Square Enix pulled back the curtain this weekend and revealed a ton of new details for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Chief among them is the game world’s navigation system, the Historia Crux, which allows Noel and Serah to travel to different locations and time periods via the use of in-game Artefacts. Depending on when you visit each area, you may come across unique equipment for your party, or radically alter events and change the course of the game’s narrative.
In an interview, Final Fantasy XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama revealed a few more details about the use of the Historia Crux system
- The Historia Crux branches off into multiple different routes depending on the player’s choices.
- Player’s actions can unlock new turning points to new futures, forming the basis for multiple endings.
- Characters from Final Fantasy XIII will show up in the past and the future.
- Sidequests will be available from the very beginning of the game.
- It will be possible to replay time periods using upgraded equipment.
If that’s not enough to get you interested, take a look at these gorgeous new screenshots.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is scheduled for release in Japan during Q4 2011, and should hit North American shores shortly after.