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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is looking more like an RPG all the time – now the designers have revealed that the game will include multiple endings, replayability and in-party monsters, and have even provided a promise that the story will be more “player-driven,” even containing “choices.”

From a Famitsu interview with Toriyama, the man who infamously decreed that Final Fantasy XIII would have no towns or confusing choices as to where to go:

There are lots of changes in the battle system – you can for example have monsters in your party?

It’s intended to be more strategic with you able to play by combining different roles. Monsters take different roles, and with their inclusion you can make your own composition.

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There are also other elements included – you can replay it now.

New game+ sort of thing?

Yes, and other elements which will make replaying an interesting experience. For example, this will be the first Final Fantasy title with multiple endings.

He also discretely admits the critical drubbing the game received in some quarters, and seems to be indicating the game will take a completely different approach:

The last game was a story driven by an escape drama, emphasising story and moving the game along with that. However, we received varied opinions from many users, and this time the story will be player driven, with the player actively exploring and causing events in response to their own actions, and having many choices.

Lightning fans are weighing this against developer comments which suggest Lightning will barely feature in the new game:

Lightning is a character who supports the backbone of the story. Samsara makes an appearance, and there are times you can control her.

It at least seems players will be spared a hellish Snow/Serah combo, as there will be a new male character to join her in the form of Noel, who seems to be more in the traditional vein of effete males the series is so renowned for.


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    Avatar of procrastinator
    Comment by procrastinator
    01:07 10/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Aww I want Lightning to be the main character.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:32 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    im guessing versus thirteen is canned then? if it is screw u squeenix the boycotting begins

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    Comment by Castian
    00:33 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lol, i tought the boycot started inside-out with devs doing crap games until a Re-make of FFVII its released.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:10 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lightning will probably be the new Sephiroth...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sephiroth is so awesome I'D hit that. Actually he'd probably be topping so, I guess HE'D be hitting it.

    Hm, MMF threesome with him and Lightning. We'd wreck her. Fuck yeah.

    What?

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    Comment by Castian
    00:36 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    NOOO WAAAY!
    U mean like an ultimate rival, right?
    because Sephie its like mindless, retarded superstrong momma lover cry baby mage/ninja/knight/samurai/time mage/black mage/white mage antagonist ...

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    Comment by Izekyu
    03:53 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree. I was expecting that Lightning would be the main character... Instead, There's this sucky guy.. No seriously... I don't like the new main character...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Totally agree, Lightning <3

    This game just dropped from "*might* buy it" to "is this even worth gleaning at?"

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "S-E never evolves or tries anything new!!" would be in print in 5 seconds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Thus proving, no matter what, SE cannot please anyone. Even IF they went back to the old ways you all wish so much, you all would find something else to whine about.

    Comment by Anonymous

    SE can't please because no one is ever happy with what they're trying to do. Honestly, people complained about everything in Final Fantasy 13, but suddenly it has to have lightning in it?
    Besides, Noel seems fine for a male protagonist (like every other FF had). We'll, he's a lot better than Snow at least. And it looks like you'll control Lightning a lot anyway, judging by the trailer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:03 10/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The FF games have always been easy. All of them. ALL of them.

    The FF games have always been linear (they tell you exactly where to go, the directions are always incredibly simple, and you wandering around like a fucktard isn't exploration, that just means your ass is lost because you didn't know how to "head southeast from town.") Pulse had a big ass fucking map. If you didn't know how to run around and explore there is something wrong with you.

    You don't have to like the entire cast for a game to be good. I hate half the casts of previous games, but that doesn't make them bad.

    The FF games have always tried new systems and some are better than others. The key is that they tried something new.

    The FF games only APPEAR to have less control when voiceovers were inserted. FF games had just as many "movie" type scenes in the past. People just thought they were more "active" because they had to press X to move the conversation on to get through these scenes. Pressing X to get to another sentence doesn't negate the fact that it was a fucking long ass scene where you weren't doing anything.

    The older battle systems with characters taking turns was done because of a lack of technology to do active battle. Taking turns in battle doesn't make any fucking sense and you all know it.

    THE POINT: Most of you are sheep.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    19:39 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The difficulty in FF is usually PERFECT:

    If you don't want challenge, you power-play.
    If you want some challenge, you don't power-play.
    If you want a real challenge, you play on the lowest level/with the weakest equipment possible etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:06 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Oh please, the last few FF games almost played on auto. But yeah, "difficulty" is not the worst problem for Squenix recently.

    You know, it would be perfectly okay if they just reverted back to AT LEAST FFX or FFX-2 standard.
    Cut out ALL the MMO shit, cut down on the CG Movie sequences, add more towns and life, add more gameplay.
    I don't give a shit about multiple endings. That almost always an excuse to get away with several half-assed story plots.

