Dress Lightning Up Like Cloud Strife In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

By Spencer . July 2, 2013 . 2:17am

Lightning always felt like Cloud 2.0 and since we’re at the end of Lightning’s saga Square Enix finally made a Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy XIII crossover. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has a Cloud Strife costume – Buster Sword included.



Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s battle system changes her abilities every time you change her costume. Square Enix confirmed that the Cloud Strife costume will give Lightning specific abilities and Cloud’s sword, Soldier’s Band item, spinning victory pose plus the fanfare music form Final Fantasy VII. You can get the Cloud Strife costume as a pre-order bonus for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII which comes out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 11, 2014.


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  • Never


  • Go2hell66

    Waiting for Bikini, Maid Outfit and Schoolgirl uniform DLC

    • LightningFarron19

      They already did a butler costume for Lightning

  • Shiro

    badass made even more…. well equally badass :P

  • omeganeko

    I have no idea how to feel right now.

    • Virevolte

      Feel sooo moon !

      • omeganeko

        LOL i see what you did there.

  • DrakeClawfang

    Is anyone else far more interested in an explanation for the Hope screenshots?

    • Strid

      Eh, time traveling, alternate dimensions, and all that stuff — it’s not surprising me anymore.

    • Sardorim

      Lightning reveals later that one Hope isn’t enough to satisfy her darkest desires.

      • Elemiel

        Now I’m even more interested.

      • TheExile285

        Can I have a shot at it then?

        • Sardorim

          I don’t want to risk getting punched by Lightning. >_>

          • TheExile285

            Win win for me lol

    • echokanon

      paradox. enough said

    • Tincho D


      • ndjn3979

        This post is WINNER

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    Wow… at this rate, she’s gonna get more costume options than Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball!

    • Chiupon

      there’s gonna 100. :<

    • zaidandzhadow

      this is gonn have shitloads of DLC, i actually liked this

  • MrSirFeatherFang

    Didn’t FFXIII-2 have multiple preorder bonuses at different retailers? I suppose every retailer gets this one?

  • Randy Marsh

    Cloud with boobs………YAY!

    • LightGenx

      What boobs?

  • Chiupon

    I desperately need a Balamb Garden uniform for Lightning. Or SeeD.

    I wonder who’s outfit she’d wear for a ff9 tie-in?
    If she had a Beatrix outfit + Save the Queen I would pee myself

    • Virevolte

      I would too. ^^”

    • zaidandzhadow

      i was also thinking wich FF9 would be suited for her but didn’t find one good cross over trough the main cast, but Beatrix wow that is another level

    • Holy crap, I’d like that as well

    • Eri

      Or a female version of Kuja his outfit….?

  • Literally best choice for a costume. Everyone was considering her to be female Cloud anyway, and now she got the costume spot on, with sword to boot! I love it~

    • SuperSailorV

      Pretty sure Nomura or someone said officially this was the case.

      That… Lightning was a female Cloud.

      • Daniel Jeanbaptiste

        Well you get Lightnings from Clouds

        • and with that big ass sword it’s akin to standing outside in a lightning storm with a big sheet of aluminum foil…

          Yup, it fits.

    • Sardorim

      We still need a Squall outfit for her and I wanna see an AC Tifa/Cloud outfit for her too.

      • Virevolte

        The SEED outfit could be cool, yeah (but I would prefer some more original creations). =)

  • Roberto

    I swear to god if they put terra or aeris costume i buy this

  • Suicunesol

    What the heck? Didn’t Hope grow up? He’s even wearing the same outfit from XIII. Or did SQ just run out of money for this?

    • Shiro

      or did you skip the whole time-travel part of XIII-2 and the special ending.

      • Suicunesol

        I don’t know… I actually didn’t play XIII-2. But I do know that an important character wearing the same outfit (possibly the same 3D model) 2 sequels later is not usually a good sign.

  • SerendipityX

    I may be off my rocker but that pose Hope is doing reminds me of Lumina…

  • WyattEpp

    At long last, we’ve come full circle.

    • neocatzon

      I wish that circle involving FF I – VI. Dragoon costume, no?

  • Virevolte

    Fine for the costume… but nor Angeal nor Zack have deemed you worthy of that Buster Sword. =(

    • Scrooge_McDuck

      Eh, it doesn’t take much to be deemed worthy, anyway.

      Like, I don’t understand why Cloud suddenly became Zack’s “living legacy”. The most notable thing he’d done by that point is stabbing Sephiroth from behind.

      • Virevolte

        Yeah. You have to train him for four CDs to Omnislash Sephi’s face. ^^

      • Mithfalath

        You have a point and I fully understand that – but at that point in time – he’s with Cloud and no one else! Surely, that’s better than nothing before he breathed his last? And besides, I believe it’s more like Cloud looking up at Zack rather than Zack having full trust and admiration on Cloud.

