Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Has A Frenemy And Changeable Costumes

By Spencer . January 15, 2013 . 11:10pm

imageJump magazine has more information about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The magazine introduced Lumina who looks like Serah, but with a little bit of a gothic lolita style. Lumina appears to know where Lightning is headed. Sometimes Lumina helps Lightning, but other times Lumina gets in Lightning’s way. Lumina kind of views Lightning like a toy.


Lightning will have new abilities and magic spells in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. It seems like there is some kind of guard and evasion system in the game too. Players will be able to take side quests posted on a bulletin board and clearing these might extend the time the world survives.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gives Lightning a new costume. Don’t like it? You can change her look by obtaining different "wear." There are three kinds of wear in a set and you can equip wear in battle. Two costumes were revealed too. The Dark Muse outfit gives Lighting a camouflage jacket, knife, and a lattice style shield. The Lonely Soul in a Sandstorm costume is kind of like samurai armor.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is slated for release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this year.

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  • Masengan

    It’s like they knew people weren’t gonna like her default outfit.

    • SE was trolling us XD

    • Herok♞

      Then again you can say that about every default look ever it has its fans and haters.

      • Sergio Briceño

        Idk, I think you can only say that about a handful of games, and most of them are all SE’s anyway…

  • Detrimont


  • thank the lord…the default costume is so NOT hip

  • Why am I reminded of the new goddess in HNV when Lumina is mentioned lol ^.^;

  • Ryan Chiu

    I just want to know about the battle system. If it’s anything like Kingdom Hearts (at least, I hope so, considering the four inputs) then I’ll buy it, no problem.

  • I’m more interested in Lumina. They had me at her name and “Gothic Lolita Style”.

    • Demeanor

      Seen her pics yet? No interest in this series since FFXIII but dat Lumina is freakin hawt – oh I see people have already posted scans

      • Yeah, and thanks. Looking forward to the game a little more now XD

  • Gmoyajp

    Will this really be the last return of lightning….

  • Go2hell66

    i hear she has “duck lips”

    hmmm sexy…

  • Serah is Toriyama’s favorite character. She was bound to come back in some form.

  • Göran Isacson

    “Views her as a toy…” Now how confident am I that this will result in an interesting character who manipulates Lightning for her own ends, and NOT just an excuse to have some vaguely Foe Yay-esque situation for the sake of fanservice?

    Not so much. But eh, I can take a cliched homoerotic rivalry if it comes with multiple selectable costumes! Have any pictures of the costumes/rival surfaced yet?

  • Prinnydoom

    Calling it right now there will be some form of swimwear. Inevitable dlc is inevitable.

    • Oh wow, the shockers. #Monotone

    • Anime10121

      Lightning would kill in a swimsuit. I mean literally KILL things :P

  • XiaomuArisu

    We can play dress up with Lightning?
    Could be fun.

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    A frenemy: because having friends is too mainstream

    • At least it means more depths to the character – theoretically speaking. It would still depend on how she’ll be written.

  • kangms872
  • Zonic505

    Calling it now, we’re gonna have DLC outfits again. Now the question is, will we have crossover &/or swimwear costumes again?

  • Rocket D

    For those who care this is the article with Lumina and Lightning’s new look. I’m intrigued.

  • Yvonne Tsang

    I’d love it if the costumes had some kind of gameplay element (e.g. requiring you to wear certain threads in TWEWY to complete sidequests, FFX-2’s job change system, etc.), and not just act as a decorative piece on Lightning. Not holding my breath, but it’d be nice.

    • That has been confirmed long ago; her costumes are not just for aesthetics and they affect Lightning’s battle stats, abilities, etc.

      • Yvonne Tsang

        Awesome. :)

  • Anon-non

    Reminds me of the very polarizing dresspheres all the way from X-2. I like it.

  • imaguni

    Having Lumina look like Serah is a bit… tacky, but as much as I doubt Toriyama, it wouldn’t be fair to write her off completely before the game is out. The whole frenemy angle could be good if done right.

  • Steven Higgins

    Ok, I’m gonna guess that “Lumina” is Serah brought back to life, memory wiped and under the control of the main antagonist. She helps Lightnig because of whatever buried memories she has left from before and gets in her way because of her orders.

    • Arcana Wiz

      And in the final of the game serah recover her memories

    • Arcana Wiz

      And in the final of the game serah recover her memories when light is going to be killed,serah sacrifices herself, light receives a power boost and saves the world, by completing 100% of the game you will learn that sarah survived but is imprisioned, and light will go on a journey to save her… Wait didnt i already saw this history?

  • Jeremy Barnes

    I liked FFXIII-2. I didn’t hate FFXIII which is far more kind to that game than most are…but every time I read about this game…it’s just…ugh..

  • Anime10121

    God I want this game! And thank GOD that some of her alternate costumes look better than her main one! It really sounds as if they are trying to do something similar to X-2’s dressphere system (which is in fact, a terrific idea if they are) with this “wears” system :)

  • Brion Valkerion

    Could not be more flaccid about this series. Its like they go out of their way to make a b line around any potentially interesting points in the franchise and just make shit every week til it releases in a jumbled mess.

    Think its time to retire some people and get new blood SE.

  • Roses4Aria

    Frenemy? So now it’s Lightning Returns, 90210 style?? Now all we need is a love triangle and a good old-fashioned cat-fight…

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