A quick reminder to all of the diehard role-playing game fans out there: Square Enix has released its Final Fantasy XIII-2 demo onto both Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network.
The trial section pits players into a battle against an incredibly powerful foe named Atlas, who has appeared through a time anomaly. It pits Serah and Noel (a new character) into battle in the Bresha Ruins, where there are multiple pathways to explore.
Fans can look forward to cinematic battle sequences, as well as a chance to test out the new Paradigm Pack system, which allows defeated enemies to be enlisted into the user’s party.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released in North America on January 31.
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 PLAYABLE DEMO
AVAILABLE TODAY FOR XBOX 360 AND THE PLAYSTATION®3 SYSTEM
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 10, 2012) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, announced that a playable demo for FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 is available today for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
The FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 demo takes place in Bresha Ruins, with new character Noel and returning character Serah pitted against a gigantic and powerful adversary called Atlas. Atlas has mysteriously appeared due to an anomaly in time and space. The demo allows the player to experience many gameplay features and enhancements made after FINAL FANTASY XIII, including cinematic action sequences in battles and environments with multiple areas and paths to explore. The brand-new Paradigm Pack System is also available in the demo, giving players the opportunity to enlist defeated enemies into their party and develop them alongside Serah and Noel.
“The demo provides an excellent opportunity for players to try out the evolved battle system and fully explore an entire area of the game,” said Yoshinori Kitase, producer of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2. “We are very pleased to give our fans the chance to see the multitude of game improvements for themselves.”
About FINAL FANTASY XIII-2
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is the sequel to FINAL FANTASY XIII, which has shipped 6.2 million units worldwide since its release in March 2010. The sequel has evolved beyond its predecessor, with an extraordinary level design encouraging exploration, an enhanced battle system allowing players to command monsters and a variety of options that support multiple playthroughs of various areas.
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 will be available at North American retailers for $59.99 on Jan. 31, 2012. FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 Official Homepage: http://na.square-enix.com/ffxiii-2
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2’s Official Facebook® Page: http://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIII
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About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 59 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.