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Final Fantasy XIII-2 'doesn't recycle cut XIII content'

Sequel has a completely new scenario, insists Square

It's been said that enough locations were cut from Final Fantasy XIII to make an entire new game, but according to developer Square Enix it won't be reusing any axed content in upcoming sequel FFXIII-2.

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Speaking to Xbox World 360 magazine, Final Fantasy XIII-2 director Yohinori Kitase was asked about the supposed cuts, to which he said he feels the amount of content removed from the original FFXIII has been misinterpreted.

"I think those comments have been really nadly misinterpreted. The fact is that when making any game you need to come up with lots of different ideas and designs that you weigh up against each other before picking the best one. Obviously in that process a lot of ideas and designs have to be discarded," he explained.

He went on to assure fans that the development team has stayed away from this unused material when working on the sequel.

"We have never knowingly picked up these kind of ideas and recycled them. That's not what we do. It's natural for anyone making games to throw away ideas but the scenario of FFXIII-2 is completely newly written and has no connection to anything we didn't use for FFXIII", he added.

Square Enix has announced Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be released in January next year.

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