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    Comment by Castian
    07:47 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You sir are seconded.
    lots of Off-game accion makes the game actionless.
    i trieed to say, if the don't make a good gameplay upgrade to a more action ariented and as DW7 astory-plot in-game are awesome rather than stoping, giving you all the action in a movie and then come to the boring you. (FFXIII)

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you're saying that older games with free world roaming were as linear as FF13? Wat?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:55 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OMG people on this site can't fucking read. *Facepalms at 14:52*

    Comment by Anonymous

    i dunno dude, omega and ultima weapon were mofos in ff8 and how many ppl do u know of who beat the mech spider without running away? as for always trying something new..majority of ppl who played 13 think its shit, if not a single designer at se could see this, then they should'nt be working on such a high profile game.
    i love the ff franchise i even consider spirits within an alternate universe with no magic, but when u get complacent and keep assuming ur fans will lap up anything? its time to quit.
    versus13 was their last shot in my book, but i hear its cancelled? all thats left is 13-2 which is exactly what they intended for 13 to be or has everyone forgotten that over 60% of the work done was un-used in the final product?

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    Comment by Castian
    00:43 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    60% of the work was Un-Used in order to "Fit" lowly 360 DVD crap, im NOT shitting the 360 as a console but as the stupid low-capacity drive it works on.

    has shitted more games than most know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:57 14/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Final Fantasy versus XIII is still in production is just that they are taking their *cough* long *cough* time to make a vast game and take advantage of the PS3.

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    Comment by Riiku
    01:16 10/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    They've completely misuderstoon what players have wanted from original XIII !!

    I won't be surprised when this game fails too, and Squenix will be like "hell, we tried, you didn't like it, we have to stop making games"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    If it's a real RPG and people buy it (although it's a sequel to a linear POS) everything will be fine for Squenix...

    But in the more likely case that no one buys it although not terribly sucking, they might not even interpret it as being a consequence of the crappy prequel but by the players wanting another linear craptastraphy to waste their time on.

    I'm kinda looking forward to the game and might actually buy it if it includes all that FFXIII has been lacking, including Japanese audio.
    But that does seem rather unlikely...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:41 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps you should enlighten us to what SE should "understoon" about what players want from the game...

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    04:03 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, for one thing, they could give us the option of japanese/english tracks with subtitle. I've been wanting that in a FF game for some time now..

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    Comment by barrit
    05:59 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well if you are a PS3 owner, at least you do have a choice. You can just import the Final Fantasy XIII (English + Chinese Version). This one only has Japanese voices and English or Chinese subtitles. The original Japanese song is there as well. I couldn't stand some of the English voices and I had stopped playing it. So this was a nice alternative

    Comment by Anonymous

    "we received varied opinions from many users"

    This is incorrect. They received only one opinion from many users.

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    02:14 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    i just find a new male char named noel a bit funny. and y couldn't they just call snow yuki...... i'll never understand square anymore.

    but it seems like this will be ok .. just ok of a game. we just have to wait for the price to drop b4 we test it

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    Comment by Alice
    02:20 10/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    "y couldn't the just call snow yuki"
    Because none of the other characters have Japanese names, maybe?

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    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    10:05 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    though iti is a game published by japan but still i prefer yuki over snow

    Avatar of Mizushima 水島
    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    10:06 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    crap 4got to add noel is one of my fav blazblue chars but i c it more as a girls name than a boy's name. but seeing as some ppl think yuki is female and not both genders i could also b wrong on that part

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    09:17 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Noel suits FF better...(BlazBlue has a Noel too)

    Comment by Anonymous

    Noel looks like a tsundere. I liked FF13 quite a lot. The new features are pretty try hard though. The combat cutscenes, worse graphics (or is it cause of xbox), character designs are uglyyy. What's with the gameplay with lightning and then saying she's dead. Something is wrong there. I think this game might not be as enjoyable as I hoped.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    03:59 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I swear when I saw this new character, I thought he was a grown up Sora, and that I was watching a new Kingdom hearts sequel.

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    09:18 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well,it's by SE afterall

    Comment by Anonymous

    So you wanted the white-gangster-type character to be named Yuki? What the hell? You do know that's a girl's name, right?

    Avatar of Mizushima 水島
    Comment by Mizushima 水島
    10:07 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    e's otherwise yuki aka rat tail so yea both genders like anon said.

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    09:17 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yea...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:37 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yuki is actually a boy or a girl's name

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 10/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    "FF7 was too futuristic and had too many plot holes! I hate this shit! It's the worst FF ever!"

    "FF8 had the junction system and was futuristic again! I hate this shit! It's the worst FF ever!"

