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    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII - News and Updates


    The third game of the Lightning Saga has been revealed.


    Five hundred years after the events of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, Lightning returns as a heroine in a world thirteen days away from destruction. What will she do with the little time that is left? The choice is yours to make.


    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________


    -Release Dates-


    JP - November 21, 2013


    China - November 21, 2013


    NA - February 11, 2014


    EU - February 14, 2014


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    "Announcing LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII"


    eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/announcing-li...


    "We're excited to reveal LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, a new adventure that puts players in control of iconic heroine Lightning.


    On a quest to save a doomed world from complete destruction; time is of the essence. What will you do with your final days when certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods?


    Playing as Lightning you will have a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and for exploring the constantly moving and expansive environment. Players will be able to be able to customise Lightning's looks, actions and abilities with a large range of different outfits and weapons.


    “We are pleased to reveal that Lightning is returning as the playable character in this title, and are excited to see how fans react to the more direct battle system and expansive environment that can be explored at will” said Producer Yoshinori Kitase.


    LIGHTNING RETURNS introduce a brand new battle system that gives you action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game while also retaining some the iconic elements that you know and love from the series.


    Motomu Toriyama, Director added; “Increased levels of player freedom, customisation and connectivity with the real world, will ensure that this concluding chapter will be an exhilarating finale to Lightning’s story.”


    “We are pleased to reveal that Lightning is returning as the playable character in this title, and are excited to see how fans react to the more direct battle system and expansive environment that can be explored at will” said Producer Yoshinori Kitase.


    LIGHTNING RETURNS introduce a brand new battle system that gives you action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game while also retaining some the iconic elements that you know and love from the series.


    Motomu Toriyama, Director added; “Increased levels of player freedom, customisation and connectivity with the real world, will ensure that this concluding chapter will be an exhilarating finale to Lightning’s story.”


    LIGHTNING RETURNS allows you to stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters with unique features that link the in-game to world to the real world. Keep an eye on the blog for more details soon."





    "LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Announced!


    na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...!


    Logo: fast1.onesite.com/na.square-enix.com/use...


    "The news surrounding the end of Lightning’s Saga has been revealed!


    With the recent announcement of LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII due out next year, we’re sure a lot of questions remain about the upcoming release of this title for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. To start, we’re proud to announce a brand new teaser website focusing on this enigmatic game:


    FINALFANTASYXIII.com/LR


    The site above represents a landing page for info and updates regarding LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. It&rsquo;s first full-fledged teaser launches September 4<sup>th</sup> and contains videos detailing presentations direct from the development team on the inspiration and direction of this new game. Producer Yoshinori Kitase, Director Motomu Toriyama, Game Design Director Yuji Abe, and Artist Isamu Kamikokuryou spoke candidly on the upcoming release as well as the end to Lightning&rsquo;s saga. There are also first looks at the world and foes featured in the game through highly detailed concept art drawn by Isamu Kamikokuryou.


    A bold new logo represents a new direction for Lightning&rsquo;s saga accompanied with new concept art. Director Motomu Toriyama introduced two key concepts: Lightning Returns and World Driven; concepts that demonstrate an emphasis on Lightning&rsquo;s triumphant new strength and ability to overcome great odds as well as the dynamic world that grows around the player&rsquo;s actions. As the sun rises and sets, the ecology, residents, and world change around the player and help define their gameplay experience. One of the biggest surprises is that this game will focus on players controlling Lightning as a solo adventurer. I&rsquo;m sure players are eager to find out how Lightning will look and act in LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. More info on that at a later time!


    For newcomers, story primers and helpful information remains through finalfantasyxiii.com on both the original title to Lightning&rsquo;s saga as well as the direct sequel featuring her sister Serah.


    It&rsquo;s very interesting to see the progress of this storyline, from the beginnings of Fabula Nova Crystallis, to the continued development of Lightning and her friends. We hope you enjoy both the video content announcement trailer and the keyart and share our excitement for LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. Time flows without pause&hellip;the future is about to change.


    Keep a watchful eye on this new site for more information on the conclusion to Lightning&rsquo;s saga and be sure to follow the official Facebook, Twitter, and Square Enix Members Youtube channel as we get ever closer to release."


