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Lightning Returns Gamescom Trailer

August 21st, 2013 by Tony Garsow

The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Gamescom trailer “The Savior’s Choice” is now available!

Additionally, Square Enix has released additional information and screenshots which we’ve summarized below:

“The Wildlands…the last remaining wilderness in a dying world. Canopus Farms is one of the small settlements that dot the Wildlands. The gysahl greens that are grown here are renowned as a local delicacy!

The Wildlands is the fourth continent of Nova Chrysalia, and contains the remnants of the sprawling natural wilderness that once existed on Gran Pulse. Beasts run free here, and the people live a hardy life of self-sufficiency. But behind the lush and bountiful facade seethes Chaos that is especially powerful and dangerous. The Wildlands station is carved into the very face of a mountain. You can look out over sprawling green vistas from the station platform, making it hard to believe that you are still in a world on the brink of destruction.

The Wildlands are covered with swathes of forest like this. You can easily get lost if you don’t check your map when traversing this region.

After being pulled into the expanding vortex of Chaos, Mog wandered the Void Beyond for an age. However, he found out that his moogle comrades had also wound up there, and together they built the Moogle Village; with Mog becoming the headman. Mog has long been wracked with guilt over his failure to protect Serah. The Moogle Village can be found in the depths of the Wildland’s forests. Mog is finally reunited with Lightning, but he has deep regrets about failing to protect Serah and tries to escape. However, Lightning speaks to him with words of kindness. Lightning sees Mog unchanged over several hundred years and cannot help but smile.

Sazh currently lives with his son Dajh, in a house converted from the ruins of a crashed airship. He has been tormented for many hundreds of years by his failure to save his son, who fell into a deep slumber when the world began to collapse, and has not awakened since. Sazh has never give up on the quest to awaken his sleeping son. However, being unable to save him has cast a dark shadow over his heart… It seems that Dajh cannot awaken because his soul is in another place. Was it Lumina who hid the soul? When he fought together with Lightning, Sazh always cheered everybody up with his easy-going outlook, but now his manner is hard and his expression has become ashen.

A blue chocobo chick appears before Lightning. Follow the chocobo to search for clues that might save Dajh! In the Wildlands, there exists a mysterious white chocobo known as the “angel of Valhalla.” Although saved from certain death, the white chocobo does not appear to want to eat… For some reason it will only respond to Lightning, and so she agrees to look after it and nurse it back to health. Lightning saves this magnificent creature when it is attacked by a monster, an act that leads to further intriguing developments…

Gather information from among the villagers and acquire nutritious items such as gysahl greens to feed the chocobo. If the recovery goes according to plan, then the day it spreads it’s wings once more can’t be far off.

Army of One, Lightning’s ultimate attack from the previous episodes returns for the final game, but this time it has evolved into an exceptionally speedy and dynamic technique. It consumes addition EP (Energy Points). Deal a barrage of lightning-fast slashes, while freely switching between the three costumes that you have equipped! Monsters are powerless before Lightning’s ferocious slashing attacks and unable to defend themselves!

The Heartstealer outfit — a light and agile costume well suited to mobile attacks and evasion. Combine this garb with abilities involving movement for rapid and exciting action! Attacking motions will change depending on the weapon used. Armed with a rapier, Lightning attacks like a fast-moving fencer, with powerful thrusting strikes.”

Update: As Gamescom continues in Germany, we have a few new screenshots to share courtesy of Square Enix that show off a feature of the game called Chronostasis. Seen below, this feature seems to be linked to timed quests that Lightning will have to fulfill in her journey. Remember, there are thirteen days left until the end of the world, and the savior starts off with seven at the beginning of her journey. By restoring light to Yggdrasil, Lightning can increase her time to a maximum of thirteen days.

You can watch the Japanese-language trailer here.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases on November 21st in Japan, February 11th in North America, and February 14th in Europe.

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  • alexsam

    So, I’m clicking on the images but I can’t see them… Is there something wrong with my pc or is it the site?

    Anyway, the battles with Snow and Noel seem intense, but it’s refreshing to see that at least Fang will have enough common sense to join Lightning (by the looks of the trailer).

  • Tony Garsow

    @alexsam
    Currently trying to resolve the issue. In the mean-time you’ll need to open the images in a new tab.

  • AnimaMagna

    Okay, now I’m genuinely worried for those characters. It’s like they’re becoming monsters. The ending had better be worth all this.

  • Tony Garsow

    Hey guys – let me know in the comments here if the images are back to normal. Thanks! :)

  • alexsam

    @Tony Garsow Can now see images clearly. Thanks for resolving the issue quickly!! :-)

  • rattyinc

    The new outfit looks like a Faris outfit.

  • masterlobo

    “BLASTED F***BALL!” said Sazh near the end :O

    Is cursing finally back to FF? 😀

    Also, the new outfit does indeed look like Faris, but also like Locke’s.

  • AgitoXIII

    jus saw this trailer… did Sazh jus say wut i think he jus said……????? totally uncalled for

  • Nick

    Guys, he said “Fluffball.” I doubt we’ll ever get Barret-speak again lol.