Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII announced
posted on 08.31.12 at 11:16 PM EST by (@salromano)
Lightning's last battle due for PS3, Xbox 360 in 2013.

Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII during the franchise’s 25th anniversary celebration events in Shibuya and Seattle. A direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2, the game is set hundreds of years in the future, and offers more customization than ever before in a Final Fantasy title. Its creators described the game in detail during tonight’s events.

Overall Concept

Lightning Returns brings back Lightning, the warrior you’ve come to know from Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2, for an all-new adventure.

In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning was the protagonist, a strong character, the face of Square Enix, and one of the most iconic Japanese characters at the time. Her keyword was “courage,” as she “turned her back on destiny and fought bravely as a soldier,” according to project director Motomu Toriyama.

In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning surpassed humanity and become a deity, and was turned to crystal. In the download content episode, she awakens from her crystal, however, whether it was a dream or reality is unknown.

In Lightning Returns, Lightning is back “stronger than ever.” She is “facing her final battle” and ending her legend, according to Toriyama. There are three words to represent her character: “light, agility, and elegance.” These words will also represent the gameplay experience.

The second concept, “World Driven,” is “what makes the game original.”

“It is a completely unique and original idea not even found on the internet,” said Toriyama. “Imagine yourself as a resident [of Cocoon]. Your world, Cocoon, is in motion, much like the way the Earth rotates around the sun. The sun rises and sets just like in our world. It may even have the same four seasons as we do. Life may not be so different on Cocoon. By experiencing life in a constantly moving world, everyone can create their own story. A world that is constantly in motion will change the experience forever. That is the concept we’ve chosen to call ‘World Driven’. The world in this case is referring to the environment embracing the character – the atmospheric elements and ecology of the world.”

Lightning Returns is set across four islands called Novus Partus. But the world is facing a major crisis, which Square Enix has dubbed “The Last 13 Days.”

“There are only 13 days left until Armageddon. The end of the world signifies the end of humanity. Death looms over Lightning everywhere she treads.”

Toriyama showed concept art for an oasis village, where the sun sets and rises just as it does in our world. “At dusk, a group of thieves begin their hunt,” he said. “People’s lives are depicted in a realistic manner.”

He philosophically added, “How will you spend the last hours of your life?”

But there is a second meaning behind the concept of “World Driven.” Final Fantasy XIII players know of two worlds: the game world and the real world. Square Enix wants players to experience Final Fantasy‘s world both inside the game world and outside.

“We want you to constantly stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters,” said Kitase. “As the first step, we plan on frequently updating both the official website and Facebook page with new information.” More details are to come regarding the game’s real world connectivity at a later time.

Game Design

‘Concept #1: World Creation’

The world of Lightning Returns gives players “the freedom to explore at will, rather than forcing players to follow a path,” according to project design director Yuji Abe.

Enter the “Doomsday Clock,” an idea the team at Square Enix got from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists‘ end of the world countdown clock of the same name. Midnight on this clock signifies the world’s demise, explained Abe. But just as the hands of time can move closer to midnight, it can move back further from it, as well. In Lightning Returns, the world has the same concept.

Defeating enemies can make the clock move backwards, away from midnight. However, when Lightning performs “certain miracles,” she “pays a toll on time,” moving the hands forward, closer to midnight.

“Time can be a hard concept to see without changes,” said Abe, which is Lightning Returns‘ constant flow of time is reflected through changes in the game world.

“People sleep at night and wake up in the morning. As the day progresses, minor developments are seen all around. With morning comes the hustle and bustle of residents going throughout their daily lives. You can see many head to work or school. Some go and hang out near the stations. Around noon, cafes and restaurants are swamped with hungry customers.”

During the day, monsters are rarely seen. However, it is still possible to engage in battle when the sun is out.

When night falls, people will begin heading home from work, and a lesser amount overall will populate the streets. However, the taverns will open their doors for business, and those who enjoy night walks can be seen taking a stroll. But monsters are likely to come out at this time, and Lightning will find herself up against more creatures during the night.

Accessibility is also a key factor in the game’s use of time.

“There are blind alleys found on the map,” said Abe. “If you’re not careful, spending too much time in one place can result in being trapped there until morning. That is one of the horrors of this game.”

As a method of travel throughout Novus Partus, the game will introduce a monorail system connected to each island. This runs on a timetable, just like our world. Trains completely stop running at night. During certain times, you might have to wait a while before the next train arrives.

‘Concept #2: Lightning’

In Lightning Returns, Lightning’s costumes, abilities, weapons, and armor can be customized.

“We cannot tell you how many [costume] choices you will have at this time, but I can tell you it’s a lot more than 10 or 20. Changing costumes will not only affect the aesthetics of the character. Costumes will have various parameters and we’re currently contemplating adding some that may even affect the actions she can unleash in battle, such as unleashing different abilities. Details will be revealed at a later date.”

