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Lightning Returns FFXIII unveiled

Lightning Returns FFXIII unveiled

Square Enix unveiled Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the concluding chapter of the game's eponymous character. First artworks and details await you inside.

Press release:



SQUARE ENIX UNVEILS LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII
Coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 in 2013


LONDON (September 3rd, 2012) – Square Enix Ltd., the publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and across PAL territories, has unveiled the concluding chapter to the story of the iconic and popular character, Lightning, at a fan-filled 25th anniversary event of the FINAL FANTASY® franchise held in Tokyo, Japan.

LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY XIII is a new FINAL FANTASY adventure that gives the player direct control over iconic heroine Lightning in a constantly moving, expansive environment, on a quest to save a doomed world from complete destruction. How will you spend your final days?

“We are pleased to reveal that Lightning is returning as the playable character in this title, and are excited to see how fans react to the more direct battle system and expansive environment that can be explored at will” said Producer Yoshinori Kitase.

Motomu Toriyama, Director added; “Increased levels of player freedom, customisation and connectivity with the real world, will ensure that this concluding chapter will be an exhilarating finale to Lightning’s story.”

LIGHTNING UNDER YOUR CONTROL
Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.

ACTION-ORIENTED COMBAT
A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.

A CONSTANTLY MOVING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.

USE YOUR TIME WELL
A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?

A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE
Stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is due for release in 2013.

All comments

Commented on 2012-09-03 17:20:07
Yeah, yeah, we need more Serah crap..... Jesus.....
Commented on 2012-09-03 18:11:54
Cant believe this is coming before versus...hilarious name
Commented on 2012-09-03 18:44:47
Is this a DLC or a stand alone..uhm..whatsover game?
Commented on 2012-09-03 19:06:37
it's a bloody sequel, XIII-3, only they didn't want to call it like that - all hail glorious LR FF13 name LMAO
Commented on 2012-09-03 21:16:51 In reply to catfish
Posted by catfish
Cant believe this is coming before versus...hilarious name
think they are pulling, or attempting to pull, a "Lara Croft" with the title play
Commented on 2012-09-03 21:23:51
Square have flopped for the third time now.
Commented on 2012-09-03 22:08:44
Square...might be dead to me...
Commented on 2012-09-03 23:10:30
Such a terrible name, why not just continue with the admitidly still lame naming convention of XIII-2, XIII-3 ?
Commented on 2012-09-03 23:17:03
According to the timing based on SE's words so far, FF13 VS is going to be a late 2013 game. It will very much likely be seen while we see news of ps4 and the next xbox coming out.

So far Final Fantasy 13 is the J-rpg trilogy of this gen, not the best though. the best J-rpg of this gen goes to Lost odyssey, now that i really wish would be the J-rpg trilogy of this gen. :(
Commented on 2012-09-04 09:27:03 In reply to GunsnSwords
Posted by GunsnSwords
According to the timing based on SE's words so far, FF13 VS is going to be a late 2013 game. It will very much likely be seen while we see news of ps4 and the next xbox coming out.

So far Final Fantasy 13 is the J-rpg trilogy of this gen, not the best though. the best J-rpg of this gen goes to Lost odyssey, now that i really wish would be the J-rpg trilogy of this gen. :(
From where are you getting this info. PS4 is not going to release before 2014. If they release FF13vs it will be on PS3
Commented on 2012-09-04 09:28:04
Realy need to prevent to Japanise to invent stories and location design for all RPG. Everything else they need to do more quickly
Commented on 2012-09-04 09:34:21
I forgot about the characters dialogs. I have never heard such absurd nonsense like in FF13.
Commented on 2012-09-04 13:17:11 In reply to CEZARR
Posted by CEZARR
I forgot about the characters dialogs. I have never heard such absurd nonsense like in FF13.
have you read your own google translates recently? ZING!
Commented on 2012-09-04 15:26:51
I'm still baffled why FFvs13 is still held up as something that will be awesome. It is made by the same company. They never really showed anything for it other than a pretty run-of-the-mill trailer. What makes anyone think FFvs13 will be any better?
Commented on 2012-09-04 15:49:48
Hopefully this will be good... highly doubt it though.

@GunsnSwords : the best jrpgs in this gen are Xenoblade, Tales of Vesperia and Lost Odyssey. :)
Commented on 2012-09-04 15:50:01 In reply to Frozpot
Posted by Frozpot
I'm still baffled why FFvs13 is still held up as something that will be awesome. It is made by the same company. They never really showed anything for it other than a pretty run-of-the-mill trailer. What makes anyone think FFvs13 will be any better?
it's an action game akin to crisis core as far as i'm aware. at least the gameplay footage has shown it to be that. more interested in that then the typical turn based FF title. i personally prefer the darker, more FF7-style sci-fi atmosphere too. i'm not confident it'll ever come out tho.
Commented on 2012-09-04 16:34:55
What a big pile of crap !
How the might have fallen ! The only thing that really looks good from them these days is BRAVELY DEFAULT !!! But there and this..please..just stop it !
They really lost it ! Is there really somebody out there still caring about this ?
Commented on 2012-09-04 17:27:41 In reply to Frozpot
Posted by Frozpot
I'm still baffled why FFvs13 is still held up as something that will be awesome. It is made by the same company. They never really showed anything for it other than a pretty run-of-the-mill trailer. What makes anyone think FFvs13 will be any better?
There have been multiple gameplay videos of it. Where have you been?
Commented on 2012-09-04 17:34:38 In reply to Frozpot
Posted by Frozpot
I'm still baffled why FFvs13 is still held up as something that will be awesome. It is made by the same company. They never really showed anything for it other than a pretty run-of-the-mill trailer. What makes anyone think FFvs13 will be any better?
Real time combat, massive overworld which you can apparently fly airships around and use mechs, massive cities apparently, summons are back, parties are in and you can switch between members, impressive visuals....Sounds llike it could combine some of the best of eastern and western rpg styles. its sounds very ambitious, but I am not sure it will be ever released.

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