Even with the incredibly wordy teaser, what do we know about Final Fantasy XIII-2 really? Yeah, not freaking much, when you think about it. Recently, however, Square Enix producer Yoshinori Kitase and game director Motomu Toriyama did reveal a bit more to Japanese publication Dengeki, specifically touching on the direct sequel's shift in mood and storytelling.
According to them, Final Fantasy XIII-2 will have a darker feel to it, in contrast to SqEnix's last attempt at a direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2. The game picks up right where XIII ended and boasts a more mysterious, less straightforward plot, plus returning characters who have undergone some "major and unexpected" changes between the XIII and XIII-2.
While the XIII-2 development team is mostly keeping quiet about gameplay, they did promise a more "evolved" combat system" and mentioned the possibility of Easy mode, which was first introduced to the Ultimate Hits International version. Interestingly enough, the Dengeki interview also included a note explaining that the devs are factoring in criticisms from both Japanese and Western audiences.