It’s weird to be seeing DLC for a game that’s not even released here yet, but that’s what we’ve got with Final Fantasy XIII-2: Omega DLC media, not to mention some Frontier Gate, Dragon Quest X, Shining blade, and Lord of Apocalypse.
Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy XIII-2’
A recent deal between Square Enix and Ubisoft has led to a rather unexpected tie-in for the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2. Protagonist Noel Kreiss will have access to Ezio Auditore’s outfit as it appears in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. The costume will be available via DLC, though no price has been set.
In a recent interview, Final Fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase talked about a trend towards action-RPGs in the context of FFXIII and its upcoming sequel. He states that, globally, he sees players moving away from traditional turn-based games towards more action-oriented titles, and that “you ignore things like that at your peril.”
Regarding FFXIII and XIII-2, he added “XIII and XIII-2‘s battle systems have those elements of speed and action that are the key words for us.” He also added that Final Fantasy traditionally presents something new with each game, and that they’re not necessarily going to stick with XIII‘s style of gameplay going forward.
Square Enix revealed the not-at-all-unexpected Collector’s Edition for their upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2. For $79.99, up $20 over the standard package, players get a 20-page artbook, special case designed by Yoshitaka Anamo, and the game soundtrack which spans a hefty four discs. Store-specific preorder bonuses were also detailed: GameStop has an extra costume for Sarah, Amazon throws in a unique boss fight against Omega, and Best Buy includes a hardcover book that fills in gaps between XIII and the sequel.
XIII-2 is set for a January 31 release in the States, with a February 3 launch in Europe.
And we’re back on task, no worse for wear. Well, I’m still fighting a cough, but at least we’re up and running again. As I said yesterday, sorry for the delay folks. Fortunately it wasn’t too busy a news week so I had time to chew on some rich, yummy financial analysis alongside the TGS leftovers. Let’s get down on it, shall we?
- Tokyo Game Show wrap-ups: 3DS releases are promising and its match-up with the Vita is the fight to watch; Square Enix needs something to reassure fans it knows what it’s doing, which probably isn’t FFXII-2; Konami lets Suikoden out of the cellar into yet another cellar; Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 confuses yet taps into the mysterious ‘buy me’ impulse; Namco-Bandai still hates money.
- Dualshockers.com provides some insights into the Japanese stock market and its reactions to TGS. Short version: Sony should be thankful Japan likes the Vita. The full article is definitely worth the read.
- Sony has a brief network outage that’s quickly corrected as authorities nab yet more LulzSec participants. The irony of this is not lost on me.
- A university study crowdsources viral protein modeling to a bunch of FoldIt players, with surprising results. Look to see someone try to weaponize this in the near future.
- Not exactly game-related, but the CERN researchers firing a particle that seemingly broke the speed of light is too fascinating not to discuss and/or fantasize about. Read up on it if you haven’t already, it could very well be science fiction in the making.
- And speaking of science gone mad, code-hunters find an apparent teaser for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in Valve’s DotA 2. Don’t play games with my heart, Valve. Just… don’t.
Announcing at the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has given the release dates for Final Fantasy XIII-2 outside of Japan. With the Japanese release scheduled for December 15, the title will hit North American retailers on January 31 followed by a European launch on February 3. A special PS3 bundle with a custom Lightning case is also in production, though currently only for Japan.
With a playable version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 set for the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix has announced plans for an early demo event. Hosted at their Tokyo office in Shinjuku Ward, the demo event will select a total of forty people in two phases of twenty to try the game. The meetup is scheduled for September 10, and anyone interested in attending can apply at the official site up through August 24.
Summer rolls on and the heat just isn’t letting up. Who said suburban Chicago could turn into southern Louisiana? How’s everybody else out there holding up? If you’ve got time for the news, gather ’round and listen up. In this week’s episode:
- One of Sony’s insurance groups sues to avoid being legally liable for damage from the hack. Next time Sony, get them to agree before showing the bill.
- Gameloft stands accused of forcing its employees to work 100+ hour weeks and faking deadlines to maintain crunch time. And they thought Gameloft wasn’t ready for the big leagues!
