By this time, most fans may have already seen the trailer of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. In addition, some of you may be aware of the new game system, which includes the 13-day limit for Lightning to save the world.
Lightning on Playing Solo
The trailer shows Lightning in her new outfit, being able to run, fight, climb, and leap about in the city. While playing, the time of the game changes as the game progresses. But one thing people may have noticed from the video’s battle scenes was that the main protagonist was fighting alone.
In relation to this, there have been speculations that it is because the game is still in development. Thus, other ally models and systems are not yet complete. However, a bonus booklet from this week’s Weekly Famitsu indicates otherwise. In the Final Fantasy Memoria booklet, the upcoming game is covered in-depth with information released by Square Enix:
In FFXIII and FFXIII-2, there were parties of multiple characters, but this time Lightning is alone.
Although this doesn’t exclude the possibility of guest appearances or party members, the game appears to be a one-woman show for the most part. Game producer Yoshinori Kitase was also quoted during an interview about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s battle system.
This time, it’s just Lightning, so it seems like the number of characters you control has decreased, but it still feels like you’re fighting with a multi-character party.
Prior to this, AMOG reported last week that Lightning now has a new default design. The character is now clad in black armor and white cape, which appears to be a radical variation of her original XIII-2 armor.
Lightning Returns: FFXIII Battle System
Aside from knowing that Lightning will go solo for most parts of the game, its battle system will also involve a “style” system. This allows players to set up styles or a combination of Lightning’s weapons, shields, accessories, and abilities. They can also swap on with the other depending on the situation.
This is a feature that is akin to Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2’s “Role” system. However, there’s a probability that the Style system would allow greater level customizability on the character’s appearance, performance, and abilities.
By defeating the enemies, players will be rewarded with items to power up Lightning’s equipment. It could also give them points that will extend her remaining time.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is set to be released in 2013.