I dunno if you've already seen this but squeenix emailed me it today and i am now super excited. Also I noticed that it's now going to be released early 2012 instead of late 2011. Nothing ever comes out on time.
Technically, that's still winter, which is all they said. I kinda figured it might be early next year we'd be getting it. REGARDLESS, I already saw the trailer, and all I can say is DO WANT. Playable Lightning for sure? Yesplease. And I'm in love with the cinematic fighting - that was one of my favorite things about KHII's battles, so I love seeing it in XIII-2. <3
Curious why Lightning can still summon Odin when she's not a l'Cie anymore, but~ Eidolons do seem to have a connection with Etro, since they have words on them in the Etro script, so maybe it has something to do with Light's connection to her?
I'm convinced that the other three non-crystal l'Cie are in whatever Etro-knight boat that Lightning is, hence the reason we don't see them yet and why Serah has Snow's necklace thing (and probably why NORA is apparently protecting her, too). At least, that's what would make sense. Square doesn't like making sense.
But if they whore Serah off with random dude number fifty two there I'ma kick 'em square in the nuts. D<
EDIT: Oh, and there's a big gameplay video now if anyone wants a link.
I don't think it's going to be possible for the same thing to have happened to the others, since there was something only released in Japan that covered the time right after the end of XIII. Don't know if you can find a full translation anywhere, but summaries are on FFwiki - seems like Lightning went off right after the ending to look for a way to do something about Fang and Vanille, and disappeared into some kind of...something. I'M TIRED OKAY. ;_;
Gonna have to watch the gameplay video after I get home later!