Square Enix is apparently continuing its great tradition of endlessly recycling Final Fantasy titles by giving Final Fantasy XIII a sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, if its latest domain acquisition is to be believed.
The just acquired domain is finalfantasy13-2game.com – it is at present empty, of course.
The domain was not registered by Square Enix themselves, but by a company which has registered domains on their behalf in the past, including games both as yet released and unreleased.
The sequel has been rumoured before; whether the domain acquisition actually confirms it is open to question, but it is hard to see why else they or anyone else would want the domain.
Needless to say, the initial online reaction to the supposed release has ranged from cool to outright hostile – in light of FF14 and Square Enix’s decision to break every promise it made about FF13 (including DLC and the Japanese PS3 exclusive), goodwill towards the franchise is exceedingly low and seems unlikely to be recovered by such a release.
Curiously, even Square Enix’s genius CEO has made comments to the effect that the franchise in need of change – it is not clear how another rehash fits in with this vision.
Should the game be released, doubtless many will be interested to see whether it maintains the endless corridor design philosophy which made the original such a hit.
Whether Square Enix deems it possible to include such inconsequential elements as “towns” or “shops” is also likely to be of some interest…