At the recent Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix announced a custom PS3 for Final Fantasy XIII-2 and confirmed that there would be downloadable content up for grabs for its upcoming RPG sequel. The company has now announced more details about the game, outlining its preorder and DLC deals for both North America and Japan.
In the US, if gamers preorder the game at GameStop, they will receive an in-game alternate costume for main character Serah. Players who preorder the game through Amazon.com will receive an in-game unique coliseum battle against a boss named Omega. If beaten, the beast will join the player's party. Role-playing game fans who preorder the title at Best Buy outlets will receive a Final Fantasy XIII Episode i novella book that bridges the story gap between Final Fantasy XIII and its sequel.
In Japan, Noel's alternate in-game costume, in addition to Serah's costume and the Omega battle, will be available for purchase and download right after the game's release in the country on December 15.
The company is also offering preorder download codes for gamers who reserve a copy at certain places in Japan. Gamers who preorder the title at Lawsons or HMV will get a download code for Serah's angel bow that converts the damage it deals to foes into health for her. RPG enthusiasts who order the game through Square Enix's Japan online store will get a download code for Noel's calamity blade, which quickly recharges the character's in-game ATB gauge. Square Enix has yet to reveal the price and release date of the DLC.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be out in North America on January 31, 2012, and in Japan on December 15 this year for the Xbox 360 and PS3. For more information, check out GameSpot's recent preview at TGS 2011.