See How Lightning’s Character Model Is Created In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

By Ishaan . June 28, 2013 . 9:00am

One of Square Enix’s E3 streams was a 20-minute-long focus on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. During the stream, Lightning’s voice actor, Ali Hillis, took part in a short Q&A. This was followed by an artist from Square Enix demonstrating how Lightning’s character model was created. Finally, the stream ended with a brief look at an upcoming Lightining Play Arts Kai figure and Ali Hillis voicing a few of her lines.


You can watch the recorded stream below. Check below it for timestamps.



00:35 – Lightning Q&A with Ali Hillis

7:55 – Lightning character model feature with Dai Suzuki

13:07 – Lightning Play Arts Kai Feature

15:35 – Ali Hillis reads Lightning’s lines


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  • SerendipityX

    That figure looks awesome. :o Do want. Set it up right next to my other Lightning ones. I’m hyped for this game.

  • Herok♞
  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I want the figure

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Swimsuit will be DLC. I just know it.

    • TheExile285

      After FFXIII-2 it should be obvious

  • Bri-tastic

    Except the FF13 was larger than FF13-2, so is FF13 Lightning Returns larger than the FF13 Lightning? Because that size inconsistency is ridiculously annoying.

  • KingGunblader

    Ali Hillis seems like such an awesome woman… and DAT VOICE. *swoon*

    • AnimusVox

      The way she said ‘You know what I want’ in the last trailer to Snow…
      Ah man <3

  • Richard N

    Its always great to see the people behind the voice are always such chill and easy going folks.

  • Göran Isacson

    Holy shit that Amano-esque outfit design, all of my interest. My costume of choice confirmed, mix it with the purple dress and we’re gonna be all class at Casa Isacson.

  • ToshiChan

    “This is ridiculous… Worst birthday ever.”

    Best Lightning quote, hands down.

  • TheExile285

    100 costumes for Lightning? cool!

    I just hope half of it is not DLC >_>

    • Slayven19

      Well honestly as long as they have a lot of them I don’t really mind.

      • TheExile285

        I just know I’m gonna he tempted to buy all of it if a lot is DLC. I’m a sucker for costumes lol

        • Slayven19

          Me to, and 80 out of 100 is passable for me to buy the rest provided I like them of course :).

    • Ehren Rivers

      It was revealed in an interview that of the 80-100 costumes, only about 10% are DLC.

      • TheExile285

        Ah, that’s not too bad. Thanks for letting me know!

        • Ehren Rivers

          You’re welcome! They also said that they’d consider adding more DLC costumes if people want them. It sounds like the DLC will mostly be reference costumes to other Final Fantasy characters.

          • TheExile285

            That sounds great.

  • Reiko_Chan

    When Ali started reading Lightning’s lines I started fangirling. She’s amazing.

    • She does have an incredibly distinctive voice, doesn’t she?

  • Xillia

    oh customization, just like Tales games.

  • Slayven19

    I suddenly became more interested in this game lol. I mean I was going to get it regardless because I skipped XIII-2 but the costumes seem interesting enough to make me want to play it.
    I really like that dress in the pic.

    • TheExile285

      Why not buy FFXIII-2 now? Won’t you be lost on the story?

      • Ehren Rivers

        Not necessarily. Lightning Returns is being designed to be played by someone who hasn’t played the other two games. XIII and XIII-2 will just provide extra backstory/clearer character paths.

    • Nitraion

      I play XIII a bit but really the story is not a strong point to me… maybe we can enjoy this game even we skip it…

      • Slayven19

        Yeah we can enjoy it without the rest.

  • Nitraion

    Hmm maybe i will play this…. even i skip XIII and XIII-2
    I play XIII but not finished(play until you get world map and suddenly got bored) and i find the story is not really important and not really matter…
    Because i like The lightning VA voicess… i like her work on Liara ME series too

  • deadMastershiro

    That voice tingles my spine.

  • fyi1191

    I still prefer having more female team members to counter FFXV’s team.

  • HerosLight

    The far right costume looks like Locke Cole’s outfit :O

    Locke Cole is my favorite FF character.

  • artemisthemp

    Will they included a Slave Girl Leia outfit for Lightning in Lightning Returns :P

  • Nightmesh

    Hope the outfit from the first game is in there.

    • Ehren Rivers

      Both outfits from the two previous games will be available if you have save data from the respective game. No word yet on their stat parameters, whether they have unique abilities, or if they come with matching weapons/shields.