  • LustEnvy

    I was planning on getting this game, with a bunch of reservations. With this outfit, I practically threw my body and wallet at the screen. Damn it S-E, you win this time.

    • Aoshi00

      It’s nice we’re getting the FF7 battle victory fanfare and Cloud swinging the buster sword too, so now we have at least one Uematsu track in a FF game :) I pre-ordered this alrdy, looks like it’d be one of my fav costumes.. S-E trolled us w/ the PS3 tech demo before, I guess this is as close as it gets to playing a FF7 HD remake :)

      They’re showing the young Hope too.. but the voice guiding Lightning should be the adult right. I need to see Lightning x Director Hope.. I liked his Academy Special Vehicle Div 2 uniform :)

      Free DLC is always good DLC..

  • roydgriffin


  • LustEnvy

    Please let there be a Tifa outfit, complete with Zangan fighting style. Dear Jenova, please.

    • LustEnvy

      Pretty much.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    DAT Victory pose! Honestly, I should be mad for some reason, but I’m not. I liked it. ^^

  • XiaomuArisu

    About Time!
    Wanted that since Dissidia

  • Sakurairo

    So if each costume has its own unique abilities, I wonder what the inevitable bikini costume will have…

    • LustEnvy

      I doubt they will all have unique fighting styles. She’ll probably have her standard battle style for many of her outfits, but with outfit only stat bonuses, etc.

  • Mithfalath

    Somehow, this suits her better than the summoner outfit.

    • LustEnvy

      Easy, she’s a fighter. Yuna’s outfit DLC made no sense…at all. Paine would’ve been MUCH better.

      • midgard229

        Pains outfit would be Sooooo good on her, even a sephiroth outfit!

    • Raze

      She should’ve get Ashe’s outfit….

    • LightningFarron19

      What would make this even better is if Square made Lightning wear the pretty blue dress Cloud wore to trick Don Corneo in the game! Then Cloud’s transformation into a pretty girl will be complete!

  • Imagine Lightning in a Tidus outfit.

    I guranatee nobody would be complaining about that possible Yuna outfit if that actually happened :P

    • AndyLC

      Imagine Lightning in Auron’s outfit!

  • epy

    The closest you’ll get to a FFVII remake.

  • Raze

    So Next in FFVII Remake (If there is), Cloud will get Lightning Costume DLC??

  • David García Abril

    Wow! Now with this making female-Cloud fakes will be easier than ever!

    Just change the hair color, erase the mane, add some spiky locks
    and… TA-DAAA! Female-Cloud, this time with (non Photoshoped) boobs to

  • Unlimax


    • LightGenx

      • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

        “Please be excited and deal with it.”

  • Tatsumaki_lp

    How about Terra or Celes Costumes from FF VI ?

    • Rogerrmark

      Aparently,she’ll have s Locke’s costume.Not sure about them,though.

  • malek86

    Now that I can see it in higher quality, Cloud’s left bracer is absolutely insane. What’s it for? Does he need a screwdriver to take it off?

    • It’s steam punk style, yo! You don’t question Steampunk!

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Weirdly enough, I kinda prefer Lightning in the Cloud costume than in the Yuna costume.

  • Yoona

    Now how about the costumes that would fit Lightning better, like Tifa’s and Rikku’s …

    • AndyLC

      Personality wise, Cloud is her FF7 match.

      • Virevolte

        In Advent Children, maybe. :/
        I still remember the guy who jump over dolphins and dress as a girl.

        Edit : My brains melted.
        I said Last Order in place of Advent Children.

        • AndyLC

          Yes, what XIII-3 needs is Lightning dressing up as a man to infiltrate a host club and get at the Madam who runs the place

          • kool_cid414

            I want to see this for some odd reason my heart cries out for this lol.

          • Chiupon

            10/10 would buy

  • … well, no. Bring me FFX-2 Yuna costume, but keep the music.

  • Freud_Hater

    Now they’re just getting desperate…

    • LustEnvy

      This game places a lot of importance on costumes which change abilities and the like. So because they added an FFVII costume, they’re desperate? If they were desperate, they’d announce an FFVII remake. That would bring them millions, upon millions of dollars.

      Some people just wanna find a negative side to everything, especially when Final Fantasy VII is involved. It’s ONE costume.

      • Freud_Hater

        Good point, but adding a costume of a fan-favourite character combined with the obvious and gratuitous fan service costume of cat girl Lightning just makes me feel like they’re reaching for anything they can at this point, not that I can really blame them.

        But hey, that’s just me.

    • AndyLC

      If they were getting desperate, they would be remaking FF7

      • Freud_Hater

        That’s not even in the same department: I’m saying they’re doing all they can to get people into buying the last instalment of the XIII series with sexy poses, sexy costumes and fan service through Cloud costumes.

