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Square Enix May Announce Final Fantasy XIII-3 In September

Final Fantasy XIII-2 was a surprise. But with what we now know, Final Fantasy XIII-3 won't be too much of a shock.

Given the cliffhanger ending in FFXIII-2 and the fact that no amount of DLC will answer all the hanging questions, along with hints from Square Enix themselves, yet another sequel is quite possible.

And now it seems we might learn all about it on September 1. Franchise producer Yoshinori Kitase informed Famitsu (as cited by Gaming Everything) that development on the new Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga project has already begun.

On top of which, they'll supposedly unveil the official name at the upcoming Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event in Japan, which takes place on the first of September. Now, that "New Developments" presentation might only involve more Lightning-based DLC for FFXIII-2, but it seems unlikely. Square Enix is also on record saying they need to produce games at a faster clip, which is why we think they're embracing the "annualization" philosophy. ...as much as we may hate it.

So yeah, prepare yourself...FFXIII-3 may be inevitable.

Tags: final fantasy xiii 3, ffxiii-3, final fantasy xiii 2 sequel, square enix

8/1/2012 8:38:51 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (34 posts)

dbyzforce
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:27:37 PM
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Geez Squenix, when are you guys going to get FF13 VS finished?! Waiting forever for that game.. Well so far been disappointed over with them this gen...

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Jed
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:39:22 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised if they announced FFXIII 13. They just don't get it.

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homura
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:47:08 PM
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I accepted that XIII-3 might happen after finishing XIII-2 few months ago. But I have no more desire for it. I'm just waiting for some news on Versus, KH3, HD remake of X and XII or XV in the upcoming event.

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oONewcloudOo
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 9:59:09 PM
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I couldn't even finish XIII-2 and I'm a big final fantasy fan, it had the three most annoying characters ever "is it a paradox!" "it must be the paradox!" "look there a paradox kupo!" I just want to slap them all square in the face while shouting yes it's the f'ing paradox you've seen it like 30 f'ing times.

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Highlander
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:23:07 PM
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And...still now FF vs XIII, and still no final release candidate of FFXIV. What the hell are SE playing at? Are they actually proud of their output this generation? They shouldn't be.

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Russell Burrows
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:25:49 PM
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So yeah, prepare yourself...FFXIII-3 may be on an inevitable path to the trashcan/bargain bin.

Silly SE.

Yawns about this SE "news" and goes back to playing Dust 514.

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cLoudou
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:35:06 PM
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Putting out a game your "fans" don't really want at a faster rate isn't gonna make them like it any more. Annualization works when fans actually want it. SMH.

Also SE is hard at work rereleasing FFIII for Ouya.

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kraygen
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:47:27 PM
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Lame.

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Metal Head
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:49:04 PM
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I can't wait to buy this game for $10 bucks. That's how much I paid for FFXIII and XIII-2

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Underdog15
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 10:28:42 AM

I got FFXIII day one. Enjoyed it, but was a little ticked at the value for full price. I got FFXIII-2 on the cheap 2 weeks ago as well. Great game for the $14.99 brand new price tag I paid.

If FFXIII-3 comes out, it'll be the same story. Wait half a year for the significant price drop.

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MrAnonymity
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 10:51:02 PM
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Yeah... I'll pass.

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ZenChichiri
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 11:36:22 PM
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Not gonna lie, I don't understand the extreme hate for XIII-2. It wasn't amazing, but it was pretty damn good and sucked me into not only the world, but the battle system as well (as it improved on XIII's in every way possible). The XIII series has always oozed potential, and while I'm upset Versus has taken the back burner, if done right, a XIII-3 could kick some serious ass.

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homura
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 1:10:06 AM

I'm one of those who hated XIII-2, I did collect all the fragments just to see the secret ending. In the beginning I did like it, I'm amazed of the world and I also got excited when you unlocked other time line in that map. But sadly I've realized it was over used and then it feels smaller compared to XIII. And the details is more polished in XIII. An example of that is the sunleth waterscape. I've also learn that the size of XIII is about 40 gig, XIII-2 is only about 15 gig, fewer cut scenes, it just feels to me that the story of XIII-2 is forced to fixed the complains about XIII. I admit the battle system has improved.

