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Final Fantasy X|X-2′s ending voice drama takes place a year after FFX-2 By Erren Van Duine on July 9, 2013 at 4:01 AM

The latest update on Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD comes from Japanese magazines this week.

As previously reported, the HD update will have a bit of a bonus in the form of a 30 minute audio drama written by series composition writer, Kazushige Nojima. In contrast to what was said at Japan Expo, it seems players will not have to enjoy the extra content.

This new story is said to take place one year following the events of Final Fantasy X-2 and will feature all new characters. Square Enix is also preparing illustrations to accompany the episode, in place of actual cutscenes. Although the games are being split up for PS Vita, the audio drama will be available for both console and handheld releases.

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  • Mike Nieto

    Wow, this is pretty interesting. I wonder what it is about.

  • Protosin

    Weird… Is this gonna be some sort of FFX-3 preview?

  • Randy Marsh

    So I am assuming this is what Toriyama meant by the old cast returning for additional recording, since Tidus is appearing in the drama. Also I am guessing they will be replacing Last Mission with this? Kind of sad that Last Mission’s cutscenes might be rendered non-canon now, since the cutscenes sort of expanded Rikku and Paine’s characters.

  • William_Spike

    I am confused. So this will feature only new characters and Tidus? No Yuna? There goes my excitement :(

    And why would Last Mission be replaced by this? LM doesnt take place a whole year after X-2 I think. this audio drama can easily take place after Last Mission. I still hope Last Mission is included

  • Azuardo

    Why are people assuming it’s replacing Last Mission? Am I missing something? :/

  • Noctis Caelum

    The first thing i thought what the ending could be was,
    Tidus and Yuna have a baby together.

    Just like Wakka and Lulu with their baby in one of the ending in FF X-2.

  • OmegaSin

    They are going to officialize the connection between VII and X. Fuck. I can feel it.

  • NikkiCola

    I really don’t think so. After X-2 came out, many diehard fans (like me, but hey I was 12, lol) screamed for a X-3. I really don’t see them using their time on a X-3 because they ended the story nicely. Tidus was back, Yuna was happy and the world was safe.
    Now, what would be pretty sweet is like a prequel, by that I mean going back and playing as Braska, Jecht and Auron. That’s just a little dream of mine though so the chances of that happening are zero, haha.

  • NikkiCola

    No, it’s just people assuming from what I can tell.
    Remember to never assume, it makes an ass out of u and me.
    Get it? ;)

  • Azuardo

    Thank you :p Thought I was going mad.

  • Sapientia

    Why does everyone get so excited over the whole Shinra thing? Can’t it just be an easter egg, nothing more? I’m genuinely curious.

  • Lucis Ornitier

    FFXIII ended nicely but unfortunately that didn’t stop Toriyama from making not one, but two sequels for it. And he was the director of FFX-2. Oh please don’t let FFX-3 be his next game after Lightning Returns.

  • NikkiCola

    I can bet you money that there will be no FFX-3. They ended it with the world safe and everyone happy and back together. This 30 minute drama is probably fluff for the fangirls like moi who want to see even more happiness.

    FFXIII-2 probably wasn’t needed but it was a good game. LR is really needed thanks to the ending from XIII-2. If they ended the second game with hearts and rainbows like X-2 did, LR would not exist.

  • Joshua

    Audio drama? One year later? All new characters? Kind of weird as X and X-2 ended just fine. But I guess we’ll get to hang around Spira just a little bit longer than last time, so I’m fine with that in the end.

  • OmegaSin

    I’m not excited. I hate the idea of two different-numbered Final Fantasy being in the same universe. Fuck that shit.

  • Sapientia

    What’s your problem? I’ve seen no logical explanation so far as to why you’d go so far as hating the idea, from FFVII and X, to XIV and LR:FFXIII.

