Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII debut trailer leaked - Gematsu
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII debut trailer leaked
posted on 12.19.12 at 09:10 PM EST by (@salromano)
Lightning embarks on her final journey.

GameTrailers has posted the debut trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII ahead of its Saturday release. It has since been removed, but not before the internet grabbed hold of it. Watch it below while you can.

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  • Aldridge517

    I didn’t like the scan very much but the trailer convinced me. I’m ready for this game :D

  • Luna Kazemaru

    and the QQ begins

  • DarthBrian

    Looks awesome! Give me now!!!

    (also want Versus XIII, FFX HD, and Type-0)

    • I’ll second that.

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Type-0 for Vita would blow my mind. Just take a gander at the graphical comparison between God Eater 2 PSP vs. PSV, the mind is literally blown by the enhancements!

  • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

    Thanks for the information but I prefer to watch it on the big screen :P
    Crap like that saddens me. The leakers do not even get credit or recognition, so why the fuck do it?

    Edit 90 seconds later://Ok, I could not resist, damn you Sal -_-

    Surprised they prepared the Hillis voiced version for Jump Festa rather than the Sakamoto one. May I assume that the Japanese version will be shown on the show floor while this one is meant for the internets?!

    Anyways, game and Raito looking hot and sexy, really excited for this. But now I demand SE switch their media attention to Versus.

  • Nice trailer.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Something about the whole trailer seemed off to me.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      it had some odd frame rate issues for sure and the towns didn’t look HD

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        beyond that,

        • Rezar

          The ridiculous glasses she wears?

          • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

            Those made me laugh soo hard XD

            • Rezar

              I was watching the trailer and when I saw those I went “WHAT!?”.

              • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

                Yeah,I did Not see that coming.

                I mean the outfit was wierd enough,but those glasses just threw me over the edge XD

              • “Its different lets bash it!” grow up guys this looks amazing.

                • xMCXx

                  Amazing? I was just going: “The same shit, again?” when I watched it.

    • That is what I love about it Its suppose to seem like that.

      • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

        t’s supposed to make me not want to get it?

  • in english? nice.

  • neku

    Wow it actually looks pretty good especially the atmosphere. Hopefully it will not take very long to develop.

  • Looks amazing!

  • Raiyu

    I REALLY hope that framerate was just the video and not the actual gameplay…and the towns looks so boring and plain :/

    • zakou

      I have been bringing this up since 2011 xD the frame rates will only get worse and worse, best example “Acadenia city” in XIII-2, like 12-19 frames per sec.

      Consoles are getting old and the frame drops in trailer will probably be in the final game just like the frame drop in XIII-2 trailer stayed in the final game.

      Let’s just face the facts lol as this has been happening since 2011.

      • Academia. It’s obviously not a place you’ve ever been in.

        • zakou

          Typo i know but don’t worry when it comes to frames you are talking to the right person, i have not only plated FFXIII-2 but when it comes to frames i know my stuff.

          If you deny the massive frame drops in Academia i forgot what year the one with daylight/people in it 400x?, it drops very much, it can sometimes probably be even less than 12 frame per second.

      • Raiyu

        You may be right about that, next-gen PS4/720 can’t come soon enough then.

    • Barrit

      But.. but, it has poles she can slide down!!!

    • xMCXx

      Also? Same fucking enemies!
      The towns in the old FFs were great and full of life, but apparently SE unlearned making those.

  • FFXIII Was 6 heroes,FFXIII-2 was 2 heroes,And Now Lightning Returns FFXIII One hero. Why ?!!! -_-“

    • Raiyu

      We knew this for a while now…

  • Wow, beastly. It didn’t feel Action-RPGish to me but its too early to tell! Can’t wait for more info.

  • TwinbladeAlkaid

    Anyone else noticed that she barely has any real clothing on (especially on her sides, arms and legs)?
    Also that pole-dance move really … hinted the things some people at SE probably had in mind there. >__>’

    Other than that I don’t see anything absolutely awesome new and there doesn’t seem to be any connection to the previous titles.