And then the painful experience in the slot machines which I have to endure just to get 1 of the fragment. And then upon reflecting on the story I've realized some stupidity in it, for example where Noel came from Cocoon fell and many died because their is a city right underneath cocoon and then he has a chance to change it cause he can now travel back in time, he meet Hope tells about the future he came from about Cocoons fall. Hope now knows the fall of cocoon still they built Academia, and a a stupid plan to construct new cocoon and make it float which started construction even if they didn't know how to float it yet which they resolve 300+ years in the future, the plan was suggested by Hope and Alyssa, so they should monitor the construction, but what did they do, they build a time capsule and went to the future, maybe he left the construction in the hands of his father but it doesn't say that in the game. And then I search the internet for some answer and found some like me who also questions the plot hole. Now I hated XIII-2 because I did love the story in XIII and then they just f*uck it all away. These are some of my reasons why I hated XIII-2.

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ZenChichiri
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 5:47:10 AM

You're right, there are a couple plot holes. I mean for one I don't even understand why they need a new cocoon in the first place seeing as how they seem to live fine on the ground for what, 400 years with no problem? Also the casino thing was annoying, but you could just leave the system on while it did its thing.

Keep in mind I didn't say this was a great FF title, but it's still a pretty good JRPG in an age where we lack AAA JRPGs.

Is it fun? Yes. Is the story decent? It was enough to keep me going, even with some plot holes. Does it look great? Yup. is the music good? I actually liked a lot of the vocal tracks, and thought the chocobo music was the best in the series. (minus the scream track, yuck). Is it like old FFs? No. And this is why people complain. I liked the age of yore better than these current FFs, but I mean, come on, people absolutely trash this game! It's not as good as old FFs, but it doesn't deserve the severely awful reputation it's getting.

I understand that Versus has been put on the back burner because of this (pisses me off too) but don't trash a decent game. I think one of the problems with this generation is people expect AAA quality out of everything. I see people knock games regularly that score 7s and 8s out of 10 as if they would rather receive reindeer shit instead of those games for Christmas.

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homura
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 9:41:47 AM

For me who loved and enjoyed the first XIII, specially the story, the visual quality and the battle system specially in the last c'ieth mission where it truly shines is greatly disappointed in XIII-2 because it manages to f*uck the story and downgraded the visual quality which I loved in the first game. By the way I'm also into Metal music so I dig the metal chocobo track.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 12:57:01 PM

XIII-2 dropped in quality in every way.

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ZenChichiri
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 7:05:23 PM

@homura: Fair enough. To each their own, I'm the opposite of you. I didn't like XIII but liked XIII-2 ;)

@World: The quality dropped in some areas and were better in others. In terms of story (going with the general consensus here, as I thought the story of XIII was awful) XIII-2 isn't as linear, but you get to know more of the world. You start finding out reasons for things, instead of just "let's run in a straight line to see the next cutscene of the characters talking about how much trouble they're in." The battle system is also better in every way. The ability to change leaders and customize monsters added a much needed layer to what was lacking from XIII.

I gotta agree that in terms of graphics (it still looks great though, this is so nitpicky) yes it did falter compared to its predecessor, but it's so minor. Also the lack of FMV cutscenes obviously should fit under this category.

Back to the story. Noel, Caius, and Yuel are far more interesting than any of the good or bad guys from XIII. The only character I was interested in from XIII was Sazh, because I felt bad for him, and he was actually relatable. Caius was doing all of what he was doing for a very human reason, while in XIII you're left wondering about the bad guys: OK, so what was their motivation? XIII-2 has a couple plot holes, but I was far more interested in the outcomes of the characters throughout the entire game.

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homura
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 8:26:37 PM

Barthandelus a.k.a Lindzei a.k.a Orphan was given one special task, to wake up the maker, Bhunivulzei, when the right time comes.

Maybe It's because I have read these so that's why I love the story in XIII so much.
Here's a link for some of the details.

(http://dilly-shilly.blogspot.com/search/label/Final%20Fantasy%20XIII)

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Red 5
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 11:40:03 PM
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Hi:
Hehehehe, this is just CRAP from Square Enix, if true. Maybe it's time to let SquareSoft Rest in Peace and put our eyes on someone else like Demon's Souls Developers???
Red 5.

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Mog
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 12:41:33 AM
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I WANT KINGDOM HEARTS 3 !!!!!!!!!!!!

Square can easily gain my trust again if they just give us KH3.

please square...

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Oxvial
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 1:31:14 AM
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I never bought any FFXIII game, sucks that I'm into the minority, this madness needs to stop.

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 3:18:57 AM
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It is inevitable. Had they made a proper conclusion in XIII-2 I would have been happy, but there is nothing worse than an incomplete series (I'm sure Shenmue fans can sympathise with me there...). So XIII-3 will happen and it had better conclude it in the game, not through DLC set after the game.