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    -Website and Official Links-


    Portal lightningreturns.com/


    (JP) www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningRe...


    Twitter


    twitter.com/OfficialFFXIII


    Facebook

    (JP) www.facebook.com/LightningReturnsFFXIII

    (NA) www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIII


    YouTube


    www.youtube.com/sqexmembersna





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    -Product Info-

    <dl class="prod_info_list"><dt>Title: LIGHTNING RETURNS&trade;: FINAL FANTASY® XIII</dt><dt>Platforms: PlayStation®3, Xbox 360®</dt><dt>Genre: Action RPG</dt><dt>Release Dates: </dt><dt>JP - November 21, 2013</dt><dt>NA - February 11, 2014</dt><dt>EU - February 14, 2014</dt><dt>Age Rating: ESRB (Provisional)</dt></dl>

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    -Key Staff-

    <ul>
    <li style="text-align: left;">Producer - Yoshinori Kitase
    <li style="text-align: left;">Director - Motomu Toriyama
    <li style="text-align: left;">Art Director - Isamu Kamikokuryo
    <li style="text-align: left;">Game Design Director - Yuji Abe
    <li style="text-align: left;">Character Design - Tetsuya Nomura
    <li style="text-align: left;">Main Programmer - Naoki Hamaguchi
    <li style="text-align: left;">Music - Masashi Hamauzu
    <li style="text-align: left;">Music - Naoshi Mizuta
    <li style="text-align: left;">Music - Mitsuto Suzuki[/list]

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    -Characters Confirmed- lightningreturns.com/#characters


    - Lightning lightningreturns.com/#characters/lightni...


    - Hope


    - Snow lightningreturns.com/#characters/snow


    - Chocolina


    - Noel


    "...we are going to see the other main characters appear as well."


    - Lumina lightningreturns.com/#characters/lumina


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    -Key Features- lightningreturns.com/#basics/keyfeatures

    LIGHTNING UNDER YOUR CONTROL

    Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.

    ACTION-ORIENTED COMBAT

    A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.

    A CONSTANTLY MOVING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD

    Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun, provide unique experiences for every player.

    USE YOUR TIME WELL

    A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?

    A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE

    Stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.


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    -Gameplay System- lightningreturns.com/#gameplay


    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________


    -Media- lightningreturns.com/#media


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    -Downloads- lightningreturns.com/#downloads


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    -Updates and Misc-


    The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII presentation in English: www.siliconera.com/2012/08/31/watch-the-...


    PAX presentation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci_Ko_FiK_Q


    Liveblog from the event: andriasang.com/con2ji/ffxiii_lightning_s...


    About: m.ign.com/articles/2012/09/01/lightning-...


    About: www.1up.com/previews/lightning-returns-f...


    Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Demo Second Hand Impressions: andriasang.com/con2jo/lightning_returns_...


    More details from Famitsu: andriasang.com/con2l3/lightning_returns_...


    www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/9/5/3293672...


    And IGN: uk.ign.com/articles/2012/09/06/lightning...


    Final Fantasy anniversary interview: Toriyama speaks: www.vg247.com/2012/10/03/final-fantasy-a...


    Square Enix On Bringing Lightning Returns To Life: www.kotaku.com.au/2012/10/square-enix-on...


    Members Survey - LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII: na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    Agni&rsquo;s Philosophy Not For Current Platforms; Versus XIII Still Going, Says Square: www.siliconera.com/2012/11/03/agnis-phil...


    Kitase Returns Lightning Returns Update: www.finalfantasy.net/lightning-returns-f...


    LIGHTNING RETURNS - An Entirely New Concept: www.finalfantasy.net/lightning-returns-f...


    JUMP FESTA Page: www.jp.square-enix.com/jf13/


    FFXIII-2 Composers back for Lightning Returns: www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/ffxiiixiii2-...


    Lightning&rsquo;s new look to be revealed in Japanese magazines, first details emerge: www.novacrystallis.com/?p=3893


    Lightning Returns this week, early details: www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...


    Lightning's New Style - Scan: www.novacrystallis.com/wp-content/upload...


    Trailer & Screenshots: www.siliconera.com/2012/12/21/lightning-...