        Although I really have no idea why they don’t remake FF VII. Everybody would buy that. Maybe twice :/

        • Tienron

          because that would be super expensive…. and would most likely not rack in the money they spent on it….

          • Freud_Hater

            Are you kidding? EVERYONE would buy it! New fans, old fans, fans that gave up on the series and so on. Despite my bitching, Lightning Returns ‘looks’ great aesthetically so why not use those awesome graphics for on a game loved by all? And they’d have to spend even less for a FF VII remake than they’ve probably had to make Lightning Returns: The story already exists! You don’t have to pay writers, you HAVE the story already! I really don’t see how they’d lose money on this one especially if they’re so eager to give Lightning TWO sequels :/

          • M’iau M’iaut

            I don’t think we can be sure about everyone. The internet has sharpened the focus on FF13, but in the original days — the divide between FF7 and pre FF7 communities was if anything even greater.

            The game would need completely redone from an engine and graphics standpoint, meaning the cost difference between neo-7 and 15 might not be that much different.

          • Freud_Hater

            True enough but I still stand firm on the fact it’d be a hit… Or at LEAST break even with their budget, or something.

          • Herok♞

            You’re kidding right? They would have to remake all of FF7’s assets to make it the same quailty as the stuff you find in LR:FF13. Hiring writers and reusing assets is a lot cheaper then making something from scratch last I checked.

          • Freud_Hater

            I maintain that they would still make a ton of cash. You’d buy it, right? So would I and I’m about as jaded as they come! Come on, be honest now ‘_’

          • Herok♞

            I wouldn’t got out of Midgar and said Screw FF7 so no I wouldn’t buy a remake.

          • Chiupon

            The dev costs for making new games out of materials you already have are way less; there’s less new content being produced so they can focus more on using what they have to make something new, which is why each installment of 13 doesn’t take 50 years.

            Furthermore, a remake of FF7 (considering the span of the game) would take FOREVER to produce, a lot of money, and if they released it as basically an hd graphic port, they would get complaints from “fans” about how dated the mechanics are or whatever. You’re only speaking out of nostalgia. When you were a kid, I’m sure you enjoyed FF7 — but that’s just it. You enjoyed that FF7 as a kid. A remake would tamper with those memories, and you wouldn’t be able to look at it subjectively. If they updated the gameplay or changed something, people would complain they changed too much. It’s a no win situation. They’re not going to remake it EVER.

            FF7 is done.

            If you’ve got that much loyalty to Final Fantasy continue to support their games and understand that Lightning’s cameo outfits are made to influence purchases, because it costs an absurd amount of money to continue to produce games and new IPs, and pay the workers who slave away all day in an office trying to appease people who are stuck in the past.

          • Freud_Hater

            You’ve certainly earned my respect with this long and detailed analysis… You have passion, bud. I can’t say I agree with everything you said, but you did strike a lot of good points, so I’ll just shut up now XD

            I don’t have actual loyalty to the FF Franchise, really, especially after XIII, I just feel there’s… something that’s been lost somewhere after X. But hey, that’s a different topic ^^’

          • Chiupon

            Sorry for the rant, derp. I get into that particular argument a lot.

            Just try what you want until the day SE produces something you like.

          • Tienron

            The game itself is extremely long with a full world map and lots of towns, do you not get that games back in the days were alot longer and could hold more content. Making ff 7 all over again would be way more expensive than final fantasy 13 put together. the script is very long, there is a reason why they had to cut out large chucks out of 13….

  • Bobby Jennings

    Not bad….actually made me wanna preorder.

  • Randgriz

    DLC money maker right here

  • AndyLC

    It won’t happen, but there’s one particular costume I’d like to see Lightning in…

    “I am Lightning, the rain transformed”

    • Solomon_Kano

      That would be the best costume ever. She should say that at the start of every battle, too.

    • Ni

      Final Fantasy XIII Raise:Lightning Bolt Action
      i’m going to the corner now

  • Federico

    Well I always wanted to see a female SOLDIER.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    I’m surprised by how many people don’t like this…It’s easy to tell who the stubborn ‘fanboys’ are here. Until now I’ve never thrown the term ‘fanboy’ around. But complaining about a costume that is optional in a game? I’d agree with you if they did it badly, but considering she gets a moveset based off of Clouds, the original victory fanfare from FF7 and also his winning animation…This is as good as it gets for a a costume DLC

    People that are complaining, are probably the same people that complained about FFXIII to begin with It’ll have been 4 years since the original XIII came out (from when LR is released) and there’s STILL people that are complaining about it? That’s some serious dedication to hating a game…

    I for one think the costume looks awesome and I’m HAPPY that they’re using it

    • dotzeno

      You know that point in time when your favorite video game franchise makes, fundamentally, a paradigm shift and you know it’s no longer the series you know and love? No? Well, I for one know that that’s how I feel about Final Fantasy XIII. I also have similar feelings for Resident Evil. But that’s another story altogether.

