Square Enix prepping Final Fantasy XIII-2 reveal?

In advance of January 18 Japan event, what appears to be front company registers URL for sequel to last year's top-selling RPG.

Source: The Twitter feed of Internet sleuth Superannuation.

What we heard: As was widely expected, Final Fantasy XIII was nothing short of a blockbuster for Square Enix. By the end of the publisher's fiscal quarter in March 2010, FFXIII had sold more than 5.5 million units worldwide, and Sony named the title as the only one to reach the platinum milestone on the PlayStation 3 in Japan during 2010.

Lightning may strike twice.

FFXIII's strong sales, not to mention strong critical reception, make it a perfect candidate for a follow-up, and it appears as if Square Enix will oblige. As spotted by Superannuation, the Internet domain name FinalFantasy13-2Game.com was registered on Monday, January 10.

Unfortunately, Square Enix isn't named as the domain-name owner. Instead, a company called "Corporation Service Company" is listed as the domain's registrant. That said, it appears as if the generic-sounding company is actually a front for Square Enix.

As Superannuation notes, Square Enix has used Corporation Service Company to register domain names in the past, pointing to Mindjackgame.com. CSC is also named on a number of other official websites for Square Enix games, such as Gun Loco. Further, for game websites that do not have CSC listed as registrant, the company is still listed as the administrative and technical contact. These official websites include FinalFantasy13Game.com.

The official story: Square Enix had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Creating a Final Fantasy sequel by appending a "-2" to the game's name isn't common, but it does have precedence with Final Fantasy X-2 in 2003. Further, the publisher is holding the "1st Production Party Premiere Event" in Japan on January 18, an ideal time to unveil a new installment in the franchise.

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Naicco

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perrytails
perrytails

square enix is killing FF series i was very disappointed with crap fantasy xiii!!! what happened to you guys you used to make kick ass rpg's but since sakaguchi left the company FF is not the same the only two games that i liked since sakaguchi left was FFX and FFVII crisis core, square enix is losing its magic i hope that ff xii versus raise my expectations!!

Squeezitgirdle
Squeezitgirdle

I liked XIII, but i also thought the story got a little...vague at times. Half the time i didn't even know who my real enemy was. I'm hoping the sequel has a better story this time around.

Zero_resistance
Zero_resistance

Why do they insist on making sequels for the worst games in the series?

mykknjenn
mykknjenn

CONT>>>>>Last but not least. What happened to me, the player, you know the one that spent the 60 hard earned dollars to buy the game, being the one that actually gets to play it?! If I wanted to watch a movie, I would watch a movie. I enjoy good graphics and kick ass CS's as much as the next girl, but I want to control my characters not watch the AIs play my game for me. You, the developer, control 2/3s of the characters. How is that me playing the game? With that level of logic I should only have to pay 20 bucks for it since I only get to control 1/3 of my team. Isn't there any company out there willing to pick up the torch and give us true turn based rpgs with a storyline and characters that we can love and turn into the biggest, baddest, best equipped fighting machines that we spent endless hours getting them to?

mykknjenn
mykknjenn

I am I guess what you would refer to as "An old time gamer". I started out playing D&D with a group of friends where we would invade a different house every weekend, eat them out of house and home, and go without sleep from friday evening to late sunday night. We would immerse ourselves into our characters and our Dungeon Master could make us almost feel the weight of our weapons in our hands. Then we entered the age of technology and found a new realm of fantasy to spend endless hours exploring. I find it hard to believe that the people like me are a dying breed. That there aren't still a large number of us roaming the world. Endlessly searching for that next game that will feed our needs. A true RPG, a turn based, let me enjoy the fight rather than speed me through it at warp speed, while my fingers desperately try to find the correct mashing order to kill the big ugly. I want a storyline, I want characters that I can enjoy, I want a huge world that I spend 100+ hours finding all the nifty new gear and weapons, I WANT subquests and depth and for the developers to remember we are not all 13 year olds that like and enjoy button mashing!

aerialstrike
aerialstrike

i love my OG jrpg's but seriously after playing the turn based battles for maybe more than 15 years im tired of it. FF13's battle system in my opinion was actually great although the game's very linear and melodramatic. action rpg's i think is the future of rpgs, kingdom hearts proved that to me. we have the technology to mix frantic battles and rpg elements compared 10-15 years ago and thats progression. progression is always good.

Albaficas
Albaficas

And plz dont mention ff6-7-8-10 cause yeah these are REAL JRPG + except the graphics ff6 7-8-9-10 gameplay and durability crush ff13 with eaze nuff said.now go play your short third action adventure rpg wannabe and stop talking about old ff's u dont know what the f@ck u r saying

Albaficas
Albaficas

U can say wtf u want Rubykohana this particular FF sucks,it maybe has the nice graphics and sound (most kids nowdays are judging a game by its graphics and not by the gamplay)it sale well cause square enix didnt mention almos nothing about the battle system and how linear this game would be.All u do in ff13 is runing forward..no exploration,minigames,travels nothing at all just move forward and press autobattle all the time = thats it u finished ff13.

