Lightning Returns ’13 Days’ trailer, screenshots
posted on 07.18.13 at 11:12 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Become the one chosen to rescue lost souls.

As Comic-Con in San Diego begins, Square Enix has debuted a new trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII called “13 Days.”

Additionally, a new set of screenshots reveal more information about Yusnaan, the city of revelry, including the “Slaughterhouse,” an arena where brutal fighting tournaments are held every night. You’ll also see the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn cross-over outfit for Lightning from the Miqo’te racing, featuring the signature skirt, cat ears, and tail.

Square Enix also shared new battle system details. In some battles, you can destroy sections of an enemy, and if you succeed in disabling a specific area, the enemy will be weakened and you’ll gain different items as a reward when the battle is won. A new counter-attack system will also allow you to negate enemy attacks and land a critical hit that could stagger your foe if the counter is timed right. However, it uses up a large portion of the ATB gauge and is only effective against physical attacks.

Watch the trailer below. View the screenshots at the gallery.

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  • Chaos Raiden

    Thanks for the share. Lightning is hot.

    • KnifeAndFork

      Yeah but Katy Perry is hotter because she’s real

      • TetsuyaHikari

        You’re not getting either of them, so why does it matter?

        • KnifeAndFork

          That’s mean. The other day you told me you were going to get me Katy’s number for me

      • SuperLuigi

        They are both pixels on a computer monitor.

  • Bangarang

    Still (kinda) makes me feel like FFX-2, but that won’t stop me from picking this one up! Really excited to experience the whole 13 days mechanic and finish this story :)

  • Demolish

    its not Final fantasy we know it before,honestly.

    square enix must change the name lightning returns to lightning fashion.

    i see the game is stupid and fool.

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  • Locksus

    The Majora’s Mask style is neat, but I’m not really impressed. Final Fantasy has always been about a vast cast of party members and their own personal struggles and so forth. I don’t like the fact that we can only control Lightning

    • Zackasaur

      I wouldn’t say “always.” There have been other Final Fantasy games with a central character emphasis, like Crisis Core.

      Besides, I wouldn’t mind it even in a numbered FF release. For me, what matters is that the creators have as few shackles as possible. Unfortunately, the fanbase can often be the most unyielding shackle of all.

  • kenshee

    hrm, this is weird.

    At first, lightning returns just didn’t interest me, very first trailer was the definition of “meh”.

    Then really nice looking screenshots of environments were shared, followed by a few trailers that showed the battles, music and story in action.
    At that point I was actually sort of hyped!

    Then after that all they’ve been releasing is trailers that re-use the same story scenes and only have a new costume to show for it. (going so far as having entire news posts about a new costume, it’s all you hear about the title lately).

    So erm, why are they shoving so much “news” about the game in our faces over half a year before release?
    I know we ask for more info on your titles SE, but this isn’t exactly what most of us had in mind ‘^^

  • KnifeAndFork

    I don’t like the fact that you’re controlling only one character.
    What is this? Dirge of Cerebrus? Crisis Core did that at least because it was a PSP spin off, not a full blown console sequel.

    Or that this is coming out as late as next Feb, which means as usual, S-E will push the other titles further back because of it.

    Or the fact that the story will probably be a load of crap like the last two…

    • DrForbidden

      Considering that ‘FFXIII’ has been downgraded to sub-title and ‘Lightning Returns’ is the main title, I’d say that this game is more like Dirge of Cerberus and Crisis Core than a ‘full blown FFXIII sequel’.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Nice trailer~!

    I just wish they’d show us the JP version. In English, it just sounds like a cheesy action flick, lol. I miss Maaya Sakamoto ;w;

    Still, it’s looking nice! I hope we can see something focused more on gameplay showing off exploration during TGS in a couple of months.

    • PrinceHeir

      tbh i don’t know why no one checks Square Enix JPN channel anymore.

      i didn’t even watched the trailer above and went to the japanese channel instead and they upload it right after

      and yes Maaya Sakamoto is goddess!! just recently finished watching Arakawa Under The Bridge(and X Bridge) love her voice as Nino :)

      heck im watching Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei and she’s also the main cast of the show :)

      such a lovely voice! want more Maaya O__O

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Oh. Derp. Gematsu should really get on top of that. I’ve been sitting here getting stuck with listening to the English trailers over and over again, lol. It was annoying, really.

        So, thanks for that.

  • new_tradition

    This trailer looked really good and my faith in it being a fun game to actually play grows stronger. I like how they did actually show gameplay of her wearing whatever we want her to and not just stills. I see myself replaying scenes with her wearing different things for the lulz xD

    *Superficial Comment Alert!*

    But…This isn’t my Lightning I fell in love with from FFXIII. At least not what they’re showing me so far. I don’t know why they’re highlighting so much pretentious dialog in the trailer, it honestly turns me off. I really hope it’s just a minor part, and she’s still sarcastic and down to earth as she’s shown to be on occasion. I miss her “f*ck fate” attitude especially :(

    Oh well, keep hope alive.

    (Maybe we have to actually keep Hope alive too, who knows…)

    • Raian Targino

      Yeah, I miss how she was on FFXIII.
      Don’t know why she’s like this now, maybe becoming a “warior of the godess of time” made her lose the “fuck fate” and sarcastc atitude and made her be just plain cocky :/

      After all, EVERYTHING that’s happend wrong in the world is her fault an she’s gotta fix it. If you never finish the FF13 story, none of this happens :D

  • Aldridge517

    All these different costumes remind me of the large variety of classes in FFV.

  • Zero

    I thought the trailer was pretty good.

  • SpectralRaiden

    This is what combat should’ve been since the first XIII, but I’m glad they’re finally implementing features from the original concept. I’m really bummed about olny one character though; I really really want to play as Snow now-_-‘
    On a side note what the hell happened to Eidolens!? I literally haven’t heard anything about them since Returns’ announcement. Just imagine riding around the landscape on Odin’s gestalt. I hope they atleast show up in some form; I can never get enough of Nix and Steria.

  • Ian Manning

    “One more death won’t affect me.” ~ Noel

    “That’s OK Noel, I hated you anyway.” ~ Me

  • Kobracon

    Still no idea whats happening in the story, but those costumes look great!

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Hmm… The trailer was decent, showing costumes and areas, but i have a feeling the story will be the downside of this game. So, it might be a purchase for me.

    And no 720p screenshots? Why?