Square Enix Announces Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII


Posted September 1, 2012 - By Rob Manuel

During their 25th anniversary celebration, Square Enix announced the newest Final Fantasy game to hit the shelves in 2013, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

As described by Motomu Toriyama, the director of the Final Fantasy XIII project, this newest title will both be a continuation of Lightning’s saga as well as a stand-alone game that anyone can enjoy. Check out the announcement video below as Toriyama talks about the newest Final Fantasy game as well as some of the ideas swirling around this new title.

For those of you just jumping into the series, you might want to invest in some Cliff Notes as we’ve witnessed Lightning transform from soldier to rebel and in and out of crystal again. The last DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 once again awakens Lightning from her crystal slumber and into a world she hardly recognizes. This proud warrior that we’ve followed for two games now will take her final stand in the up coming title.

While there are few details about gameplay, one of the big concepts pushed by the director will be that of “world driven” action. While only hinted at, the idea of the world always moving will create unique gameplay experiences for each of the players. The ecology, environment, and even the residents of the world will play a part in how the game unfolds. The world you’ll play on, Cocoon, only has 13 days left until Armageddon. Toriyama asks, “How will you spend the last days of your life?”

In addition to the game being driving by the virtual world, players will also be able to stay connected to Lightning Returns in the real world through Facebook and the official website. Stay connected to both to find the latest information about this game when it comes out sometime in 2013.

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Square Enix Announces Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII


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