    I liked that the city was a reflection of various paintings from all over the world though…

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      Its Toriyamas game,he seems to be a pervert

      • TwinbladeAlkaid

        yeah that …sadly seems to be the case, we all saw that in 3rd Birthday

  • That looked like early footage in several parts to me.

    I did notice the weapon switch, which changed her outfit. I’m guessing specific weapons will do more damage depending on the target.

  • I was honestly hoping for this to be more like a real time system like Kingdom Hearts or something.

    Yet here they use the same ATB system? Isn’t getting a bit old?

    also instead of party, they only use just Lightning? Isn’t that a few steps backwards??

    (also I will never shut up about Versus XIII until I finally get some new info or at least something.)

    • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

      Lightning is an awesome character, I’ll take her over Serah and that Time Traveler guy any time. It don’t bother me. To be honest, ATB works, why fix something that ain’t broke? If they include the asinine QTEs from XIII-2 however, I might get a little bit frustrated.

      I second your last remark, however, as I bought my PS3 for that very game. Now SE have no fucking excuse anymore to not cover Versus on future media events.

      • Oh don’t worry, it’ll come out… On 360 AND PS3.

        • KingOptimusOrigins111
          • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

            thanks king, Raiu, it’s Nomura’s baby and he won’t compromise his vision for 360’s space and CELL-less power restrictions ;)

            • exactly and besides Xbox 360 has been showing it age. Not so good for them on their part.

        • 浪黒雷 (ro-kurorai)

          *pop* that is the sound of your wishful thinking’s bubble bursting (^-^)v

        • Going with Nomura’s history of working on one thing, it’s sticking to the PS3 for the time being…

          And I prefer that way since I don’t want the same thing happening like FF13…

          • Unlikely Nomura prefers making games on 1 console not multiple.

            • Though that’s exactly what I just said…

      • Don’t worry SE has already stated that aspects of Versus will show up in this game and to be honest O am thinking the very reason they made this game (wich looks awesome to me) is to make a somewhat clear link between them.. ok maybe not clear but.. it will lead up to versus. We need to know how the time line effected and reacted in order to create Versus’s world a world that is allot like ours “this is fantasy based on reality”.

        • KingOptimusOrigins111

          You do realize Nomura has said it time and time again both Universes don’t connect to each other they are just similar. Regardless if this relates to time Versus from what we know is a PS3 exclusive; FF XIII Saga is multiplat, so even if they do connect this game to Versus how do you explain the 360 fans that are going have to get off their butts and get a PS3 just to play Versus?

          How do you explain the long development on Versus? How do you explain Nomura history of developing on 1 console? Why do you think they are waiting toward the PS3 end life cycle? & How do you explain Hashimoto, Nomura, Hajime Tabata, and even Wada making it sound like the game is going to be huge like its going have to be only on the PS3 & How do you explain the possible name change? (

          • Versus will be a multiplat look at the 09 models vs the 2011 models they have tone down the graphics and focus on the design instead using the new engine.

            The very reason its going mutiplat and the reason its taking so long and also the fact that they are making it one of the best games ever made they are making art.. you can’t rush a master piece when it comes to games ask Valve its the same with HL3 they do not want to put out a half baked game the wait will be worth it.

            Like I said it does link.. not like you are thinking do. The Fal Cie will still be spoken of but they wont be called that as Nomura himself stated the times are more modern and hundreds of years have passed. Will link the article if I can find it.

            • KingOptimusOrigins111

              Looks like you haven’t been doing your homework Cat Flames. Nomura said that 2011 footage was old footage from early in development footage that was put together before that 2009 footage.

              It wasn’t too long ago back in July 2011 when a Famitsu interviewer got to look a three screenshots and said it looked photo realistic

              “One reporter couldn’t believe the graphics were in realtime. Nomura attributed the graphics to their pre-rendered know how and lighting effects. It’s unclear, but it sounds like someone commented that the graphics are like photos.”
              I can’t get the link to work on this one but go to and you will find it their.

