Final Fantasy XIII-2 First to Use Western Testers
According to producer Yoshinori Kitase, Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the first game by the Japanese development team to use western testers in the development process.
Kitase did not give a specific reason for using western testers (from North America and Europe), only stating that “We always used to contact test gamers, but never before those from the west. … We collected opinions and perceptions, so we really know the opinions of all gamers, and can express them in the game.”
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is currently on-sale in Japan, and is coming to the 360 and PS3 on January 31st for North America, and February 3rd for Europe.