Just like it was promised, from December, the company has started revealing more and more about the next entry of the Final Fantasy franchise. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will bring the Final Fantasy XIII sub-series to a close, ending Lightning’s story. The development team was interviewed on Famitsu and a full translation of the interview is finally available and new details about the game features have emerged.
The first things that players have noticed is Lightning’s new appearance: it’s now without reason, director Kitase says, since it symbolizes Lightning’s rebirth: that’s also the reason why she looks different across the three games. The new outfit, designed by Tetsuya Nomura, will also give players different impressions: Kitase says that while the cape is in motion, it really looks beautiful. The new outfit also has a history behind it, since it was given by some mysterious individual, bestowing her with the role of the Liberator.
The new world is called Novus Partus, a place that lived on following the Chaos unleashed at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2. The world is being protected by Bhunivelze, a god born from the crystal. The game will take place 500 years after XIII-2: everything will begin in the town of Luxerion, where a certain organization starts opposing Bhunivelze. With a series of mysterious murders, the game will begin.
Each of the 4 continents in Novus Partus will have a specific theme: most of them will be aimed towards a mature audience, but not more has been revealed yet.
Regarding the battle system, it’ll be an evolution of the Final Fantasy XIII ATB where abilities will be mapped to specific buttons: switching abilities in battle with the evolution of the Paradigm Shift system will be crucial for success. As for Lightning’s growth system, there’s gonna be a new system where player’s actions will improve Light’s stats and even increase the time left before the end of the world: only 13 days are left and any action done by the player may increase or decrease the amount of time left. Players who hated the QTE events of XIII-2 will be happy to know that they have been removed.
Finally, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII story will be completed and won’t require any Story DLC as it was for XIII-2.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is currently slated for a 2013 release on Ps3 and Xbox 360. New details will be coming in the near future.