      In my opinion, a bad game will forever be a bad game. It doesn’t suddenly become better through the passage of time. Why would it? (I don’t have a solid opinion on whether good games stay good)

      In this sense, I’m not sure why you’re so concerned about whether or not people can continue to feel a particular way about any thing for an extended amount of time.

      The comparison is unfair, but, you wouldn’t say that about environmental, civil rights or gay activists – ‘They are STILL complaining about that?’ That’s just a demonstration of how strongly people can feel about particular issues.

      On that note: I still think Final Fantasy XIII is far from the perfect game. I didn’t like the story much. I didn’t feel for the characters and their respective developments throughout the story and I especially didn’t enjoy the game-play mechanics. All in all, I can not say that the time I spent playing XIII was time well spent – Once in Japanese and a second time in Japanese but with English subtitles.

      My opinion of the Cloud costume is that it is marginally interesting – it doesn’t add much value to this game. Not really sure why they decided to provide costumes for Lightning that belong to other Final Fantasy characters (is it anniversary time again already?). But that’s just me being picky about some DLC in a game that I will very likely not play.

      One last note: ‘It’ll of’ means ‘it will of’. That’s not a thing. Correct yourself.

      • OathkeeperSoraXIII

        I read through your reply many times. Your points are all over the place and I’m not sure what you’re actually trying to say that relates to my post.

        Also, don’t bring up real life issues with video game fandom. As you said the comparative is unfair, so why use it anyway?

        Civil rights, gay activists. etc They’re trying to make the world equal- fighting for a just cause if you like. Video game fandom on the other hand (In this case the FF one) What do they want? A FF7 remake…yeah… Like I said, don’t bring up life issues with video game fandom. They have a solution, play the FF that they loved, and that’s my point – They can play the FF games that they loved but there’s no need to constantly hate on the XIII series because they don’t like it.

        “You know that point in time when your favorite video game franchise makes, fundamentally, a paradigm shift and you know it’s no longer the series you know and love? No? Well, I for one know that that’s how I feel about Final Fantasy XIII.”

        Don’t ASSume I don’t know, when I was kid, games like Spyro and Crash were my favourite series, look how they’ve turned out now…Do you know what I do though because I don’t like how the franchise has gone? I talk with my wallet, don’t buy the game and that’s that.

        “Not really sure why they decided to provide costumes for Lightning that belong to other Final Fantasy characters (is it anniversary time again already?)”

        To pay homage to those games…They did the same thing in XIII-2 by having other FF characters appear in the coliseum for you to fight.

        My main point about my post in the first place, was I don’t understand why people are hating on the costume, It’s FREE as a pre-order bonus and it’s optional even if you don’t want it. That’s why I came to the conclusion that the people most likely hating on the costume are the ones that don’t like the XIII series in general because they have nothing else to complain about. So they’re FINDING something to complain about, no matter how well done this costume DLC actually is.

        • dotzeno

          I apologize if my response seems aggressive.

          The assumption made in the first paragraph was only made for literary purposes. I did not know (I do now) whether or not you have had that feeling, so I felt it was necessary to use a rhetoric device to justify a slight expansion and I apologize for it.

          The reason I threw in real world examples is that regardless of whether or not we’re talking about a video game or not: issues that are real to people, matter to them. Unfair comparison doesn’t make them fundamentally irrelevant.

          It seems somewhat inappropriate to be able to label the people that dislike the costume as, basically, those that didn’t enjoy FFXIII from the get go – in this sense, you make assumptions just like I do.

          I didn’t play XIII-2, so I didn’t know that. But as you point this out, that already sounds more like value adding content than this free costume – I’m assuming that these additional coliseum characters are paid for.

          I’m not complaining that this costume is ‘wrong’ because Lightning doesn’t deserve this costume or the Buster sword or whatever else people have been saying. I just don’t feel that the game and this content are complements – just like how I feel about the Monster Hunter costume in EX Trooper (it’s nice, I just don’t get it) and the Adam Jensen costume for Agent 47 in Hitman Absolution (again, nice, but I don’t get it).

          One final note: even if you have a strong philosophy and conviction about voting with your wallet, there is always the possibility that exceptions will be made that may convince you to make an impulsive purchase or consider the opportunity cost and purchase something else. Some exceptions you regret more than others. The opposite can also be true though: I didn’t purchase XIII-2 and I don’t regret not playing it.

      • Ni

        “Not really sure why they decided to provide costumes for Lightning that belong to other Final Fantasy characters (is it anniversary time again already?)”

        It’s just a crossover costume they don’t need to have a motive to put these type of things in the game

        • LightZero

          Well technically LR is a 25th anniversary title for the FF series.