    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII The Final Journey of Lightning: na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    Wallpaper: i1.ruliweb.daumcdn.net/uf/original/U01/r...


    Crimson Blitz - LIGHTNING RETURNS:FINAL FANTASY XIII - Single: itunes.apple.com/jp/album/crimson-blitz-...


    You Can Play Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII In Japanese With English Text: www.siliconera.com/2012/12/24/you-can-pl...


    Details about Lightning Returns's Cool ATB: www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/details-ligh...


    Time Is Always Flowing In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: www.siliconera.com/2012/12/25/time-is-al...


    The story theme of Lightning Returns is &ldquo;the salvation of souls&rdquo; and Lightning is their liberator: www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4038


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII features an &ldquo;amazing Active Time Battle&rdquo; system: www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4014


    Screenshots: www.4gamer.net/games/182/G018237/2012121...


    Lightning Returns staff talk story, gameplay, and worldview: www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4060


    New character Lumina and costume details revealed for Lightning Returns: www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4122


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Has A Frenemy And Changeable Costumes: www.siliconera.com/2013/01/15/lightning-...


    Brand New Lightning Returns Trailer, Artwork & Screenshots: squareportal.net/2013/01/17/brand-new-li...


    The game is set for a fall release: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.101513...


    First look at Lightning Returns and an extended trailer


    More Information: www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...


    Lightning Returns, But Should She Have Stayed Away? www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/17/lightnin...


    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII New Trailer & Preview na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    Morning gamers! We've got a brand new Lightning Returns website packed full of content for you lightningreturns.com


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview Part II: The developers explain the latest in the FFXIII saga www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4192


    Costume Concept Art forum.ffdream.com/download/file.php?id=1...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview Part III: Bold new ideas for the series, but are they for the best? www.novacrystallis.com/?p=4232


    13 new things about Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII www.destructoid.com/13-new-things-about-...


    OPINION: Impressions & Afterthoughts of Lightning Returns www.thefinalfantasy.com/articles/lightni...


    Lightning Is Fighting For Noel&rsquo;s Soul, Lumina Was Designed By Crystal Chronicles Staff


    www.siliconera.com/2013/01/23/lightning-...


    www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/designs-ligh...


    www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Preview Part III www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...


    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Preview Followup na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    Eyes on FF Exclusive Lightning Returns Preview! Part 1 home.eyesonff.com/content/2287-eyes-ff-e...


    Lightning Returns First Look: A Skeptical Fan's Impressions home.eyesonff.com/content/2301-lightning...


    Eyes on FF Exclusive Lightning Returns Preview! Part 2: The Interview! home.eyesonff.com/content/2327-eyes-ff-e...


    Taipei Game Show 2013 www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII &ndash; Square Enix switches tack www.edge-online.com/features/lightning-r...


    QA with director Motomu Toriyama www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...

    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII New Screenshots
    New Lightning Returns screenshots and concept art!

    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII New Screenshots
    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Interview with Motomu Toriyama and Yoshinori Kitase www.novacrystallis.com/2013/03/lightning...


    The Coliseum Returns in Lightning Returns www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/coliseum-ret...


    Lightning Returns Update with Staff www.finalfantasy.net/vii/lightning-retur...


    Take A Spin Through Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII&rsquo;s Dead Dunes www.siliconera.com/2013/05/27/take-a-spi...


    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII E3 Trailer na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Latest Trailer


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII&rsquo;s Battle System Is All About Switching Schema www.siliconera.com/2013/06/06/lightning-...


    Website Update


    Snow - www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningRe...


    Yusnaan - www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningRe...


    Main Mission - www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningRe...


    OST Campaign


    www.square-enix.co.jp/music/sem/page/fab...


    www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningRe...


    FINAL FANTASY XIII-LIGHTNING ULTIMATE BOX


    store.jp.square-enix.com/special/LRff13?...


    Special Controller


    twitter.com/LRFF13/status/34261411734290...


    Screenshots www.siliconera.com/2013/06/06/lightning-...


    The Chinese version will be released the same day as the Japanese: November 21. asia.playstation.com/tw/cht/newsdetail?i...


    Latest Lightning Returns gameplay footage!


