Final Fantasy XIII-2?

Yes, it hasn’t even been a week since Final Fantasy XIII‘s western release date. But who doesn’t love rabid, fan-inspired, forward-looking speculation? In a recent interview, FFXIII producer Yoshinori Kitase spoke of many aspects of the game, including its global response, early sales results, and some pointed criticisms at the game’s largely linear play mechanics. But of particular interest were Kitase’s thoughts on a possible sequel: “In the past three years we worked both on the world and on the various systems. Creating these systems isn’t very glamourous and can frankly be a bit boring. If we could do a XIII-2, we could direct all our attention to the story and refine what we have already built.”

This, of course, makes sense – leveraging the already existing technology in FFXIII would allow producers to focus on creativity and artistic innovation for a sequel. But, can RPG fans hope such a game would come to pass?  Quoth Kitase, “That depends on how well the game sells in the West!”