In Final Fantasy XIII, Lightning’s weapons had little variation in shape. however, in Lightning Returns, the size and silhouette of weapons come in a large variety.

An image of Lightning wielding the sword of one of Final Fantasy‘s “infamous monsters” was shown.

Lightning can steal and wield this sword for herself.

A new battle feature, “that will allow instantaneous equipment swapping,” is currently in consideration. Square Enix hopes to show it at some point.

Speaking of combat, the game introduces a brand new battle system, which promises action unlike any other Final Fantasy before it, while also retaining some of the elements you’ve come to know and love from the series. You will even be able to control Lightning’s movements in battle. Outside of battle, Lightning’s movements have also progressed. She is now able to jump, hang off ledges, duck, and hide behind ledges.

Game World and Environment

Novus Partus, mentioned earlier as the world in which the game is set, is composed of four islands “floating in the Sea of Chaos,” according project art director Isamu Kamikokuryo. These islands, which are “full if wilderness, desert, ruins, and rock terrain,” are surrounding by a blue lagoon. Beyond this lagoon, however, lies a waterfall leading to the abyss.

The shrine of Etro, as well as the floating New Cocoon, can be seen in towards the back of the game world.

Kamikokuryo focused in on Luxerion, “the city of light” and Novus Parus’ largest metropolis. Those who worship the sacred god Bhunivelze live in this city. It was created to a Gothic aesthetic, sprinkled with mechanical and fantasy elements. The previously mentioned monorail system runs above the city, making it a bit noisy at times.

Luxerion’s colors are primarily shades of black and white. Various furniture and other items can be seen throughout its streets, creating a “real, yet surreal” experience. Some areas in the city are reminiscent of medieval times, while others are more futuristic. Some even depict the slums.

Kamikokuryo showed off a set of inanimate objects, which he says play a large part in creating its atmosphere. They are designed to have a retro appeal.

Residents in Luxerion are all of their own kind. Some wear veils to cover their faces, others wear mechanical backpacks, and some appear to be cyber-thiefs.

Monsters here “are a result of Chaos,” said Kamikokuryo. “Does Lightning really have what it takes [to defeat them]?” he asked.

An official website for Lightning Returns has been opened in both North America and Japan. It promises more details on September 4.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. The first set of concept art can be seen at the gallery. A set of video presentations from the game’s creators, which share the same information compiled above, can be seen below.

Message: Yoshinori Kitase, Producer

Overall Concept: Motomu Toriyama, Director

Game Design: Yuji Abe, Design Director

Game World: Ismau Kamikokuryo, Art Director

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  • Azurex21

    I might be in the minority here…but I can’t wait for this!!

  • Kurai Warrior

    Great, Versus XIII for 2014/2015 then? I hope I’m wrong. I just wish SE wold show both of these games at the same time, that would make everyone happy. 

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Indeed! I would quit trolling 13/3 and just be happy.But NO they have to be dicks >:|

  • Kougeru

    I hope the FAcebook is limited to trophies lol . >.<  

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Sounds like they  took some of versus tech and put it in this -_-

    But seriously we need some versus

  • Danikun

    Countdown to the end of the world.

    Majora’s mask?

    • FlameEmperor

      Lol was thinking that too.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    This is a sad day in the gaming world when a company can’t even listen to majority of its fan base. What the hell type of name is that? Just pitiful Square just pitiful.

    *Gets Mad Like The Hulk*

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      For sure,and is it just me or is it taking stuff from versus.

      I mean world scaleing(versus)
      more real time combat(versus)
      Multiple weapons(versus)
      I mean come one :

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Because they have no creative mind and they just trying to copy Nomura because they’re scared FF Versus XIII (a PS3 exclusive) will out sell FF XIII-3 (a multiplat). 

        • It probably will… please let this be Toriyama last major project for Square, and after that he can be the lead director for all iOS, Droid and Social facebook games for all I care. 

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Agreed,he has no talent anymore,he just needs to sit back and staple something.

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Yeah I actually think that they dont want to release versus before 13-3 because it would show just how bad 13 really is

        • In all politeness, that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            You have your opinions I have minds. 

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            You have your opinions I have minds. 

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            You have your opinions I have minds. 

            • Claiming a team is trying to copy another team and that a company is not releasing a game because they’re scared it will outsell another one of their games is not an opinion.

              Seriously. Think about how ridiculous that sounds.

              “Oh no, we’re not releasing this game. It will outsell our other game. Making more money… that’s not cool at all!”

