Tonight’s first presentation feautres the team behind Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2: producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Motomu Toriyama, and art director Isamu Kamikokuryou. The topic: new developments in Lightning’s Saga and the Final Fantasy XIII series.
We’ll be covering the event in this post, so be sure to refresh for details we wean out of the stream. For those of you who have a NicoNico account, you can view the stream here. If you don’t, fear not — we’ll have a downloadable version available shortly after the presentation concludes. So sit back, relax, and feel free to comment below on what you’re anticipating from this new project!
+ Leaking out ahead of the presentation, a Final Fantasy XIII Dual Pack will be released in Asian territories including the Ultimate Hits version of XIII and the recently released XIII-2. The game will feature Chinese, English, and Japanese voice acting and include six postcards. (Via: Gematsu)
+ The stream willl begin in 20 minutes. Make that :30-ish. (And here we go!)
+ Final Fantasy XIII producer Yoshinori Kitase takes the stage to greet everyone. Kitase says there has been a lot of of guessing by fans as to what the new project is, and he’s read positive and negative comments from fans.
+ Final Fantasy XIII’s new project will be for a home console.
+ Director Motomu Toriyama takes the stage. The keyword to the game is “Lightning Returns”. The new game is connected to flowers, roses often seen with Lightning. Toriyama wants to portray Lightning more as she was in Final Fantasy XIII than XIII-2, more human.
+ “World Driven” is a new keyword to describe this new game and direction. “The Last 13 Days” is another keyword to describe the game. Concept art is shown with Lightning in her original outfit from Final Fantasy XIII.
+ The official title: LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII.
+ The game has an element that connects with the real world, one of of the ways is through Facebook.
+ Isamu Kamikokuryou, the game’s art director takes the stage. Lightning will be highly customizable with many different outfits and gear. The game will be attuned to button presses, so you might be correct in assuming it’s an action-RPG — though they say it’s not an action game.
+ The world itself is new, in an area called Navus Partus in a city called Lexerion.
+ The world is connected by a monorail between four different islands.
+ Kamikokuryou reveals an oil painting of Lightning, showing off the new world — his first in a decade.
+ Maaya Sakamoto’s message is played — she’s the VA of Lightning.
+ The game will be on PS3 and 360.
+ And that about wraps things up. The game will have a Facebook launch soon, but stay tuned to this post as I’ll be posting more media here about this game as it surfaces tonight!
+ The game’s official website. (Japan) http://www.square-enix.co.jp/fabula/LightningReturnsFFXIII/
+ 13 days until the world ends, everything you do will speed up or slow down the passage of time until this event.
(NicoNico’s stream booted me out, seems to be a recurring theme here with viewers being booted out for premium paid customers. Unfortunately much of this stream has been locked out for recording.)