All you Final Fantasy fans, mark your calendars, because Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be hitting Xbox 360s and PS3s across North America on January 31, 2012. This is a sequel to FF XIII, which I admit I never finished, because I simply lost interest in it. According to Squeenix, this sequel has level design that encourages exploration, which is better than being driven linearly through corridors. The new battle system lets you control monsters, so that could be fun, I guess. Although I'm curious how the game supports "multiple playthroughs." Do they think we all have that many hours to sink into an RPG? I'm lucky if I can finish it once, let alone go back for another 40 hours!
Square Enix also announced that DLC will be available shortly after the release of FFXIII-2, however they won't say what it is, yet. They did reveal that singer Charice will be singing the FFXIII-2 North American theme song, "New World," though, if that's of interest!