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When Final Fantasy XIII-2 made its Japanese retail debut on December 15, it did so in lackluster fashion. For 99% of games coming out, having a first-week Japanese sales total of over half a million would be a triumph -- huge success. But Final Fantasy XIII-2's 524,000 performance (PS3 version) is a mere one-third the size of the original Final fantasy XIII, and even stands distantly in the shadow of Final Fantasy's first direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, which also sold over 1.5 million right out of the gate. For a Final Fantasy title, XIII-2 is performing far below expectations.

Things get worse for Square Enix when one considers that XIII-2 is supposed to be a game kept interesting in the long term with frequent DLC updates. This does not stop people from trading the sucker in, even a mere two or three weeks after its launch, however. Getting back from my Christmas vacation, something really stuck out at me as I made my rounds in the game shops: there are a lot of used copies of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Above, I am holding one small store's hearty supply of five used copies of the barely three-week-old Final Fantasy XIII-2, selling for 4,980 yen each. The game launched with a price closer to 7,000 yen for new copies, but has already plummeted to 5,500 in most stores.

Sales were well under half of what Square Enix expected, the price has fallen like a rock, and trade-ins are rampant. From the looks of things, Final Fantasy XIII-2 isn't the comeback S-E was hoping for. [SOURCE]

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Square Enix Japan has released on testplayer site seven new (way different looking) artwork pictures of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Normally artwork is CGI based, but this time it is manga styled.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 is coming out Dec. 15 for Japan and Jan. 31 for US! But Japan is getting a special edition PS3 hardware:

Square Enix announced today a final release date of December 15 for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will be priced ¥7,980.

The PS3 version will also be released as part of a hardware bundle called "PlayStation 3 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning Edition Ver.2." Priced ¥37,960, this includes a 320 gigabyte hard drive. Overseas, the game will be released in North America and Asia on January 31. The European release is set for February 3. Square Enix did not say if the special PS3 will be released outside of Japan. [SOURCE]
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Final Fantasy XII-2's theme is called “Yakusoku no Basho” and “New World”, with the former song being released on November 23rd. The Japanese PS3 and 360 version's will get both Mai Fukui and Charice themes, while international (or western) PS3/360 releases will simply get Charice's theme. The song’s single album (available November 23rd in Japan) will unlock a bonus item in the game.

On top of that, there have been several tracks "leaked" onto YouTube from the XIII-2 soundtrack (some we've heard before), which is shaping up to be one bizarre hybrid of musical influences. Check them out behind the cut.

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[personal profile] weber_dubois22 has a new article up in relations to Final Fantasy XIII-2 via Square Enix's Japanese Office. The article writer Tim Turi paid a visit to the company's Japanese branch and snapped a couple of pictures of what day-to-day life looks like inside the cubical of a Square artists, along with some WIP's levels for the up and coming XIII-2. One such example is a very realstic deptiction of Serah and Lightning Farron prior to how they would appear in the fully rendered promo used in Gameinformer Magazine (#219):

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