              • KingOptimusOrigins111

                Ok, so when this game only sales 1.5 million what are you going to say it was a wise move on Square Enix part. When they can be be investing in other projects like FF Versus XIII, FF Type-0 localization, Kingdom Hearts 3, and possibly FF XV

                • Kobracon

                  I would say ‘Awesome’ because now they have even MORE money to invest into those games, giving us a more quality product.

                  Srsly what are you getting at? Both games are made by the same company, why would they be afraid of one game getting more popular than another of THEIR OWN games? If I made a pizza and it was popular, then made another pizza that could be even MORE popular, I’d bloody well release it coz it’d bring more money to my deli so that I can make even BETTER and BIGGER pizzas

              • rockman29

                More crazy things have happened in the world, Sal.

                Just because it sounds crazy doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. You follow world news? Yea, crazier shit has happened.

                Fact is the reason why VS XIII has been delayed so much is something no one knows, and you’re no different. Don’t tell your readership off just because you disagree.

                Saying it’s possible is one thing. Ruling it out without being sure is just naive.

    • Yeah, we know that is what you think. Do you really need to post the same thing in every single Final Fantasy 13 article?

      Like I’ve said time and time again, the idea of Square-Enix holding back Versus just to make fans upset is completely ridiculous. Yes, they have had some problems during this long development cycle, but that doesn’t mean they would sit on a finished product for no reason.

      They know how the fans feel, they have made that much clear in the last few weeks. Several key staff members have recently asked fans to have a bit more patience. I’ll admit, they could have communicated with the fans better these last few years, but that is something Square-Enix is getting better at. In fact, communicating with fans has been a problem with Japanese studios for years now, it’s good to see them improving in this area. The first mistake Square-Enix made was announcing Versus in 2006. They highly underestimated the cost of HD gaming, along with overestimating the power of their own in house game engines. Once again, they are not alone in this, most JP studios have been dealing with the exact same problem this generation. When both of these problems were discovered, it resulted in many projects having to be put on pause while they upgraded tech. In the mean time, they were able to use Crystal Tools to create a few games. They released Final Fantasy 14 and ever since they have been trying to keep the ship from sinking. If you think about all of this, it makes sense as to why Versus has been delayed time and time again. Just like the Last Guardian is still not out.

      Moving on…

      I think we should be ecstatic that the rumors about Versus getting cancelled were not true. That was a very positive thing. More fans should focus on that, stay positive.

      In the mean time, this other team is working on a new Lightning game. What is so wrong about that? I really like the idea of a Doomsday Clock. The end of the world scenario kinda reminds me of Majora’s Mask. The gameplay sounds like its all brand new, I’m looking forward to seeing more of the game. Should be a trailer coming out soon.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Um excuse me I’m not the only one who is pissed. KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler is pissed to as well as others.  The point is this is just milking to high heavens. They just had a FF XIII game this year do they really need another one with more disappointing sales. Its time for Square to move on. Hopefully FF Versus XIII crashes TGS 2012 and steals the lightning from from FF XIII-3 for a release in 2013 World Wide Autumn :)

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Hey at least MGS:GZ looks cool :D

          And it had footage!!!!

          And yeah Versus Better crash TGS,anything else would just go and be forgotten with the other games that will be getting shown.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            I have to see that MGS:GZ footage tomorrow to make my final decision but yeah just 3 more weeks to this game is forgotten by the hands of Nomura. What’s weird is Nomura hasn’t confirmed that FF Versus XIII won’t be TGS 2012 like he does every year.

            • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

              yeah and a few…sources have said he will be there,if versus is,I will flip out like a little crazed drug fueled fanboy.

              as for mgs:GZ I think it will be good,just as long as kojima was there from the begining (unlike PW) 

              • KingOptimusOrigins111

                Well, we got The Last Of Us & MGS:GZ to look forward to tomorrow but I’m mostly looking forward for The Last Of Us.

                • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                  Tlou does look amazing,is it being shown?

                  • KingOptimusOrigins111

                    I believe so.

                    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                      How did I not know about this D:

        • My problem is that you continue to repeatedly rant about the same things in multiple articles. The commenting section is not meant to be a personal blog. I don’t mind off topic rants every once in a while, I even encourage the ones that lead to healthy discussions. I don’t really see how posting personal opinions on why Versus is not out in multiple articles is necessary. So, you don’t like this new FF 13 game? That’s fine, but either share a civil explanation as to why, or move on to the next article.

          Our Commenting Guidelines here encourage this greatly. I do my best to keep the discussion in each article relevant and enjoyable. You already made basically the exact same post in a different article, what purpose does it serve to post it again here? Some would call this spam, or trying to boost up your post count. I don’t think you are trying to do that, but I’m trying to make it clear why I have a problem with it. If the article is about Halo 4 for example, what purpose does posting why you like another series better serve? It’s not the appropriate place to start that type of discussion.