          • dotzeno

            Didn’t know that. Thanks. I was just fishing.

      • CptPokerface

        There’s also another point in time where you simply move on and stop complaining about it. Don’t like how the series/games are? Speak with your wallets and don’t buy them.

        Your very opinion has been regurgitated thousands and thousands of times over by many other people since the XIII series came to be. We get that you don’t like how XIII is, people understand that, you don’t like it, and that’s fine.

        But at some point you just have to stop and move to greener pastures. XV is coming out, the wet dream of many a FF fan for 7 years, focus on that if you like it. Or, perhaps KH3. Follow the games you DO like and game on. People ragging on dlc they won’t buy for a game they won’t buy is just petty, no matter what reasons you may have for it.

        • dotzeno

          I actually don’t enjoy talking about XIII. I was actually very reluctant, but I felt it was necessary.

          While I agree with you in general, I don’t agree that people have to ‘move on’. Sure, there will be new interests and priorities. But that doesn’t mean someone’s position on a particular issue or game in the past will change.

          This is an assumption, but you can ask me in another decade and I’ll probably still say that I thought that FFXIII was a joke and I will still think Chrono Trigger is the best game ever.

          I apologize that this post has very little relevance with the article.

          • CptPokerface

            Im not asking for your opinion to change. All I’m really getting at is the fact that your opinion has in no way gone unheard or unspoken.

            It’s been repeated constantly, over and over and over for years, and on practically every article even remotely related to FF or SE. Siliconera even disabled commenting on some articles for a while, so what does that tell you?

            I’m not asking for ANYONE’S opinions to change. But we have to realize that a majority of the FF fanbase( a term I really don’t like to use in this case) can be very hostile when it comes to XIII and anyone who even looks like they supported it. Why? Because they’re the ones all the fingers are pointed to when the inevitable ” FF IZ DED” comments come.

            Many have said their piece for 4 years on what they think of the XIII series, and honestly that’s long enough. All these self proclaimed ” True” fans( another term I hate) and their penchant for leaving these pseudo-blog posts on these articles have gotten extremely tired and agitating.

          • dotzeno

            You’re right. I spent most of my time avoiding articles about XIII over the years that I forgot to consider those that didn’t. My apologies.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        Even bringing up the notion that somehow being a fan today of ‘pick your fav older FF’ is remotely akin to real world struggles takes things places we honestly, don’t need to go. Let’s not go there in future posts here please.

        • dotzeno

          My apologies.

      • I’m sorry but did you really just compare the Final Fantasy series to the Civil Rights movement because WOW

        • dotzeno

          The intention was to draw similarities between intensity, persistence and psychology in a sensitive topic of discussion, for both sides.

          I apologize if I directly compared the magnitude of any topics importance or have portrayed these issues in a negative manner that offends you or anyone else.

  • NekoDraga

    I’ve never much been a fan of VII, but I want this so much.

  • Noctis Caelum

    okay, why is Hope again a child??
    I always thought he’s in LR still adult.

    Perhaps as the Paradoxes and the Time-travel disappeared in LR,
    the people were normal again, just as in Hope.

    But he doesn’t fits in the game, if he’s a child, when I look at that screenshot, where Light and Hope are talking together.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    >That Hope pose
    Urghh nooo so girllyyy

    • Testsubject909

      It’s mainly the hand placement and the lack of a background. If they had placed a low wall on which he was leaning back on. It’d look perfectly normal.

      As it is, it looks like he’s just kinda semi-hopping with his hands pulled back weirdly.

  • Dagobert

    Ahh that’s who Lightning looks like. She looks like Cloud with pink hair.

  • KingGunblader

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a friggin DLC costume cause such unnecessary amounts of nerd rage. You people need to calm yourselves.

    • Testsubject909

      Well…. Considering the history of FF13, the history of the FF13 reveal and buildup to it’s eventual release, the criticism that were made early on Lightning and the desires by many fans for a FF7 remake.

      Plus a few other things….

      Can you really say you couldn’t see it coming?

      • SerendipityX

        Lets be realistic here, FFXIII series has been going for 3+ years and anyone who disliked 13 should have moved on by now. Not to mention FFXV has been announced w/ trailers.

        At this point I’m obligated to say, “Don’t like FFXIII? GTFO!”

    • Ni

      this is FF fanbase, yo!
      That fanbase is divided in a lot of parts.
      And like Luna said, VII is overrated a lot (and has the biggest fanbase of all), while XIII is hated to death.
      I find funny because in others games when you get a costume of a character that is of a early game in the franchise people tend to like it, in the FF fanbase the only thing you can see is hate.

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  • GuyAlpha

    So, this pretty much confirms that Lighting is Cloud in drag. We Cloud is no stranger to drag anyways.

