Lightning Returns’ Lumina designed by Toshiyuki Itahana
posted on 01.22.13 at 11:54 PM EDT by (@salromano)
And other bits from this week's Famitsu.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

The design for recently revealed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII character Lumina was created not by Lightning illustrator Tetsuya Nomura, but by Toshiyuki Itahana, who previously designed download costumes for Final Fantasy XIII-2, this week’s Famitsu reveals.

The weekly magazine has new tidbits of information following last week’s online previews. The fight scene with Noel depicted in the extended trailer has to do with a process involving the release of Noel’s soul—but somehow ends up becoming a battle.

Other bits:

  • The Active Time Battle (ATB) system is the busiest it’s ever been.
  • Players can perform style changes in an instant.
  • When you press a button, the command is immediately invoked.
  • You use the ATB in the field more and dash less.
  • There is an action to slide down sand dunes, too.
  • In the demonstration shown to Famitsu, Lightning was shown wearing a Violet Dress, Rapier Sword, and Rose Patterned Shield.

And some bits from a Tetsuya Nomura interview (presumably on Lightning’s new outfit):

  • The order was for “a body suit of leather.”
  • The image for both arms was of a spinal cord.
  • The shield and sunglasses may have been designed by someone else.

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  • Perhaps the fact Nomura (possibly realizing just how redundant this was getting) not being as involved perhaps gives possibility that he is working on more pressing priorities.

    ….at least I hope so.

    • Oh yeah, I doubt Nomura’s heavily involved in this.

  • new_tradition

    “The image for both arms was of a spinal cord”. Er, what? xD

    Guess they’re trying to make my girl a classy lady with a dress and rapier, lol. I hope it looks nice :3

  • Prodigy-X

    “The order was for”

    Proof you see you see they are forcing him to work on this game and pay less attention to Versus XIII.


    • As if they try to confirm the fact that Versus might steal the spotlight.

  • Ace

    Oh hey, it’s Serah.

  • PrinceHeir

    okay so nomura is more hands off in this project.

    i just hope Versus XIII get’s revealed something new soon!

    • It’s obviously everyone’ wishes! If I remember correctly, the release date of Type-0 and XIII-2 was close to each other. Any chance LR and Versus will get close release by the end of the year then?

      • YangTerlupakan

        but Type-0 in PSP (Portable console) & FF XIII-2 in Home Console
        so is different market
        but Versus & LR in PS3
        release in the same time is very unlikely, because SE is not stupid, we know LR sales will totaly kill by Versus!!!!!!!

    • ShinAsura

      If there isn’t a big reveal at TGS the internet will abomb Nomura

      • YangTerlupakan

        dont worry, is stil 9 month aaaaaaaawwwwwwwayyyyyy….!!!!!

        i will not count 9 years hell dev cycle because is FFXIII Fault!

  • that isn’t a body suit, thats more like a armored leotard.

  • Duc PC-QB

    So this is the surprise famitsu scoop ???????

    • YangTerlupakan


  • The order was for “a body suit of leather.”

    And why do they want Nomura to follow that? Are they implying something here?

  • May have?… does Nomura get memory loss? Is this why he can’t remember where he put the files for Versus XIII? .. – 7 years ago: *Nomura steps in the bathroom* … “sits on the toilet and while sitting a mini disc drops inside the toilet” …*Nomura poops and flushes the toilet* … Versus XIII was never heard from again.

  • Nomura T.T

  • xMCXx

    “The Active Time Battle (ATB) system is the busiest it’s ever been.”
    As if it wasn’t hectic enough.