Square Enix has told Final Fantasy XIII fans it's probably a good idea to keep hold of their save files if they plan to play direct sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 – there could be a surprise in store for them if they do.

Exactly what the surprise is, however, is unknown. All we know is the development team is investigating the possibility of giving something to players who have save data in place.

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by Andriasang), Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama revealed more details on the hotly anticipated Japanese role-playing game.

Kitase and Toriyama divulge story details that discuss the ending of Final Fantasy XIII throughout, so beware of spoilers.

The role-playing game features a brand-new story and an evolved battle system. It will be a darker tale than Final Fantasy X-2, the last direct Final Fantasy sequel.

Final Fantasy X-2, released around two years after FFX on PS2, followed X's Yuna and her friends Rikku and Paine in more of an action-adventure style than usual, a move that proved intriguing to some but still divisive.

XIII-2 sounds as though it will stick closer to the XIII template in combat terms, although some changes to the battle system will be unveiled later in development.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is due out for PS3 and Xbox 360 in PAL territories next winter.

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