    • Anime10121

      Well people did wanna know how the Honey Bee Inn dressed Cloud would look in HD if they ever did a remake :P

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    Hope is a kid? This will not be good for the ship

    • Neophoton

      That never stopped the shippers in the first place.

  • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

    At least this fits more than the “STAY AWAY FROM THE SUMMONER!” outfit. Still, I would have preferred an actual new character rather than so many outfits.

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Is it bad that I think that this is the best costume she’s had so far?

    • Virevolte

      Nope, it’s not mandatory to dislike it (yet !). ^^

  • Haseyo

    Haters gonna hate, but I love this.

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha, so there really isn’t anything that attaches the Buster Sword to the outfits back? Guess that confirms thaHOPEISAKID WHUUUAAAAAAATTT????

    Weeird. As far as Final Fantasy outfits go though, since we got Locke… Celes and Shadow.


  • Kaihedgie

    She wears it much better, anyway :V

  • GHAmer

    “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s battle system changes her abilities every time you change her costume”
    it kind of remind me with FF X-2
    so, when she wears yuna outfit her abilities will be just like a summoner? hmmm

  • Skode

    Makes more sense than her dressed as Yuna IMHO. Still as pre-order bonuses go this is perhaps not the best ive seen… didnt FFXIII-2 give you Omega Weapon as recruit-able monster and two outfits?

  • Ryan Chiu

    Sick. Now I”m definitely going to pre-order this game. Just for the costume, because I love Final Fantasy VII.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    And with this, the circle is complete…

  • DesmaX

    And no one was surprised.

    But, hey, it does looks pretty cool on her

  • MrRobbyM

    Does the jingle play after every victory? If so, I might just buy this game

    • Solomon_Kano

      That’d have me sold, right there.

  • Armane

    So following this pattern (13-3=10, 10-3=7), up next will be Rydia or Cecil.

    My money is on Rydia.

  • We all knew this was coming lol

  • Anime10121

    Welp, I called it, I knew with them including a Yuna costume, that Lightning was gonna be donning her male “inspiration’s” outfit, although, I thought it would have been the Advent Children uniform! Either way, Lightning actually looks quite fitting in Cloud’s soldier attire :)

  • I remember when the first FF 13 appeared, people were freaking out by the “similarities”:


    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      same personalty too

      • Not really, Light has anger issues and Cloud is a brooding sadpanda.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          Lighting also always fast to get angry and Clouds are always gloomy

        • Spider-Man

          Cloud was only brooding in Advent Children. He was quite lively in VII.

          • Uso Ewin

            He sorta went from a cocky jerk, to a broken mess to a nerd, and then emo in advent children

          • Spider-Man

            And after Advent Children he stopped his sulking. He’s more reserved like his old self if Dirge of Cerberus is anything to go by.

          • 50/50.
            Cloud was always quite distant, he always preferred to do his quest alone but eventually the team spirit rubbed him off. And then, the compilation happened.

            Eeither way, still different than the angry gal Light.

      • Spider-Man

        They’re both 21 years old in their first games and they’re both 5’7″.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Well, this is scary.

    • They were pretty similar in this image, but that was just for a while, since they changed Lightning’s face in the final version of the game.

    • The sad part is that you could do that with pretty much any Final Fantasy character and get the same results :P

      • Mithfalath

        I agree. Except maybe for Cait Sith. :P

        • LustEnvy

          I wanna see one with Red XIII then.

  • Darkrise

    Hehe Lightning. Cloud.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Rather than being surprised with Cloud costume there, i more surprised with Hope staying on his child form.

    ………..It seems the shippers will be more than happy to continue lol.^_^(Shota pairing coming soon.)

  • Sergio Briceño

    I don’t really think this is what fans had in mind when they asked for more FFVII.

  • JuiceKun

    I always used to call Lightning a female Cloud, and apparently I was right. lol

  • Isaac Newton

    Lighting should be happy Shota Hope is back :D

  • AnimusVox

    I was wonderin when they were going to give her this outfit, I actually think she looks pretty good in it.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    You can’t have lighting without clouds……..

  • KrazyBean

    Why the hell is Hope posing like that? O__o

    • MrRobbyM

      It looks like he’s leaning on an invisible wall

    • He’s ready for some shotacon action.

    • Anime10121

      Thought the same thing, but then realized that the XIII characters are known for leaning on invisible furniture/walls.

  • Gimme 16bit Terra or Celes and Squall costume and I may love you Light.

  • LustEnvy

    Lumina is fake Hope. Calling it now.

    • SerendipityX

      I think so too, I wonder if Lumina is a shape-shifter of some sort. First Serah, now Hope..

