Dengeki Playstation recently covered a few bits of new information regarding Downloadable Content and new gameplay systems for the upcoming game.
Producer Yoshinori Kitase has confirmed that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be receiving more add-on content than previously though. Speaking in an interview with Dengeki Playstation, Kitase outlined tentative DLC plans. They essentially hope to release at least two updates containing several pieces of content every month from release. Kitase couldn’t comment on price yet, but said that there will be a fair balance between quality and cost that will appeal to fans.
In addition to costumes and weapons, Kitase says there will also be cases where you purchase a monster that, once defeated, will net you a new item or weapon. In the sense, some “gameplay” DLC is involved.
We’ve already learned that DLC costumes will show up in the games real time cutscenes. Kitase elaborated on this even further, saying that weapons should as well. It’s something they’re currently finalizing as a team.
This interview applies to the Japanese market, though it will likely apply to the overseas versions as well.
As far as Gameplay systems go, they told us the names of two new systems being added: Summon Raid and Synchro Drive.
Summon Raid is basically the monster hunting/capturing component of the game. In battles, a certain percentage of defeated monsters will turn into crystals once you defeat them. This percentage is dependent on the type of monster.
Summon Raid can hold up to three monsters, each with a specific role (such as Commando, Ravager, Medic, etc). When you shift Paradigms in battle, monsters will automatically switch with you depending on said roles.
Synchro Drive is a special move set for captured monsters. When you build this gauge up in battle under certain conditions, it allows you to trigger a powerful attack. This is usually carried out by a sequence of quick time button presses.
Dengeki also touched on a couple of new story details. Snow and Serah haven’t gotten married yet, and since the end of Final Fantasy XIII, they’ve lived together for two years. Main antagonist Caius is said to be the strongest Final Fantasy villian in the series. The girl you see following him around in the recent trailers is Yeul.