Final Fantasy XIII-2 Historiacross system detailed
posted on 09.06.11 at 06:56 AM EDT by (@salromano)
What year are we in now, Doc?

Weekly Jump revealed the secret behind Noel’s presence in Final Fantasy XIII-2. This week’s Dengeki PlayStation ties it all together. The sequel will introduce a “Historiacross” system, which allows players to travel back and forth through time.

Each area in Final Fantasy XIII-2 has a “gate” which players can access to travel through time. Opening the gate requires “O-Parts,” which can be tracked down with the help of Noel’s Moogle.

A pair screenshots in the magazine show the Bresha Ruins. In the year AF005, the ruins are decorated with greenery. In the year AF300, it has become a barren wasteland. Another screenshot shows the text “Fragment 0/8” on screen. A final image shows the player calling the main and save menus at the time travel gate.

Like Jump, Dengeki also has details on Lightning, who is now a knight protecting the goddess Etro in Valhalla. Noel met Lightning, and appeared before Serah to change the future, where he is the last man remaining. He tells Serah that Lightning is waiting for her.

Screenshots show Lightning and Odin fighting Bahamut, and field images of the temple of the goddess in Valhalla.

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  • Ow Nice
    But i Wonder Noel Sis Fang ?
    I Hope is Right

  • FaithlessMr

    Chrono Fantasy XIII-2 ftw!!

    But in all seriousness, this is perhaps one of the things that has made me the most excited for this game so far. It kinda proves that at least SE is making an effort to improve on what we got in the original FF XIII. It’s ambitious, and I hope they can pull this off nicely.

    Squaresoft has shown us before that they can work with time travelling in their rpgs, so it’s time they put that to work and make it happen for this one ;)

    • abful

      @FaithlessMr: Don’t hold your breath, Toriyama is still the Writer, set your expectations pretty low. That guy can’t write even if his life depended on it. Once they fire that hack and get someone decent that can write, that is when you should expect anything from SE.

      • FaithlessMr

        I don’t think he’s that bad :P

      • kazziyan

        @abful: I really don’t think he’s that bad. I understand his concepts and what hes trying to show and I love it. Some really cool concepts. Personally his writing isn’t bad at all.

  • NCloud

    I just want Fang back.

    • FaithlessMr

      She’s actually Noel now, sorry to disappoint you :P

  • Luccie85

    I want all the girls back, just leave the boys a side

  • Very very interesting. Can’t wait to find out WHAT did Lightning do before protecting the goddess. And i want to know where’s the rest of the characters as well!

  • DGM09

    At first, you read the title and see “Historiacross” and think “Well, that reminds me of Radiant Historia”. Then you continue reading and the system really is the same concept behind Radiant Historia. Oh, Square.

    • Sal Romano

      @DGM09: Really? I read it and thought:

  • Zohar127

    Every time I read about some new system in the FF franchise and the stupid name they give it it makes me want to go on a 30 page tangent about how out of touch and alienating the franchise is becoming to it’s international audience.

    FFXIII had such a great set up, so many great ideas and themes. It was like a perfect fill in the blanks, only in all of the parts where the writer had to fill in the blanks he instead took a dump on the paper.

    In every opportunity where the writer had the chance to tell a meaningful, relevant, deep, interesting and intellectually challenging story, he instead chose to insert the most cliched, useless brain dead anime/jpop BS he could find. The same goes with the characters.

    If I ever have to listen to Snow or Hope give some dumbass soliloquy again about hope or love or friendship I’m going to slit my wrists.