Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII set for fall 2013
posted on 01.17.13 at 03:29 PM EST by (@salromano)
Because Lightning's on vacation for the rest of the year.

Today was a big day for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. New screenshots, an extended trailer, previews, and one snippet we missed in the all the commotion—a release window. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall.

To ease your wait, why not read on up on some of today’s previews?

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    Lightning coverage has been all over the place today, gaiz. Would’ve rather had everything in a single post. Sorry about that. Been real busy today and missed a couple things.

    • Himiko

      Its fine! thanks

    • Ratsuki

      I do prefer everything in single post but no problem.
      Always grateful you willing to spare your time to deliver news in the first place :)

    • DarthBrian

      THE MORE RAITONINGU COVERAGE THE BETTAR!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  • xMCXx

    As if someone waits for this. xD

    • Himiko

      I do.

      • xMCXx

        Why?

        • Himiko

          Why not?

      • Scroogy

        Me too.

        • xMCXx

          What do you expect from this game?

          • chinglee

            Going from the previews, screenshots and trailers, an FF game with quite a bit of variety in terms of level design, combat, art style, traversal and gameplay in general.

            In terms of story I’m expecting it to have, some mystery, a bit more maturity, a satisfying conclusion to the XIII ‘saga’ and hopefully, some memorable and emotional moments.

            • xMCXx

              One can only hope.
              But if SE fails to make a good game reminiscent of the old FFs a third time, they can go fuck themselves.

              • Himiko

                It doesn’t have to be. Versus is far off from being reminiscent of the old FF’s and I mean that in a good way. I’d prefer they blend old with the new which seems to be what they’re doing. I hope they do that for Versus, too.

                • xMCXx

                  I don’t mean gameplaywise or anything.
                  I just want a good story, chaaracters and world.
                  Everything XIII(-2) lacked severely.

                  • Himiko

                    Well, that’s subjective then. I don’t really have any thing to back or say. xP

              • chinglee

                Well then I think that you can tell them to go fuck themselves becuase I don’t see LR being very reminicent of old FFs xD
                …Then again my definition of ‘old FFs’ runs from FFI to FFIX.

                For LR to BE reminicent of old FFs it should have, Uematsu doing the majority of the OST, an overworld, command based battle system and a ragtag party of heroes and heroins.
                LR seems like it ticks the overworld box but the wrest…doesn’t seem like it.

            • Himiko

              My man, Chinglee.

          • Scroogy

            I’m not fan of FF, that’s why I enjoy this games. I don’t expect nothing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

        same here

    • uhawww

      Maybe some of us actually enjoyed XIII/XIII-2. Weird, I know.

      • xMCXx

        This is a myth!

    • Luna Kazemaru

      TRANSLATION: I”M UPSET BECAUSE I DON’T LIKE THIS GAME SO THERE FOR OTHER PEOPLE ARE JUST LIKE ME AND DON’T LIKE THIS GAME BECAUSE MY FEELINGS FOR SAID GAME ARE THE SAME AS EVERYONE.

      http://img148.imageshack.us/img148/581/1879f18ee542e1c6j.jpg

      • xMCXx

        Get your jimmies together, man.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          nah I was just translating your inner mind :3

      • Sevyne

        Sounds like somebody’s got a case of the Mondays.

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Nice try but not really i personally don’t care about 13 for a day one buy but I find it funny people still post ‘nobody wants this’ comments or whatever when they have been proven wrong.

          • Sevyne

            I think you are taking the “nobody wants this” too literally. I’m sure everybody is aware that there are people that do want it, but that they could be doing something far more appealing to the fans that they are losing day by day because they won’t just move on already.

            We all know Square Enix has a boatload of talent and it’s honestly being wasted on a trilogy that is very widely known to be one many wanted the least. Meanwhile other more desirable projects play second fiddle. This generation I just haven’t seen them give it their all and it’s a damn shame.

            Anyway, the Mondays thing was me just messin with ya. Just seemed like a good moment to use it is all. :P

            • Pyrofrost

              I would say that it mostly has to do with the same people coming in just to make the same tired ass comments all the time. It has gotten past the point of ridiculous.
              I’m honestly surprised that people still choose to discuss the issue with them. Discussing anything with someone like that is a fruitless endeavor.

