New Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Details From Famitsu

Square-Enix promised that, from December onwards, we would be getting more details on Lightning new adventure but probably no one expected so much in such a short amount of time. In the latest issue of Famitsu, the magazine sheds some light on some of the game’s details: just like the trailer has shown, the game will break out of most of the features included in Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2, bringing a fresh experience to JRPG lovers

One of the most evident changes is in Light’s new armor, so different from the one in XIII-2: the new design was created by Tetsuya Nomura. It won’t be the only thing Lightning will wear: there will be many costumes and players will be able to change the colors as well.

Time is one of the central themes of the game: Light only has 13 days to save the world and she can increase the time at her disposal by doing certain in-game actions. Now it’s been revealed that time will always be flowing, except when checking the game’s menus: this will surely add a sense of urgency to the whole game. Time itself will have a greater impact on NPC as well since they’ll change what they say depending on the time.

The new battle system is currently called ATB Amazing: Lightning will be the only playable character and you’ll be able to customize her Style, registering weapons, armors and abilities, with players able to switch styles during combat: a new spin on the Paradigm Shift feature. Using items and equipment effectively will make players earn points, even though it’s still unknown how this will affect gameplay.

Got you interested in the game? I surely am! Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released in 2013 on Ps3 and Xbox 360

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