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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Announced

Square Enix has announced a new game in the Final Fantasy XIII series at the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event, bringing Lightnings story to an end.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Launch Trailer Released

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is out! With it comes a final trailer which neatly compresses all the good bits of FFXIII-2 into one minute.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Review

The long wait is over. We've finished our review copy and had a great time, so come read our impressions of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2 Trailer Shows Off Variety

Square promised activities in XIII-2 to break up the endless battles and cutscenes, and it looks as though they've delivered in this all new trailer.

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New Final Fantasy XIII-2 Artwork

Check out these two new beautiful pieces of Final Fantasy XIII-2 artwork from the games Ultimania released in Japan!

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News and Updates

That’s right, folks! The people over at Square Enix have decided that now is the time to provide a brief description about one of the new characters that will be appearing in the upcoming Lightning Returns. According to the translation provided, it states that this new character will be named “Lumina”, and is described as being a loli-goth version of Serah, Lightning’s sister who we all know and (sometimes) love. Lumina will either help or hinder Lightning throughout her journey (ooh, suspense!); other than that, no further details have come to light as of yet. As always, however, we will keep you updated!

In addition, some of the costumes that Lightning will be able to wear have been further described. “Dark Muse” is the official name for the costume she wears in the Jump Festa trailer, and has a grill-shaped shield, chaps, and some kind of camouflage overcoat. “Alone in the Dust” is the name of the costume that has very samurai-esque features.

Update: And here’s a scan showing off this “new” character.

Thanks to Agent Dunham for the info!

Source. (Please note, this is in Japanese.)

The most recent Famitsu is out in the wild and as such, all new details of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII have been revealed.

As we’ve heard much of already, Lightning Returns will have a lot to do with the concept of time in that time is constantly moving forward in the game world. Taking a page from a few other open world games, NPC locations, gatherable information and much more will all depend on the current time.

As far as the new battle system featured in the trailer goes, its real name has yet to be decided though it’s currently being referred to as “sugoi ATB” or “amazing ATB”. Everything to do with Lighting during battle such as weapons, accessories, abilities, etc. are all combined into set Styles as seen in the trailer, with names like Divinity and Enchanter, as well as a Style called Cerberus, which of course will sound familiar as that was a Paradigm in the previous two games. It does in fact seem that the team is tweaking the Paradigm system of the first two games, giving people something familiar yet fresh at the same time.

On the storyline side of things, days occurring in the original game Final Fantasy XIII were said to have had 26 hours. But now, in the time that LR takes place, the days only consist of 24 hours. As usual, Chaos is to blame.

Lightning has only got 4 minutes 13 days to save the world, and though it’s currently being decided just how long those days will be in real world time, it is said the team is thinking they will be somewhere between 1-2 hours long each. In current play tests it is said the game is being beaten in about 2 to 4 days which might make the game seem short, however, the journey to the end of the game apparently has multiple paths, and while the conclusion of the story will not change, the events you’ll experience leading up to the game’s ending can, depending on how you go about things, which will hopefully fuel your desire to play the game multiple times.

Now of course it’s being said the Lighting Returns is indeed a full conclusion to the saga and Motomu Toriyama confirms that no DLC will be needed in order to fully finish the story unlike Final Fantasy XIII-2′s Requiem of the Goddess DLC which truly concluded and filled in a serious gap of the main story. Yoshinori Kitase also had to say that you’ll be pleased with the full conclusion of other beloved characters’ stories from the previous games.

Expect more details to be revealed as we step into 2013, and closer to the release of Lightning Returns.

To go with the newly released extended trailer, Square Enix has released some new screenshots of Lightning Returns. The screenshots recently appeared in the latest issue of Jump but now here they are in decent quality. The official artwork of Lightning in her new outfit has been released too. See them all below.

In true Square Enix fashion the Jump Festa Lightning Returns trailer was leaked early a few days ago, but now the event is in full swing they’ve officially release an extended version of the trailer for all of us to view. The new content shown is much of the same we saw a few days ago, but longer. Watch the trailer below if you want your fill of slightly longer battle scenes and the all important title animation taking place twice in case you missed how flashy it was the first time.

Just about an hour or so ago, posted the first official trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Unfortunately the trailer has since been taken down as it is most likely that this trailer was only meant to go live once Jump Festa had started. However, thanks to a quick thinking individual it has been uploaded onto YouTube.

Thoughts? Share them in our forums.

Today is a good day for all you patient Lightning Returns fans out there. The murky scan that revealed Lightning’s new look has finally gotten a higher quality and complete version, revealing several key screenshots! We can see several instances of Lightning traversing her environment, shots of the lovely city of light, even shots of the promised stealth elements! If you’re attentive, you might even spot a familiar face in the top-left screen.

On top of that, we seem to have our first official look at the game’s combat! Apparently Lightning won’t just be grappling with the new forces of Chaos, but with classic foes such as the behemoth seen in the scan. Now that we’ve had our first taste, it’s only a short while now before Jump Festa and the premiere of the Lightning Returns trailer to the general public. Stay tuned!

Thoughts on the scans? Head to the forums to discuss!

Lightning’s New Look Revealed!
Date: December 18th, 2012 Author: Death Penalty
News Category: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Jump has finally revealed the long-awaited new look of the titular heroine of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII! Designed by Tetsuya Nomura, the new design takes Lightning’s look in a radical new direction. While this is Lightning’s default design for the game, keep in mind that she has several customizable outfits throughout the game. Here’s our first look!

Along with these lovely scans came a few new details about the world of Lightning Returns and what we can expect from the combat. It seems Lightning’s costume isn’t the only big change we can expect; as promised the gameplay in Lightning Returns seems to be a drastically different experience from its predecessors. Lightning can reportedly traverse the world freely both on the ground and vertically, leaping on top of terrain and even using some elements of stealth. The concept of the game is “The world’s last thirteen days”. The first trailer for the game is due to drop this week, so stay tuned for more.

Love the new design? Hate it? Discuss it in the forums!
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Square Enix have revealed their line-up for the upcoming Jump Festa, and among the few titles, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be showing as video-only. We don’t know yet if this will be the gameplay from the reveal, or something new like a Trailer of CG or Gameplay.

The other titles appearing at Jump Festa by Square-Enix are Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMIX, Dragon Quest VII, Dragon Quest X, and Gyrozetter: Wings of the Albatross.

Check out their webpage for the event here.

For a long time, Western fans have been left in the dark concerning a localization for Type-0, and the news only seems to get grimmer each time we hear about it. However, a recent interview with none other than Hajime Tabata himself might bring a glimmer of optimism. As “moribund” as the the localization might be, S-E has not given up hope. You can read the entire interview here, but here’s the part you’re probably most interested in.

Hajime Tabata: “Due to market reasons, we are taking a clean slate in terms of our plans. We feel strongly about bringing this title to the fans in North America and Europe, so if an opportunity arises that can become a conclusive factor, we are prepared to go into consideration right away.”

That’s less than clear, but it’s also far more than many expected. Though the future for Type-0 is nowhere near certain, at least we know that the project hasn’t flatlined. Additionally, Tabata speaks in the interview of his work with Crisis Core and S-E and about his feelings on Final Fantasy in general. As always, if you have any thoughts, comments or even just exclamations of relief, head on down to our forums.

Square Enix has released a video showcasing the development studio behind Lightning Returns on their official Youtube channel. In it you can see a lot of people sitting in a room watching Youtube videos, some blurred PCs, and about 2 seconds of Lightning Returns pre-alpha footage. When they attempted to film the Versus studio, they realised no one could remember if it actually existed.

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