              • Sevyne

                Fair enough. It does happen quite often.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

      TROLOLOLO

  • Fantasytales

    Not a big fan of lightning like every body supposedly is, but I’m Looking forward to this game. I enjoyed the last two so I know I will enjoyed this one.

  • DarthBrian

    Can’t wait. :D

  • Ratsuki

    Good. Lets just get this saga done and over quickly, let Lightning rest, then pass the spotlight to Versus.

  • PrinceHeir

    so no Versus XIII this year then?

    wtf Square Enix!

    • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

      You really thought Versus was coming this year?

      • syaznifaiq

        Worst case scenario for me , its become multiplatform

        • Akira_Tenshi

          How does that affect you?

          • syaznifaiq

            its obvious we will wait another 1 and 2 years .. i remember in 2008 when everyone waiting for FFxiii realese date and suddenly they just announce FF for xbox and the game will be release in 2009 ..

            i ‘m not a fanboy just a person with realistic view .. ffversus still in development all this time ? yeah right ..they just make ffxiii franchise sequel their priority right now.. ..7 years and counting ……

            • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

              I don’t think the reason FF13 got delayed was because they brought it to 360 too. And there is no way in hell the reason Versus is taking so long because it’s coming to 360. There are all kinds of reasons games get delayed, and it’s obvious Versus has had to go through some development hell. Either way, if Versus came out for PS3, 360, PC, Wii U, PS4, 720, NES… it wouldn’t matter, would it? It’s not a bad thing if they release it on more than just PS3. The important thing is that it gets here.

              • syaznifaiq

                actually it got delayed because of multiplatform dude, SE admittedly want to simultaneous worldwide and asked fans to be patient after the announcement at 2008

                • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

                  I take that back. I quickly searched and saw that there was an agreement between MS and SE that they could not ship the PS3 FF13 unless it was on the same day as 360 FF13.

                  However, my original point still stands – there is no way that the reason for Versus’ delay is because it’s being ported to 360, too. Think about how many years it’s been. It will be for other reasons we do not know.

                  • syaznifaiq

                    Yeah and thats why i hate Moneysoft
                    their business approach is fucking dirty, remember Tales of Vesperia ?.. and shame on SE too ,.. after all, all they care is about money , we PS3 users want FFVERSUS , instead we got this game which i don’t feel bother to buy it anyway ..

                    • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

                      I understand the frustration. It’s probably just a good idea to try and not think about it too much now. Like, just forget about Final Fantasy for a while and ignore Lightning Returns. Because it just seems like the less you hear about Versus and the more you hear about LR and other SE projects like iOS games will make you more angry/frustrated.

                      I’ve come to accept that Final Fantasy likely won’t ever reach the same heights as it did all those years ago, and probably won’t be the same again. The less I hype about their games, the more chance I’ll have of being taken for surprise and enjoying them. We all want Versus, but with the number of years it’s been going on for, it’s never going to live up to its expectations. A lot of that is the fault of SE for delaying it for so long, but there will be a lot of disappointed fans when it arrives, that’s for sure. So I think it’s best for fans to now try to take it easy and not get so attached to things. It only seems to make them more angry if they don’t like what’s going on right now (i.e. LRFF13).

                    • Budgiecat

                      I’ve said this many times: Since S-E is not working on FF VII remake, Versus is their final Ace card, meaning, if Versus flops, that’s it for S-E since FF XIV nearly flopped (and still isn’t even fully out yet).

                      They lost a ton of money on that game, from the loss in revenue from not publishing a PS3 version, to a full year of not charging anyone subscription fees, to the loss in revenue from people dropping the game altogether AFTER they started charging subscription fees, to the loss in budget pool money from the sheer costs of revamping the game altogether to try to save it, to however much money they’ve lost in stocks or investors etc.

