Above: The Jump Festa 2013 extended trailer with Japanese audio and Chinese subtitles.
The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII team were on hand to present the game at this year’s Taipei Game Show in Taiwan. Enlisting the help of Sony Computer Entertainment Asia, Square Enix has been able to localize a Chinese version of each game in the Lightning Saga for the gamer community in Asia interested in the Final Fantasy series. This version of the game usually includes Japanese audio, as well as Chinese and English subtitles. Importers with an affinity for Japanese voice acting and willingness to take advantage of the PlayStation 3′s region-free capability have often opted for the Asian version of the game.
Director Motomu Toriyama and publicity producer Yohei Murakami were met with a warm crowd in Taipei, showing off many aspects of the game we previously detailed in our First Look report. After the presentation, Toriyama sat down with the press for an interview.
Since Lightning Returns is essentially built around the character, they wanted to establish a sense of freedom by having players get choosy when assembling a Style through choosing a weapon, shield, and accessories with various effects. You’ll definitely need some Style savvy to contend with enemies with the new Knockdown system. Exploiting various weaknesses in enemies through equipment and ability selections will be a key part of managing battle tactics.
So what about the rest of the gang: Noel, Snow, Sazh, Vanille, etc.? Toriyama explained that since Lightning’s new task to lead the souls of humanity into a new world, it may put her at odds with her old friends. He was mum about the who-what-when-where-whys in regards to the cast as to not divulge any important story details. If you’ve read our recent report or viewed the latest trailer, you’ll understand why Noel is confronting Lightning.
It seems that Lightning herself is also wrestling with this notion, thinking: “I am directing the destruction of this world.” Quite a burden to bear! It also plays into the theme of The Last 13 Days — Lightning will have many decisions that will affect how time flows until the end comes.
The last two Final Fantasy games have launched in many global regions with naught but a few months between them at the most. This is in part due to a souped-up localization process that begins during the game’s development and involves testing in each region, so that the half-year long waiting games of yore remains thing of the past. If only our two missing handheld titles were so lucky!
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release in North America during Fall 2013.