    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Trailer na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    ODAIBA EXPO 2013 - Square Enix Expo Has Lightning Returns, Final Fantasy XIV, And FFX HD On Display www.siliconera.com/2013/06/10/square-eni...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII To Be Last FF On Current Gen Systems www.siliconera.com/2013/06/11/lightning-...


    E3 2013: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 Full Demo www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CIFQNPuujk


    Lightning Miqo'te www.4gamer.net/games/199/G019924/2013061...


    Demo Video www.novacrystallis.com/2013/06/lightning...


    Focus On ~ Lightning Returns www.novacrystallis.com/2013/06/focus-on-...


    Lightning Returns Interview www.novacrystallis.com/2013/06/lightning...


    Lightning Returns Demo & Interview www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/lightning-re...


    Kitase + Toriyama Talk Lightning Returns www.finalfantasy.net/x/kitase-toriyama-t...


    Lightning Returns Wallscroll store.jp.square-enix.com/detail/MFFS0802...


    FFXIII -Catgirl Outfit? Yep, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Has One www.siliconera.com/2013/06/13/catgirl-ou...


    E3 2013: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Developer Interview www.novacrystallis.com/2013/06/e3-2013-l...


    See How Lightning&rsquo;s Character Model Is Created In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII www.siliconera.com/2013/06/28/see-how-li...


    Pre-order goodies for Lightning Returns! Cloud Strife gear, Samurai awesomeness! eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/pre-order-goo...


    Unlock Final Fantasy History twitter.com/OfficialFFXIII/status/352003...


    Promo Video www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqoYt6IVSHU


    Hope Returns www.gamer.ne.jp/news/201307020002/


    www.finalfantasy.net/lrff13/hope-returns...


    Large Render twitter.com/SQEX_eSTORE/status/352000122...


    JP e-STORE Product Page store.jp.square-enix.com/series/354/all


    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII Preorder na.square-enix.com/lightningreturnsfinal...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Also Has Seven Samurai Armor Costumes www.siliconera.com/2013/07/02/lightning-...


    JAPAN EXPO - Website www.japan-expo.com/fr/
    FINAL FANTASY at Japan Expo 2013 www.finalfantasy.net/xiv/final-fantasy-j...
    Japan Expo 2013 Coverage www.khinsider.com/news/Japan-Expo-2013-C...
    LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIV (Costumes) jp.finalfantasyxiv.com/blog/post/441# -A bunch of Lightnings and...a Snow?
    Cosplay The Farron Sisters twitter.com/LRFF13/status/35282134575259... Lightning twitter.com/LRFF13/status/35282305747323... Fang twitter.com/LRFF13/status/35282503106102...


    New trailer reveals Lightning&rsquo;s Divine Task&hellip; eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/new-trailer-r...


    Lightning Returns Japanese Version of the Japan Expo Trailer www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXkdekkDpdk


    Lightning Returns Square Enix Members Japan Event special.member.jp.square-enix.com/Lightn...


    Lightning Returns Gameplay Video: The Dead Dunes www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEpsQlc8m9I&feat...


    Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII makes money easier to get and other details (Siliconera)
    www.siliconera.com/2013/07/09/lightning-...

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    -Art-


    twitpic.com/apk6g6/full


    twitter.com/aibo_ac7/status/241522037984...


    andriasang.com/con2jr/kamikokuryo_painti...


    www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=15649387115...


    eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/i...


    eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/i...


    eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/i...


    semna28.webs.com/FFXIIILR_First_Art.jpg


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    -Questions-


    So, what are your first impressions?


    Mine: LIGHTNING RETURNS = Steampunk meets Xena: Warrior Princess.


    Thoughts?


    Expectations?


    What are you looking forward to the most?

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    I hate to say I'm not surprised another XIII game is coming out. Not that that is a bad thing in any sense!


    I'm interested to see how this game will turn out. With how much customization they say you can do to Lightning, it may be quite in depth.


    Also being able to control Lightning during battle, in my mind like Kingdom Hearts, may work well, making battles more action packed and fun.


    I don't know about anyone else, but I'm actually excited for it!

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    Actually, I somehow knew from the start that FFXIII would consist of three games.


    The "planet" in the sky, what could that be I wonder...


    eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/i...

