During an interview with Square Enix Members, Motomu Toriyama said that the follow-up to Final Fantasy XIII will have a storyline that is easier to understand, and they learned from XIII’s difficulties to explain complex concepts in the universe.
â€śAs far as the story of Final Fantasy XIII is concerned,” Toriyama said, “the most important mission for us was to express the gameâ€™s unique universe â€” including lâ€™Cie and falâ€™Cie â€” and therefore some difficult terms had to be used in the story-telling. We have taken a lesson from it and employed a different story-telling style for Final Fantasy XIII-2.â€ť
â€śThe basic elements of the Final Fantasy XIII universe continue to be present as the backdrop while the story now centres around Time Paradox, a more familiar form of mystery.”
â€śMeanwhile, we have taken strong inspirations from one-shot TV dramas and opted for a different plot structure where smaller pieces of drama take place quickly one after another. As a result of these changes, the Final Fantasy XIII-2 story has turned out to have a glimpse of a more contemporary drama and is easier to follow in comparison to Final Fantasy XIII.â€ť