Final Fantasy XIII-2 Made Official

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It’s funny to me that three of my least favorite Final Fantasy games have been the three to receive sequels. Not that they are bad games, they just pale in comparison to the franchise’s best.

Final Fantasy X got a ‘Charlie’s Angels’ style sequel in Final Fantasy X-2. Final Fantasy XIV, while not directly a sequel, is clearly the successor to Final Fantasy XI, both of which have failed to deliver a defining MMORPG experience. And now Final Fantasy XIII is getting the sequel treatment in Final Fantasy XIII-2, coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 “next Winter.” Reportedly, the target is for late 2011, but who here believes that a new Final Fantasy game will stick to its initial launch target? I didn’t think so!

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As you would expect, Final Fantasy XIII-2 will continue where the original game’s story left off and introduce an “evolved battle system.” And well…that’s about all Square Enix is saying at the moment. The debut trailer has leaked onto YouTube along with various other trailers that weren’t supposed to be released yet, like Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance and Final Fantasy Type-0. Watch ’em now, because they are likely to be taken down any time now. [Update] As expected, the YouTube videos were taken down by Square Enix. But the FFXIII-2 trailer has since been officially released, and you can find it embedded at the bottom of this post.

Also be sure to check out our discussion review of Final Fantasy XIII to read what Zach and I thought about the game.

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