Rubykohana
Rubykohana

I'd be glad to see a FF 13-2 I hope Fang is in it she was one of my favorite characters. One thing that bothers me though is how every "Old Skool" FF fan seems to love dissing the new games and or comparing them to the old ones. Truthfully it makes me sick do you think when crafting these games they think to themselves "Let's make it better then 7 or 8 or 9" no that's stupid what's worse is that none of the games are really even meant to be similiar they are all suppose to be unique. You should be happy every game they've given you a unique world and characters to appreciate and none of the games have been abysmal anyone who says otherwise just isn't a real fan of the series. I'm also a little peeved Final Fantasy falls under this ridiculous category of JRPG not only have almost all their games had a Westernized, Medievil or Technology based back story, but there was never really anything JRPGish about them. Now lol Versus 13 is a different story I hear. Honestly FF6,7,8 JRPG's? Ridiculous. Anyway hopefully this is true and by the way I don't think FF13 is the greatest game ever, but it was still fun in my opinion and had a good story and nice characters. cept for Hope, lol I hate him with a passion I guess towards the end he started redeeming himself though.

Mega-Link0
Mega-Link0

How are they talking about a sequel for ff13, when 13 versus doesn't even have a due date?

Tidus1012
Tidus1012

I'm looking forward to FF13-2

DarkGothic
DarkGothic

The difference between Squaresoft and Square-Enix is it that separates pure art and only money. The point is that in the end, the pure art of ever more money than what is done only for money. The merger of Square-Enix has been one of the biggest failures of the decade.

schoolboy1994
schoolboy1994

i loved xiii and i'm gonna love xiii-2.... c'mon guys...give it a chance!

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@IrshDrkWl excuse me i think the system on 8 was the best and i have played every last final fantasy from 7 up other than 11

tanus11
tanus11

@IrshDrkWlf don't get me wrong, i liked ff13 fast paced start, and i have to admit that the storyline was(at first) compelling, but if i have to compare to other ff games, it doesn't stand. even the 8 was better, even if you're right about the equipments, weapons and items in general. at least the battle sistem was almost the same as the 7, and the story was good. yes i was 16 when i played it, but it was a good story, set in a vast open world for a game of those times. don't be so harsh on judging ff8, it was still written by sakaguchi, and it was still SQUARESOFT. ff13 wasn't a rpg at all. it was technically stunning, but it killed the final fantasy franchise, not by sell rates, but i think a lot of fans felt disappointed like me. and still, we all will buy every ff game that comes next, hoping helplessly for a return of the lost sensations on final fantasy 7 :D

Prohuman86
Prohuman86

@Orochimaru_Fan I haven't played XIV but since its an MMO I would think that it doesn't exactly fit in the same category with the rest of FF. I remember thinking the same thing when XIV came out but then I saw it was online and disregarded it

piggy_tian
piggy_tian

great... 2 days after i put a comment here, comes the debut movie of ffxiii-2... my goodness! and it's coming this year. when will i get enuf cash to buy a ps3 and a decent tv???

REgrl4life
REgrl4life

I wanna see agito and versus first Square. I mean, FFXIII was a good game and all....

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Seriously...I'd like to get a release date for Agito and Versus before they even talk about a sequel to XIII.

solidstein
solidstein

@alef321 no there not, if they didthat it be ff13versus.com

piggy_tian
piggy_tian

hayz bilisan muna nilang gawin yung agito at versus bago yang dash two dash two na yan!!! hehe sorry i wrote in other language... anyway, just finish first agito and versus before setting up another sequel... they have a lot of remakes in line starting ff5...

alef321
alef321

Guys, they are registring the name for FinalFantasyVERSUS.

lamprey263
lamprey263

shouldn't take that long to develop, I think most of Square Enix's time with Final Fantasy XIII was spent getting the Crystal Tools Engine to work and now that that's been finished hopefully they'll be able to bring another game out quicker

noclue_27
noclue_27

Heh, maybe there will be TOWNS this time? Perhaps if we're lucky a WORLD MAP? >.>

unbentonslaught
unbentonslaught

meh, don't really understand why you'd make a sequel to XIII BUT it would help them earn big bucks. I probably won't even rent it.

Ex-DarkBlade
Ex-DarkBlade

2 more days until we get to see what Square Enix is hiding and what is with this argument in this article?

DoorKnob22
DoorKnob22

Interesting....Interesting......

slainta
slainta

What? An FFXIII-2? How could I play it without Fang?! Unless she will resurrect again, sure!

franzito
franzito

What more a Final Fantasy XIII-2 could offer than rumors?

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

FFXIII VS or GTFudgeO. I hope this isn't like FFX-2, although the character models were nice for their time. On second thought, SE should make a volleyball game with all of the females from final fantasy and have them wearing the skimpiest outfits possible. That would be good.

shkar
shkar

ok does this have any realtion to FFXIII VERSUS ???? anyone ??

