A look at Lightning's new outfit in Lightning Returns - Gematsu
A look at Lightning’s new outfit in Lightning Returns
posted on 12.18.12 at 10:49 AM EST by (@salromano)
Trailer to debut at Jump Festa this Saturday, December 22.

This month’s V-Jump has the first look at Lightning’s new outfit in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. And the first screenshots of the actual game, too.

Lightning Returns follows Final Fantasy XIII protagonist Lightning, who is awakened after a long, crystal sleep and tasked with saving a collapsing world.

Monsters will run rampant in cities, among other areas. Depending on the time of day, enemies are either stronger or weaker. Lightning will be able to move about obstacles freely. Her actions will take advantage of the difference in elevation.

A trailer for Lightning Returns will debut at Jump Festa this Saturday. Stay tuned.

Thanks, Kazu4281.

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  • Raiyu

    I don’t like it…well the black top more than anything else, it makes everything look weird.

  • People are divided on this, but I’m loving it. Can’t wait for the trailer this weekend.

    • people always are divided, is a ilusion think that everyone like the same things

      • Oh of course, I just mean from what I’ve seen, it’s a pretty strong divide. It’s not like there’s far more people that like than don’t. It seems very 50/50.

  • Iightning-swaaaan!!

  • I don’t hate FF XIII as much as other. It just left me a sense of unfulfilled after playing through. This title is FF XIII’s swan song. Good or bad, I decide to have one and judge later.

  • DesmaX

    what’s up with her boobs?

    • chinglee

      She got punched in one of em’ and now it’s swollen so it looks bigger than the other boob.

      • AerithRinoa23

        That seriously made me laugh! Nice one :)

    • Kobracon

      I’m gonna say bad lighting on that pic of her. Need to wait for the trailer for a better look.

      • Michael Garling

        This is depressing that we’re all sitting around waiting for “a better look” at her breasts…

        • Kobracon

          Its funny you interpreted it that way. I honestly meant the whole ensemble.

  • Darkdoom

    Remember Versus XIII? Neither do I.

  • I think I preferred it better if Square just did an update on her first outfit, not this S&M stuff.

  • Genesis

    It’s not bad. If I could change one thing, I would change the skirt.

  • FaithlessMr

    I….I don’t really like it that much. It’s kinda messy, lots of different influences and shapes. But I guess that’s the least of my concerns regarding this game.

    • KurisuMakise

      I agree, there’s too much going on and I don’t see the point of the skirt/body suit/basically the lower portion. First costume is the best costume, in my opinion. However, the gamepay elements sound intriguing and the screens looked nice.

      • FaithlessMr

        Yeah I mean, there’s just too much going on there and I wish they’d settle for a single style instead of mashing it all up for that outfit.

        I’m interested in the gameplay concepts I’ve heard about, but I’m not sure how will they piece ’em all together. The thing with this game is that as much as I’d had fun with FF XIII and it’s direct sequel, I wish SE would move on to other projects or even numbered FF titles instead of dwelling on the same characters, worlds and mythos. This is not what I came to expect out of the FF series, is all.

    • This game will be another blockbuster and shut up your hater mouth

      • FaithlessMr

        Ahahah, made my day :D You’re not even trying, are you?

        In all seriousness, we really, really don’t appreciate that type of attitude towards anyone else here, so please in the future refrain from displaying that type of inflammatory attitude towards anyone you disagree with in here, ok? Thanks.

        • Moderator – Good job taking something simple way too far.

          Content removed.

          • Kobracon

            OK srsly now? I like FF13 as much as the next guy but calm down dude. You won’t be here for long if you keep this up. If you are a true FF13 fan, you should be able to handle all the criticism and negativity by now. We’ve been pelted with so much of it you should be able to just shrug it off. He doesn’t like the design, just leave it at that.

          • FaithlessMr

            Well, seems like you were set on getting banned, so, there you go. It’s not like I didn’t ask you politely to stop doing it, so…Oh and about the other accounts thing, keep ’em coming. I’ve dealt with much worse than you before.

            • Kobracon

              HAH! I missed what he replied. I assume Mateus is GR with a different account and he just talked shit back to me?

              • FaithlessMr

                Basically, yes :P You didn’t miss out on anything really, it’s best just to report these situations and move on, giving the least possible ammounts of attention to these sad trolls who live only to get under people’s skins. ;)

      • Locksus

        You really don’t know who you’re insulting here?

        That kind of immature attitude just makes YOU the hated. Just please, learn to respect other people and accept their opinions as they are hardly going to affect your enjoyment of the game, are they?

        On topic: I don’t really dig her new look. I thought she looked fantastic with the armor in XIII-2 but here, I don’t know. I think I’ll need to see some gameplay of her, but now I’m not impressed.

        • Sue me!! And take care of your business, not mine. Nostalgic haters will always complain, but new fans are welcome.

          • Locksus

            What is your problem, exactly? You were insulting the moderator of this site. And I assume you know the consequences of acting like a child?

            Some people have a very good reason to dislike FF XIII and its sequel.

