With less than a week until Square-Enix unveils its current workings to the world, it was only a matter of time before something leaked out ahead of time. Amazingly, we’ve gone until now with complete silence. Not a single word has been breathed regarding the content reveals for the 1st Production Department Premiere, outside of the Square-Enix home base.
Interestingly enough, two days ago on January 11, 2011, the domain finalfantasy13-2game.com was registered, as discovered by Twitter user superannuation. Said domain was registered under Corporation Service Company, who in the past has registered multiple domains for Square-Enix properties, such as Nier, Mind Jack, and Front Mission Evolved. The current official European website for Final Fantasy XIII is titled finalfantasy13game.com, so this new information is sounding more and more real.
The question is, however, what does it all mean? Well, it could mean nothing. Perhaps Square is just grabbing the domain name before anyone else can. Someone already owns finalfantasyxiii-2.com so they definitely lost out on that one. The North American branch has yet to register any sort of related domain, and the lack of any recent Japanese trade marks could also imply that it’s just a placeholder.
On the other hand, Final Fantasy XIII-2 could be real. We may find out as early as next week, but would that really be the best thing for Square to do in their current climate? Final Fantasy XIII has a stigma about it as a lot of fans were ultimately disappointed in the game as a whole. Add to it the fact that it has literally been years since Final Fantasy Agito XIII and Final Fantasy Versus XIII had any real information revealed about them, announcing another game in the FABULA series so soon would do more to damage fan’s trust in Square-Enix than help it. A sequel so soon looks nothing more than a quick, unnecessary cash-in.
Speaking to RPGSite.net, Square-Enix Europe has said they won’t comment on rumor or speculation. Their silence could mean nothing, or it could mean everything.