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

@0bags Ever played FFX? That's hardly just a good vs evil story. Yes, there's Sin, a creature whose sole purpose is to destroy everything for seemingly no reason, but there's also the corrupt religion that took advantage of the people's ignorance. They were not just evil; they were doing what they genuinely believed was best for the people. Not to mention the dynamics between Tidus and his father, and the Al Bhed and the church of Yevon. When did we gamers get it into our heads that characters like Hope and Tidus were whiny emos? I have another word to describe them: emotional. Unwilling to pretend everything's okay just because society wants them to hold it all in. They wear their emotions on their sleeves, unlike the average adult male, and as far as I'm concerned it bothers us because we want to pretend our world is just fine, that none of us are damaged individuals, that everything MAKES SENSE. That's what makes them the best kind of character for me.

0bags
0bags

ff storylines are way too light for modern audiecnes, the whole good vs evil motif is just over done.i just hope they just try to address and just make the game a little darker. and kill of hope cause he was and whinny emo btch

toddx77
toddx77

@cachinscythe I never considered the engine they were using. Makes me wonder what they have in store for ffxv

night-dreamers
night-dreamers

Yeah right just because you'd like an FFXIII-2 don't go trolling about it, if you have something solid to offer than say it if it's just rumers we already have far enough :?.

Linkthedueler
Linkthedueler

As long as they keep the battle system ( i liked it ) and got rid of the ever-so-linear nature of the game, i think it'll be fine...idk where they'd go story wise however.

FreakensteinAG
FreakensteinAG

Please no. Please don't make me pay another 60 bucks to get frustrated again. Wait let me rephrase this. If you're going to make FF13-2, then at least do a total reform on the combat system, namely the length of time to beat a single match and to reinstate random encounters. I have to laugh and cry at this, because it literally took 7 minutes to finish a normal match. The worst part? The game EXPECTED you to finish that long! Right there, the PAR time says 7:30. Are they insane? Do you expect people like me to want to spend half an hour on 5 normal matches? I'd expect this from a boss fight, but a regular ol' small enemy match? I want to experience the story of Final Fantasy 13, not mash buttons all day! Look Square-Enix, the game is pretty and all, but graphics is NEVER what makes a game. It is 55% gameplay and 45% storyline. This game lacks slightly in storyline and lacks MAJORLY in gameplay. If you want to make more sales, aka more moolah, then make the game fun to play!

Orochimaru_Fan
Orochimaru_Fan

@Prohuman86 Going by that logic, how the f*** do you think FF14 was released?

smwat
smwat

It would be cool but to be truthful the title "final Fantasy" is The final fantasy of that universe that was created. (Or thats what it was before the company merge) I hope to never see anything else from FF13 except verses and agoto. This also goes for FF7 Yes it would be cool to see it remade with new grafic but i'm not sure I can stand watching cloud and Vincent QQ for another 80 hours. Pleas Squrae leave your games alone. If anything I hope that they go back to making things with lesser grafics and with better plot. (My QQ Mode): Most games now days are all about flashy grafics and what sells to the casual players, but us original gamers want Plot, story, and amazing charters that we will rember when we are old.

Prohuman86
Prohuman86

Someone told me that FFXIII was the final one, perhaps not. This pleases me.

Arcadia_Roxas
Arcadia_Roxas

So exactly how did Advent Children suck so much? Not to mention there's Dirge of Cerberus. I can't imagine a game bearing the name Final Fantasy VII-2. X started the trend of adding "-2", so any games after that that get sequels are going to have "-2" in them as well, barring Revenant Wings. That or "Final Fantasy XIII-2" is just a working title.

TheTrueMagusX1
TheTrueMagusX1

@barbarossa213 Not a problem, and again thank you sir!

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

@toddx77 (continued) 2) Back when the FFXIII games were announced, the JRPG genre was still very much in. But today there are maybe a 3rd of the JRPGs being released compared to the prior console cycle. Why? Because most people don't play or like them anymore. And when consumers don't want something the market eventually stops providing it and pouring money into it. So maybe if you account for things like inflation, the bigger budgets needed just to make a game stand out today, and how refined many of the "superficial" aspects need to be for it to get noticed (i.e. graphics, sound, etc), the FFXIII development team was getting squeezed by the changes in the market, which left them with--comparatively speaking--less money to work with. This market shift could also be the reason why we haven't heard anything about Versus or Agito since getting announced four years ago: no desire for SE to fund them because nobody WANTS them This might also explain the continued delays of Kingom Hearts 3 cause funding a PS3 title is obviously MUCH more expensive than funding handheld installments of which there are now more for KH than console installments But these are just speculations and none of them change the fact that SE doesn't feel like the company it used to be Whether thats because of the market the departure of big names like Kobayashi or a turn for the worse in their management and development practices it remains a source of frustration for me and many other gamers too I'd imagine