          For example, with traditional message boards (forums), you have different sections that all feature different topics to discuss. It’s all divided up to keep the discussion on point. If you start posting the exact same thing, or something close to the exact same thing in multiple sections on a message board, people are going to likely report you. The folks in the Halo section, do not want to read about how you like so and so better than Halo. If they wanted to discuss why they like so and so game better than Halo, they would start up that discussion in the appropriate section. Many message boards have a general discussion section, where users can discuss anything they like. Some would call this the spam forum. We have our own version of that here on Gematsu, even though this is not a message board. It’s called the open forum, and as you might have noticed, I’ve never had a problem with you or any of your posts in the open forum.

          I bring up the Commenting Guidelines often and that is because I try everyday to make the commenting on Gematsu more enjoyable. Like it says in the guidelines, We’re trying to create an environment where our readers can share their opinions openly and in a mature fashion.


          • Kobracon

            *slow clap*

          • rockman29

            Enjoyable for whom?

            You guys want people to just post what you want? Be all flowery all the time?

            Some moderation. That’s some epic fail.

            • My post was a kind way to remind KingOpt about the commenting guidelines. This is not the first time I’ve had to make a post like this. What exactly is your problem with what I said? I never said that users can’t post something negative, or criticize something.

              The entire comment was directed only at KingOpt, since he had proceeded in making almost word for word, the exact same comment in multiple threads. I nicely reminded him to look at the guidelines, it’s not something we encourage.

              What’s wrong with trying to keep the comments on Gematsu enjoyable? Like I said, I’m fine with people criticizing a game or company, just so long as they do so in a mature civil manner.

              This has been a problem, in fact, it’s one of the main reasons the guidelines were created. Users were taking negative or critical posts to far, attacking each other and turning the comments in multiple threads into post wars. I think you understand the type of comments I’m talking about.

              I try to just drop in a warning when I see people ignoring the guidelines. In KingOpt’s case, he was really pushing it. I read all of his posts and noticed this, my first comment should have been the one you responded to. Instead, I decided to make a normal response with my opinions on what he posted. I realized after he posted that I failed to issue any sort of warning, so I made that above response.

              Like I said above, the commenting guidelines really do a great job at explaining the types of comments we encourage on Gematsu. The guidelines were created by the moderation team and Sal. I hope reading this helped you understand why I made the post.

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        Actuuuually square is quite well known for delaying things so they can finish other products(like how they have taken versus team to work on 13,not to mention they like to only advertise one game at a time so that its sales arnt in competition with other games they are making.

        I dont see why optimus post are a problem at all,hes upset because square is ignoring the game he wants and going on and making more 13,he isnt exactly alone in feeling this either.

        • For the record. I don’t recall them ever saying the few people they borrowed from the Versus team way back in like 2008 delayed the game any. I imagine they were still trying to get the game to run on Crystal Tools properly back then. (Chances are Versus is not even using that version of the Crystal Tools engine anymore.) It’s all speculation on our part.

          As for the sales part, they could still be planning to release Versus months before Lightning Returns for all we know.

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Well its  not hard too see that they are taking versus team(more then once)

            As you can deduct from multiple interviews,and the fact that 13-3 has some more versus like stuff

            • Well, all I’m saying is, we don’t know for sure unless they announce it or something. It sounds plausible, I’ll give you that. Regardless, I don’t think its doing much to delay Versus. I’ve always figured the delay was related to technical issues, kinda like Sony explained with The Last Guardian. You know, getting the game to run properly and stuff.

              • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                Why isnt this comment connected?

                But from a tech standpoint I dont think they are having any major issues right now,I think they are takeing time with ramming a giant amount of content in though and the teams being spread is casuing it too slow

        • Kobracon

          Well…whats wrong with it is that hes starting to sound like a spoiled brat. (No offense Optimus, massive TF fan) This is a civil place, lets try and keep the haters a minimum as well as the fanboyism.

          I understand the fans of FFXIII are a minority (which is sad to me coz the lore is fantastic), but that doesn’t mean SE should ignore us either. Its a company like this that listens to the minority as well that gave us niche Japanese titles that we never would have gotten otherwise.

          Patience is a virtue, KingOptimus and KingKellog (huh just realised you’re both kings…)

          And besides, theres no proof Versus will be amazing either. Just coz it takes a long time doesn’t mean it’ll be super, awesome and fantastic *looks at Duke Nukem and Diablo*

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Diablo always sucked and blizzard like making more of the same,Nomura has an amazing track record and has never dissapointed me,plus Ive seen footage of it and what it plays like and I love it

            I think the complaining is good,it gives us angry people a chance to vent,and we kinda need it after 6 years XD

            and yeah I just noticed hes a king too

  • Leonix7791

    I absolutely can’t wait to see how this game will turn out ! 