      • Ferrick

        hasn’t anything named lumina in games been false hopes all the time ? IE Brave fencer musashi on PSX

        • SerendipityX

          Dunno after what Caius did everything is free game in FFXIII unverse. It could be the real Hope who found a way to escape the chaos by reverting back to his old self…@[email protected]

          • Ferrick

            the story is basically taking a freefall…. i would laugh if lumina is actually caius XD

          • SerendipityX

            MIND BLOWN if that turns out to be true. or Maybe she was a friend of Caius and they’ve been working together this entire time…

          • Chiupon

            It was mentioned that there are a group of girls who resemble lightning (pink hair, green eyes) who are being murdered because of the resemblance; Lumina is probably one of those girls who was murdered, and now she’s some malevolent spirit deal who died wanting extreme vengeance and attracted chaos or etro or whatever idek the plot
            but that sounds VERY japanese so it’s plausible

          • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

            It’s because Caius had a thing for little kids so kid Hope was not affected.

      • Detrimont

        Lumina looks nothing like Serah bar haircut

  • natchu96

    And . . . everyone is back to their old biological age again. They done messed up the timeline good last game.

    And now we get Lightning Cloud. What next :/

  • artemisthemp

    Trying to find this in EU, but sadly only manage to find the Samurai Pack so far

  • I like how Hope is the only character NOT trying to kill Lightning thus far.

  • DemonShadowX

    Welp….. Now when they eventually (hopefully) make the FF7 HD Remake, they can just use Lightning’s model or costume for the Wall Market cross dressing part.

  • Ni

    where’s my Squall and/or Rinoa costume Square?

    • I’d like a Quistis SeeD costume :3

      • Ni

        How could i forget about her? That costume would totally be worth to see lightning wearing it

        And in the future we could see that models beign used to fan remake some games…

        • Let’s hope Nomura remembers there’s other classic FF costumes awaiting to be loved.

          • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

            But Nomura has nothing to do with this DLC. He just made the original costume 15 years ago.

          • True, I forgot he only collaborated on the first XIII game.
            *jumps to the trash can*

            Well, then I hope Toriyama remembers the other FF games! (Or whoever is in charge of the DLC!)

          • Detrimont

            regarding FF, Nomura only does character designs, the only game he’s done the story for is the upcoming XV.
            And nomura still did the character designs for XIII-2

          • Not merely character designs.

            In the original VII he did collaborated on the plot with Sakaguchi, if it wasn’t for him VII would be a detective story with a rather different plot, Sakaguchi even had an idea to incorporate witches that moved to VIII.

            He did participated on VIII and X as well that I know of and he directed FFVII AC so I wouldn’t say he merely does just character designs.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Nomura and Sakaguchi had nothing to do with VII’s plot. Sakaguchi’s original scenario for VII, set in 1999 New York, was a detective story, but once they threw that out, Nomura’s only contribution was on some of the characters’ stories.


            The scenario was decided on by Kazushige Nojima (who also wrote CC/VIII/X/X-2) and Yoshinori Kitase (who also wrote V/VI/X).

            Nomura’s only contribution to VIII outside of design was (again) the stories for some of the characters and the suggestion of giving it a school sort of setting. The plot was again written by Nojima.

            X was written by Nojima, Kitase, Toriyama (XIII), and Daisuke Watanabe (who writes the KH games with Nojima).

            He did direct Advent Children though (with Takeshi Nozue from Visual Works), that part is correct. Ethan was talking about the games though. In which case, yea, XV is the first one whose story he’s really involved in.

          • Detrimont

            he did original scenario concept(not even the base story, just a concept(completely different)) of vii, which was more like viii than what vii turned out to be, and was changed almost completely, he had more to do with the story in AC, but it was still the base, and that also changed completely, the only other thing he did in VIII other than character designs was the visuals of battle(mainly how characters move in battles), which he also did in VII, and with X, all he did was character designs. truly, all nomura really does are character designs. the person who does the writing is Kazushige Nojima, who didnt write XIII, but did scenario concepts.

          • Anime10121

            He’s never done anything more than character design for any of the XIII games.

          • Yeah I get it guys, I GET IT

          • Anime10121

            My bad bro, dont be mad!

            Gotta start learning to read other replys before replying myself :(


          • Nah it’s okay, maybe I should’ve added a smiley to express I mildly got mad, not as in RAGE HARD MAD

          • Ni

            Toryama is the director of LR :p

            But I agree, SE is riding 7 and 10 like nothing is more classical then these two.

            I want a Kefka, Ultimecia, bartz, 16bit Terra, Zidane, NES III costumes,But I don’t see this happening they’ll probaly throw XV costumes in this game to promote the game and forget about the rest;

          • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

            “But I agree, SE is riding 7 and 10 like nothing is more classical then these two.”They only released two costumes yet. Give them some time before that.

          • Sorry! Somehow I have the impulse of mentioning Nomura lol.

