Lightning Returns ‘Inside the Square’ dev diary
posted on 08.30.13 at 11:10 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Featuring Yoshinori Kitase, Motomu Toriyama, and more.

Square Enix has released the first in a new series of ‘Inside the Square’ developer diaries for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

The behind-the-scenes, narrated by Lightning voice actress Ali Hillis, features commentary from key staff members like producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, and the game’s environment artists and Visual Works team.

Watch the video below.

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  • PhoenixAutomatic~♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪~

    Okay, Even though I fussed about Lighting’s miqo’te costume and the gameplay mechanics. I think I’m starting to like it, I don’t know how but the trailer has changed my way of thinking about the game. It’s time to end this damn Trilogy!

  • bloodiOS

    The video is corrupted. Is the source corrupted? If not, perhaps you should try reupload the video through secure upload:

    • DreamDrop♥

      it was struck

      (•_•). ( •_•)>⌐□-□. (⌐□_□).

      by lightning

    • Sal Romano

      Can anyone else confirm they’re also getting this error? I’m seeing the video quite fine.

      • bloodiOS

        I tried watching with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome. On every single one of them, around the 45th second and many places later on, there are quite a lot artifacting in both the video and the audio stream (360p, 480p, and 720p stream are all affected.) There wasn’t any problem with the one I watched on PlayStation Blog, so…

        • Sal Romano

          Hmm. I’ve attached the PlayStation trailer for now. Will see what I can do about the corruptedness. Not sure why it’s like that.

          • bloodiOS

            A lot of my videos uploaded to Youtube were often get corrupted and had to be reuploaded several times. That is, until I start using the link provided above, 100% corrupt-free (based on personal experience anyway.)

  • DreamDrop♥

    ugh. I mean I know 13-2 was this year, but I really want this now.
    Also, Pokemon is the most successful RPG in history by far.

    • Zackasaur

      Hm? FFXIII-2 released in January of 2012. It’s been over a year and a half since then. When Lightning’s Return releases, it will have been two years since XIII-2 released.

      • DreamDrop♥

        Oh right! Sorry, time machine.

  • Zero

    I liked the video. =)

  • Budgiecat

    Why is Toriyama still alive??

    This voodoo doll is not working!!

  • Zackasaur

    Wow, this video is pretty fantastic!

    Already pre-ordered. c:

  • Willgaea

    Nice intro. I liked how Lightning just jumped through the 4th wall.

    Does Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, and Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus not count as a trilogy?


      PS, PSP and PS2… imagine a LIGHTNING 4EVER for PS4

  • Jay

    Gives me a Dirge of Cerberus vibe… Not every game deserves to have Final Fantasy stamped on it.

  • PrinceHeir

    amazing video :D