Rumor: Lightning’s New Look In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

By Spencer . December 17, 2012 . 2:00pm


Update: Rumor confirmed and here’s a scan of Lightning’s new costume.


Famitsu has a feature on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII this week to go along Square Enix’s showcase at Jump Festa. Details may have leaked out early since someone on 2ch claims to have seen the magazine early and posted a LittleBigPlanet rendition of Lighting’s new armor.


Why LittleBigPlanet? It’s kind of like a Japanese meme to draw things with the game. We can’t verify the story so take this as a rumor for now.

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  • ragingmerifes

    She looks sexier in chibi form.

  • MLSabre

    Oh look! It’s that Touhou head meme! xD

    • puchinri

      Which was odd but funny to see.

    • Chris Cruz


  • DejWoSWK

    Trolling at its best

  • The important thing here is, are her breasts in this rendition original 1/whatever scale?

  • Prepare for GoddessFal’cieMechaLightning. You heard it here first folks.


    • Guzilla

      Heyyy I’ve seen you on gamefaqs! :3

  • I hope Lightning’s outfit isn’t going be like THAT! I rather something less revealing and more respectful. If not, I hope to at least costumise Lightning from the start and hope her custom costume appear in cutscenes.

  • PersonaBull

    LittleBigPlanet? Looks more like it’s just Lightning Taking it Easy to me~

  • Trey Donnelly

    Wow Lightning’s gained some weight and lost some height. O_O

  • Too awesome. XD

  • Guest

    Well, we have a sort of description from SE EU, and so far the picture doesn’t contradict.

    or very soon it’s going to be released the first picture of Lightning
    for the new game! Rumours say it will look a lot like her armour in
    FFXIII-2 but in black with small details of a white mage and a new sword
    and shield…”

    From the official EU Lightning Returns page

    • Tien Ron

      i hope not…. this whole Armour panty thing is not good…. there is no need for all the leg to be showing…. and in black to?

    • UnderstandingIndustry

      that’s not from SE EU

  • MikeTxn

    That HAS to be her actual model.

  • Somehow, I don’t think she’s going to have those same thunder-thighs in the actual game.

    • Funny how you’re mentioning “Thunder Thighs”, once you notice a Sackgirl Chun-Li at the bottom of the image.

      • Oh wow, I didn’t even notice that until you pointed it out!

    • Thanks for killing my interest.

    • Square seems to like their characters slim, so I guess that was kinda out of the question to begin with.

      …Unless Lightning went through a bodybuilding program between XIII-2 and this game.

    • Guzilla

      They’re calling them “Lightning thighs” :P

      • Heh. That is clever. :P

  • Peeka Chu

    Ah the old metal bustier and panties. Affords wonderful protection for the jubblies. Hopefully no one swings or shoots at anything else. I would love it though if the LBP avatar was accurate and she was a short, chunky girl. Maybe she shame-spiralled into eating or her genetics finally kicked in.

    • Göran Isacson

      Lightning being depressed at the state of her existence and binge-eating to cope WOULD be a pretty novel move, I must admit.

  • Suicunesol

    Yukkuri shiteitte ne~!

    Oh God this is hilarious. First image of Lightning we get is a yukkuri…

  • Wait what

    I thought the outfit was customizable? Or is this just about the starting outfit?

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    She looks so happy considering her sister is dead

  • Alfy Masamune

    hope FFXIII-3 gets some boo’s like FFXIII-2 did when it was presented at the last show.

  • Göran Isacson

    Huh, so Lightning dons a black armor… wonder if this will coincide with her mood getting superdour and increased angst, and then before you know it she’ll be dancing silly dances in the street and combing her hair into bangs that cover one eye… and dye it black too, just for good measure.

  • Henrique Melo

    Yeah! More Lightning’s armpits!

  • NANAandLIZZYfanatic

    lol alrighty then…

  • NoctisCrystallisXV
  • Phil Noctis Cier

    Hahahaha, hilarious!!!

  • Lester Paredes

    Japanese memes are so much stranger than American memes… lol.

  • If we assume this is her actual costume frm LR FF13 in chibi form, imagine her actual in game look…. *wipe nose*

  • kangms872

    here is lightning’s new costume

    • Go2hell66

      i like it

    • futuristic_imagination

      I like it too, looks better than FF XIII-2. I hope its customizable or at least have different outfits that you can change into.

  • RablaAndrews

    Consider it verified

  • It’s not common for Siliconera to go live with rumors, so I take it this is most likely true. I’ll wait for more details anyway.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Fits her

  • Karin Shita

    Now that I’m looking at this, the simplified outfit kinda looks like Mitsuru’s catsuit outfit…

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