Final Fantasy XIII-2 director explains controversial ending

Final Fantasy XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama explains the reasoning behind the game's ending, but steers clear of XIII-3 rumors.

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One of the most common complaints for Final Fantasy XIII-2 is its contentious ending. Game director Motomu Toriyama has opened up and shared some details on the reasoning behind it, and what's next for the game's story.

Asked about the "to be continued" screen which shows at the game's end, Toriyama explained to Taipei Game Show attendees that there were two reasons for the ending: first, to encourage players to explore all of the various (non-canon) "Paradox" endings; and second, to extend the story through downloadable content.

According to Impress Watch (via Andriasang), Toriyama says he's still working on the game, and plans to continue working on it until DLC is no longer being developed. On top of the imminent Lightning DLC that will make the popular character playable, Toriyama says the team is working on a large Lightning-focused story episode. We've heard of similar episodes or even novels coming for characters like Snow and Sazh.

Toriyama apparently steered clear of talking about rumors of Final Fantasy XIII-3, so it's still unknown if Square Enix will tie up the dangling plot threads through their large-scale DLC plans, or publish a full sequel. The company has registered a domain name for the title, but for the moment it's still saying mum.

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    February 6, 2012 10:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Final Fantasy XIII-2 director explains controversial ending.

    Final Fantasy XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama explains the reasoning behind the game's ending, but steers clear of XIII-3 rumors.

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      February 6, 2012 10:21 AM

      So Final Fantasy XIII-2 isn't its own self contained story? Maybe Square should've charged less for the game and changed it to Final Fantasy XIII-2-1. DLC should be an afterthought, not the overall plan for delivering the rest of the story.

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        February 6, 2012 11:02 AM

        It's exactly the kind of thing Nintendo talked about not doing for their dlc. Which of course makes me wonder if it's exactly what they'll end up doing.

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        February 6, 2012 11:21 AM

        It is contained, the director is just a dumbass for his presentation. Imagine if you saw ESB and "To be continued..." appeared right before the credit roll.

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      February 6, 2012 10:23 AM

      Thanks for spoiling the end Shacknews. I had no idea until I read this.

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        February 6, 2012 10:37 AM

        "Final Fantasy XIII-2 director explains controversial ending"

        -_-

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          February 6, 2012 10:48 AM

          i didnt want to know that it was controversial. spoiler alert

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            February 6, 2012 11:33 AM

            Final Fantasy XIII-2 director explains controversial ending

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          February 6, 2012 6:00 PM

          The actually story preview was in the chatty which said:

          "Asked about the "to be continued" screen which shows at the game's end, Toriyama explained to Taipei Game Show attendees that there were two reasons for the ending: first, to encourage players to explore all of the various (non-canon) "Paradox" endings; and second, to extend the story through downloadable content."

          Its no longer there, but it was and it sucked.

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            February 6, 2012 6:01 PM

            Actually, it is still there.

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      February 6, 2012 10:49 AM

      So don't provide a proper ending so you can provide it in DLC?

      Fuck you.

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      February 6, 2012 1:13 PM

      Here is the explanation:
      We want to sell you shit and we KNOW we can, whenever we attach the Final Fantasy name on it. So there you have it. Hope this helps explain it. Have a nice day now STFU!

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