                      All these sequels are in their minds, necessary cash ins to help replenish lost funds and budget from remaking FF XIV.
                      And any news of Versus would absolutely kill any buzz or hype for XIII LR, XIV or even DQ X Wii U. So everytime S-E announced a XIII sequel, Versus got pushed back once again in the background because of that and also because they simply do not want to release all these games under one fiscal year to avoid sales cannibalism

                    • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

                      Is there a reason you replied to me with that? Your whole post is stuff that I already knew about. I didn’t say anything about a FF7 remake, and I know all the reasons about why they’re doing sequels and iOS games, and that we won’t be seeing Versus this year.

                      But thanks for posting for those that didn’t know, I guess.

                    • Budgiecat

                      General statement

        • Budgiecat

          Impossible. The game is open world and too big. It’s not like Skyrim or Fallout which can fit on one disc. It has the uncompressed 1080p FMV as well and don;t forget the linear episodic chapter hallway fest that was FF XIII had to be split into 3 discs on the 360 with battle transitions. Versus will be real time no battle transitions….

    • http://www.facebook.com/InternationalGamer1 Christopher Bosak

      well Versus XIII is turing out to be more of a 2014 release.

    • Pyrofrost

      Versus XIII is going to be a launch title for the PS4 :p

      • Budgiecat

        To do that, they’d have to transport all their current work from the Crystal Tools engine to the Luminous Engine. That would be a ton of work. It’d be the equivalent of remaking FFXII (what’s it run on? Maya?) to Crystal Tools engine for PS3 with all new rendered backgrounds and character models

        • Pyrofrost

          I was being sarcastic.

          • Budgiecat

            hard to tell on the net. Especially when there’s people who actually believe that

            • Pyrofrost

              Yeah, unfortunately it’s hard to communicate sarcasm through text. Still fun, but I use it less because of the handicap.

  • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

    Trailer was poor, script doesn’t sound amazing, but there are some interesting things involving the battles and customising. Definitely gonna wait and see how quickly it drops in price, unlike the others which I bought day 1.

  • http://www.facebook.com/InternationalGamer1 Christopher Bosak

    now once this comes out can you seriously give us a for real. TGS showing of “Final Fantasy Versus XIII” in all its glory, and revolutionary gameplay so to speak.

  • chinglee

    The previews sound great :D

    Seem’s like this FF title will have the most variety in terms of gameplay….which further annoys and angers me that they decided to add a time-limit mechanic to this game. “Hey guys, you can do all these cool things but don’t spend too much time having fun exploring those environments, talking with NPCs, searching for quests, strengthing your character. You gotta rush and make sure you reach the end of the game or it’ll be game over. What’s that? You don’t wanna feel like you rushed through a game, especially an RPG? Haha, don’t be silly….”.

    -_______-‘

    • Himiko

      Lets hope there’s some leeway!

      • chinglee

        If there is, it better not involve monotonous task(i.e re-doing missions to gain time)!

        • Himiko

          Yep! I don’t mind if its like new quests though. They said earlier you gain points which can increase time in a variety of ways so I hope they sparse it out.

  • http://twitter.com/Renzouri Lee

    Just like a story that is not yet complete, I will get this game no matter what other people say.

    I mean, would you leave a story unfinished?

    • Sevyne

      Normally I wouldn’t, but this story I have no problem whatsoever leaving unfinished.

    • Bloodios

      I watched Twilight out of sheer curiosity and till this day, I still can’t bring myself to watch its sequels and finish that story.

  • Prodigy-X

    By that time this game releases it will bomb because of COD, Battlefield, Watch_Dogs, Saints Row The Fourth, Beyond Two Souls, Puppeteer, Next Gen Consoles, & more. Square just wrote its death sentence for this game.

    • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

      I have to agree. FF13-2 pretty much had bad sales, and it’s likely this will bomb regardless of what is released around it. But yes, games like those you listed are not going to help this game. Which is why I think I’ll be doing myself a favour by just waiting a little while and getting it cheap instead of buying day 1.

      • Himiko

        It had good sales for a game that re-used assets which stated by the company led to good success.

        • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

          But were far less than the original FF13, which shows a lot of people didn’t want to come back to a sequel. By the same trend you’d expect LR to go much worse than 13-2. But, as you say, re-use assets, and LR looks far from a brilliant-looking HD game, so even if it sells poorly, it could still make a profit for them. Which is what I’m sure SE is going for.