  • Revorse

    Sounds like it’s going to be an Action RPG. Not that that’s a bad thing or anything. But it seems weird to have 2 games as menu driven, and then the 3rd to change completely. Well, regardless, I want to see more..

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Yeah thats kinda lame to change,and I despised 13s combat

      • Kobracon

        Why is it lame if u “despised” 13’s combat? Wouldn’t this give u an opportunity to love the new combat system?

        • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

          Well its not a cool thing to do to the fans of 13/13-2  many of them liked it,and switching it up on them is kinda lame :

          Ill probably llike it more but Im not a fan you know?

          • Kobracon

            Oho yes I know…judging from all the posts you make its not hard to deduce that you aren’t a fan on XIII.

            As a fan however, I can say I’m excited to see Lightning play in an ARPG style. FFXIII 1 and 2 did good with the battle system, now its time for a new one.

            • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

              lol yeah I usually dont go out of my way to hate on things,but I am frustrated XD

  • I would have given this a shot… but since it’s a solo action rpg… is very disappointing. Just gonna wait another decade for versus…

  • This actually sounds really cool.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    This games sounds awesome!!!
    Cant wait.

    That said: commence bitching about square everyone!

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Waaay ahead of you!

  • DarthBrian

    That Facebook crap better not be integral to the experience. I don’t have a Facebook account and I’m never getting one. SE can go to hell if I need one to play this game. >__>

    I really want to play this. ^_^

  • bebestorm117

    Im shocked this is a new world I was expecting Cocoon and Gran Pulse. Im anxious to see it! I really like the art.

  • Okay, I think I’m done updating the post. Everyone, please give it another look!

  • chinglee

    Only thing I dislike is the Majoras Mask esqu time thing.

    Everything else sounds freakin amazing!

  • “What will you do with your final days when certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods,”
    Hmm. I’m calling it. An obvious ultimate weapon/hunt/costume/accessory mission only available as the world is about to end and you must complete said mission before the clock runs out then rewind time or however you’ll add time to the clock.

    • KainArkanos

      That would be pretty much like the Excalibur II crap of FFIX

      • Kobracon

        Oh god I remember that. I just said ‘sod to it’ and continued the game. Immensely satisfied with that decision to this very day ^_^

      • FFIX is my favorite. That excalibur 2 shit pissed me off. Get to disc 4 in 12 hours? Bullshit.

  • KainArkanos

    The stupid limited time thing should’ve never entered a FF game, not that I even plan on buying this game just like I didn’t buy FFXIII-2 because they’ve done nothing but stupidity with this franchise since the first game.

  • Awesome.
    Can’t wait for the trailer!!!
    Lightning <3

  • DarthBrian

    So, it’s a game starring Lightning (who I love (as a character) as well as her Japanese VA Maaya Sakamoto (mmmmm…Maaya <3)), with a Majora's Mask-like countdown system, where if you fail you have to start the whole game over again with all the abilities you've already gained up to that point, and you get to change her play-style via a Materia/Dress Sphere system, and can change her costumes too?

    This sounds awesome! O_O

    • Acidicsam

      I agree. This sounds downright fantastic!

  • Do want.

  • Wow..fantastic cant wait more,really I wish is gonna RPG Action <3

  • Well… by their promises it seems the game will be good… 
    The time limit thing is what bugs me little… my experience with Rorona at first was horrible with this time management at first…
    If it is a WHOLE 13 days then I wouldn’t mind at all… because having 312 hours is more than enough… But I know it’s not that simple..

    • Kobracon

      According to the vids, you can add to the clock as well. Giving you more or less time depending on your actions. I just hope they aren’t talking outta their ass like Peter Molyneux.

  • Added lots of English videos!

  • Added lots of English videos!

    • bebestorm117


    • Kobracon

      Really enjoyed them. Thanks, Sal!

  • Noctionus

    “Bahahaha!. That’s FFXIII-3 for you guys!. Only 1 playable chara, limited times, and action oriented. Please buy this!…” -Toriyama

    Square Enix strikes again.

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Just what people wanted!!

      Oh anda time limit :D……oh wait

    • DarthBrian

       So, it’s just like Crisis Core except with the Majora’s Mask countdown thing. I don’t see a problem with this.

      • Noctionus

        If didn’t give a **** about previous characters, then yeah sure.

