Similar to the White Final Fantasy 13 PS3 Bundle, the Final Fantasy XIII-2 PlayStation 3 Lightning Edition version 2 console's character design is also done by Tetsuya Nomura.
To quote from Andriasang.com (linked above): "Square Enix announced today a final release date of December 15 for Final Fantasy XIII-2. Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game will be priced ¥7,980.
The PS3 version will also be released as part of a hardware bundle called 'PlayStation 3 Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning Edition Ver. 2.' Priced ¥37,960, this includes a 320 gigabyte hard drive.
Overseas, the game will be released in North America and Asia on January 31. The European release is set for February 3. Square Enix did not say if the special PS3 will be released outside of Japan."
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I'm a bit of a FF fan. I've finished all the Final Fantasy's in the main series (US releases). I enjoyed pretty much them all, particularly VII, X and XII. I even played the two online games XI (several years before I quit) and XIV (which sucked hard).
I also liked XIII, but it didn't feel like a part of the FF series until post-game, at which point it opens right up with quests and challenges. Oddly enough, the post-game stuff easily takes longer than the game itself. I think I was around 120 hours in when I finally got my platinum trophy.
Anyway, I'm pretty stoked about XIII-2. So far the previews look great, I just hope they don't do anything goofy like they did with their other "sequel" X-2 (which was still fun, just weird).