          • Himiko

            You really shouldn’t compare a sequel to its main-line title. The same way how X – > X-2 was a big drop and how Crisis Core didn’t sell as much. It’s just natural.

            You haven’t played LR so you can’t call that, by previews it sounds great and if we’re talking visuals, I wouldn’t worry too much they stress this is an incredibly early build and actually one of the earliest FF builds ever shown.

            • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

              Right, it wasn’t going to reach the sales of the original, but it still didn’t do great. I’d put that down to quite a few people being disappointed by 13. I can just see LR doing quite poorly, to be honest. Make a profit, sure, but not sell very well. My prediction, anyway.

              • Himiko

                I think it’ll do well considering the budget of these spin-off sequels. Sure, disappointing compared to the 6 million slam, but 3.2 million as of today is far from a failure. We’ll see though. I understand where you’re coming from.

                • Prodigy-X

                  Stop lying it was 2.5 million and most of that came from PS3 sales which was 2 million. More than likely that 2.5 million that bought the game was thinking SE would conclude the story and obviously SE wasn’t. Like I said this game won’t sell because of the timing in the fall is suicide. They are way too much franchises that have bigger fan-bases then this lightning saga and are more than likely going to choose those games over FF XIII-3 this fall.

                  • http://twitter.com/Azuardo Azuardo

                    Yeah, 3.2million was the shipped figure. Last sales check was 2.5m. Could be a bit more now. Definitely think they over shipped, since the game bombed to £10 very quickly and has been at that price for months. We’ll see what happens, but I really can’t see this appealing to many FF fans at all.

                    • Prodigy-X

                      Exactly, because if it releases in September are people really going to choose FF XIII-3 over FIFA and Madden? No! If it releases October are people go to choose it over Battlefield and Watch_Dogs? No! and we already know people are going to choose COD over any FF in the month of November.

                    • Himiko

                      Different fanbases? Yes!

                    • Prodigy-X

                      I’m just saying sales in general Battlefield 3 sold over 7 million by December of 2011. COD can easily reach 10 million in a month. FIFA 13 average 4.1 million in one month just on PS3 & 360 in a month. Madden can sale 2 million in just a month. Watch_Dogs we don’t know we will have to see but just the amount of views it has on Ubisoft channel and the positive feedback it looks like it can sale just about the same as a Assassin’s Creed game in a month. It has taken FF XIII-3 within a years time to reach 3.2 million and that’s with shipped not what actually sold.

                    • Himiko

                      such a insightful and well thought out post. Your hatred shines rather than your rationality. But I’m done now.

                    • Prodigy-X

                      What hatred? you the one upset when someone says FF XIII-3 is going to bomb. I mean I know you like the Saga but those other franchise are well more established with a stronger base than the Lightning Saga.

                      “Such a insightful and well thought out post.” I know it was well thought out after you cursed at me and then changed it at the last moment when the mod steps in to this. I’m Done

                    • Himiko

                      I’m sorry, when did I ever curse at you? All I added to my final post was “But I’m done now” you shouldn’t be offended so easily. I was referring to your post which you seemed to edit where you called me a “Lightning fanboy” and a minority. Rather than at least discussing it further.

                      I understand there’s a much bigger fanbase, but it doesn’t apply since they are separate. There’s a lot of factors in this is what I’m trying to say. We don’t know when any of those titles will release either. B4 is unannounced, Watch_Dogs doesn’t have a release date afaik and Madden and FIFA have different fanbases. What I mean is, mostly, different people buying different games. So they don’t really collide nor do we know the exact release date.

                  • Himiko

                    I’m not lying. They totaled it up to that, you idiot or you can misread it. If you want to get rude, I will too. Either way that is still quite a good number for a sequel that re-used so many assets. Comparisons are unnecessary, my point still stands.

                    And what? have you looked at the fall? there’s barely any IP’s. And no there’s many people who buy multiple products. You have to factor in a lot of things for sales. The name of the game, the release window, the promotion. Just because of that it will not sell any less. If they wanted a “suicide” it would be in the spring.