              Descriptions of the Screenshots:
              “The first screenshot featured an Italian city we’ve seen in some of the early trailers, complete with beige walls and a glass arcade. Noctis is seen looking up at a behemoth, ready to attack it. The Famitsu editors made comment that they couldn’t believe that this scene was in real time. The other two shots, show Noctis on the side of a highway in the afternoon, and the other in the same location in the evening to show off the game’s day/night cycle. The signs on the road read ‘Meguro’ which is an area in real life Tokyo.


              Does Final Fantasy XIII-3 look or sound like this? Its pretty obvious 360 is not getting Versus.
              Lets also not forget it was in pre production at the time and didn’t go into full development till September 2011.

              “The very reason its going mutiplat and the reason its taking so long and also the fact that they are making it one of the best games ever made they are making art.. you can’t rush a master piece when it comes to games ask Valve its the same with HL3 they do not want to put out a half baked game the wait will be worth it.”

              Really Cat Really,

              You can’t be serious I thought Final Fantasy Versus XIII was taking so long because of Final Fantasy XIII, XIII-2, XIII-3, and Final Fantasy 14 Online (which Wada came out a few days ago and confirmed it delayed the company HD games that are development now.) and Toriyama and his love for creating more Final Fantasy XIII games is causing Versus to get no attention what so ever because every time they release a new Final Fantasy XIII Nomura gets so happy and says he can’t wait to get Versus in the spotlight until they get the call that they have to make a new Final Fantasy XIII.

              Final Fantasy XIII-2 about to get released:



              New Final Fantasy XIII gets announced:



              I’m done going to eat break feast. I see what your saying it can probably go multiplat but at the end of the day the game sounds to big to be running on the 360.

              • Fine I will do some research latter today or sometime this weekend but I am sure I am correct :D I could be wrong do sure hehe.

              • From what I can recall,
                The team working on FFVersusXIII was brought out of their work to help with the development of FFXIII-2 and FFXIV only…

                “Nomura said that 2011 footage was old footage from early in development footage that was put together before that 2009 footage.”
                Really!? I never heard of this… If it’s not too much trouble, can you provide a link to this? Thanks!!!

                • KingOptimusOrigins111

                  It was in a interview he had (either late 2010 after TGS or ealy January 2011) with Famitsu after they announce they would have a meeting for January 2011. I believe it was from Andriasang which had more details than other sites for the interview but that website is close down so I can’t provide a link now that the website is gone.

            • “The very reason its going mutiplat and the reason its taking so long and also the fact that they are making it one of the best games ever made they are making art.. you can’t rush a master piece when it comes to games ask Valve its the same with HL3 they do not want to put out a half baked game the wait will be worth it.”

              Duke Nukem Forever and its 13 years in development comes to mind…

              • KingOptimusOrigins111

                (Oops Double Post)


            scroll down to “Setting” and read. Etro plays a big roll in Versus. The article that I was talking about I can’t find at the moment but will link you when I find it.

            • KingOptimusOrigins111

              “Like I said it does link.. not like you are thinking do. The Fal Cie will still be spoken of but they wont be called that as Nomura himself stated the times are more modern and hundreds of years have passed. Will link the article if I can find it.”

              Since you feel the need to use wikipedia I guess I’ll use wikipedia too. It says at the very top of the page:

              “According to its developers, Final Fantasy Versus XIII is a completely independent game, with a unique story, characters, world, game design, battle system and musical score. Although using the same Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology as Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0, the title is not directly related to any of them.”

              Not going on with you on this but I will say Square is probably just trying to finish the FF XIII Saga and FF XIV online so they can move on and focus on trying to get FF Type-0 on the PS Vita and localize it as well as finish Versus and get it out World Wide.

              • No need to quote me we can all read what I type just fine. I stand my ground and I did not provide the proper links because its been some time since I have read them and will take time to look for them. Maybe some other time. Remember quoting people here for no reason is pretty dumb because what we type is public^ and I have not deleted my posts or anything. Its pointless and makes you seem irritating.

                • KingOptimusOrigins111

                  Excuse me its not dumb when I’m writing a wall of text that I have to separate it in to different topics so people can see what I’m commenting to and providing links for.

