While in Final Fantasy XIII the main goal of the game was to get out of Cocoon, now players will be able to return to the lovely human made world. There is however a part of the game that will play itself in Gran Pulse but it isn’t the main setting of the game anymore. Where you, as Lightning, saved the world of Cocoon from the destruction 5 years ago (Final Fantasy XIII), it came to the conclusion that it had to be rebuilt. After some time, it was believed that Lighting went missing and thought she was dead. Then all of the sudden, the town of New Bodhum gets overrun by horrible monsters and a new stranger by the name of Noel appears and saves her. You join forces together to find out what exactly happened to Lightning and meet some new characters on the way. Considering those new characters, until now, had been a mystery of what Square Enix will come up with and only time will tell what we can expect so sit tight…
The engine on which the new Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be running on is the Crystal Tools engine. When we look at the gameplay, a lot of changes have been made yet again to give us, the gamers the ultimate Final Fantasy experience. The CSB system has further evolved from Final Fantasy XIII and you are now even able to control the difficulty of the battles by the use of Cinematic Action moves which will allow players to deal a considerable amount of damage more to gain the upper hand in combat. Aside from that, you are now also able to use your tamed creature to be a fighting force in battle. The “Feral Link” which is basically the same as the Gestalt Gauge will be used to collect a certain amount of damage. When the Feral Link bar is full, let it rip!
As I said before, the new characters which will be introduced have not been made clear yet, however, the characters that we will also see in this one are Hope, with a whole new look on the world acting a little more mature in this one. And not to forget Snow, the rockhammer in the whole game who became from being a bit cocky: “I can beat everyone and everything by myself” to a more down to Earth, cool kind of guy.
This new game promises a lot and is due to be released in Japan in December 2011 and will be available on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. As Europe and North America are always second in line for the Final Fantasy series, it will be released early 2012 and I’ll be the first one in line to continue playing this amazing game to check out the next part in this amazing story.