                    • Prodigy-X

                      In sales its 2.5 million without shipped numbers. I’m not the idiot you are. The game did bomb how do you go from 7 million to 2.5 million. Just except it, the game is going to bomb even more. No one besides the small minority that you are in care about this game. Lets look at it this way it releases in September no one is going to care because that is FIFA and Madden month, October Battlefield and Watch_Dogs month, and November COD month.

                      Just those games alone in one month could outsell what FF XIII-3 could sell in a year. You keep hooping and hollering about there is barely any games coming in the fall when there are several that we already know is coming in the fall which doesn’t take a genius figure out.

                    • Himiko

                      For someone who calls me an idiot, you really can’t comprehend that a comparison to its mainline counterpart does not matter. Like I said, it is the same with X-X-2. You can’t compare it.

                      The game is not going to bomb considering the budget factor, the scale factor, the team factor. You do not know these results, but by recent reports at SE, it isn’t hard to figure out it is considerably less as for a spin-off than of a main line title like XIV. And you really should stop generalizing with “small minority” 2.5 million or 3 million is not a small minority for a spin-off title.

                      You don’t know when Watch Dogs releases or Battlefield 4. We don’t even know if its this gen titles. Again, there’s barely any games, but even if those so-called juggernauts were coming out, there’s an entirely different fanbase here.

                    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                      Let’s keep the conversation friendly here please. I want you both to continue the discussion, that is, if you want to continue.

                    • Prodigy-X

                      He came at me and called me a idiot first. Yes I’ll admit I called him a liar but come on calling some one a idiot is unnecessary in a conversation and is rude.

                    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                      It was meant to be a warning for both you and @disqus_NJU3wqCz8g:disqus .

                      If it seemed like I was trying to single you out, I wasn’t.

                    • Prodigy-X

                      I know you weren’t single me out. I was just saying he took it to far by saying idiot.

                    • http://gematsu.com/ Zero

                      It might just be best to move on. I think continuing the discussion is just going to lead to more irritation for both of you.

                    • Prodigy-X

                      Okay

                • Prodigy-X

                  Stop lying it was 2.5 million and most of that came from PS3 sales which was 2 million. More than likely that 2.5 million that bought the game was thinking SE would conclude the story and obviously SE wasn’t. Like I said this game won’t sell because of the timing in the fall is suicide. They are way too much franchises that have bigger fan-bases then this lightning saga and are more than likely going to choose those games over FF XIII-3 this fall.

  • http://twitter.com/ElementalShade Vampire Dragon

    who cares the game seems like absolute crap. 13 and 13-2 were good game,s this is a westernized square can sink no lower kind of game

    • Himiko

      Versus is westernized too by that logic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/InternationalGamer1 Christopher Bosak

    Well as I feel about it. I just want this game on shelves Worldwide ASAP so they can put their creative focus full Force into “Final Fantasy Versus XIII” or FFXV as from what I hear it’ll be getting a name change possibly. I could be wrong though.

    IF Versus XIII ends up being titled FFXV upon release then this’ll be the First FF title created by Tetsuya Nomura creator of Kingdom Hearts and thankfully not Motomu Toriyama who started trashing the series with FFXII.
    Will get FFXIII-3 when its $29.99

  • uqio

    I was expecting a november release. Cant’t wait!

  • Raiyu

    I’ll remain optimistic about this game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Warboss-Aohd/100003803614469 Warboss Aohd

    ……i hope TB does a ‘WTF is…’ o’ dis game.

  • new_tradition

    I originally thought Spring 2013, but I guess that was pretty farfetched. Fall isn’t too long off though. I can’t wait :3

  • Danikun

    What if the game is already finished, and there gonna use the time between this release to finish versus, then release both games at the same time? :D

  • Danikun

    Sony’s selling its New York headquarters. I hope 770 million can help Sony alittle bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wtfits.gardner Cat Flames

    Every FF game is different … any FF player should know this by now so saying something like “This does not seem like an FF game” … is stupid because they are all different.

  • http://twitter.com/alexandreviera_ Alexandre Vieira

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