Final Fantasy XIII-2 inspired by Read Dead Redemption

By on June 9, 2011

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 makers Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama said that they were inspired by Red Dead Redemption’s open-world environments and random ‘anywhere’ missions, and have incorporated much of it in their upcoming RPG.

“Among the millions of games that came out last year, Red Dead Redemption was adored by a lot of Japanese developers, including ourselves,” Toriyama said in an interview with RPGSite.

“Our game is not as open-field as that game, obviously. We did take some inspirations, however. For example, missions can happen anywhere rather than having to go to a certain shrine, or base or something, and that’s from them. In this game you see lots and lots of chocobos and you can ride them. The kind of feeling you get as you ride the chocobo, it’s a bit like the way you ride a horse.

“It’s a really refreshing feel good experience, and that’s one thing we learned from the game.”

The duo also confirmed multiple-endings for the game, a first in the series, though they couldn’t divulge more information until TGS this year.

“There isn’t an awful lot I can tell you on this subject, but we have changed that structure, because obviously people didn’t like it—there is a new one. For details on that, we’ll have to wait until TGS, but one thing I can tell you is that for the first time in the Final Fantasy series, XIII-2 will have multiple endings.”

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is slated to release sometime next for the PS3 and Xbox 360.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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