Final Fantasy XIII-2 rerelease and DLC bundle head to Japan this July

New bundle to feature all of the game's DLC except for the Assassin's Creed, Mass Effect, and AKB48 singer-created outfit.

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Square Enix has announced on its online store that it will be rereleasing Final Fantasy XIII-2 and its downloadable content in two separate editions for the PS3 in Japan.

The game's DLC includes the chance to fight Final Fantasy V's buffoonish villain Gilgamesh.

The single-game edition is called the "Ultimate Hits Final Fantasy XIII-2," which is essentially a "greatest hits" version that will cost gamers 2,940 yen ($29). The DLC bundle is called the "Final Fantasy XIII-2 Digital Contents Selection." It contains all of the game's DLC, which includes the three story-expanding episodes, the weapons, the costumes, and the colosseum monsters.

However, the Assassin's Creed outfits, the Mass Effect costumes, and the AKB48 singer Yuko Oshima-drawn outfit for main character Serah will not be included. The bundle will cost 5,040 yen ($50).

Both rereleases of the game will be out on July 18 in Japan on Square Enix's online store. There is no word on whether this bundle will be available outside of its native country.

Discussion

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Bayonetta2013
Bayonetta2013

Actually not a bad price...with all of the DLC included, that's less than what I paid originally. Whether you like FFXIII-2 or not, that's a pretty sweet deal.

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

Reading some of these comments..i can actually explain why SE has no apparent interest in a FF VII remake, for whatever reason(s) VII isn't as a revered title in the series as others are in Region 4 (includes Asian Territories and others, but is in effect the Japanese market) when compared to Region 1 (NA market essentially). 

If you polled the Japanese fanbase, and SE routinely does this btw, SE software would get ranked:

1.) FF4 - loved by a greater margin than you would expect in the series (3rd or maybe 4th to the NA audience)

2.) FF6 - (this or VII would be #1 in NA, and it would be a pretty close call)

3.) FF10

past the third place spot, you could argue in terms of popularity/cult/fan enthusiasm etc etc kingdom hearts as a whole (including all handheld and cellphone releases) would outrank the other FF's. Dragon Quest games also throw a curveball in the mix as some of their titles would outrank FF games. I leave out strategy rpg's btw...potentially tactics orge and the tactics games further muddle the list.

PAST ALL THIS....then you move into what that audience consider the "2nd" tier games....FF1,2,3,5,7,8,9,12 out of those...its almost interchangeable 7 and up in terms of popularity/status. The 12 mentioned here is not the original that was released that was kinda hated, but the remixed one with gameplay changes that never got localized for america. If i had to guess...i would say 8 and the remixed 12 outrank 7 to them. 

SE caters WAY MORE to region 4 than us. so when you take everything in this post into consideration, their their releases/remakes make more sense. Now why this difference even exists i have no idea...VII to me was the best game in the series no question, no doubt, no argument. No game more deserves a remake than that masterpiece, but unless Region 4 changes in its jrpg tastes its going to be a LONG while before we see 7 get a good treatment. 

And before u cite me japanese/american game reviews, sales statistics, etc etc and post that this list is horsecrap...its less how strong the cult surrounding the game is and more how SE perceives their willingness to purchase the game. Sure there are more cloud cosplayers than say kang cosplayers out there, but the actual interest in purchasing the game is quite different. FF4 got multiple releases across different systems and sold like crazy, with the principle buyers actually ALREADY owning the software. FF7 for all the love fans have, and although some of the extra "swag" items associated with it at its time of release (e.g. FF7 zippo lighters, some of which are in the 400 + dollar range as collectibles) have increased in value, in terms of software/products surrounding the IP, The shinra cellphone game, two different animes, even crisis core and advent children its been abysmal failures in their eyes. Hence no VII remake, and all our souls shine a lil less bright as a result.......

somberfox
somberfox

I don't know why people keep going on about a FF7 remake.

All we'd hear from the people who wanted it after it was released, is how the evil SE ruined/butchered the game. It happens with every remake ever. Sometimes even with direct/remastered ports.

DVONvX
DVONvX

Employee at Square Enix- "You know, we could start doing a remake of FF7."

President of Square Enix-"No..the fans really want assassin creed costumes."

FML

az_87kk
az_87kk

hahaha.. why eewwww?

eewwwww

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

oh i should have also included "dirge of cerberus" as another software failure surrounding VII, to any who don't know..it was a first person shooter staring vincent valentine. I have no opinion of the game as i never played but it was mega hated on in region 4

JRLennis
JRLennis

@somberfox One of the rules of life is that you can't please everyone.  That doesn't mean you should then strive to please no one.  Look at Tomb Raider and tell me that a reimagined franchise won't please a lot of people if it's done right.

Bayonetta2013
Bayonetta2013

@DVONvX Actually, I think the DLC costumes sold better than the actual story episodes. I know I bought all of Serah's and Noel's AC outfit, simply for...what word is it...aesthetics? 

mrhagane
mrhagane

@az_87kk 

Because most of FF fans here are sick with Square Enix. 

JRLennis
JRLennis

@racerxgundam It wasn't well liked in America either.  Gamespot gave it a 6.0.

The problem with the FF7-related software and media products is that they just aren't very good compared to the original game.  Square-Enix incorrectly assumes we have a lack of interest in the franchise because of our lukewarm reception to post-FF7 content.  Is it too much to ask that we get a quality game or a film in exchange for our loyalty?

racerxgundam
racerxgundam

@Lhomity You make a good point. Alot of the the VII "peripheral" media/software was made in order to gauge the deal with the fans. i do believe unrealistic expectations with a VII remake might play a factor.

but, and i cannot stress this enough...square is a slave to region 4. Thus although we want the remake unless region 4 demands it..it well NEVER be made.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@JRLennis@racerxgundamThat is incorrect.

In 2012, Square-Enix CEO Yoichi Wada told shareholders at an annual meeting that they would not remake Final Fantasy VII until they produced a game that they felt "exceeds the quality" of Final Fantasy VII. Though, personally I believe they already have (Final Fantasy X), there are many who would disagree. Just as there are many who would disagree that a FFVII remake needs to happen at all (I certainly don't want it. I'd prefer they made new and better games).

Wada also said: "If the team were to remake Final Fantasy VII now, then the Final Fantasy franchise "would be done with".*

Simply put, the expectations for a Final Fantasy VII remake are so high, that Square-Enix are afraid (and with good reason), that if they did remake VII, it might be received poorly, or even with scorn, no matter how well they produce it. I know I'm not alone in suspecting that Valve are considering the same thing in regards to Half-Life 3.

*Source of quotes:
au.ign.com/articles/2012/06/26/square-enix-reveals-conditions-for-final-fantasy-vii-remake