                  • Thanks for the thumbs down.. you get butthurt so easy I am simply stating my personal opinion/take on the matter and you are bashing me for doing so how low can you possibly go? This ends here.

                    • KingOptimusOrigins111

                      What are you talking about? and why are you accusing me of thumbs downing your comments? I don’t have any reasons to thumbs down your comments. I even said I understand why you think Versus would go multiplat but Versus just sounds to big to be running on the 360.

      • Finally someone who also agreed with me that Square has no excuses anymore. 7 years is a long time to wait for “Final Fantasy Versus XIII”. I’m beyond tired of the bullshit excuses, and this is why I go towards supporting Namco with the TALES series cause they don’t make excuses that are Bullshit like SQUEENIX does.

      • rockman29

        Lightning is a horribly one dimensional character. SE thought they would confuse her with Cloud just because they LOOK the same…

        Just because Serah and Hope and Vanille are even worse characters…. doesn’t make Lightning any better.

    • Versus XIII will be released as Final Fantasy XV. Calling it now.

    • xMCXx

      I fucking hate the fighting system in 13 and so on!
      It’s awful!

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    I looked at this trailer 10x. This does not look good. I’m still not convinced. It’s like they know they can’t go anymore with story so this just want to make things up that don’t look and feel right.

    • DrForbidden

      Well, it’s hardly news that SE will want to keep reusing and milking a popular character by stuffing her into as many games as possible, regardless of whether it fits with previous games or incarnations. It is typical franchise dilution, keeping the franchise going for profit and piling up the inconsistencies and holes and retcons. Sad, but a reality of modern entertainment media.

    • rockman29

      And I pointed out the story sucked starting from the first game. Not enough people listened apparently and now we have a THIRD game. Seriously, wow.

      Only SE would invent a bunch of stupid words to confuse people about the story. It just hides how shallow the whole XIII saga is.

  • Kurai Warrior

    Okay when it got to the part where she’s wearing sunglasses I just burst out laughing. HAHAHA XD
    I don’t think I’m buying this, it’s still too…..XIII

    • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

      The glasses made me laugh Hard

  • RedWolfe

    “Lightning embarks on her final journey…until the next game.”

    But seriously, something about this game seems off to me. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Not “bad” just off.

    • whiteferrero

      blinded by light is played one step lower? :) that was the most off about it too me.

  • Mmm..i Still Watch the trailer Again & Again & again,i wonder Why the gameplay Not Like FFVXIII ?!,Really is disappointed.

  • doemaaan

    this trailer makes my stomach hurt.

  • bebestorm117

    Awesome can’t wait for the final product…

  • Kobracon

    Hmm……where are you going with this, Squeenix? I saw almost no continuation or acknowledgement of 13-2. I’ve been behind you on the 13 series this whole time and all I ask is you finish this story properly.

    On other notes, the sudden platforming was interesting. Also the battle system wasn’t exactly what they made it sound to be….

    Judging from what little they showed, it looks like an AP system. 4 commands mapped to the 4 buttons on a controller and you have 100AP to do stuff. Unclear as to how you get AP back yet, I assume you just stand there and guard. It certainly looks more involved. WIll need to see more.

  • Anime10121

    A one minute trailer (though it does look awesome) for a game thats supposed to release next year is not very promising on Squares end. Ima need for them to deliver at least one of dem epic 6-9 minute trailers VsXIII and the Kingdom Hearts series usually gets.

    • Long time no see! Welcome back! =)

      • Anime10121

        Thanks, I kinda had a family emergency in that my moms been REALLY sick (practically still making baby steps to come out of a coma), but I’m trying to return to normal routine as much as possible (while of course still going to the hospital to check up on her).

        • I’m so sorry. I really hope your mom gets better! (I’ll say a prayer.)

          Good to have you back and posting again though. ^^

          • Anime10121

            Thanks, and glad to be back :)

        • Kobracon

          Oh wow. I hope she makes a full recovery.

          • Anime10121

            Thank you, and me too.