            I don’t exactly HATE XIII. I think it’s a good game, but a horrible Final Fantasy game. But that’s not what this is about. This is about Lightning’s new outfit, which seems to divide opinions.

            Why do you actually have to insult other people who just don’t agree with you? What’s bad about that? Aren’t differing opinions good?

            • Moderator – BS removed.

              • Locksus

                Oh, dear, talk about the lack of manners. Well, I guess we are on the interwebs.
                By the way, good job dodging my arguments by acting, yet again, like a 10-year-old child.
                Actually, what do I know? You might be one, after all.

                • KingOptimusOrigins111

                  Don’t mess with @twitter-189159987:disqus this guy came out of nowhere after a 3 or 4 day article about a VGA World Premier and decided to get into an argument with me because I said the VGA’s wasn’t good. I think he has this “my opinion is better than yours, so take your advice somewhere else” type of personality.

                  • Locksus

                    This. There is no reasoning with these people as they always keep coming back and insult other people for not agreeing with him.

                    • KingOptimusOrigins111


                    • Rezar

                      Exactly. You have to show respect to the mods and of course the admin. They keep this site running and keep the great environment it is.

        • FaithlessMr

          Yeah, I think the original FF XIII design is still her best yet, with her FF XIII-2 look coming on a great second. We should see the game in action soon I’m hoping.

          Oh and btw, I’d recommend you stop replying to him or any accounts this user creates, you’re just wasting your time and you’re just feeding his sad attempts to feel important and grand (aka, “feeding the troll”, in internet lingo”).

  • Is it me or is this very cloud(AC) esque?

  • neku

    nice outfit, i wonder if it will make the story good

  • genobee

    Uh… this happened if Nomura was drunk at work. I prefer his first FF13 outfit the best.

  • Xenovelgr

    Just like everything in this whole FFXIII series, it looks like a bunch of different peoples ideas mashed together into one awkward looking piece

  • KingOptimusOrigins111


  • KingNigma

    Is she wearing Snow’s old jacket as a dress?

  • Aldridge517

    Cool story. Where’s the update for Versus XIII?

  • I like the outfit. Maybe it is just me but The new outfit looks a bit more like something you would see a villain wearing. It’s very un-lightning.

  • I don’t dislike it, but I’m still fond of her original outfit.

    I wonder if they will have unlockable outfits for her in the game? More like DLC I’d imagine, or Pre-order bonuses. =/

    Just so long as the DLC isn’t handled so poorly again. 13-2 needed a season pass or something. They made you pay for like every outfit, and they were not that cheap. =/

    How about something better for people that have saves of the previous games this time SE? Themes are nice, but I’d like something special I can use in the game.

    • Kazziyan

      Outfits are apart of the gameplay and “job” system and they are equipment (think MMO’s so broken into parts) They involve X-2 gameplay switching on the fly as you fight, so it won’t be made DLC. Sure they might have sets of it, but there are already confirmed to be way more equipment than just 20 in the game.

      If that’s what you meant. But yeah you can switch it, I wonder if they have their original outfit or something too from XIII.

      • I guess somewhere along the line this information slipped past me, or I forgot. Thanks for the info. =)

        I still hope the DLC for the game is better than 13-2’s.

        • Kazziyan

          Me too. One thing I felt was, it was handed out too late. Many of us finished the game by the time this stuff released.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      the original one is the best =)

  • da first fing i though woz “Commander Shepard?” when i saw it……now i fink it lookz rediculous, like shez some crazy lookin’ Sith Lord or a Grey Jedi leanin’ towardz da Dark Side.

  • fireemblembeast

    Dafuq? It’s like a dark overlord outfit or something….The top is odd, to say the least (one breast looks bigger than the other, lol). Also, I don’t like how the leg-cape things don’t go on to the back. There’s just, like, this awkward gap that makes one’s eyes center on her crotch… =.=;

  • Kobracon

    Argh I’m a sucker for black and red. I like that Gundam Wing-esque shield on her arm. I am perfectly fine with the top but the hakama looks more than a little weird…It kinda reminds me of Mitsuhide Akechi from Basara…

  • Souji Tendou

    Ugly as ever Nomura.

  • Kazziyan

    Looks really cool. Love the classicness to it. I can’t wait to see the other outfits in the game.

    Nice info that you can even climb telephone polls and what not. Should be great.

  • PrinceHeir

    anyone seen that armor before?


    oh snap!!

    • I’ve seen a lot of people bring this up. I really don’t see the similarity, tbh. Other than the colors black and red.

    • MrRobbyM

      Yeah, I don’t see the resemblance either. Other than the long skirt, I see nothing similar.

  • So… From a soldier outfit to a goddess outfit and now, a Bleach-inspired Hollow armor…

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    Very aggressive and dark. I like it

  • Ramza Beoulve

    Look good but her first outfit from ff13
    are my top pick

  • Bloodios

    Perhaps it’s just me but this looks like some weird S&M outfit with a small towel wrapping around in place of a skirt *LOL*.

