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Old 09-01-2012, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Announced

Just announced...

http://www.destructoid.com/square-an...i-234145.phtml



At the Final Fantasy Gallery event today in Japan, Square Enix announced (with English help from andriasang!)that a brand new game based on Final Fantasy XIII was in production. That game is Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII.

The game is being pegged as Lightning's final battle, as the character becomes the strongest she's ever been. Director Motomu Toriyama stated that Lightning had gone from a human to a God-like figure over the course of XIII and XIII-2, and that she'll be even more powerful this time.

The game is also going to be "world-driven," meaning that some form of social gaming is going to be present. That'll go over well with the fans! Lightning will be customizable somewhat, able to equip some big weapons and varied costumes, while combat will be more focused on button responses. Square Enix doesn't want to call it an action game, but it seems battles will be more action-heavy.

It'll be set in an area called Navus Partus, if that excites you.

Square Enix says more details will come later. Will she have a personality this time? Who knows!?
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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IGN post for the announcement...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/09/...xiii-announced

Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Set to arrive in 2013, Lightning Returns will incorporate a brand-new story, world, characters and an enhanced gameplay system, according to Square Enix. The game will feature Lightning as a solo playable character and allow her to freely roam a new world.

Other details regarding Lightning Returns are limited. We do know that the main story takes place hundreds of years after Final Fantasy XIII-2, set in a world called Novus Partus -- which is composed of four islands connected by monorail. The development team told IGN that three of the guiding pillars for the art direction in Lightning Returns are "gothic, mechanical and fantasy."



The most startling change to Lightning Returns comes in the form of the doomsday countdown. According to Square-Enix, the world will end after 13 days, and a massive clock will count down constantly in the corner of the screen to indicate this looming deadline. Any action players take, even taking the monorail from place to place, will spend time and hasten the end of days.

With Lightning as the only playable character, players will have unparalleled control over customizing her looks and combat style. The battle system itself, a greatly modified version of the previous two, will feature real-time elements including direct control of Lightning's movement and her attacks, as well as time-based moves that drain the doomsday counter. Lightning Returns will also include a real-time block system, designed to make battles much more active and time-based. Even dying mid-battle will activate a prompt to give players the choice to rewind their mistakes at the expense of the timer.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:53 AM   #3
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Great news! I'll be buying it day 1.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:04 AM   #4
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I'm conflicted, as the ending for XIII-2 made me flail in rage, but I'll probably still pick this up day one. A year seems kind of short though.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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The XIII universe gets a lot of hate on the interwebs, dunno why because i simply adored BOTH games immensely!

I put in 60 hours on XIII and 40 on XIII-2. So yeah count me in the super excited for this sequel camp!

Personally i hate change, so of course im happy when i get to stay in my own little comfort zone with the same characters, world and hopefully battle system.

EDIT : Waiiit! i just read more details and it IS all different and changed! LOL there goes my comfort zone! :P

But seriously, Lightning solo? tweaks to the battle system? HUNDREDS of years after XIII-2? ARG i'm scared now!

I really hope they don't turn this game into a real time action RPG. At this point i think i would of rather have a brand new Final Fantasy 15 with all the new things rather than totally change a sequel which has a feel of it's own, and while both XIII and XIII-2 were different, they had the same feel. They should of finished the trilogy with all the aspects we knew and loved and THEN make all those changes on a brand new game.

But yeah i know it's way too early to form an opinion yet but it's just i loved those two games so much it kinda scares me!

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So is this basically XIII-3 then?
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:13 AM   #7
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This sounds like a full on action game. Real time battles FTW.
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I'l wait a few months. I paid about 50 for XIII-2 day one and a couple months later it was only 15. So there's no way this will be day 1 for me.
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Yes! Day 1 buy for me.
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So is this basically XIII-3 then?
Yes, just not going with the XIII-3 title for some reason.
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Another Final Fantasy XIII game? I'm still trying to get over of having to play the 1st Final Fantasy XIII game which is why I haven't even purchased XIII-2 yet. Plus I do think it's kind of sad that Square is resorting to milking this part of the Final Fantasy series so much.

Plus time management? What are they trying to copy the PS3 Atelier Arland games but with having a doomsday ending?

Plus there's nothing wrong with keeping games as being turn-based even if it is on console instead of a handheld.
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I haven't played a Final Fantasy game since Super Nintendo! I've been wanting to pick one up but have been a little wary of it. I think I'll pick this one up. Would anyone here recommend a game for me to pick up to prepare?
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I haven't played a Final Fantasy game since Super Nintendo! I've been wanting to pick one up but have been a little wary of it. I think I'll pick this one up. Would anyone here recommend a game for me to pick up to prepare?
Maybe the first 2 games in the XIII series FF XIII and FF XIII-2

Wouldn't want to jump in blind.
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Maybe the first 2 games in the XIII series FF XIII and FF XIII-2

Wouldn't want to jump in blind.
Lol, why don't they just do 14/15? I'll check 'em out
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Lol, why don't they just do 14/15? I'll check 'em out
Because each new number is a completely fresh saga

There were no direct sequels up until FF X which had FF X-2
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I haven't even played Parts 1 and 2. But I have the strangest feeling this can only end with her death.
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Because each new number is a completely fresh saga

There were no direct sequels up until FF X which had FF X-2
Okay, Cool. Thanks for tolerating my ignorance. 20 bucks each for XIII and XIII-2 I can't wait to pick em up. Thanks!
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sweet loved the first 2
hoping fang is back aswell
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That description in the OP sounds a lot like being set in a Dark Souls type rpg game (mechanics wise not death around every corner wise!). Could be interesting.
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  • The game is currently 30% complete
  • This will be Lightning's last game and will end with a happy ending. The game has just one ending.
  • The first FFXIII was story driven, meaning that the story pulled the player along. FFXIII-2 was player driven, meaning players selected the story. Lightning Returns is World Driven, meaning players have to consider how they interact with the changing world.
  • The game's in-game time works out to one day being the equivalent of one to two hours of real time. There will be increases and decreases in time.
  • The game is meant to be played and cleared multiple times. The volume is not such that it will take many tens of hours to clear once.
  • People from XIII-2 haven't died. Because of the effects of the chaos (I'm not sure if this is the proper English word), people have stopped aging and don't get old.
  • The Novus world has four continents, two natural and two city-type.
  • Depending on your actions, the remaining life of the world could decrease, and the game could end before the 13 day limit.
  • There are some times when helping someone will decrease the life of the world.
  • Defeating some enemies and clearing some quests will increase the life of the world.
  • Lightning is all by herself in battle, allowing you to concentrate more than when you had to control a party.
  • Lightning has become a considerably more refined person.
  • You can freely move around during battle. Some elements of the battle system are timing-based.
  • The battle system is close to action. There's an ATB gauge.
  • During battle, you don't select menu commands. Instead, you select abilities which have been assigned to buttons.
  • Hope will give guidance to Lightning via wireless com.
  • The city has clocks everywhere showing the constant progression of time.

http://andriasang.com/con2l3/lightning_returns_details/
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