Final Fantasy XIII-2 ending reignites XIII-3 rumors

Final Fantasy XIII-2 reviews are hitting, and revelations about its possibly controversial ending are bringing back conversations about the possibility of a XIII-3.


Sequels are a rare occurrence in the Final Fantasy series. Square Enix has only let it happen a few times in the series' history, so the announcement of Final Fantasy XIII-2 came as a surprise. Now as word of XIII-2's ending hits, the renewed possibility of a XIII-3 is circulating.

Intentionally vague spoilers follow.

The driving force behind the conflict of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is Serah's search for her sister, Lightning, with the help of new character Noel. Without revealing anything regarding that particular plot thread, the central conflict does take a turn for the worse and ends with the words, "to be continued."

We know that Square Enix is planning extensive episodic downloadable content, including chapters for characters like Lightning. Nonetheless, Square Enix did register a domain name for Final Fantasy XIII-3. The company has commented on shorter turnarounds for new games, so if we do see a full sequel it probably isn't far off.

Leaving hints for a sequel is nothing new in video games. Some of the more successful franchises of the past few years, like Mass Effect and Assassin's Creed, have capitalized on it. Still, it's a fairly recent trend for Final Fantasy games to have any sequels, much less multiple ones. The perpetually delayed Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0 take place in the same universe, as well, but aren't directly related to the plot.

Having finished the game, I would be surprised if Square Enix wraps up the plot with downloadable content. The problems presented by the cliffhanger ending seem too grave to solve without another full game. Square Enix's DLC plans instead seem focused on character-specific episodes, like adventures with Lightning and Sazh. Nothing is certain, but don't be too surprised if the company announces Final Fantasy XIII-3 in the near future. For more thoughts on the story and the game in general, check out our review.

Shacknews has contacted Square Enix, and will update as more information becomes available.

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    January 30, 2012 1:00 PM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Final Fantasy XIII-2 ending reignites XIII-3 rumors.

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 reviews are hitting, and revelations about its possibly controversial ending are bringing back conversations about the possibility of a XIII-3.

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      January 30, 2012 1:05 PM

      good grief.

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      January 30, 2012 1:09 PM

      Honestly, it would make sense to do more sequels like this. Square has always been one of the biggest offenders in the industry of developing a completely new world, characters, combat systems, etc for every single new title and then just tossing it all away when it's done.

      It sure seems like given economic conditions and development costs that it would make financial sense to do more with the assets they've already developed instead of going another 3-4 years working on a completely new FF15 (not that they couldn't do both at once).

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        January 30, 2012 4:37 PM

        tl;dr: Sequels make sense.

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        January 30, 2012 4:49 PM

        You say 'biggest offenders' as though anybody else does it or that consistently working with new material is a bad thing

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      January 30, 2012 1:09 PM


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      January 30, 2012 1:09 PM

      why is this news, it has no particular merit and just semi-spoils the ending of an unreleased game

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      January 30, 2012 3:07 PM

      If i really didn't like XIII to much, what are the odds of me liking this since I know pretty much nothing about it.

      Any significant changes?

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        January 30, 2012 3:12 PM

        I was wondering the same. I don't really like modern FF games, but I'll always try something.

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        January 30, 2012 3:20 PM

        The review shacknews did said it has the same problems that XIII had so probably not.

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        January 30, 2012 3:26 PM

        XIII started off interesting and then became highly repetitive and just poorly constructed, even for a JRPG. And Snow was was insufferable.

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