Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Vanille confirmed, fourth continent revealed, more
posted on 07.27.13 at 11:26 PM EDT by (@salromano)
New details from premium experience event.

Square Enix recently invited 180 members of the Japanese press to a premium experience meeting for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia’s Play Community website.

The development team, including producer Yoshinori Kitase and director Motomu Toriyama, shared new information about the game during a stage event at the meeting.

Yuna Costume

We’ve previously seen Lightning’s Yuna outfit (from Final Fantasy X) on a render outside the game. Square Enix used the event to reveal the full costume, dubbed the “Summoner of Spira,” in battle. The sleeves flutter and dance as Lightning moves, and her victory pose becomes a ladylike bow.

Previous Lightning Outfits

We already know Lightning will be able to wear Cloud’s 1st Class Soldier outfit (from Final Fantasy VII) and the Miqo’te outfit (from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn), but she’ll also be able to wear her previous outfits from Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2. You’ll need save data from the previous two games to access them.

Costume Color Customization

In addition to the default color, you’ll also be able to customize the color set  for each outfit. For the Ambivalence costume, for example, you can customize the main parts, lining, and pocket. Or for the Nocturne costume, parts like accessories, inner, vest, and boots can be customized. Every part can be customized at once, too. You’ll be able to select your colors from a pre-set palette or from a more varied color wheel.

Four Continents

There are four continents to explore in Lightning Returns.

In the capital of Luxerion, a city with a strong religious atmosphere, Lightning is tasked with investigating a murder. Two play styles are offered here, which the team labels “Detective” and “Tracking” parts. The Detective part offers a more quiet style of play, while the Tracking part offers a more movement-based play style.

The Dead Dunes is a large desert, and as one might expect, not an area with a lot of buildings or structures. But it’s not just field of sand. The idea was to create a desert that ‘felt real.’ Buried within the sand are ruins and relics.

In the dazzling city of Yusnaan, you’ll meet governor-general Snow. There are various points of interest here, but you’ll need to make use of your time limit well.

The fourth continent, The Wildlands, has not been detailed until now. This is a vast, open-world area in vain of Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with an natural terrain and offers a higher degree of freedom compared to other continents. You’ll be able to ride a Chocobo here to get around.

Shops

Unlike the previous two games, many shops will appear. As time passes in the game, the product line-up available in these shops will change. There are over 100 types of shops. Lightning will only be able to hold six items at the start of the game, but this will increase as you progress.

Vanille’s Return

Vanille, like Fang, Snow, and young Hope before her, will return.  She is being sheltered by a religious group known as the “Salvation Council” in the city of Luxerion, according to director Motomu Toriyama. More details on her reappearance will be shared in a follow-up report.

Enemies and Difficulty

There are some enemies that even the most skilled test players have referred to as “impossible.” Up until now, Square Enix has talked about the possiblities of New Game Plus, but this is the first time they’ve discussed the optional areas to explore after you technically completed the game. The difficulty level of the enemies in these areas is still under adjustment.

With equipment, costumes, and customization, Lightning’s strength will vary greatly in battle. Amongst Square Enix’s most skilled play testers, there have been a number who’ve defeated the last boss in 50 seconds.

Lightning’s Bust Size

An unexpected question posed to the development team at E3 was, “Has Lightning’s bust size really gone from a C to a D-cup since the first two games?”

To answer the question, Square Enix confirmed they did in fact increase her bust size. Because some of the costumes show off a bit of Lightning’s cleavage, it was thought that this choice would showcase the costumes a little more. With over 80 types of wear to collect, this is one little bit of motivation.

Q&A

Q1: I think that one of Lightning`s most attractive features is her armpit. Is there a costume that will show off this part of her when she does her victory pose?
A1: Something that shows off her armpit..? Well, there are some revealing sets of costumes. I’m sure you’ll enjoy those.

Q2: On the shop’s accessory screens, I didn’t see any earrings or other small items that looked like they could be equipped…
A2: We’re still at a point where there’s time to make adjustments. We’ll look into that.

Q3: Will there be an arena-like area like there was in Final Fantasy XIII-2?
A3: Yes. There will be an area where you can fight strong monsters.

Q4: I know you said there will be a time system in this game, but will there be an item like the Excalibur II from Final Fantasy IX that you can only obtain at one specific time in the game?
A4: There won’t be anything specifically like that, but you will be using the time system a lot over the course of the game. For example, there will be quests that you must clear within a time limit, items that you can only buy during the first half of the game, and some shop characters that you can only run into once in a while. The world you play within will be constantly changing.

Q5: Will you be able to customize the weapon and shield colors?
A5: This won’t be a feature, but there will be a large number of each to collect. There will be about 70 or 80 swords, and the number of shields is only a few less than this, so there will be lots of combinations to play with.

Q6: Will there be mini-games?
A6: There aren’t really going to be simple card-based mini-games, but there will be mini-game-like ways to clear certain stages of the continental quests.

Q7: Why is Hope a young boy?
A7: As of now, thanks to the power of the gods Hope has been returned to the form of a young boy.

