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The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Square Enix has today released the third episode in its developer diary video series, “Inside the Square – The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII”

Narrated by Ali Hillis, the voice of Lightning herself, the latest episode provides a detailed overview of the new ‘Doomsday Clock’ and how it affects the environments and characters within the world. The video also showcases a revamped battle system, changes made to accommodate and improve single-character combat and Director Motomu Toriyama’s vision for Final Fantasy XIII. Viewers will also be able check out new footage, featuring behind-the-scenes gameplay and interviews, including Game Design Director Yuji Abe and Producer Yoshinori Kitase.

To view the first and second episode of “Inside the Square – The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII on YouTube, visit: 1st Episode /2nd Episode.


Square Enix has today announced a collector’s edition of LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII that is exclusive to North America. This special edition will be available from February 11th, 2014 exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.

With all new premium packaging, the collector’s edition includes a silver embossed pocket watch and a DLC code of Aerith Gainsborough’s “Midgar’s Flower Girl” outfit, based on the original FINAL FANTASY VII heroine.

Other items include:

  • An 80 Page Art Book
  • Character Designer Tetsuya Nomura’s original artwork, including his early sketches of the characters
  • Foreword by FINAL FANTASY XIII Series Art Director Isamu Kamikokuryo
  • An introspective look at the worlds and architecture of the Nova Chrysalia world
  • A FINAL FANTASY nostalgia section that showcases crossover costumes and series’ fan favorites moogles and chocobos

North America only (so far) bad luck Europe! Unless something else is in the works…

Lightning Returns – Final Fantasy XIII – Making of Video

Square Enix have released a making of video for Final Fantasy XII : Lightning Returns, giving fans a look into what goes into creating and developing a modern Final Fantasy game.

The first of a three part video series, fans for the first time will have a never before seen chance to peek behind the developer curtains with the creative team sharing their thoughts on its development and their inspirations for the game.

Square Enix E3 2013 Xbox Line-Up


Square Enix has today announced its broad spectrum of next-generation and current generation games to be unveiled during the E3 2013 expo. The company’s portfolio features new games from signature franchises, a re-imagined classic along with compelling new properties.

Along with hands-on demonstrations of many games, E3 attendees will be able to experience exclusive theater presentations for THIEF and Murdered: Soul Suspect.

For the audience not attending E3, Square Enix will host an innovative live online broadcast from its booth, allowing the publisher’s passionate community to get a sneak peak at the new titles’ content and interact with Square Enix developers. Viewers worldwide will be able to tune in for the duration of the show (June 11 to June 13, 2013) for a unique insider’s perspective into Square Enix at the show. For a full schedule please visit: www.youtube.com/squareenixpresents

The announced E3 lineup for Square Enix:

THIEF (Xbox One)

Thief is the reinvention of the classic franchise that allows players to take on the role of Garrett, the Master Thief. As the tide is about to turn in the City, Garrett, takes cover amidst the growing uprising and sneaks into the Baron’s manor to steal his most prized possession.

Developer: Eidos-Montréal (A Square Enix Company)
Available: 2014


The hardest case to solve is one’s own murder. Murdered: Soul Suspect takes players into a whole new realm of mystery where the case is personal and the clues just out of reach. When Ronan O’Connor, a detective with a checkered past, gets caught up in a violent burglary, his life is brought to an untimely end by a brutal and relentless killer. Shocked to find himself in the afterlife, his only escape from the limbo world of ‘Dusk’ is to uncover the truth behind his killer, track him down and bring him to justice using his detective instinct and newfound supernatural abilities.

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Airtight Games
Available: Early 2014


As Lightning, it is your mission to save souls so they may be brought to a new world. However, with only thirteen days remaining, not everyone can be saved. Armed with all-new weapons, player customization and battle abilities, you are in a race against time to fully understand your destiny. It all ends here.

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.
Available: February 14, 2014

Lightning Returns: FF XIII


Today we have more updates and features straight from Square Enix to share with you. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a new chapter in the adventure that gives us the player direct control over the iconic (and one of my favourite characters) heroine Lightning in a constantly moving, expansive environment, on a quest to save a doomed world from complete destruction. How will you spend your final days?

In terms of release date the best we can tell you is some time this year. Keep your eyes and ears open and I promise to shout loud when I know more.

  • Under our control:

Lightning will be the playable character – with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.

  • Action Orientated Combat:

A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any Final Fantasy game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.

  • A Constantly Moving, Beautiful World:

Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.

  • Making Use Of Our Time:

A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?

  • A Connected Experience:

Stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.