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Final Fantasy XIII-2 for PS3 moved over half a million copies after shipping in Japan last week -- around one-third of the sales the original Final Fantasy XIII saw just two years ago. These relatively low sales could reflect diminished consumer interest in Square Enix's flagship franchise, or more specifically for its Final Fantasy XIII line of titles, which includes upcoming PS3 action RPG Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Square Enix also admitted several months ago that the Final Fantasy brand was "greatly damaged" by the troubled launch of PC MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV in September 2010 (a PS3 version is due to release in late 2012/early 2013). Final Fantasy XIII, which sold 1.5 million PS3 copies in its Japanese launch week two years ago, suffered much criticism from gamers who found fault with its linear gameplay approach -- something the company sought to address with this sequel. [SOURCE]
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If there is a game that was as eagerly anticipated and then as roundly criticized as Final Fantasy XIII, it's hard to call it to mind. The game took years to develop in what was, the team has admitted, an extremely troubled process -- both design ideas and technological hiccups resulted in a game that was far from what it could have or should have been.

It's surprising that producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama -- the same pair behind the original game -- are as contrite as they are about it, simply because it's unusual for Square Enix to take such an attitude publicly.

It is clear, however, that the pair want to win back the series' fans, Moreover, it's also clear they're making an effort to address the game's issues not only with words but with actions, in the form of Final Fantasy XIII-2, a direct sequel to the original, which is set to ship in January 2012 in North America.

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Final Fantasy XIII is going back in Japanese stores this week. Square Enix re-released the game as part of their Ultimate Hits line, which is Square Enix’s own "Greatest Hits" label for Japan.

Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong followed suit and re-released their version Final Fantasy XIII too. This release of Final Fantasy XIII has Japanese voiceovers with selectable English or Chinese text. So, if you want to play through Final Fantasy XIII with "Kimi ga Iru Kara" at a budget price and don’t mind "ULTIMATE HITS" stripes on your boxes this is the version to get. [SOURCE]


...and I would buy the game right before they pull this stunt :(
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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Full Res Screens:
SQUARE ENIX has re-released Final Fantasy XIII-2 screenshots from earlier this month and week, outfitted with English Subtitles and translations of the Paradigm System (Noels' favorite apparently is "Double Trouble"). [SOURCE]


Control the Camera During Final Fantasy XIII-2's Event Scenes:
This is going to be the shortest update you ever read about Final Fantasy XIII-2. In fact, you've already read it! The usual flying get sources are reporting that a magazine, possibly Famitsu Xbox 360, reveals that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will let you move the camera around during event scenes. [SOURCE]


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Dengeki Playstation has just been released with an eight page spread covering the Final Fantasy XIII-2 details from E3. Most of it is things we’ve already heard but there are a few new details Toriyama and Kitase failed to mention elsewhere.

As already confirmed, Noel will be a major character in XIII-2 but in Dengeki, Toriyama confirms that he’ll have a more prominent role than Lightning with the game mainly progressing with Noel and Serah. Snow has been confirmed to make an appearance in XIII-2 but there’s no mention of him being playable. The Mog Clock system which we’ve covered before apparently was implemented to help make battles shorter according to Toriyama.


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