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22 September 2011 @ 03:15 am
According to Famitsu: Hope is actually 24 years old in XIII-2, still remains flawless  

When Serah and Noel meet Hope Estheim in Final Fantasy XIII-2 it’s a lot later in the timeline than we’ve previously expected. Ten years after the events of Final Fantasy XIII, Hope is 24 years old and leading an investigation expedition. Supposedly this is linked to the operation we’ve seen in the Bresha Ruins.

Caius (Yes, that’s how you spell it) is undoubtedly Lightning’s rival, and his evil influence is the world of Pulse and Cocoon as well as Valhalla. There’s a scene in the trailer where Lightning is covered in black smoke, which is apparently an occurrence of “Chaos”.

The game will feature many scenes with Quick Time Event prompts, but don’t worry if you fail a few. The game will be rather lenient in this approach, and via the Historia Crux, it seems you’ll be able to “redo” any major scenes that went awry. Some scenes will include violence, but not on the level of Final Fantasy Type-0.

As we previously reported, you can change your party leader at will in battle this time around. It’s also confirmed that if your party leader dies, there will be no game over. It also appears the game’s Crystarium does not have a “cap” for growth.

Source: http://www.finalfantasy.net/xiii-2/hope-lot-older-final-fantasy-xiii2/

ETA: 10 years? Looks like Serah and Noel get a little trigger-happy with the time traveling at some point. :p

feé: ff ◦ they tell a thousand storiesryfee on September 22nd, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
10 years? Wow. o_O

I wonder if Lightning doesn't age that much? Because then I might actually start shipping her with Hope
Nausicaa: <final fantasy> fangnausicaa83 on September 22nd, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
you can change your party leader at will in battle this time around. It’s also confirmed that if your party leader dies, there will be no game over.

♛ Kazuki ♛: [Oerba Yun Fang] Heroinevainilla on September 24th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
purplecarrot88: hope standing tallpurplecarrot88 on September 22nd, 2011 09:42 am (UTC)
Uwaa~ Hope is 24! Its like they're giving us a chance to ship him with Lightning!!! :D

... If time traveling can bring us to different points in time...I wonder if its possible to travel in the past (to the time before Fang and Vanille were crystallized)....
Trumpeter of C.C.: + + + on happier daysdebilitate on September 22nd, 2011 10:34 am (UTC)
Mandy Chan: cheersladymade_star on September 22nd, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
Waaaah~! *fangirl-moment*
You made my day (^3^)/~
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`M. elanie ♥: hiphipmellmell on September 22nd, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
/joins in with the other lightning/hope fans. O:

You did this on purpose, right squeenix? YOU TOTALLY WANT US TO SHIP THESE TWO. /shot
`M. elanie ♥mellmell on September 22nd, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Wait, so uhh.... how old is Snow, then? o.o;;;
young anna molly 。luxrays on September 22nd, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
If Serah and Noel meet Snow in the same time period as they do Hope, he would be 31 years old. Not unlikely, since he's always had that sort of older, rugged look to him and appears even older in the trailer he's in. But nothing's been confirmed as of yet.
Mandy Chan: appleladymade_star on September 22nd, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
Aw... no more cute scenes of Hope animore :'3
Hopefully he is looking handsome in the game/movie <33

thnx for posting~! \(^0^)/
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xinyii_xoxinyii_xo on September 22nd, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Well, the encounter with Snow shown in the trailer is supposed to be 2 years after the first game, something that Square Enix recently confirmed.

The sequel takes place 3 years after the first game but you can travel into the future (or past but only up to the Fall of Cocoon) and the future is where you can meet 24 year-old Hope.

(I bet Lightning must be so proud loolol;;;;;)
☾ as free as the wind: lightning <3mutedowl on September 22nd, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
omg akjgdkjdgs Hope is so handsome.
If Lightning doesn't want him - I'll take him.
Maddi: disney princessakingdomkeeper on September 22nd, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
Maybe Hope won't be useless if he's older.
Sonoe: [FFX-2] リュックsonoe on September 23rd, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
eternallight_13eternallight_13 on September 23rd, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
Hmm...the topic title is kind of misleading. Because the original interview from famitsu only stated "The Hope we saw in the latest PV is 24". Noel and Serah have obviously time travelled to a future seven years after the original timeline and met 24 years old Hope there.

Maybe it's just me, I thought the Hope who comes to Noel and Serah's rescue looks a bit younger. (17 years old Hope?)
galileo, after the rain: the limit does not existfornale on October 2nd, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing too. Hope definitely looks younger at the rescue scene. I guess we'll be really seeing different incarnations of the old team due to the time traveling aspect.