Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Confirmed (Updated with Video)

Friday, August 31st, 2012

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UPDATE: An official English website has gone up with a video and a promise of more information on September 4, 2012.

How many storm-related puns can I dream up during a Japanese press-conference? Plenty. But that’s not why you’re all here. Ladies and gentlemen: Lightning returns. That’s not just the news of the night, that’s the name of the next game in the Final Fantasy XIII ”saga”.

A rose was the first picture shown during the conference. Motomu Toriyama insists roses have many meanings. Whatever that means, this is surely the conclusion of Lightning’s venture. A few buzzwords from the conference besides “Lightning Returns”: World Driven and… Facebook?

I’ll try to explain “world driven” at least: This world will be the most interactive of the entire saga. Lightning shall return stronger than ever before, and players will be able to control her unlike ever before. “This is the most customization you’ll be able to do with a Final Fantasy character.”

Another unique twist: The game will feature a sort of “Doomsday Clock” similar to Majora’s Mask. But instead of three days, players have…you guessed it…thirteen days to avert disaster.




  • Another Final Fantasy XIII.  Great.  **Sarcasm** Wonder if we’ll ever see THIS on WiiU?

    • You should wanna see good games on Wiiu not this crap for sure.

  • Oh my god… how manytimes do i have to say this….

    LIGHTNING. SUCKS.

    She is a horrible Protagonist! Horribly written, horribly boring and utterly horribly to even be around!

    DROP. HER.

    • I think she’s a fine character, and honestly I consider her one of my favorite protagonists in the series.  I also had the opportunity to watch a recording of the Lightning Returns presentation at a special 25th anniversary exhibit being hosted in Seattle today (unaffiliated with PAX) and I am stoked.

      I want to play this game.  I want to see Lightning’s story receive a proper conclusion.  And even if I’m in the minority, my feelings on this will not change.

    • Well, you never know. Maybe she’ll gain a personality in this game. Wishful thinking, I know.

    • She has a personality, actually.  Amazing, I know, how someone cold and distant toward others can actually have one.

    •  Oh yeah, being cold and distant is SOOO friggen original.

    • Your sarcasm is noted.  My argument isn’t about being original.  It’s countering Kyle’s argument that she has no personality.  Lightning does experience personal growth over the course of XIII, as well as in XIII-2, particularly in the DLC episode in which she’s playable.

      There’s a big difference between “Has no personality” and “Has a personality that I do not like.”

  • I don’t mind.  They can do what they like.  Maybe they’ll be able to make this game better than the last two.  I’m interested-  but to be honest, I never hated Final Fantasy XIII to begin with.  I like Lightning as a character.  I think she’s one of the better ones from the game, at least.  I’d like to hear more about it.  They are trying to make it better, after all.

  • While I WILL agree that putting more stuff out for XIII is beating a dead horse, I will ALSO say: Yay, more Lightning!

  • im just a little hesitant about a 13 day doomsday countdown, having to restart from the beginning will definitely put a damper on my ability to explore and play the game as i please, imagine if FFvii had a countdown to when meteor was about to hit the planet?