  • OmegaSin

    I just think it’s dumb. It feels forced, as if done with nothing more than fan-service in mind. Lightning in XIV is also incredibly dumb, and is nothing more than fan-service.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I really hope they don’t. I really hate that whole idea. It feels really, I dunno, irritating almost ?? to know that numbered FFs are related. I like my universes separated thank you very much.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I don’t generally feel like saying this, but the ending of XIII was in no way a nice or complete ending. As with Final Fantasy X, it was abrupt and lacked any real explanations or feeling of finality. It could have been left as it was, with the fate of the people moving to Pulse up to your own imagination, but the ending wasn’t really something that you could go “And then it was over”. The same feeling overwhelmed me with Final Fantasy X: Sure, we’d reached the end of the game, but it felt flat. Too quick, issues left unresolved, and a brand new world to face.A

    X-2, on the other hand, felt complete once I got the perfect ending. Tidus was home, the issues were resolved, and I knew Spira was marching in the right direction for sure. I have a feeling LR will do the same thing for the XIIIverse.

  • SazhKatzroy

    I remember I was left wanting more when first experiencing XIII’s ending. I had a gut feeling in the Spring of 2010 that there would be another story given the facts of XIII’s content via the Analects, and how the human race would continue. They chose a unique way of going forward, but I think they fleshed out XIII-2 pretty good when considering the circumstances of the team attempting to stop Space Pope’s plan to force open the gate. They did explain the ending of XIII in cutscenes for those that didn’t bother reading the Datalog too, but in turn generated more mystery during and after XIII-2′s story.

    Getting back to the story of X though, I completely agree with you :P

  • http://www.4pgames.net/ Rhys

    Considering that the connection can be more or less ignored… What’s the issue? Just don’t watch the extra scenes, problem solved. The connection is more like fanservice than anything. Even if they make it more official, it doesn’t change the games themselves, so…

  • Sapientia

    You think it’s dumb, forced, and because of fanservice. Okay. Moving on to your last comment, Yoshida clearly stated that the two development teams were tight-knit, and I actually believe it for once. I think the idea of including Lightning in FFXIV is very risky, but if it’s not intruding too much on the game world of XIV too much, I don’t see the problem. Hell, didn’t XIV’s dev team make an outfit for Lightning from XIV’s cat lady (can’t remember her name)? All I’m saying is, we should just wait, see how things play out, then decide if it’s “dumb” or not.

  • Lucis Ornitier

    There’s definitely that “That’s it?” moment for me too at the end of FFXIII. But I also felt it ended nicely for the characters since most of them got their happy endings. But if I have to compare FFXIII’s ending to FFX’s, I’d say I like FFX’s ending a whole lot more.

    Yeah, it would’ve been great to have a FFXIII sequel with our heroes and/or new characters traveling around Pulse, learning about the history of the world as they help people build their new lives in their new home. FFXIII-2: War of Transgression would’ve been fine too. In the end, I was a little disappointed with the direction Toriyama went with for FFXIII-2 to be honest.

    About the new FFX voice drama, you can’t blame me for thinking it has something to do with a new FFX sequel. It has been a decade since FFX-2 came out and it had a proper ending so why do we get another ending that takes place one year after that? SE even gathered the original voice cast for it too.

  • OmegaSin

    So when Lucas introduced his fanbase to midichloriens, they were simply supposed to “ignore” that scene instead of being disappointed and angry ? That’s not how this works. You can’t just pretend that something isn’t canonical when it is.

  • Aoi Tsuki

    You need to calm yourself.

  • Aoi Tsuki

    To me, knowing that there was a possibility that the seperate FFs could be connected in a way makes me curious and I want to know more :D

  • Alexis Crockett

    I am kind of curious too to see how they’d make it work, but I just don’t like the idea. I’ve grown up loving the idea that each Final Fantasy was it’s own beautiful universe. It makes it feel unique, because every other game series I know of just reuses the same ideas and characters, but Final Fantasy has never done that (in the main numbers). If they put X and VII together, it would kind of hurt that feeling for me. Seems kind of senseless in retrospect, but that’s how I feel. Nostalgia, I guess.

    I get the feeling people feel I’m being a party pooper or something…