  • Guest

    Hmm still look the ATB Same System and New changes but onwards to VERSUS XIII FINISH VERSUS XIII LOCALIZE TYPE-0!

    • Versus is more than done by now for sure they are simply waiting to finish Lightning’gs story (Use up all the extras they cut from the original XIII which was a massive game).

      • I’m not so sure I agree. I made a comment about the problems Crystal Tools has. I think it plays the biggest part in the Versus delay.

        We have to wait for Square-Enix to finally abandon these old ways, and communicate with fans better. Keeping fans in the dark like this is really old fashioned.

  • Hmm still look the ATB Same System and New changes but onwards to FINISH VERSUS XIII and LOCALIZE TYPE-0!

  • Michael Garling

    Right, wow, whatever, who cares – where the heck is this new Metal Gear info were were promised this week? Famitsu seems to have come and gone, with nothing whatsoever…

  • Wow. Definitely different from XIII and XIII-2 and I love it. The new and/or updated battle system is awesome. It’s pretty cool how Lightning can do all those new movements in the world. The world is very interesting. It has that kind of kingdom hearts and wonderland feel to it. Very cool. I can’t wait!

  • Wow. Definitely different from XIII and XIII-2 and I love it. The new and/or updated battle system is awesome. It’s pretty cool how Lightning can do all those new movements in the world. The world is very interesting. It has that kind of kingdom hearts and wonderland feel to it. Very cool. I can’t wait!

  • Emiliano Ramos

    Someone at Square has a massive hard-on for Lighting and I’m sick of it.

    • DrForbidden

      I think it’s more likely that a significant section of the consumer base has the hard-on rather than someone at SE, though they are not mutually-exclusive…

  • This one seems a lil bit odd to me…

    Oh well, as an old final fantasy player, i think i’ll pass this one =/

  • Doesn’t it look very awkward to wear plate armor with a sword and leave from a train and go for a walk in a modern town? I mean she is the only one like that. And when she was climbing the ladder I expected a leap of faith (I thought I was watching an Assassin Creed video) …… sending a huge monster to the air .. shouldn’t be possible!!!!!!

  • I thought they changed the battle system… But nope, they’re still sticking to it but the roles functions in a different way…

    Not only that, the town looks lifeless and generic…

  • new_tradition

    lol, S-E probably won’t bother going after all the youtube vids if this was suppose to come out in 3 days anyways (don’t know if it made things strained between them and GT, but meh *shrugs*). I just hope we see something more at Jump Festa :3

    Anyways, looks pretty good, but I’ve been lead to believe this specific footage is still some sort of early alpha build, so it should be much more polished and populated by the time it actually gets ready to be released. Wouldn’t be surprised if there were some additions or changes to the battle system.

    I hope we get more info soon, though…

  • woohoo! the absolute top on my 2013 wanted games list!

  • don’t know whats all the fuss about her costume. squarenix could let lightning wear a kitchen apron or bunny suit for all i care, i’ll still buy it, and maybe thousands of lightning fans will too.

  • zakou

    Well this does not look as good as FFXIII and XIII-2 trailers but it still looks nice and hopefully we will see a longer trailer sooner or later :P

    • Anime10121

      Agreed, although I personally found Serah and Noel MUCH more interesting as a team than Light ever was.

  • Bloodios

    *LOL* For a moment there, I thought I saw Altaïr running through the street… In any case, when looking at Lightning from behind, her outfit does seem kind of cool, too bad that the front looks like some distasteful dominatrix outfit…

    Seriously though, with her bright pink hair, Lightning will only look good while wearing bright (but not too colorful) clothes. That said, I notice that changing the paradigm also causes Lightning’s outfit to change, which seems a whole lot like dresspheres. I wonder just how many paradigm/outfit can we unlock…

    The frame-rate seems to be heavily impacted while traveling through towns, although it’s very smooth during battle. I suppose the Crystal Tools really does not cope well with having multiple characters in open areas after all… Perhaps it’s about time Square needs to realize that soft V-sync is better than having the whole screen juddered due to the significant drop in frame-rate…

    Anyway, I’ll probably need to see more of it first before considering anything.

