Final Fantasy XIII sold fairly well in the West, but it was not as well received critically as previous entries in the franchise for a variety of reasons. While Square Enix has admitted that the focus testing with Westerners was done too late to affect the overall arch of Final Fantasy XIII‘s development, Final Fantasy XIII-2 producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama said that they’re taking oversees comments to heart about the characters, story, and interface.

They were also keen to stress that Final Fantasy XIII-2 won’t have a pop feel like the first Final Fantasy direct sequel, Final Fantasy X-2. The story, which naturally continues that of Final Fantasy XIII, is said to have a darker, more mysterious feel to it with a revamped battle system.

Source: Siliconera