Q8: Final Fantasy XIII-2 featured multiple endings – how about this game?
A8: This is the last installment in the Lightning Saga, so there is only one ending. Outside of this, if you fail to save the world, of course it’s game over, and the New Game Plus feature will allow you to explore new areas of the world after completing the game.

Q9: In Final Fantasy XIII there were small jokes, like when you shook the controller Lightning’s eyes would roll. Is there anything like that in this game?
A9: I don’t think so, unfortunately. But if you move Lightning toward walls and pull her back away from them at the last minute, she will launch herself away from them. Depending on the costume she’s wearing, her ‘launch pose’ will change, so we hope you’ll have fun with that.

Q10: Are there any plans to use DLC in combination with the costumes?
A10: This hasn’t been decided yet. However, I think that you’ll be able to enjoy the entire game from the disc you purchase at the store.

Q11: Will Hope be fighting alongside Lightning?
A11: We have only two weeks left for development, but we’re considering it (laughs). Hope is so supportive to Lightning…

A12: I really like Moogles and Chocobos. How many kinds of each will there be?
A12: There will be some Chocobos you haven’t seen before! But we ask that you please wait for our follow-up report.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due out for PS3 and Xbox 360 in Japan on November 21, in North America on February 11, and in Europe on February 14.

Thanks, Game Watch, Dengeki, and Gamer.ne.jp.

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  • new_tradition

    Interesting info, but I can only thrive off words for so long >.<

    I don't even remember being this anxious for FFXIII. It's gonna be so hard waiting until February for this game :(

  • RmanX1000

    i cant wait to get this game.

  • Pyrofrost

    Nothing wrong with a bust size increase, I approve!

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Please SE, keep spoiling the game.

  • DesmaX
    • Pyrofrost
    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      This proves all of this (changes to Lightning) is just about the fanservice. Nothing more. If people are still upset, all we can do is blame Toriyama.

      • Kobracon

        As long as its not DOA level, it’ll be fine. Boobs that stay completely still are kinda weird too :/

        • DrForbidden

          Agreed. Only boobs that have been completely stretched out by hard implants stay completely still.

      • Budgiecat

        “As of now, thanks to the power of the gods Hope has been returned to the form of a young boy.”

        Toriyama’d

        • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

          Nice. lol

  • Kefkiroth

    “I think that one of Lightning`s most attractive features is her armpit.”
    Oh boy…

    • Pyrofrost

      Would you have felt better if he said that he was into feet? :p

    • Zackasaur

      They show off her armpit in a LOT of poses. o_o

    • Zancrow

      Huh, I just posted the same thing, even with the “Oh boy”.
      Strange minds think alike, apparently. xD

  • DarthBrian

    Vanille! <3 <3 <3

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Some very uh… “different” … questions were asked here I see. Lots of them involving Lightnings looks and such. I guess the fans in Japan really wanted her to be more sexy. Toriyama as well.

    • bloodiOS

      Pervs asked perv pervy questions.
      We all need those naughty moments.

    • Kobracon

      And ppl keep looking at SE. With questions like that….sometimes it might be the fans as well. Armpits….man I didn’t see that question coming…

  • EspadaKiller

    Yuna costume, S-E stop ruining the game please.

    And wtf at the bust size, LOL. That’s Japan for you I guess.

  • AnimusVox

    Ah the original costume, nice. I like that one.

  • MrKappa

    Really glad they decided to include Lightning’s old outfits.
    And I may be one of the few on this but it would of been neat if they also had Yuna’s FFX-2 costume.

  • Zackasaur

    Awesome!

    However….

    “An unexpected question posed to the development team at E3 was, “Has Lightning’s bust size really gone from a C to a D-cup since the first two games?”

    To answer the question, Square Enix confirmed they did in fact increase her bust size. Because some of the costumes show off a bit of Lightning’s cleavage, it was thought that this choice would showcase the costumes a little more. With over 80 types of wear to collect, this is one little bit of motivation.”

    *facepalm*

    • DichaTesoro

      Augmentation much?

      • DrForbidden

        Pssh. Many women will naturally experience a one cup-size up or down fluctuation in their lifetimes. Nothing to write home about.

        • DichaTesoro

          Haha, yeah, but usually naturally and not decided upon for fanservice.

  • Bobby Jennings

    Nice!

  • http://sealsofcreation.blogspot.com/ Wicked Horizon

    Last time they tried to focus on a “Dress/clothing” system for a FF game was FF X-2 and it was a complete flop. I hope they dont make the same mistakes this time by trying to turn another FF game into some cheap, chick Charlies Angels b/s.

    • Kobracon

      X-2 was fun though….

      • MrKappa

        Best battle system out of any FF I’ve ever played imo

      • http://sealsofcreation.blogspot.com/ Wicked Horizon

        I didnt think it was, i played a few hours into it and was really disappointed. But to each their own.

        • Kobracon

          Indeed. I liked it coz there were so many Jobs. Nothing was more cool, imo, than having 3 Dark Knights kicking ass.

  • http://lfdn.deviantart.com/ CosmicNova

    Are they saying; a woman doesn’t look nice in cloths, unless she has the right size of boobs to fill them in? lol

    • Pyrofrost

      OH SHIT!
      inb4 the reddit and neogaf feminazis and their internet white knight lapdogs.