  • evilmajikman

    Better see a femCloud costume.

    • Ehren Rivers

      An ‘Advent Children’ Cloud costume had been discussed as possible DLC for the game, and a French Final Fantasy news site designed a SOLDIER costume for Lightning as a gift. (Although to be clear, they never said whether or not they would use it)

    • AndyLC

      your wish came true

  • DemonicX

    I wonder how many of these costumes will be DLC.

    • Ehren Rivers

      Only between 5 and 20, with 20 being much, much more than indicated. According to Kitase and Toriyama, “about 90%” of the costumes are available in-game.

  • Gilgamesh2025

    Wow, Lightning looks adorable in that dress! *o*

  • orangeluigi

    The purple dress looks great on lightning through, I wonder how can she find in such clothing?

    • Firekitty

      Pretty easily. As long as her shoulders and knees are unrestricted, she shouldn’t have a problem fighting. A less experienced fighter might have a hard time not getting tangled in the long back part of the skirt, but since Lightning managed just fine with that silly half-cape in FFXIII, I’m sure it’s not a problem.

    • Slayven19

      Love that dress as well, didn’t know lighting would wear anything nice like that.

  • 15:50 for quote reading = Best part of the video =^_^=

    • Aoshi00

      It’s always amazing to actually see VAs doing the voice overs live
      because we’re so used to hearing their voicing different chars by sound
      only.. like seeing Furuya Tohru and Ikeda Shuuichi voicing Amuro and
      Char live on stage in an event.. some seiyuu’s normal speaking voice
      don’t even sound like their dramatic anime voice.. Especially weird w/
      comedic characters like the Simpsons cast doing funny cartoony voices..

      Ali Hillis is pretty sexy and I wouldn’t mind being slapped by her lol.. Troy Baker is another cool VA to see in interviews too.. I like this interview w/ 3 hot chicks talking about games :) I need some Hope x Lightning *.*;;

      • Yeah, I know what you mean. Kari Walhgren, Michelle Ruff, Monica Rial, Laura Bailey, Kaori Ishihara, Amanda Winn Lee, Troy Baker are among my favorites just to name a few lol :3

        • Aoshi00

          I love Laura Bailey’s Serah and Kaine :) She has be be in Drakengard 3 Eng if ever localized :) Troy’s just on a roll lately w/ Booker and Joel, badass Snow in Lightning Returns too :) Yeah, the Catherine Eng. dub was very good.. VAs was my most revered profession growing up, it’s not any less skillful than acting on screen and often they don’t get too much credit (guess they do in Japan, and now more so in the US too w/ cons, other countries not as much..)

  • Warboss Aohd

    it would appear Final Fantasy haz gone from RPG to Dress Up Barbie.

    ‘The Entire Mad Wolf Ork Warband gets into a Phalanx formation with anti flame shields’

    • Slayven19

      They’ve already done this with X-2 and this is XIII-3 so it hasn’t turned into anything than what’s its been.

      • Warboss Aohd

        just because you’ve done it, doesn’t mean ya should do it again.

        • Slayven19

          If they’ve done it and it was successful why shouldn’t they do it again?

          • Warboss Aohd

            if ya repeat somethin’ too much, people will get tired of it.

  • Strid

    “About 100 different costume options for Lightning”

    Oh no… worse of a DLC infested game than XIII-2 is, no doubt.

    • Ehren Rivers

      The game will have no story DLC, and no coliseum-style monster DLC. The only DLC will be costumes (possibly with weapons, shields, or abilities), and only about 10% of the number of costumes mentioned are going to be part of that. The remaining 90%-ish will be available in-game, according to the developers.

  • Chiupon

    i scrolled all the way to “load more comments” and there were zero negative comments

    w o w
    well done

  • Raltrios

    Wow, 100 costumes? That’s impressive. Then again, if Lighting is the only PC then I’d expect a good 10 costumes at the very least. Well, no. All equipables altering appearance would be the very least. There aren’t many games that have a bunch of costumes for the lone hero, just dyes like in AC.

  • Spider-Man

    In the second to last picture, is Lightning wearing Cloud’s dress from the Don Cornero cross dressing scene?

  • Magdalen

    We really can’t resist the urge to turn badass heroes into paper dolls, can we? Uugh…

  • Guest

    Lightning, as a character, is one of my favorites in the entire FF series. I can’t give any specifics on why I like her so much, I just do, she’s just really cool.

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