Most Final Fantasy games are standalone stories with only thematic elements and game mechanics in common. But on a few occasions, Square Enix has seen fit to do direct sequels. Final Fantasy VII has had a few across several media. Final Fantasy X got one on PS2. Final Fantasy XII got one on DS. Final Fantasy IV got one on PSP. And now Final Fantasy XIII is getting one on PS3 and 360.

We've known this for a while, of course, but what we haven't known much about is the actual story of the game. Square Enix has given a few details today ahead of the game putting in an appearance at E3 next week.

The game takes place a few years after Final Fantasy XIII's borderline-nonsensical conclusion, and former protagonist Lightning is nowhere to be seen. Her sister Serah decides to set out and look for her, encounters a character called Noel who saves her from monsters. The pair begin searching for Lightning who, to quote our own Kat Bailey, now "looks like a character from Soul Calibur," albeit one with less pneumatic breasts.

Although FFXIII-2 will be on show at E3, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0 are absent, and there's no sign of the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV, if anyone is still interested. Other titles from Square at the show include Dead Island, Deus Ex, Tomb Raider, Hitman: Absolution, Dungeon Siege III, Wakfu and Heroes of Ruin.

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