    "FF9 was too much like old FF's! I preferred the most futuristic style! This shit is too recylced! I hate this shit! This is the worst FF ever!"

    "FFX was too linear and it felt like a movie! I hate the voice acting! I hate this shit! This is the worst FF ever!"

    "FFXII's story was too political and complicated! The characters could play themselves! I hate this shit! This is the worst FF ever!"

    "FFXIII's story wasn't deep enough and was too easy to understand! It was too linear! I hate this shit! This is the worst FF ever!"

    "FFXIII-2 hasn't even come out yet but I hate it anyway! I hate this shit! This is the worst FF ever!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 10/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    I remember the good old days when gamers looked for fun in a game, and not perfection. You can find flaws in any game, you can agree that many games are similar to the previous title, but somehow that won't stop people from buying each year's version of sports games or buying the next generic FPS and play it like it was the best thing ever.

    The gaming community = 90% spoiled brats. I'm ashamed of being a gamer sometimes.

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    Comment by Ethan
    06:32 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    THIS.

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    Comment by Freaking Eggplant
    19:19 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    IS

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    Comment by Shigihito
    13:04 15/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    PATRICK!

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    Comment by Castian
    01:36 11/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Well diferent people diferent worlds, but it'll be funny as hell if it were the same person.
    HAhahaha!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't really do anything about that, there will always be people who hate something, no matter what that something is. That last example though, is less forgivable; bias hatred is the worst kind of hatred.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    your right about 13

    Comment by Anonymous

    KOREAN ONLINE GAMES = THE WORST GAMES IMO !

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:40 10/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Everyone is bitching about these improvements too?

    What the hell do you miserable spoiled people really want then?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:45 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Half of them haven't even played 13, and probably don't even own the game. I'm willing to bet a good majority of them just jumped on the hate square bandwagon, and here we are. Typical sankaku faggots, imo.

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    Comment by Sparanda
    05:07 10/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    The general response is "omg final fantasy MUST SPAM HATE". Luckily there are a few that actually think about their comments.

    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    09:19 10/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    cos' some /lots said it sucked,so a people see the hate and hate with it,idk...it's like brainwashing

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:38 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Anon 11:36: It's just you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    is it just me or they simply take the ffx-2 features and turn it into ffxiii-2, since the game started from ffx-2 to begin with... =.="

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    you can easily tell the difference between people whove played it and havent played it, the ones who havent arent nearly as pissed as the ones who have

    Comment by Anonymous

    lol so true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >Half of them haven't even played 13

    wrong, everyone knows everyone on sankaku has a hacked 360/ps3 and tried it for free.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    amen to that brother!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    well i did'nt, ff13 was turd, i completed it and traded it within days, se's love of emo's is really grinding my gears especially when its over 50% of the playable roster and those that are'nt are completely unlikeable, the simple fact that there were no towns to explore and the addition of the needless way point (who needs help walking in a straight line?)the paradigm shift is a glorified version of the dress sphere mechanic, wouldnt have been so bad if they had character specific ones...nah it was a shit idea, now that versus 13 is cancelled there is no hope for se, unless they fire all their current decision makers and hire game designers who are also fan boys of the franchise that way they'd rather die than constantly release turd for over a decade....the last decent ff was 10 but barely, the moment they decided 10-2 was a good idea they had already lost. theres only so much shit fans can take before they become a mob

    Comment by Anonymous

    I certainly ain't one of those people.

    I mean, I ABHOR what turned up to be FFXIII that we get. Now that Toriyama is giving us all these promises, it's very tempting to get my hopes up.

    In my case though, I'mma tread lightly with these promises. Toriyama's track record has never exactly been pretty, and I'm still not over the trauma that was 3rd Birthday. I'll wait and see.

    Should S-E still fails with FFXIII-2, it won't be 100% fans' fault, because S-E's the one who destroyed fans' trust with three games in a row(the least disputable being XIV). You don't just magically gain people's trust back after several years of disappointment.

    And you need to get off your high horse. Just because your parents give you money to spend on these games, doesn't mean everyone else who work hard to earn theirs should blindly give them away too.

    Comment by Anonymous

    how about they make the battle system not suck so much donkey dick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:39 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The battle system was awesome. If you want to go back to standing in an illogical line and hitting one by one for whatever stupid reason stop playing newer games.

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    Comment by Ethan
    06:31 11/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My AI worked just fine. You're doing it wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:05 17/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    because pressing x constantly to get my idiotic characters to attack is doing what i wanted...

    i'd really like to save my thumb strength for the button mashing fighting games, not a fuking rpg.

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    Comment by Mr.Bitches
    21:03 10/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    At least when I was standing in a line I had control of my characters and I could make them DO WHAT I WANTED. The AI is pretty stupid in FFXIII, especially when you need it to do something specific.








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