    • it is a Action game, not a tradicional rpg

  • FlameEmperor

    3 games before versus XIII……
    The game sounds interesting so I’ll be getting it…..
    I’m a sucker for Final Fantasy games x.x

  • DarthBrian

    IGN posted a news video thingie and they described some of the costumes Lightning can wear. One of them has platform shoes with fish in them. O_O

    Link to said video:

    • Josue LaFountaine

      They were clearly joking…. -_-

      • DarthBrian

         I believe they were not. *harumph*

  • HarryHodd

    Time limit sounds iffy. I dislike that they give you an open world to explore but all is under a time limit so you’ll never be able to explore it fully in one playthrough most likely.

    • Kobracon

      Well the vids mentioned that the time can go backwards as well depending on what Lightning does. Remember that it is not simply based on a timer but on the Doomsday Clock. Go and google that. It goes forwards as well as back.

      • HarryHodd

        Hopefully I can explore at a leisurely pace.

  • Kurai Warrior

    Sorry SE you still aren’t getting my money. Try harder. Better yet, just show Versus XIII. 

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Agreed good sir!!

    • the problem is all yours

  • i Cant Wait what the Story Talk About :))

  • guess guys what i found 

    my Wish is come True Lol is Really Gonna Be Action RPG :P

    • Aldridge517

      I play FFXIII like an action rpg anyway. I don’t stop tapping the X button even if it is automated combat xD

    • zakou

       Yupp it was hinted many times in the interviews, they used words like “Fast action”  “light is flexible”  and  stuff that i forgot but most of them pointed out it to be action rpg XD very good news indeed.

  • Anton Kutscherow

    This is so funny^^

    i think this game will be awsome ^^
    if someone want a classic final fantasy buy final fantasy dimensions and please SHUT UP !!

  • Zuhri69

    I just hope that doomsday clock wont be such a hassle. I love taking my time in my games, thats why I can never get into games that have tight time management. Yeah, I’m lame like that.

  • DarthNemesis

     Some of the new features sound good,but they should have used these
    ideas on the first game.Then instead of making ffxiii 2 and 3 they
    should have already got vs out of the gate or kh3.Or they should have
    scrapped the entire ffxiii project since it is crap -bought both games
    at discounted price and they suck- and just made vsxiii ffxiii.I am tired of square’s incompetence.

  • Aldridge517

    Can’t wait to see in-game footage :D

  • Kobracon

    An action RPG eh? That has potential. and with Light’s abilities alot of opportunities arise. I just hope the story really wraps up nicely. FF13-2 left too many unanswered questions that the third really needs to address.

  • Everything sounds perfect. Going to love this game!

  • xMCXx

    “Yeah, who even needs a party? Players nowadays don’t want characters, they want action!”
    – SE

  • GOTY

  • It is impossible to please everyone, but when you just take a look at the like and dislike bar in these videos, you can see: THE HATERS ARE THE MINORITY, WE XIII FANS WINS. Go Light, we really love you so much.

    • dart2087


  • I wasn’t satisfied with last night’s post.

    Bam. Look at dat update.

    • very good now, much better than IGN

    • bebestorm117

      Sweet update! Im happy its a new world.

  • Charlie

    This sounds so promising. I hope it turns out well!

  • margherita mastropaolo

    i’ll buy this after versus thirteen is releasesd

  • I think most of slutty Square-Enix do that to the fans, there was thousands of people worldwide watching the conference, sponsored exhibited only for customers and VIPs from Square-Enix shop, and other fans around the world were made ​​of clowns, we were shown the trailer and demo of the game, I am disappointed with this mode of action from Square-Enix with fans watching had people from various countries such as Brazil, USA, Spain, France, Ecuardo, Germany, Italy, pure lack of respect!

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      Your liberal abuse of all things English shows a lack of respect.

  • Sovereign Gale

    A lot of people have already said the same thing, but the whole “countdown to the end of the world” reminds me of Majora’s Mask. I’m particularly happy with that, since MM was my favorite Zelda game. What I loved about it was the persistent sense of dread, and seeing the people in Termina react to the imminent doom. Another thing that I loved about the game was that you were forced to accept that you couldn’t help EVERYBODY in just three days time (I hear it’s possible, but you have to be a master of the speed run…), and some of them would die unfulfilled when the moon came crashing down. It was sad, but that fact alone added some replayability to the game. It had me thinking “what should I do in this cycle? Where should I go next?” and stuff like that.

    That’s why I’m completely sold on this game’s concept, and I hope I’ll be able to experience something similar by the time I get to play it. Here’s hoping…

  • Dc1

    Although I have “Platinumed” both FF13 and FF13-2, I will admit that I have been less than enthused about FF13-3…as a form of individuality protest, I was going to wait a few months to pick of FF13-3.   My heart and mind continue to point to FF Versus.   
    However,… After listening to that wonderful music in the background of  Montomu Toriyama’s presentation (love the FF13 series music), I’m pulled back in!  Hook Line and Sinker. 

