Details about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII are emerging from this week’s issue of Famitsu. There isn’t particularly much we know yet, but what the team could confirm is that the game has completed 30% of it’s development phase. The game’s ending will also be a definitive -happy- ending, no multiple endings in layman’s terms.
If you remember from the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary, the game’s project leads specifically stated that this would be the last game in the Final Fantasy XIII saga.
+ One in-game day/night cycle lasts one to two hours.
+ The game’s structure is set up to be played through multiple times due to changing and one-time events, so it may be a shorter game than it’s predecessors.
+ You will be able to carry items over to new playthroughs.
+ Everyone did not die at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2. (Referring to the world population.)
+ Novus Partus is composed of four islands, two with “natural” terrain and one has the city of Luxerion on it. Another city is on the fourth island.
+ In addition to art and furniture being displayed around Luxerion, there are also many clocks.
+ It’s possible to have the world end before the thirteen days expire.
+ Many phenomenae are occurring because of the chaos that had poured into the world has an effect on people —
something like senility they have stopped aging.
+ The battle system has an ATB gauge, but there are abilities you use (blocking, dodging, and moving) that don’t require you to select a command. They rely on button-presses and timing instead.
+ Controlling Lightning will be a different experience than in XIII and XIII-2 and since she is the sole party member, she has been given abilities to compensate.
+ You can extend the countdown timer by your in-game actions like helping people, so depending on your actions some playthroughs may be longer than others.
+ Lightning encounters a murder in the city of Luxerion which she becomes involved in (perhaps investigates).
+ Lightning will stay in contact with Hope Estheim through use of a wireless comm.