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    English Website: finalfantasyxiii.com/LR/


    (With a subtitled presentation video featuring Kitase.)





    "Check back on September 4, 2012 for more details!"


    (More details as in what has already been added to the EU website.)

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    They said its the new Cocoon.

    They also say "fans" see Lightning as the face of Square Enix. Everyone grumbled and laughed when they said that.

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    Who are "They" PshycoNinja? Cause i was tuned in niconico all the time on the presentation and i dont remember this part. To japanese fans, Final Fantasy XIII was very good (so it is for me), just see the score Famitsu give to it.





    I think Lightining is the perfect symbol for Final Fantasy, if its ever need one. Shes beautiful, strong, likeable...

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    I'm just wondering if they are gonna set this game in its own existence or if they will bring any past characters into the game. Seems it may be closer to an action RPG how they explained it, and it makes me wonder if there will even be a "party" or just Lightning herself.

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    "They" are the Senior PR Manager and Product Manager presenting the game in Seattle here at the 25th Anniversary.


    A lot of these hardcore FF fans here strongly disagree.

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    TBH, one of the things that I've always liked about the FF series is that there really is no face.





    The face of FF has always been unique(non-continouous), high quality game with a very nice story and basically top of the line graphics with a ever changing battle system.





    Sure lightning is nice, but so was locke/terra, cloud,Squall,Tidus,Vaan(less so there IMO), Ect. Ect.


    With that said, I'm interested to see how they play out this game, all of the KH games were decent, with most being awesome, so it will be interesting how they do a similar game with the FF background. I just hope that eventually SE returns to it's roots and does something like another FF 9, with a return to the more retro(and IMO enjoyable) style of gameplay.

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    "Watch The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Presentation In English"


    www.siliconera.com/2012/08/31/watch-the-...

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    Andriasang has posted the following:


    "Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII Demo Second Hand Impressions"


    andriasang.com/con2jo/lightning_returns_...


    "The Nico Nico live stream of Square Enix's Lighthing Saga presentation cut off just before the best part: an actual first look at the gameplay in Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII.


    After high level introductions to the game from Motomu Toriyama, Yuji Abe, and Isamu Kamikokuryo, which you can see here, Square Enix turned off the cameras, told everyone in the audience to do the same, then showed a first trailer. This was followed by a gameplay demonstration.


    Famitsu.com and Dengeki PlayStation delivered summaries of the trailer and demo.


    The trailer provided an introduction to the game's world and its time progression system. One sequence showed a time counter: "00/02:54:23." Famitsu speculates that by clearing quests, you can increase this timer.


    Another sequence showed Lightning, dressed in a new outfit, in pursuit of the criminal in a murder incident. She pursues a group of suspicious people, making use of cover actions -- hiding behind walls, for instance. During the presentation, Toriyama explained that you can perform some sneaking actions using simple controls.


    The demo play segment, performed live on the PlayStation 3, showed a battle sequence. You can customize Lightning's weapon, shield, costume and abilities. These customizations can be stored and switched between as you battle. The combinations also have names -- Blast Witch, or Holy Liberator for instance -- and there seems to be a visual transformation sequence. All this makes the customization combination system sound like the Paradigms of past XIII games, but it's not clear if the naming is the same.


    Like your typical FF game, the battle system has an ATB gauge which fills up as time progresses. But there are some action-style elements here, as you can now assign skills to buttons. Famitsu also says that you can assign some actions, including an evasion action, to a button.


    Larger enemies appear to have multiple "break" states. The earliest such state is "Knockdown." This lets you steal from the downed foe. The final break state is Overclock. This freezes time. The demo play demonstrated Overclock by freezing a Behemoth that Lightning had launched into midair. Lightning then pummeled it with attacks.


    As we reported earlier, the demo version was based off an alpha build. The textures and voices were all placeholder (the voices were from the development staff).


    Famitsu says that it will have an exclusive interview with the development staff in its September 6 issue."

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    FINAL FANTASY XIII: LIGHTNING RETURNS - The pictures so far, Kupo!


    semna28.webs.com/FFXIIILR_First_Art.jpg




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    Please make sure they link this game to the previous ones somehow!! Fang, Vanille and Serah must be brought back to life!!! Lightning going solo is kinda lonely without loved ones...