    I know its seems very trivial, but isn’t music part of the experience and journey?  The stories and game play isn’t that bad .. just slight beneath our expectations.  

    I just might be lost cause for FF games.  No matter how many times I want to walk away .. they just keep pulling me back in. 

    • Noctionus

      Finally. Someone who aren’t in “Screw the haters I love this game just because it had ‘Final Fantasy’ letters on the box!” hype train.

      Maybe I would buy this game if the previous characters will be back in this game. But after saw the preview… :

      • Malcolm Reynolds

        Screw the haters. I’m buying two copies just to piss you off. Hows that?

        • Noctionus

           And you think I’m a hater of FFXIII?. What a wizard you are!…

        • Luis Toribio

           waste ur money on shit :D who cares

  • ryo_dragoon

    Lightning ruined Final fantasy…

  • Fantasytales

    OMG!!! who am i  kidding im not even surprised i kinda new they were going to do this, but as mad as i am for square enix wasting so many good years on just FF13 i know that in the end im going to get this on the 1st day it comes out, im just a sucker for final fantasy good or bad. 

    • Kurai Warrior

      Why would you buy a game if it was bad? That is stupid….That means you are supporting bad ideas. 

      • Sovereign Gale

         It’s up in the air whether this game will be bad or good, though. And as far as ideas are concerned, I certainly wouldn’t say that Lightning Returns is bad. I actually love the concept, since it reminds me of Majora’s Mask, as I’ve already said in these comments.

  • FaithlessMr

    Since I wrote a comment on this on another website I go to, and I don’t feel like writing everything off my chest again, I’ll just copy paste :3

    Hmmm….the idea of yet another FF XIII game at first made me go “do not want”, but
    after sitting through these videos, I think my opinion did change, a little bit.

    I enjoyed FF XIII and it’s sequel, to some extent. The games had serious flaws (the first in game design, and the second in the storytelling), but were enjoyable as a whole. That should be enough for me to be wanting yet some more FF XIII, but that’s not the case.

    The Final Fantasy series has been my favorite since, well, ever. Okay or at the very least since I first played a FF game, a loooooong time ago. And what I loved most about the series was the hybrid continuity to it that made it so unique. I think Kitase said it best in his video. Every game represented a new take on the tale of the crystals, a new group of characters, stories, worlds…and that’s what made the series stay so fresh. You’d find familiar and conforting elements blended in perfectly with new stories, situations, worlds and characters at every

    And now there’s Final Fantasy XIII. And now we have three games based off the same mythos and world (well, one could argue this takes place on a new world, but it’s basically the same mythos and the same character making an appearance). Why turn FF XIII into a series of it’s
    own..? At this point, SE could be using all these assets into making a new IP.

    Their ideas are really nice. The whole Majora’s mask thing to it, if well executed, can give the player a feeling of control over the world events, that can definitely feel fresh and amazing.

    And now, I reaaaaaally hope this game gives FF XIII some closure. It’s about time SE moves on to better, new things. It’s hard for me to talk about this without being singled out by fans of the game as a “hater”, but that’s not the case. I have nothing against the FF XIII story arc, but I just feel that by now, they’re stretching it, to a point where the narrative makes little to no sense. I thought FF XIII-2 was fun, but I also believe it was heavily shoehorn into FF XIII. I mean (FF XIII SPOILERS), everything ended well in FF XIII. Everyone was happy. At least now they let everyone know there would be more to FF XIII (with FF XIII-2’s ending).

    And now I’ll stop talking coz no one will read this wall of text anyway :3

    • Kazziyan

      I read it, Faith (I’m sure you know me despite my username). :p It’s definitely understandable considering every FF is new.

      But I feel if they didn’t make a new title and instead a movie or something, the team would get a lot of flak for it even moreso with the fans of this game. It would be far more problematic.

      That said, it also spells out a direction- game design wise where FF is going– well returning to. With this game being open world and returning to a lot of staple features which XIII lacked and to some extent XIII-2 where they questioned where the brand was going after X/XII I guess. It shows they’re willing to make great changes and bring back a lot of what people want. Considering how different this will be from the previous two games. The new world is a big plus.

      I think they’re stretching it as well but they do need to finish what they started, but I don’t think its to the point that it makes no sense though. I guess I find it pretty easy to follow and the mythos is universal to FNC. That’s just me though.

      Lightning is also pretty popular, believe it or not she definitely is and I can see why they’d bring her back as well. Be it marketing or concerns from XIII-2 anyway. I think it would be more concerning for the majority if they had it totally new (characters) right off from XIII-2.

