New Screens and More for Lightning Returns: FFXIII

By Cindy Minguez, 5 years ago
In the latest news from Square Enix about their highly anticipated RPG, the full cast has been confirmed. We've known for a while that Snow is Lightning's enemy in this installment of the FF XIII trilogy. In new screenshots, we see Lightning in battle against another former friend - Noel. For the first time, we are also shown her former enemies Caius and Yeul, but whether friend or foe is not revealed. After reading the text attached to all the screens, the reasons these characters are battling each other seems less and less clear. In this set of screens, Lightning finds herself dealing with a cult of heretics and tracking down a serial killer in addition to her primary job of saving the world from destruction.

A young man who formerly journeyed with Serah and Mog. Blaming himself for bringing about the destruction of the world, Noel's guilt makes him hide away from society. He ceaselessly works to maintain public order from the cover of darkness and has come to be known as the "Shadow Hunter."

Lightning appears before Noel, just as the Oracle Drives predicted. It seems that the images showed the truth all along...?

The Lightning that Noel remembers from before is nowhere to be seen. She rushes to the attack without hesitation and Noel finds himself driven to his knees. Has Lightning really discarded her humanity completely?

Noel attacks with rapid and unpredictable strikes. His blows are fueled by many powerful and conflicting emotions, such as determination for the future of the people and anger at the promise he failed to fulfill.

Noel also has attacks which inflict status anomalies in his repertoire, so Lighting will have to observe his every movement, and fight carefully.

The crumbling remains of Academia, once known as one of humanities greatest cities. This was the spot from which Chaos first flowed into the world 500 years ago. Due to its proximity the area has taken great damage and is now in the advanced stages of dilapidation.

The temple building from Valhalla, the world of the dead, can be found in a corner of the Wildlands. The followers of Etro have built a settlement before the temple itself, and live out a tranquil existence there.

The Shadow Hunter's hideout lies in the darkest depths of the Warren. Forbidding words are scrawled across the walls in human blood but what could they possibly mean…?

The Warren is the dark hidden face of the shining City of Light, a twisting slum populated by criminals and followers of the heretical cult, "The Children of Etro."

After descending to Luxerion, the City of Light, Lightning finds the people living an existence plagued by fear with a brutal serial killer in their midst. She decides to get to the bottom of the incidents and sets off to investigate.

The flyers that the culprit is thought to have distributed. Is there some kind of link between the murderer and the script used on them?

Lightning follows a suspicious group, but what she sees when she finally tracks them down brings shock and surprise...

It seems that the mysterious white-clad group known as the "Children of Etro" is connected to the incidents.

Lightning finally tracks Noel down, but her path is blocked by obstacles and the fanatical followers of the Children of Etro.

Yeul appears before Lightning and begs her to save Caius. What could Yeul's request to inflict pain on him possibly mean...?

A young woman known as the "Priestess of the Farseers" who possesses the ability to see fragments of the future to come. She asks a particular favor of Lightning.

Having lost someone dear to him through his own actions and damned the world to destruction, Noel was filled with nothing but guilt and regret. His smile disappeared forever and he locked his heart away in the darkness.

Lightning was defeated by Caius long ago, but Is her challenging him again simply an attempt to vindicate her honor or something else entirely…?

The man who fought and defeated Lightning 500 years ago in Valhalla, the world of the dead. He holds within himself the heart of Etro, the goddess of death, and was the one responsible for releasing the insidious Chaos energy - by piercing that heart during his battle with Noel and Serah.

Snow Villiers is Lightning's brother in law and they once fought together as sworn allies. Is there no way to save Snow's soul other than to fight him...?

Snow uses no weapons and fights bare handed. His combat style has not changed but his fists are now charged with ice and Chaos power, making each blow cause great damage.
On a lighter note, Square also released a new costume trailer revealing just a few of the 80+ outfits that will be available for Lightning. Though I haven't seen any particular news to give me encouragement (and this many costumes would seem to dispel any such hope), I still have my fingers crossed for some type of jobs system.

In the spirit of the high levels of customisation on offer in LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, this video shows off just small portion of the costumes, weapons, shields and accessories featured in the game. There's a wealth of wardrobe choice - the final game will have over 80 costumes for Lightning!

The only downloadable content featured in this video, is the already-announced iconic gear of Cloud Strife from FINAL FANTASY VII, being worn by Lightning in this video.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the U.S. February 11th, 2014 and to Europe February 14th, almost three months after its release in Japan on November 21st.
Cindy Minguez
Written by Cindy Minguez
Cindy has been writing for TA/TT for three years now and is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueTrophies. She's an English instructor at a small college and considered a remarkably cool teacher for knowing all about Mass Effect, Skyrim, and Diablo III.