Lightning Returns uses “Amazing ATB” battle system

New details unearthed from this week's Famitsu.

Famitsu this week has new details on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

Here’s the bullet summary:

  • Lightning’s new costume is designed by Tetsuya Nomura.
  • You’ll be able to change Lightning’s costume and costume color during the game.
  • Time is always flowing, except for when your menu is open on the field.
  • Every NPC’s whereabouts and actions will constantly change.
  • Certain information can only be obtained at specific times.
  • Lightning is the only playable character.
  • Lightning uses “Styles” in battle. Each Style consists of a certain weapon, shield, accessories, and abilities.
  • You can customize Lightning’s appearance and ability considerably.
  • By defeating monsters, Lightning can earn points to increase her available time, and items to strengthen her equipment.
  • The battle system name has not yet been determined. Right now, they’re calling it the “Amazing ATB” battle system. Rest assured, it’s tentative.
  • Though you’re only controlling one character, it feels as if you’re fighting with multiple, according to the mag.
  • Monsters appear even in the city.
  • Black haze will appear in specific areas at certain times. The new area will become monster territory.
  • Half of the game’s monsters are new.
  • The game’s conclusion can be experienced straight from the package. (No download content will need to be purchased, unlike Final Fantasy XIII-2.)
  • Kitase guarantees you’ll be satisfied by the outcome of previous games’ characters’ stories.

We’ll be back later with more magazine leaks.

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