Wait, what? Where did you get that from? FFXIII-2 setting is Gran Pulse and the time-travel aspect concerns it's future. Valhalla is where Lightining is and was in hinted at FFXIII's datalog. Cocoon itself is still around too, only it's crashed into the ground. This basically the first info we got when SE started detailing the game.
Doesn't sound much different than your typical FF game.
Ah, right, I should've kept in mind this IS Thoren.
... Still, there's the concept of exploring how humanity re-establishes itself after being coddled by machine gods for generations (upon generations?), which can be hard to do justice in the context of a game or at least an immediate sequel. Instead, we have some crazy time traveling stuff and Lightning being in Valhalla and whatever
. Just deliver on the gameplay and I'll ignore how hockey the story is. Well, and as long as it isn't TOO painful narratively.
It's actually the part I'm most interested in since it's very radical change for people who lived such pampered lives on Cocoon. IIRC, Toriyama stated eariler on thatt expanding the world-view would be one of key-themes of the game.
Is better not going expecting much with a game with Motomu Toriyama as the director of the project.
On the contrary he's made one best gameplay heavy FF since FFV, FFX-2.
You might not want to take his posts too seriously, though I can't blame you since others did as well. My advice is to keep your expectations low as far as the story is concerned but I think that goes without saying.
Don't worry, knowing Toriyama's track record as far writing is concerned my expectations pretty low on that front too. That said, FFXIII-2's overall plot itself should be ok/decent as FFX-2's (finding Tidus and learning Spira's history etc) was.
So, what's the plot of XIII-2 anyway? I haven't follow this game too closely but for what I know there is something with Gods, time travel (really?), stupid haircuts, sugar and rainbows and *gaps* exploration... or at least the illusion of it.
Other than that, I don't have a clue of what really this is going to be. Not that I'm going to buy it or anything but you know what they say; the more you know
The basic premise more or, less goes like this, 3 years have past since the events of FFXIII and former Cocoon residents are in the midst of rebuilding and adjusting to new lives on Pulse. Lightning has been missing without a trace ever since Cocoon's fall and most people save Serah have concluded she's likely dead, oddly enough completely forgetting about her.
Recently strange events like meteors crashing and spawning strange monsters (FFV anyone?) are causing havoc everywhere. Serah's town is one of those that gets attacked and she's then saved by mysterious man named Noel (and a moogle named Mog) who not only claims that he comes from the future, but that he knows where Lightning is and how she's connected to the monsters as well as him. This gives Serah a glimmer of hope after years and journeys with him to meet long lost sister and Noel to save his own time.
The setup is basically a mixture of elements from FFV and X-2 at this point.