    I personally find Lightning’s original outfit very likable and easy on the eyes, while her Goddess outfit was simply badass, but this, er…, I don’t know… it looks like crap to me. However, I suppose this way, many people will be motivated to buy the downloadable costumes that Square had in store for the game…

    *Sigh* I hope we’ll get Seven’s outfit as downloadable costume for Lightning, someday…

  • EspadaKiller

    Ugh, don’t really like it.

  • wow,she Like Noctis(FFVXIII),i

    Cant Wait For Trailer <3

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    I skipped FFXIII-2 but I’m getting this day1. I’m a sucker for Lightning and I can’t help it.
    Armor design is kinda hit-or miss, more miss if you ask me but I hope there are alternatives in-game.
    Visiting Jump Festa on Saturday and stoked for the trailer.
    Is there any comprehensive overview of game publisher’s content at JF?

    • Really? I figured you would have given 13-2 a try.

      Gameplay wise, I’d say it’s superior to 13. The story is minimal but traveling around time is pretty cool. If you liked the battle system from 13, it’s just as fun in 13-2. Honestly, if you liked any part of 13, give 13-2 a try.

      I think they both are sorta a package deal. The sequel tries to address what fans complained about the most, but in doing so they allowed the story to take a back seat.

      Of course you could just watch the game on youtube. If you do, be sure to watch the Lightning DLC chapter. It’s the most important story stuff that leads into returns.

      • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

        I loved 13 (everything about it, but especially the characters) and I appreciate your advice but after playing XIII-2s demo I decided to skip it. I’m not in the least interested in the two playable characters and there are way too many QTEs during cut-scenes and battles.

        The maps are confusing and the story is kinda meh, which is the most important aspect for me in an RPG. I also dislike the fact that SE decided to ditch producing 1080p cut-scenes for PS3 altogether because of MS’s asinine decision to equip their console with a 20th century storage device -_- (SE had to re-encode PS3’s loss-less 1080p videos to 720p with compression artifacts on 360 to fit them on the DVDs)

        I will certainly take a look at the Raito DLC as it’s a direct prequel to LR:FFXIII but I still refuse to play FFXIII-2.

        • Locksus

          well, yeah. I thought XIII was an okay game, but its sequel is downright boring and dull. I HATE that I’m limited to 2 characters (Noel and Serah). The fact that they’re both boring characters doesn’t help at all. That said, the original XIII’s cast was nothing special either, but it’s so bad in this one.

          The music also took a nose dive. I can remember a few songs from XIII, but they’re all forgettable in XIII-2.

          I haven’t even finished the game, and I’m not planning to. It’s left such a bad taste in my mouth that I’m hesitant to pick up LR. I wish I hadn’t bought the game and all of its DLC in the first place. I was really stupid to buy all the DLC BEFORE trying out the game first. I thought that I’d like the game since I like XIII.

          • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

            I assume LR will bu vastly superior to XIII-2 but right now I’m just gonna check out progress updates and the trailer shown at Jump Festa.

            • Fair enough. I suppose 13-2 just wasn’t your cup of tea. Same for @gematsu-96055f5b06bf9381ac43879351642cf5:disqus

              • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

                Nah, I’m simply more interested in Story and characters than game-play in RPGs (that’s the reason why you will never see me playing a Bethesda “RPG” – they focus on buggy game-play first while story and characters are irrelevant) . So I’ll watch the cut-scenes on YT and read some synopses and summaries and can enjoy the heck out of LR (^-^)

                • Kanamion

                  Personally, Noel is my favorite character in the FFXIII series. Too bad it took the entire game before I started linking him. Hope is also pretty bad-ass though he basically took on a whole different personality. Still, it’s worth watching the cut-scenes at the very least.

  • new_tradition

    I’m surprised how much I like the outfit to be honest. Can’t wait for the trailer when we see Lightning hopefully wearing it and in action ^^

  • zakou

    Love it but i didn’t notice the smaller boob before, wtf? o,o the smaller boob doesn’t look right T_T

  • DragonSix

    It wouldn’t be so bad if she had pants.

  • Everyone is posting the exact same pics Square Portal posted for the first time… if these pics belong to them they deserve some credit.

  • Skelter

    This outfit clearly portrays that she’s at her highest level and is ready to bring this story to a close. Love it.

  • Skelter

    I’m anticipating this game so hard. I KNOW the mechanics are gonna be the best in the entire XIII series. Focusing solely on lighting I’m anxious to see the gameplay and level of action!

  • I’m replaying FF13 and OMG, this game is so awesome. Yes, it should be better with more exploration, but all things that Square Enix did in this game is amazing, the battle system, the history, the characters, Sazh, Vanille, Light, man I love them so much. Every scene is pure emotion, pure Japanese Hollywood. Haters apart, this game has good user score in any website, and sold 7 millions copies. Can’t wait for XIII-3.

  • Kobracon

    Years from now, the FF13 series will be known as the infamous ‘Fanbase Splitter’. Literally everything about this game seems to have mixed reactions….from the game to the outfit, this is one series that the FF fanbase will never agree on.

  • interesting

    the view not clear enough..its just magazines scan so the real looks might be different views..and also this game will features many dress and dress part paradigm system …those part can be change and has variety combination

  • Seph.. ???? X_X