Lightning May Be Flying Solo In Lightning Returns: FFXIII

Lightning May Be Flying Solo In Lightning Returns: FFXIII
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By now, most fans have seen the trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and are at least partly aware of the new game system that will involve a limited time of 13 days in which Lightning must save the world.

Video from the trailer shows Lightning in her new outfit running, fighting, climbing and leaping about in a city where the time of day changes as the game progresses. One thing people may have noticed from the battle scenes was that Lighting was fighting alone. While this could be because the game is still in development and other ally models and systems have not been completed yet, a bonus booklet included in this week’s Weeky Famitsu seems to indicate otherwise: In the Final Fantasy Memoria booklet, the upcoming game is covered in depth with what information Square Enix has released.

In FFXIII and FFXIII-2, there were parties of multiple characters, but this time Lightning is alone.

While this doesn’t exclude the possibility of guest appearances or temporary party members, this does seem to indicate that the game will be, for the most part, a one-woman show. Producer Yoshinori Kitase is also quoted in an interview about the battle system as saying,

This time, it’s just Lightning, so it seems like the number of characters you control has decreased, but it still feels like you’re fighting with a multi-character party.

The battle system itself will involve a “style” system where players set up “styles,” or combinations of weapons, shields, accessories, and abilities and can switch between them depending on the situation in battle. The game will allow for a high level of customizability of both appearance and performance of Lightning. By defeating enemies, you will be rewarded with items to power up Lightning’s equipment as well as points to extend her remaining time.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is scheduled for release in 2013.

『ライトニング リターンズ ファイナルファンタジーXIII』ライトニングの新衣装を公開! [ファミ通.com]

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  • One thing that I’m curious about with the FF13 series is: can you change the language of game? Say I walk into a shop in Australia and buy a game from this series, can I change the voices to Japanese? Or does one have to buy the Japanese version of the game and hope that it works in an Australia PS3?

    • Generally your stuck with which ever language is native for the region from which you purchased the game. If you want Japanese then you will need to import from Japan. Of course doing so you will not get Eng subs for dialouge though

      • Thanks for the feedback. I don’t mind the lack of subtitles. Just knowing which version to get is the key. Some games let you change the language, others come in a single language. Good data to know.

  • From the trailer it looks like the gameplay will be similar to the Lightning DLC in XIII-2 where you perform constant one man paradigm shifts, but this time you’ll be able to customize your loadouts and attack in real time. Can’t wait for this game!

  • I think it will be good. Lightning became a strong character and XIII-2 addressed the clunky play style of XIII aswell as giving you hub area’s like the PS2 games.
    XIII-3 will refine it further and if it brings the story arc to a decent close will be fulfilling. The story is good when you get your head around it in XIII-2.

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