Tokyo Game Show has yielded, as expected, a ton of reveals for Final Fantasy XIII-2, the second direct sequel for a numbered Final Fantasy title, including two new trailers and a set of release dates. We were able to get our hands on both of the trailers, which include in-depth looks at key story points, combat, and new characters.
First up is a trailer that sees Lightning’s younger sister Serah (ostensibly the main character of the game) crossing paths with some of the first game’s main characters like Hope and Snow. Though the game runs on the same engine as its predecessor, both Snow and Hope are very much changed individuals — Hope seems to have aged and, thankfully, matured considerably — and are still willing to lend a helping hand when need be.
There’s also the early roots of the game’s core story, Serah’s quest to find what has happened to Lightning, popping up here and there, but really the most exciting part of the trailer is the combat. Despite the two-main-character conceit, Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be featuring the three-character paradigm system — probably the most exciting part of Final Fantasy XIII. Some trailers have only shown Serah and her partner Noel doing battle, but fear not the three character party is still there.
Check out the first trailer:
While the first trailer was pretty cut and dry, at least as far as a Final Fantasy trailer is concerned, this second one is a combination of vague story moments, gameplay, and some of the ‘Cinematic Action’ quick time events. There’s talk of a timeline — Serah’s partner Noel comes from some time in the future — and a look at the game’s big bad Kaias, but without context it’s tough to tell what’s really going on.
We know that Lightning is an important part of the game’s story, as is the desire to preserve what has already happened during Noel’s time. See what you can glean from the second trailer.
Probably the most important news to come out of TGS, even superseding these fairly substantial trailers, was Square Enix‘s a solid release date for the game in both North America and Japan. Japanese players will be able to get their hands on Serah and Noel’s adventure before the holidays, on December 15th, while North American gamers will get their hands on the game early next year, on January 31st.
There’s still plenty of time to make your way through the first game’s 40+ hour main quest, so get out there and start grinding.
What do you think of these two new trailers for Final Fantasy XIII-2? Are you ready to experience more of this universe through the eyes of Lightning’s sister Serah?
Final Fantasy XIII-2 releases January 31, 2012 on the PS3 and Xbox 360.