    • DrForbidden

      For some types of clothes, yes, this is true. It is true even for men. Which do you think looks better, a fit man with broad shoulders and relatively flat tummy in a tight t-shirt, or a beer-bellied one in the same shirt?

      So, yes, some clothes and cuttings fit certain body types better, and look odd and unflattering when someone without that kind of figure wears them. This is why people regularly choose clothes and cuttings that will flatter them, and why SE is including a huge number of outfits in the game to cater to players who want different things.

      Only those seeking to make mountains out of molehills will play the sexism card to cover up their own insecurities.

  • Aldridge517

    So they’ve shrunken the party size and drastically increased the customization options. Works for me.

  • DichaTesoro

    Playing FF13 at the moment and am considering playing the next one 13-2. This one though, this article has really turned me off of it. Yeah, a battle system change may be okay, but a boob job and very out of character poses and what have you, I don’t know.

    • Kobracon

      I’m holding out for a preview of the serious costume poses. Those might be badass.

      • DichaTesoro

        Yeah, some do look cool. The boob job just bothers me.

        • Kobracon

          A Japanese C cup and D cup really aren’t that noticably different…unless you really stare at that area alot

          • DichaTesoro

            Oh, yeah, I do stare at that area a lot. Nah, it’s just the reasoning behind the enhancements.

            • Kobracon

              Fair enough. As much as I love Japan….its Japan.

  • Bima Natawilaga

    FF 13 is destined to be Lightning’s, and now they make a game for Lightning’s cosplay party

  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Wow.. Was never expecting those sort of questions asked by fans, but oh well it’s japan. Yuna’s costume looks very weird, It doesn’t suit Lightning at All!! Lightning’s original garb from XIII & XIII-2 look fantastic as usual.

    • Zancrow

      “I think that one of Lightning`s most attractive features is her armpit.
      Is there a costume that will show off this part of her when she does her
      victory pose?”
      Oh boy. xD

      • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

        lol

  • EternaLBleedinG

    At Q9 never knew you could do that.

  • Zancrow

    Lightining – SE’s very own Barbie.

    • Ragna

      Yeah! Thank you, they’re dressing her so much! It is get a little ridiculous for me. Although some of the costumes I appreciate like her FFXIII-2 outfit.

    • DichaTesoro

      Can we get an actual Lightning Barbie?

  • papermario

    enough with this series

  • shogunknight

    Hahaha…..Those questions, love japan

  • Kobracon

    Dat Yuna costume….welp I found my Ravager costume I’m gonna use for the rest of the game! Did not know about controller shaking thing. Breast size I can live with. Glad they have the first 2 original costumes.

    Those first few questions had me worried, then they got better.

  • Sim

    Lightning looks pretty good in yuna costume, it not perfect i know.
    Vanille is back~~ and shota hope thanks to the power of gods roflmao…

  • SolarisSpell

    “A11: We have only two weeks left for development, but we’re considering it”

    Interesting. I didn’t knew how much time was needed since the end of development until actual release.

    • Storm

      Can they really add something like Hope fighting alongside Lightning in just two weeks? Or maybe he was joking?

  • Nice Boat

    Did the goddess increase Lightning’s bust?

    • Kobracon

      Y’know….you never know. Etro is known to be an idiot, so she just might have…

      • Nice Boat

        Etro: “Oh, I think I should pay Light’s work with a good present. Now what could make her happy? I know! Melons!”

        • DrForbidden

          Pssh. Many women will naturally experience a one cup-size up or down fluctuation in their lifetimes. Nothing to write home about.

        • Kobracon

          This is the same goddess who went “Oh these poor Cie’th, lets break the rules and change them back!” *time rip opened*

          And lets not forget “Oh I’ll give this girl my eyes and her protector my heart. She’ll see the future and die early but be reincarnated for eternity, while the protector will live forever and watch her die and live again and again until he goes mad :D”

          So yeah, I can totally see that happening.

    • Arcana Gear

      Never understimate Etro, in truth i think i will never understand her.

  • GODDUKEMONEXA

    and Sazh????

  • Nightcore34

    omg, the final boss in 50 secs, it sounds like orphan in 13, he went down way to easy, please make the final boss an actual challenge

  • http://olet2k.blogspot.com ole

    Oh goodie! Lots of fan service. \(@^0^@)/やったぁ♪

  • Ni ~Algidus~

    Since I can change the color of the costumes, i’ll make some mech palettes

  • gamelayer

    It’s a shame how the Final Fantasy series has turned out.
    I can’t believe how people get excited about palette changes and
    a few outfits that were worn by better characters in much better games.
    I understand that a lot of people are relative newcomers to the FF series and
    didn’t get to grow up and see the series from its beginnings, but for me
    as a long time fan, it’s all a bit depressing to see.
    Back in the 90s I would have expected the FF games to have gone into
    a much stronger direction, but it looks like a lot of the staff that made FF
    what it is, disbanded and went on to make games like Shadow Hearts and the Mist Walker games.

    • Sarah

      I’ve been a fan of the series for over 15 years and I have no problems with the direction it’s going.