- Capcom’s Twitter Guy accidentally implies fans are to blame for Mega Man Legends 3‘s cancellation. The internet reacts in the usual reserved and dignified manner.
- 1UP posts some interesting analysis on the decline in JRPG localization. It sure would explain an awful lot. Looking right at you Square Enix. Sega, you too.
- Wal-Mart prepares to publish its sales data for video games. I’m sure that internal memo marked “Join Us Or Die” is just for marketing purposes.
- Zeboyd Games announces that jumping to Steam caused sales to skyrocket. #pcgamingmasterrace
Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will release in North America in January, following its Japanese launch in December. Speaking with Famitsu, director Motomu Toriyama also revealed that the title will be more open and conducive to exploration than XIII. Additionally, those who clear the game – estimated at about 40 hours – will unlock a replay mode unlike the typical New Game+ option, although this was not explained further.
As for Final Fantasy Type-0, Square Enix has set the release date as October 13 in Japan and the game will price at ¥7700. No US release was announced.
In a press release today, Square Enix announced the various goodies it would have on display at Comic-Con in San Diego. Attendees will have access to playable previews of Dead Island, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Wakfu. Two one-hour panels will also be devoted to Dead Island and Deus Ex. The press release in full can be read here, and Comic-Con begins this week.
Additionally, another site launched by Square Enix suggests that FFXIII-2 will be on display in Seattle and New York later this year. The site, Word to Your Moogle, lists the dates as August 26-28 for Seattle and October 13-16 for New York, but has little else in the way of information.
And to cap the evening off, how about some nice, relaxing media? Don’t get up; we deliver. Here’s what we’ve got for you: Class of Heroes 3DS, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Frontier Gate, Noora to Toki no Koubou, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3, and Rune Factory 4.
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You know it’s procrastination when you find the urge to replay games you don’t even own anymore, so you go trolling Amazon looking for deals. Uh, or so I’m told. Yes, that’s convincing. Right, on with the media: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Makai Kingdom PSP, Fallout New Vegas: Old World Blues, Persona 2 Innocent Sin, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 07/12/11’ »
Evening, folks! Hope you brought your appetite for media, because we have, shall we say, generous portions. In today’s update: Cardboard Troopers, Dai 2 Ji Super Robot Taisen OG, Dragon’s Crown, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Grand Knight’s History, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, Pandora’s Tower, Tales of the Abyss 3DS, Tales of Xillia, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Dig in! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/13/11’ »
Square-Enix announced a general release date for Final Fantasy XIII-2 today, saying it will see the light of day in December 2011. This coincided with the opening of the game’s official site, which sports info on the game’s characters, music, and numerous other goodies.
Alongside this, Square-Enix also announced that the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIII would see an update. This update will add the Easy Mode that the Xbox 360 version of the game received last year, and will be free of charge.
Greetings from the Chicago suburbs, currently known as the Greater Illinois Snow Field of Doom. Come on in and warm up with some fresh media: 3rd Birthday, Atelier Violet, Dissidia 012 Duodecim, Dragon Quest Monsters Joker 2, Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Persona 2 Innocent Sin, Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity, and Valkyria Chronicles 3. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll spot familiar faces, you’ll wonder what the DPS on Luka’s giant fish is.
I am actually somewhat curious about that, but I digress. On with the media! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 02/01/11’ »
Following Square Enix’s 1st Production Department Premier event, Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama sat down for an interview with Dengeki. The topic: the recently announced Final Fantasy XIII-2, which features Kitase as producer and Toriyama as director. While scant few gameplay details were covered – the battle system has seen unspecified upgrades over Final Fantasy XIII‘s – the two did discuss how XIII-2 fits into the series. Continue reading ‘Final Fantasy XIII-2 Director, Producer Share Details’ »
Via the PlayStation Blog, Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy XIII-2 is coming to the PS3 with “a new story in store that stems from the previous title, a battle system that is evolved from ‘XIII’ – and more.” No other details were announced, but you can see the game’s logo and the first screenshot here. There’s also an official website for the game, and though it’s simply a splash page right now it confirms that the game is coming to the Xbox 360 as well.