If you were to take a stroll down the streets of downtown Shinjuku, Japan, you'd be hard-pressed to identify which inconspicuous office tower was home to Final Fantasy. There are not gigantic bahamut statues or neon signs indicating that the uncontested king of JRPGs sits within the nondescript building. During a recent trip to Japan to check out Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Game Informer issue #219), Square Enix allowed me a quick peek around their office.

Embark on a photo tour featuring developers hard at work on FF XIII-2, quirky desk decorations, and some behind the scenes art. 

(left to right) producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, art director Isamu Kamikokuryo, and battle director Yuusuke Matsui sign copes of Final Fantasy XIII to raise money for Japan disaster relief

Tons of cubicles are home to hard-working game makers

Adorable plushes are never far from sight

The terrible Tonberry and crafty Cactuar finally join forces