaito

The only thing I care about is the new remaining characters they haven't shown in battle and the improved crystarium with a better paradigm system, that's all I want.

Sirbobislost
Sirbobislost

@pottymouth20 almost but i love ff10 as well

johngrose77
johngrose77

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

pottymouth20
pottymouth20

Am I the only one who has not exactly "loved" a final fantasy since FF9? I know there is quite a few people who didn't care for the game much,but I would kill for them to go back and have even a fraction of the enjoyment that I had with the FF games then...Not trying to start a fight just wondering if anyone agrees with me

Hurvl
Hurvl

Uh-oh, PETA will be on Lightning's ass, because of what she did to that bird in the picture there. Although it can't be any worse than what FFXIV did to gamers.

TheLoneMortal
TheLoneMortal

@lilrobda1 Tetsuya Nomura(director) and Yoshinori Kitase(producer) of Versus 13 are working on FF 13-2 as the character designer and producer respectively along with other people, so yes Versus 13 is being hindered by their involvment in 13-2.

burgo81
burgo81

ok where the hell is final fantasy vs

AQWBlaZer91
AQWBlaZer91

Oh dear I'm sure this one's going to disappoint everyone as the original XIII did last year.

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

I'm actually glad that it's not out this holiday. What with Uncharted 3, Ass Creed: Rev, Resistance 3, Batman, Skyrim etc. There's already soooo many games I want. Not to mention PSVita

quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

I'm a big huge fan of JRPG's and Strategy games especially since the first Final Fantasy debut came out in the late 80's. The only problem I see in RPG games these days is that developers are running out of ideas. There are plenty of other branded RPG games that needs a fresh sequel or new story other than Final Fantasy namely: Persona, Valkyrie Profile, Xeno series, Mana series, Wild Arms, Breath Of Fire, Grandia, Chrono series, Legend Of Legaia, Lunar series, Suikoden, and so on. And what's with the crap with game companies that doesn't want to locally release games in other countries? Like for instance the Tales series...many people are demanding for it. I think developers should need to think that their investments are only sleeping on their vaults and they could had been rich long time ago with the consumer's money. And as for future releases, please game developers...if you just wanna show off something for people to impress on big shows like E3 and don't want to plan out for a release, please just don't do it anymore. Consumers get irritated that when one particular game shows up and then doesn't release and comes out with a different game...stick with your original plan. They should had released the Versus XIII first then save XIII-2 for next year.

CTR360
CTR360

i cant wait for final 13-2 both versions for me

toddx77
toddx77

I hope after this we get some news on versus.

Ferdal3
Ferdal3

Open World Final Fantasy Please. Don't give me any jRPG crap, obviously extinct since Ps2, if not Ps1.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Great news looking forward to this, now lets see some Versus 13

blazingsaito
blazingsaito

Yes part 2 woo yea. New Characters and monsters sounds excellent, plus a brand new gameplay things are turning out great for this game.

JD_Escobar
JD_Escobar

yeh this game definately improved upon FF13, but realistically versus should of came out first, or this at least just be DLC

StraferBiz
StraferBiz

Haha! Finally Gil earned from monsters. Can't wait for this. It'll be more awesome than 13 :D

Beomonkey
Beomonkey

Square is quickly losing sales but you know what may save Square Enix? A remake of FF 7 or just release FF 13 Versus.

lilrobda1
lilrobda1

@HaloPimp978 Yet, FF 13 and FF Versus 13 have different teams working on these games. One has nothing to do with the other and in no one affects it's development.

Beomonkey
Beomonkey

@MrGoldfish1 I think you may be right but I think you meant the JRPG's have been milked dry.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

Hasn't the RPG genre been milked dry yet?

MaddogQ80
MaddogQ80

[This message was deleted at the request of a moderator or administrator]

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

They should be releasing FFV13 instead of this considering it was announced 5 years ago.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Richardthe3rd To my knowledge there has never been a DS remake of FFV. There has been a GBA version and a PS1 version. FF3 received a remake as did FFIV for DS.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Henrique2324 LOL yes I conceed you could control your characters, but I still say the character controls were not good because of the extra work involved. FF should have remained true turn based. Jumping from character to character to assume control was not what I'd call really being able to control your characters very well. For me FF12 was a terrible game and if you disagree thats fine. I stand by my opinion.

zaiwen
zaiwen

medieval style, castles, knights, wizards.. old school FFs are always better than sci-fi setting

ishan9
ishan9

those who enjoyed ffxiii have more to cheer about.this game is supposed to excel ffxiii in every aspect.so i dont see why not?

ishan9
ishan9

those who enjoyed ffxiii have more to cheer about.this sequel is supposed to excel ffxiii at every aspect.so i dont see why not?

acedraco123
acedraco123

@varunvikram1 again this is my opinion i didnt like the story of X or VIII they were riddled with so many plotholes and inconvieniences and i really did think XIIIs story was better even though it did have its share of problems they just werent as bad and to make it even more clear this is MY opinion if u dont like it to bad

guile295
guile295

PASS where's FF:versus XIII

say0cheese
say0cheese

ffXIII was fine but I'm kind of looking forward to versusXIII more...

doomsoth
doomsoth

I want to like FF as much as I once did, but the series doesn't hold up to other modern RPGs.

Megachaoz
Megachaoz

I CAN"T WAIT IT'S GONNA BE AWESOME!!!

vash_xD
vash_xD

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

vash_xD
vash_xD

I am so glad i never buy FFXIII now i see FFXIII versus so far i think maybe in 1213 XD

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@Rayzakk - You could control all of your characters perfectly. In the tutorial, it is stated that the gambit system is entirely optional. Obviously, you didn't know how to play the game.

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

Drolls:D I am so looking forward this game. Can't Wait!