    By the way, those gaudy shades *LOL*
    I can just imagine Lightning calling out Eidolons in P4 style…*LOL*

    • Crystal tools is not a good engine. Even developers at Square-Enix have come out and discussed it’s poor performance issues. Yoshi P, (Lead developer of XIV) has gone on record about the low amount of characters on screen at once. (Which you mentioned.)

      Yoshi said that around 40 ish characters was the cap for the engine, which is obviously not very good. If you look at 13-2, they were able to improve some of these issues, but the game took hits in other areas. The FPS would dip in specific spots, so much so that it was very noticeable. The overall visuals were also a bit worse than 13. They were able to have more polygons on screen, but with less details visually, etc. (They manged to hide some of this by separating zones, and reusing some areas more than once.)

      I played the original XIV for about a year. Crystal tools, and it’s overall poor performance was on full display in XIV. I didn’t have a ton of issues for the most part, but my hardware was way above the recommended specs. There was some settings you could tweak, but doing so was typically useless. You either got little improvement, or the game took a nosedive. And even then, the game had many performance issues regardless of the hardware you were using.

      Overall, Crystal Tools is actually one of the reasons the JPN branch has struggled so mightily this generation. It turned out to be a huge bust for Square-Enix, yet another thing that cost them lots of money.

      If I had to guess, I wouldn’t be surprised if LR was running on the modified crystal tools engine. It probably won’t be that much better. I just think SE wants to try and get a bit more out of it, before they likely scrap it. (LR is probably the final CT game.)

      Yes, that means I think they realized Versus couldn’t run on CT a long time ago. I’d guess probably sometime in 2009. =/

      (They aren’t alone with engine troubles. Kojima had to make the new fox engine for his games. Which explains why he hasn’t released much on consoles since MGS 4.)

      • Bloodios

        You know, I once thought that the reason these sequels don’t look as good as the original is because Square Enix can’t afford to have people spending weeks working on a rock. Really, the engine requires a lot of efforts just to look good, and the fact that it doesn’t scale well still surprises that it hasn’t been scrapped in favor of a better engine. Even if the first game was powered by the UE3, I bet it will still be unparalleled on the PS3 if it had the same amount efforts that were put into it (perhaps then, the Xbox 360 version wouldn’t be as crappy as it turned out.

  • “You should know who I am.”

    Woah, Light. Conceited much?

    • new_tradition

      That’s what I thought too, but I think we’re supposed to focus on the second part of “what” she is. Which, truthfully, I’m trying to understand.

  • Barrit

    I wonder how long before those glasses appear on the Square store lol.

  • Derpazu

    Looks like alpha footage.

    Lightning is still ridiculously hot.

  • xMCXx

    I never asked for this….
    No one did.

    • new_tradition

      *raises hand* Actually I did. I didn’t ask for FFXIII-2, but after playing it, if they didn’t finish up the story they created, I would’ve been pissed. Plus it made me miss Lightning, so a finale game from her POV is fine by me xD

  • Looks good. We need more action in JRPGs, and FF13-2 was a huge improvement on FF13 (which was a pile of shit).

  • paperclichepixel

    Hmmm, this trailer has an Assassin’s Creed feel to it.

    • paperclichepixel

      The end with the shades, also felt like MG Rising.
      I wanna see more.

  • KurisuMakise

    Surprised Kazzirin hasn’t commented or perhaps there’s just too many comments to see him. Anyway, cautiously optimistic about this. Truthfully I just like Lightning =( New costume animates well but I don’t like it that much. Lastly, still love her english voice, confidence! *_*

  • DragonSix

    Well, this is a proof this game isn’t taking any production money away from FF14 and Versus.

    It’s good news, they actually are keeping the main teams working on what matters. FF13 is finally getting the attention it deserves: not much.

  • Charlie

    I think people are being too harsh and sudden in their opinions about LR. You watched a trailer that was under 2 minutes in length and you’re already forming copious amounts of hate. At least wait for an in-depth gameplay video.

  • Wasn’t the game confirmed to be an action RPG? .-.