      But yeah they are definitely valid concerns. Those are just my two cents on why I think it is ok. :3

      • FaithlessMr

         Yeah, I know you alright :) We all go to the same sites and places in the internet, eheh. Well yeah, I was definitely reluctant about this game at first, but after knowing some more about it, I’m slowly letting it in. I know the story does need some closure, but wasn’t FF XIII’s story self contained? XIII-2 was made with this game in mind, and that’s what disappoints me. It’s just something I never came to expect out of this franchise.

        Okay, so they seemed to got it right in the gameplay/game design departments. The new world looks interesting, and I love the whole doomsday clock thingamajig, and the monorail, the active world gimmick that Zelda and Shenmue also used…all of that is great. But I can’t help but think this could all be done without the FF XIII tag attached to it. I’m concerned about the story here. FF XIII-2 had a….well, I’d want to say silly but that’s a negative word I wouldn’t want to use here, but let’s say….light hearted story, that was entertaining, sure, but never felt as epic as the story from the game that preceeded it. FF XIII was more movie than game, but the story and the characters had much more potential.

        You mentioned another thing that ticks me off…about the team going back to some series staples that somehow vanished in this new generation. Sometimes I just wonder…have they forgotten how FF games were made all of a sudden? I’ll take it FF XIII was more experimental in nature, but after that, it seems like they’re slowly (re)learning all the elements that made the classic FF games stand out as good rpgs and interesting games altogether. So in a way, most of the things they’re using to convince us this game is good are things that should have been there from the start; But I digress. What I meant to say was that at times, I fear that SE may rely too heavily on FF XIII and Light, which they believe to be much more popular than it actually is (that stands true for both FF XIII and Light herself). FF XIII sold 5mil, and that’s impressive, but the game was ill received by reviewers and fans alike, with some embracing it’s new approach willingly, and others feeling confused about the weird design choices that sustained that game. And I wonder….do they actually believe FF XIII-2 didn’t sell as much because it didn’t feature Lightning as the main character? Because I’m pretty sure that had little to no impact in the game’s sales anyway :P

        If SE ends up relying too much on FF XIII and Light, then I fear FF XIII related games may become a yearly tradition or something….and hey, this doesn’t hold true for FF XIII but for FF VII as well. The only FF VII related projects I care for are FF VII itself and Crisis Core. The rest, imo, is just unnecessary. But that’s just the way I see the FF series, some may be okay with these conceptual deviations and spin offs, and while I don’t mind an odd sequel or two, enough is enough :/

        • Kazziyan

          Yeah, I definitely think they could’ve had this as I new IP. I think this started all with when they mentioned that FFXIII-2 was created for rectifying feedback. Back in last Sept. when the game probably began development, they knew it would be a 2 part game. XIII’s story was definitely self-contained and had a happy end. XIII-2 while I really liked it, was short which I think hindered it in a lot of ways. They could have ended it at XIII-2 definitely this went in as planned. I have no answer to that, but Toriyama didn’t want to create a sequel to XIII so I believe it was management at fault for ending up making a trilogy.

          I think it’s disappointing as well. Like naaros mentioned how it was weird to get excited about entering any building of the city, for example. And it shows that it has been quite a while. I wonder why. 

          Hm, I’m not actually sure. I think it has to do something with it looking, to the general market, that it was another FF X-2 cause it had that… similar taste in color scheme and title arrangement? I do feel emphasizing that Lightning is returning will increase sales, but I personally think it was cause there was a lack of marketing. It was low key at major events like E3 where XIII had presence at the conferences. Know what I mean?

          Yeah, again definitely valid points. This could apply potentially to the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis. Maybe I’m just a little biased since I want to see the end to this story and I don’t want to pin the blame on the XIII team (I’m not saying you are haha just personal thing) as I don’t think they really have a choice most of the time, but I also prefer a renewed Final Fantasy under a new number and world at the end of the day, it takes priority. I hope Luminous being done ahead of time helps with this. :3

  • FaithlessMr

    Hmm…. hey guys. We’d like for the comments section to not be turned into a battlefield. So…if you like the game, comment on it saying why you like it or how excited you are about it. If you don’t like it, then just state why and move on. Please avoid baiting a group of users that like/dislike things you like/dislike.

  • i hope they introduce some playable character other than lightning in this new game because one of final fantasy great aspects is the teamwork and the story of each character. this does not mean that lightning is a boring character don’t misunderstand me .it’s exactly the opposite, lightning is one interesting character i ever seen. but alone and with no one else come on man! if one of the developers of final fantasy read this please at least add one character beside lightning                               

  • SirRussell

    I cant wait for this game. Even if we don’t get other characters to be we should at least get character skins or something. Just to change it up. It seems like it’ll be like nier with only one playable character. I didn’t mind it.  Only because the story was good

  • Lele Mett

    Here come all the hate from FF 7 fans and FF 13 V fans that can’t wait. I think…the game changed too much…but every FF changes too much. I want to what the game play will look like.