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    Well, at least this game is the last game of the Lightning Saga. We may not have to deal with this any longer.

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    So people have been living in Luxerion for a few hundred years, they say...


    Confirmed locations:


    Novus Partus = eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/i... (floating in the Sea of Chaos)


    Luxerion, The Capital of Light = eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/i...


    New Cocoon and the Shrine of Etro.


    (I finally had the time to watch the subtitled version of the video.)

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    First off, I am excited for this. Change is good every once in awhile. Anyway here are my thoughts:

    In Toriyama's speech he talked about the crystal stasis being an eternity and then said "Lightning watched over the world for all of time. In her Dlc ending she awoke and stepped into an unfamiliar world. Perhaps it is just a dream or its reality. No one knows."
    That means it could all be a dream because we know those in stasis, take Fang and Vanille, can enter dreams, like Serah's.

    The new world is four islands connected by monorail. Such environments as a Metropolis, desert, ruins, castle, slums and more are there to explore. Sounds very promising.

    The 13 day death clock is most intriguing. Having a deadline keeps you focused and determined throughout your play through. Like in Majoras Mask, TWEWY, or SMT Devil Survivor Overclocked. It's is also confirmed that actions you perform can lessen and increase the time.

    That aside, the new battle system. The biggest aspect is that now you can move during combat. No longer are you holding x and watching your character stand there and take damage. Now you can move around. That means evasive actions, blocking, and more. The battle system still has an ATB gauge that fills up; a new thing is that certain attacks can be assigned to the buttons and you can save your customization sets and shift into them during battle. A whole lot more involved in combat now.

    Outside of battle it has been confirmed that Lightning can grab ledges and hide behind corners. Metal Gear Solid stealth mission anyone?

    Lastly, customization of Lightning. Outfits, accessories, weapons, and shields. Also the customization will "change some of Lightning's abilities." As I said in the battle, depending on your armor/clothes, weapon, and abilities equipped; you will have a name such as Blast Mage. This set up can then be saved and shifted in and out of during battle. Kind of like a combination of dress spheres and paradigms.


    Overall it sounds amazing right now. The only things I am still curious about are the plot and the music.


    “Turn to the light. Don't fear the shadow it creates.”

  18. #18

    Oh, I can't wait to see the trailer, my heart just can't take it...

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    There is no end to the DLC possibilities for this game...





    So this is indeed her new hairstyle then?


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    Lightning wished that she would one day meet the spirit of her sister again. Will she be able to find her this game? Maybe Serah (as well as some of the other characters) has been reborn?

  20. #20

    I hope this is finally the end of this saga, it is very disappointing. I grew up on FF, the first game I ever bought was Final fantasy Mystic Quest.


    I have played them all, but stopped at XIII, I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Even the characters where dull and hope was just miserable. I'm still a supporter of square enix, but I just can't invest my money into a saga that is so unrewarding.

  21. #21

    Originally Posted by jacko


    I hope this is finally the end of this saga, it is very disappointing. I grew up on FF, the first game I ever bought was Final fantasy Mystic Quest.


    I have played them all, but stopped at XIII, I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Even the characters where dull and hope was just miserable. I'm still a supporter of square enix, but I just can't invest my money into a saga that is so unrewarding.



    Well, they did say that this would end the saga. I hope they can end it right.

  22. #22
    They say that but knowing Toriyama...

  23. #23

    I don't know about the ending, it's the fact that your actions will change the game that *bleep*s me off. And if we can change what happens during the game, then it's possible that there'll be multiple ending possibilities, and I just hate that. More to the point, I hate the fact that I might miss some part of the story or some side quests or something and be forced to start the whole freaking game over again if I want to get back to that one freaking part. I'm a perfectionist, so these kinds of things always drive me nuts. Oh well, just as long as it is possible to do everything in a single playthrough, I'll probably be okay.

  24. #24

    I just wish it was the old battle system from the previous two. A game like InFamous's playstyle would be fine but I would prefer it stay like the ATB in FFXIII & FFXIII-2. I just want to jump through time to play it already. :/

  25. #25

    This is going to be fun.

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