The Next Final Fantasy Gets 2014 Release Date

The third Final Fantasy XIII game, less awkwardly known as Lightning Returns, will be out on February 11, 2014 (February 14 in Europe), Square Enix announced today. To tide you over, the game's E3 trailer has been released. You can view it above.

And yes, we know, E3 isn't until next week. E3 trailers are like Christmas, you know. The decorations go up a little earlier every year.

The game is slated for release on Xbox 360 and PS3. No word on next-gen versions. The next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be out in late 2013. Neither is backwards compatible out of the box with the current-gen games (Sony is at least promising some degree of cloud-gaming PS3 backwards-compatibility), so plan your purchases accordingly.

Update: The Japanese release for Lightning Returns will be November 21, 2013, according to the tweet below.


    I'm assuming, and hoping, that this isn't the 'future of Final Fantasy' that they're going to be showing at E3

    They're showing a Final Fantasy for PS4 at E3.

    Also for those interested, this will likely be out on Feb 13 in Australia. (same day of the week as XIII-2.

    I'm starting to feel that FF is like a top notch vintage red.
    When first released, it was rich and vibrant, it danced along the palette
    Now, each year that goes by they dilute that stunning vintage a little more and more
    Until, eventually, you get a cheap $10 "death-bag"

    The next Final Fantasy? but FFXIV:ARR is coming out on August 27th this year :o

    Oh, you meant XIII-3? I forgot that game was a thing...

    So they're turning former playable characters into antagonists? Eh... I can deal with that, as long as they turn Sazh's son into some sort of ultimate boss.

    Lightning vs a Four-Year-Old boy.

    Can't they just move onto 14 (EDIT :15) already. I'm so sick of the 13 series :S

    EDIT: I meant 15....

    Last edited 07/06/13 5:11 pm

      They are... XIV:ARR is coming out on August 27th this year.

    Sounds great! Not sure how I can wait until 2014 though :(

    The red lightning effects in the background at the beginning are horrible...

    man they should have option for sub in the game instead of dub >.

    FFXIII-3 Lightning beats a dead odin.

    I bet the "future of final fantasy" is just the luminous demo again too.

    Wow that trailer looks amazing! Did you see the harsh look on Snow's face? Guess the death of his fiance hit him hard.

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