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.
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.