“A recent comment from Tetsuya Nomura regarding Final Fantasy XIII-2 has some players excited about the possibility of an early play opportunity. In an interview in this week’s Famitsu (summed up at Sokuho), Nomura said that he believes players will have a chance to try out the game soon.
The question, of course, is what Nomura means by “soon.” Many had expected a playable build to be Square Enix’s main attraction at the Tokyo Game Show, which will be held in mid September, a few months ahead of the game’s December Japanese release.
Although TGS is two months away, he could be referring to it. Or, as early fans of Noel’s good looks must be hoping, perhaps he’s referring to a pre-TGS demo event or even a downloadable demo.
Also in his Famitsu interview, Nomura reiterated the character design division of labor for FFXIII-2. He’s working on the faces for Noel and the new characters. Clothing and other areas are being drawn by Yusuke Naora and Isamu Kamikokuryou. His main role on the game is character design supervision.
Reactions from those who actually played FFXIII-2 at E3 was good, Nomura remarked. He’s disappointed that some are judging it just based off videos from E3, though. He feels that players will truly get the feeling of what the staff is putting into the game when they see it running on actual hardware, and said that the impression when you directly play differs greatly from seeing videos.
Famitsu also spoke briefly with Kamikokuryo, the game’s art director. Kamikokuryo said that he’s currently working on the sketches of the visual that will be shown around the time of the game’s release.”