I won't lie, I only want it out of a form of order. I was content with XIII-1 alone. I enjoyed XIII-2, but it was far from the standard I expect from Final Fantasy. Like many others I just want a new Final Fantasy all together (XV).

Also vsXIII... well surely we must get a release date from this event. I would be content with a 2013 summer release & 2014 spring/summer for XIII-3. Then there is Type-0... Which seems like it might stay a Japan exclusive forever...

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ProfPlayStation
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 3:32:35 AM
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The only solution: Stop Buying These Games!!

SE only cares about the bottom line, and not whiny forum posts. No matter how intense your morbid curiosity may be, no matter how quickly it drops in price, just stop buying it! I could purchase FFXIII-2 new for under $15 right now, but I will not. I will not contribute to the destruction of this series by rewarding SE in any way. It will only continue to get worse while people are giving them money.

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Clamedeus
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 2:50:05 PM

I don't know if that would help or not. SE seems like they are very out of touch this gen, i honestly don't think they will recover from this anytime soon.

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trumpetmon65
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 4:40:39 AM
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I'm enjoying ff XIII-2 right now, but I only payed 20 bucks for it too. Maybe that's why. Either way, I'd like to see something that's more in line with ff IX with the battle system with xiii or xiii-2 with maybe a little more feeling of effect going on. The battles are pretty, but they have a tendency to just throw away each action into one big thing. the game can be a little too shiny too. Throw in some grit and rusted metal with a good story set up like XII. though I might be the only person I know that really liked the story and characters in XII. Awesome

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___________
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 5:34:25 AM
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honestly, is anyone surprised?
$E has gone beyond the sinking ship!
they are so hell bent on destroying their company they are not even worth saving, or caring about any more!

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telly
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 8:54:08 AM
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Only slightly sarcastic question -- am I missing something here? Why does SE insist on making more on more games based on FF XIII? Did anyone, anywhere, ask for these? I'm seriously blown away by their commitment to this one FF universethat is, IMHO, lousy.

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Jaylynn
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 9:45:24 AM
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Hey Square Enix how about you announce when Versus 13 will be out and layoff FFXIII-3 for a bit.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 1:00:49 PM
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I bet they are just going to fold FFVersus into FFXIII-3 so gamers who wanted Versus and hate XIII will be forced to buy it.

I will buy FFXIII-3, I will purposefully purchase it used so they will not see dime 1 of my money.

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Ninja_WafflesXD
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 2:54:00 PM
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Me. Don't. Want.



Where's Versus XIII??? T.T

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Drake_RB3
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 3:15:12 PM
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If it is FF XIII-3, it's a Day None Purchase for me.

FFX was the last FF I truly enjoyed. Ah the days of playing FF2 on the SNES seem so long ago.

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JohnnyKey
Thursday, August 02, 2012 @ 3:23:56 PM
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Wow...really?

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Widow Maker
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 12:05:55 PM
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The only two FF I didn't care for was 9 and 11. I've been playing video games since PONG. Yes, I had that game as a kid, the Atari 2600, pixels that didn't even REMOTELY look like what they represented. This gen BLOWS my socks off, the trouble is that everyone expects to see something groundbreaking and innovative from every single last game....not gonna happen. What many are missing is that these games (even if they are crap) are fantastic.

While I do admit the storyline seems a little washed out, not NEAR as bad as FF X-2. Geez..clothes? REALLY? I looked past the silliness, and played on. All of these games are marvels in their own right, impossible to have been made not even 10 years ago; this gen has surprised me, delighted me, and restored my faith in life, the universe, and everything....sorta. I'm not saying buy something if you hate it, no, I'm stating to view them as the marvels they are; there is a rather vast assortment of things to see, do, and conquer, blow up, slice up, get bloody, get nasty, and never leave your own couch. Like I said, I've been gaming since day one, and I see some great stories, characters, and worlds that never would have been otherwise.

Oh, if you're curious..I do have wall scrolls of XIII on my game room wall, two as a matter of fact, and yes, I'll get the third installment...whether it belongs in an iconic spot on my shelf game play will tell, I'd rather read the book than judge it's cover.

Peace....

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Omnipro
Sunday, August 05, 2012 @ 10:57:45 PM
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I got bored with 13-2 and with the pokemon BS they added I don't have time to level and manage pets. I just want a preset party. I know I could stick with one pet and play the game, but when I find a better mob\pet it irritate me I want to level and optimize my party.
It is easy for S/E to make sequels for this game than to make Versus or a new Final Fantasy, because all they have to do is reuse and tweak the engine add new story, a little new content and re-release the game.
I think Xiii-3 will be the last or S/E my be literally hunted down by fans.

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