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Kagari
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(09-01-2012, 03:49 AM)
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Update 3 - Famitsu interview:

Details are just now coming out, but the game is only 30% complete according to the staff. Lighting Returns will bring the long-promised happy ending for Lightning, and will not include any multi-endings. The game’s project leads specifically stated that this would be the last game in the Final Fantasy XIII saga.

The concept of the game is “world driven.” FFXIII was story driven, and XIII-2 was player driven, and so LR is world driven – which relates to the movement of the world.

Since time is important in Lightning Returns, it’s important to take into consideration that 1 day in the game is about 1~2 hours of real world play time. Remember, the world of Novus Partus is set to end in 13 days. There will be increases and decreases in time. Novus Partus is composed of four islands, two with natural terrain and one has the city of Luxerion on it.

The game is meant to be played and beaten a multitude of times – the volume is not such that it will take many tens of hours to clear once. You’ll have the ability to carry items over through multiple playthroughs.

The people from XIII-2 have not died. Due to Chaos, people no longer age. Depending on your actions, the remaining life of the world could decrease, and the game could end before the 13 day limit. Even actions such as helping people will end in the timer decreasing. Actions such as defeating enemies and completing quests will increase the timer.

In LR, Lightning has become a considerably more refined person. In fact, by having just sole control of her, you can concentrate more on battles than if you would have a full party to manage.

You can freely move around during battle. Some elements of the battle system are timing-based. The battle system is very similar to an action RPG, but contains an ATB bar. There are no menu commands this time – commands are mapped to specific face buttons which can be pressed in succession.

Lightning encounters a murder in the city of Luxerion to which she is tasked to help solve. Such a scene was displayed during the closed doors demo a few days ago.

Hope is confirmed to return. He’ll be sending messages to Lightning through wireless communication. The city shows clocks everywhere which show the ever moving concept of time.




Details incoming.

Originally Posted by IGN

Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Set to arrive in 2013, Lightning Returns will incorporate “a brand-new story, world, characters and an enhanced gameplay system,” according to Square Enix. The game will feature Lightning as a solo playable character and allow her to freely roam a new world.

Other details regarding Lightning Returns are limited. We do know that the main story takes place hundreds of years after Final Fantasy XIII-2, set in a world called Novus Partus -- which is composed of four islands connected by monorail. The development team told IGN that three of the guiding pillars for the art direction in Lightning Returns are "gothic, mechanical and fantasy."

The most startling change to Lightning Returns comes in the form of the doomsday countdown. According to Square-Enix, the world will end after 13 days, and a massive clock will count down constantly in the corner of the screen to indicate this looming deadline. Any action players take, even taking the monorail from place to place, will spend time and hasten the end of days.

With Lightning as the only playable character, players will have unparalleled control over customizing her looks and combat style. The battle system itself, a greatly modified version of the previous two, will feature real-time elements including direct control of Lightning's movement and her attacks, as well as time-based moves that drain the doomsday counter. Lightning Returns will also include a real-time block system, designed to make battles much more active and time-based. Even dying mid-battle will activate a prompt to give players the choice to rewind their mistakes at the expense of the timer.


Lightning Returns was announced at today’s Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, which Square Enix has been teasing since last month. In early July, Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 director Motomu Toriyama hinted at the project, which entered production at the beginning of August, followed shortly by a teaser site.

Square Enix confirmed that Lightning Returns will be the final chapter of Lightning’s saga, which began in Final Fantasy XIII back in 2010. [Niro's Note: I can't help but noticed they said final Lightning game, not final FFXIII game, so if you're looking for more you might still be in luck!] Lightning’s sister Serah was the focus of Final Fantasy XIII-2, which hit stores earlier this year and received downloadable content that continued Lightning’s story.

Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/...xiii-announced

Update 2:

Huge article on lots of things: http://www.1up.com/previews/lightnin...ii-first-looks

Demo impressions: http://andriasang.com/con2jo/lightni...o_impressions/
Last edited by Kagari; 09-05-2012 at 05:13 AM.
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yay
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H_Prestige
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I'm sure the demand is huge.
Criminal Upper
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BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT
Trigger
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Will there be a FFXIII-4?
Emitan
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Square told me that I love her and that she is popular. They can't be wrong.
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Originally Posted by Criminal Upper

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT

Who demanded it?
Andrefpvs
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"FF XIII-3" would be fine.
zeitgeist
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Awful name. Still pumped though.

I am super cheesy so I would call it Lightning Strikes Twice or something awful like that.
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Originally Posted by Kagari

Mr. Fix
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Revengeance-tier.
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Versus XIII 2014 confirmed
onQ123
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Wait What?
Jacksonlee
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thats fucking stupid
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Is this basically XIII-3?
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"awesome" title
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Originally Posted by Andrefpvs

FF XIII-3 would be fine.

But, that's what it is called, according to the custom cover I'll make for it. :p
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(09-01-2012, 03:51 AM)
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How many 13 spinoffs before Versus show up?
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It's FFXIII's Dirge of Cerberus! Whoohoo -__-
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Because the invisible fans demanded it, while the tangible ones are still clamoring for new ip and a remake of Final Fantasies IV through VIII.
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Gasp.
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Originally Posted by Kagari

Details incoming.

Hoping for something a bit different. XIII was not my cup of tea so I passed on XIII-2 (though I'll play it one day).
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I'm not particularly a fan of Final Fantasy games anymore so I may be totally off, but I'm surprised 13 is getting this much focus. I thought it wasn't terribly popular.
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Meh, don't care for Lightning. Boring character.
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Originally Posted by AlphaTwo00

How many 13 spinoffs before Versus show up?

As long as there are people asking for more Lightning apparently.
GameE
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(09-01-2012, 03:52 AM)
Seriously the title?
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I hope they don't do to TWEWY what they are doing to Final Fantasy.
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Guys, we all have to convince SE that we actually like this one. Only then will they work on something new. They simply won't accept that people don't like XIII.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Fix

As long as there are people asking for more Lightning apparently.

But they aren't!
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Originally Posted by AlphaTwo00

How many 13 spinoffs before Versus show up?

13.
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Wait is that really the title? LOL I remember someone said that as a joke considering TDKR.

Still, looking forward to it.
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Crossthread posting: Apparently they think a subtitle for Lightning isn't good enough. So they made FFXIII the subtitle and Lightning the main title. LOL.
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For the last couple years, all of video gaming has been united, crying out with one voice, "Where is Lightning? WHERE IS LIGHTNING?!"

And now, finally, all our desperate prayers are answered.
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There's a surprising lack of reactions to Lightning dress-up. I was expecting more outrage. :(
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Originally Posted by mysteriousmage09

Versus XIII 2014 confirmed

This absolutely wouldn't shock me. It's obviously not coming before late 2013 at best at this point. I could see PS4 NextBox coming out before it.
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Can NoHope return? (noel or hope as well, they are must haves?)

Sounds good, guess I need to get to opening XIII-2...
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I'm up for more Lightning but is that the actual name of the game? Weak.
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Lightning Returns: No one gives a fuck.
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Originally Posted by Kagari



Details incoming.

Michael Bay's teaming up with Square Enix? Day 1!
24FrameDaVinci
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(09-01-2012, 03:53 AM)
And the whole of GAF collectively moans.
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All this FFXIII stuff is the very definition of "nobody asked for this"
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Originally Posted by Billiechu

But they aren't!

What's that? More Lightning you say?
Kagari
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The logo is terrible.
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I like Lightning, so....
chertipros
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This is a terrible name for a JRPG....
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SE: "It will take a long time to regain the trust of our fans".

*SIGH*
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I'll wait for the HD repackaging of all three.
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I... I can't.
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Originally Posted by Aeana

There's a surprising lack of reactions to Lightning dress-up. I was expecting more outrage. :(

There might be more outrage if more people could watch the stream.
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better lightning than the other shitty characters

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