Video game developer and publisher Square Enix has announced that is working on a new Japanese role-playing game video game called Lightning Returns, which will expand the Final Fantasy XIII series.
The game is being prepared for the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 from Sony at some point during 2013, although it is not clear whether the company will aim for concurrent launches or will have some sort of exclusivity deal lined up.
Square Enix has made it clear that it has no plans to deliver a simple sequel, but that it actually plans to create an entire new product in the Fabula Nova Chrystallis universe. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
will be the last game to star the heroine and will start just as the Doomsday Clock has only 13 days left until the final destruction of the universe.
The core setting of the game is Navus Partus, a chain of four islands that are linked via monorail.
The world will be altered by the day-night cycle and exploration and NPC interaction will be at the core of the game experience. Square Enix
has only shown the first region of Lightning Returns, called Luxuria and has a wide array of influences, ranging from European to futuristic.
The new version of Lightning will be even more powerful than in the two previous titles that starred her even if her appearance will be closer to that of the first title.
The game will also offer more customization options, which means that gamers will be able to change both her appearance and her weapons, with the developers promising more than 20 costumes and the ability to change some of their looks.
Lightning will be more mobile during the battles and the weapons themselves will be able to transform during the engagements, bringing the game closer to the action side.
A trailer was shown to those who attended the Final Fantasy 25
year anniversary and will apparently be made public on September 4.