Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII release date set
posted on 06.06.13 at 06:35 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Lightning's comeback pushed to early 2014.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 11, 2014 in North America and February 14 in Europe—a few months later than expected—Square Enix has announced.

In Japan, the game will launch on November 21, 2013 for 7,700 yen. A PlayStation 3-only “Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Ultimate Box” will be released for 26,000 yen, and include Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, a Lightning Play Arts figure, soundtrack CD, acrylic disc holder, and art book.

A new trailer showing the glamorous and wealthy city of Yusnaan and the return of Snow Villiers can be seen below. The song used in the trailer, “Savior,” can be downloaded on iTunes. View a new set of screenshots, artwork, and the final box art at the gallery.

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  • Devoted

    And the internet will now blow up saying it’s because FFV13 will be a PS4 launch title.

  • King-Prodigy-X
    • Ritsujun

      It says Boop.

      • King-Prodigy-X

        Must be dyslexic.

  • Bob Obb

    What about Japan?

    • Noctis Caelum

      The game in japan will be released in November 21. 2013.

  • Derpazu

    I hope Toriyama gets fired after this is released.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      be funny when he doesn’t

  • new_tradition

    Whaaaaaaa? What happened to Fall 2013? :O

    Oh well. Save some money this year then, lol. I am a little disappointed the game isn’t coming out as quickly as I thought, but I hope the extra time will give the developers the breathing room to make LR a decent game.

    EDIT : kyaa, so many pretty screenshots and promo stuff <3

    EDIT 2 : Special edition with Lightning Play Arts Kai? O_O

  • Sal Romano

    Post updated. All screens in the gallery have been updated to their highest res versions. Still waiting on the Snow and Lightning artworks, though.

    Edit: Scratch that. Everything’s up now.

  • Chaos Raiden

    Still interested with the game despite the poor receptions for previous games by both critics and gamers.

    EDIT: Thanks for the share.

  • bloodiOS

    The frame rate still stuck at low-twenties when traveling through town, I see. Maybe by the time it’s released, perhaps the development team would finally wisen up and started using MLAA instead of the ineffective, resource-consuming 2xMSAA in this day and age, because seriously, I’m pretty darn sure those SPUs ain’t being properly utilized at all.

    • xMCXx

      Do you have special eyes? :3

      • bloodiOS

        You implying the frame rate or the AA? The slowdown should be easy to spot during the trailer (as soon that Lightning enters a slightly more populated town.) As the AA, it’s a hit or miss, really, were pretty effective in the FFXIII, not very much in FFXIII-2. Beside, switching to post-process AA would help the game perform better, really.

        • xMCXx

          AA stands for Anti-Aliasing, I assume?^^

          • bloodiOS

            Why do I get the feeling that you’re teasing me :S?

            • xMCXx

              I don’t. xD

  • xMCXx

    I hope this is the last in the FFXIII series.
    Another dumb cliffhanger ending and I’m exploding. ;p

  • Souter

    That collectors edition looks pretty nice but it probably only release in Japan >.< also the stranded edition box are Is horrible hope that won't be the the final one.

  • wade010

    Damnnn that is a nice special edition.. I must have it.


    Oh god this is really looking good!

  • Zuhri69

    I have to say, the graphic seemed to be improved a lot more than before. Also, the fix the low res texture on lightning’s hair now.

    • bloodiOS

      You’re talking about the screen-door artifacts caused by using A2C?

      • Zuhri69

        I’m not sure. Not really good with all this term. An auditor myself. What I meant was that in XIII-2, Lightning’s hair has this sort of jagged line, but now it looks as smooth as it was in XIII.

        • bloodiOS

          I do believe it’s all to help the game perform better, it already struggles to maintain 30fps as it is. These sequels don’t have as much development time as the original after all. It doesn’t help that they try to make the game more open with a totally unsuitable engine…

  • MrKappa

    Are you kidding me? First we had to wait 3 months for FFXIII then 1 month for XIII-2 and now 2 months for this one? Relatively speaking that is quite fast but I thought SE said they were doing a worldwide release this time.

    • Anime10121

      Next Gen consoles + Big fall releases + Square Enix being nervous = delay :(


        or the game will have a lot of DLC

        • Anime10121

          It probably will, but that has nothing to do with why it was delayed for the west.

  • Aurizen

    Oh well, then more people can work on FFX HD :D

  • DarthBrian

    I could swear I commented on this article earlier. Where is it? :(

    All I said was I was excited for this game but disappointed in having to wait till February for it. :(

    My poor comment. I’ll miss you. :(

  • artemisthemp

    That Ultimate Edition looks awesome, but 26000 yen is also a lot of cash

  • TetsuyaHikari

    >Lightning’s comeback pushed to early 2014.


    >In Japan, the game will launch on November 21, 2013

    Oh. False alarm :3

    I was really looking forward to playing this one this year, so I was going to be a little disappointed if I had to wait until 2014 to enjoy it, heh.

  • PrinceHeir

    Sal add the japanese trailer as well :P

    love the Ultimate Box!!!!

    wish we still have editions like that!!!

    still thinking if i should get the US or Chinese version(JPN Audio with English Subs)

    either way can’t wait!

  • PrinceHeir

    also did they really amped Lightning’s Boobs :)

    oh Square Enix you!!

  • Tani

    Ya’know being a Snow Hater, Snow looks so Awesome in it, it was a real surprise. And That’s a pretty neat Box Art. Also I don’t mind the wait for this game, the wait means more time for them to work on it and better for us in the end ^^ I for one, am looking forward to this game.

  • disqus_rIjnBIKvqC

    I hate this when its not worldwide,I would like to have the game before this year,but as any game japan releases….europe gets it last almost every time,I just want this game out of the way so it concludes the 13saga so I dont need to hear any more sequels to really fed up wit the 13saga now,only game is missing is vs13 and it better be released on ps3.

  • kuusou yume

    I only got a quarter way into XIII-2. Is this a continuation?

    • Alkaid

      It is and it isn’t my dear fellow gamer.
      It won’t start off where XIII-2 ended, the way XIII-2 didn’t start off where XIII ended. It has a huge time gap between the two games. So as usual quoting SE “you can play it without knowing the first two installments.

      • kuusou yume

        Okay, that’s good to hear, thanks!