Sequel to 2010's RPG juggernaut to receive direct follow-up "next winter."
Square Enix's 1st Production Department Premiere, formerly the Fabula Nova Crystallis Conference, was held Tuesday night and revealed new information regarding several games currently in development in both Tokyo and Osaka. A number of surprises were promised for the Premiere, and Square Enix did their best to deliver. Taking a momentary break from the games announced last year or earlier, Square Enix revealed a new game: Final Fantasy XIII-2. A sequel to last year's game had been hinted towards for several weeks, starting with an artwork by character designer Tetsuya Nomura sent to high-ranking account holders on Square Enix's member website with the message "She must not be forgotten."
While details on the game are scarce at present, the official trailer released today shows female lead Lightning sporting a new look in an almost cathedral-like building before squaring off with a new character dressed in black and purple. Early reports indicate that this man is Lightning's "rival," however it is unknown in what way he's opposing her nor whether they have a prior connection. An article in Jump Magazine this week also contained a vague passage: "In the world where I once existed, times path is no longer certain҅"
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is currently slated for a 2011 release in Japan, with the North American and European releases set for "Next Winter."
Spoiler Warning: Pressing play auto-skips this trailer to the 38 second mark. No spoilers are present from there on, however almost everything before that spoils the ending of Final Fantasy XIII.