            Aanyway, not sure how Kefka costume and make up would fit Light xD but these are some costumes I’d like:

            – Dissidia WoL costume
            – Firion costume (Dat 012 ship)
            – Maria costume
            – Faris costume
            – Celes costume
            – Turks costume
            – SeeD costume
            – Squall costume
            – Beatrix costume
            – Steiner costume (Lol)
            – Jecht costume (Huehuehuehue!!)
            – Auron costume
            – Ashe costume

            I can only dream but yah, guess we’ll only see a Noctis costume.

  • TheExile285

    Dressed up like Cloud Strife….

    Still sexy

    • XiaomuArisu

      You mean “Even more sexy!”

  • Guest

    The closes thing you will get of a FFVII HD remake

  • DCBlackbird

    OMG Nomura we get it you worked on Final Fantasy VII….

    • Tincho D


      • David García Abril

        That’s right.

        Nomura has got little to do with FF XIII. Only the character design. Give the guy a brake!

        • DCBlackbird

          I’ll slow my steaming engines down

      • DCBlackbird

        Sorry my man I just see this pattern in Nomura’s Kingdom Hearts games…. though I guess it’s his baby he raises it how he wants to :/

  • Solomon_Kano

    This is actually pretty awesome.

  • Sweet Sui ♥

    Pic related:
    http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/KAHTHRGirl22/Final%20Fantasy/Final%20Fantasy%20XIII/FFXIII%20Crossover/__Soldier_vs__PSICOM___by_ace_ix.jpg xD

    This is… more fitting than the Yuna costume was anyways ^_^” I’d really like to see a Squall costume for Light though~ it’d make sense considering they’re both gunblade wielders and all .w. lol.

    • Aqua King

      I like this picture. Her outfit almost looks better on him. haha!

  • Still trying to secure purchases i see…

    Come on SE, you made a decent comeback during E3, not by much, but still…

    Don’t start losing it now with unnecessary ideas that take up time. Get on with 15 already.

    • Ferrick

      its a different team…

      • There’s always one man at the top with the power to say ‘yay’ or nay’ tho.

        Sure each team I’m sure is given their respective freedom to do with a series as they see fit, but there are times when the big guy up at the top just needs to step in and go, “Hmm…”

        • Chip

          The point being that nothing done to one game has any influence on the other.Each game has its own specifIc crew that are working as hard and fast as they can. the only thing that has stood in the way of XV haa been XIV 2.0 . That crisis is more or less over. There is no point in making any comments about this dlc being unneccisary.

  • l777l

    Cloud 0.2.

  • Mister Spooks

    I’m trying not to get any hype from this. I recall being excited about facing bosses in XIII-2 and being let down by the limited offerings, two of which didn’t excite me as much as I’m not as big a fan of I or V. I would have likes to have seen entrees from IV, VII, VIII, IX, and X. I expect there will be few if anymore dlc as directly fan service based as this one.

  • kool_cid414

    I was going to get the game anyway since I love the series but this just add icing on the cake. Remind me to finish ff7(disc1) when I’m done with ff8(disc 3)

    • Anime10121

      Y so out of order?

      • kool_cid414

        FF8 is the first game of the series I ever played but I never got as far as I have now. The cool thing about the series is that I don’t have to play in order.

        • Anime10121

          No, I think you misunderstood my question (or I may have worded it poorly), what I’m asking is, why only finish the third of a four disc game, to jump into FFVII’s first disc. Wouldnt it make sense to finish the little there is of FFVIII’s fourth disc and thus complete the game, before jumping back into VII?

          • kool_cid414

            I think you may have misunderstood what I meant as well. I have recently been playing a lot of ff8 and am continuing to do so. I have in the past started playing ff7 I won’t continue 7 until after I finish 8. Does that clear that up? I’ve played a little bit of 7 and 9 but I won’t play more of those until I finish 8.

          • Anime10121

            Oh ok cool, you kinda threw me off a bit when you said you’d start 7 again after finishing disc 3 of 8 (as 8 is 4 discs and not 3). But yeah, dont blame you, its best to finish one fantasy at a time in order to not mix up the mythos of each title.

            But look forward to 9, its my favorite of the series! 7’s good too, but 9 imo is on a whole other level :D

  • Spider-Man

    Tifa Lockhart costume next. PLEASE.

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      Cloud of Darkness “costume” next. PLEASE

  • Squall leonhart costume please

    • i would love to see lightning wielding leonhart or twin sabres i think thats the name of the gunblade

  • I think this dlc is pretty cool! I really like it! Can’t say I’m not disappointed about Hope’s visual, since as everyone else, I was expecting a new visual for him, not the same XIII one. As someone mentioned above, the intriguing part is that he keeps the 14 years old visual, but on the trailers, his voice sounds like he has 24.

    Regarding other dlc costumes, I really think she would look AWESOME wearing FFIX’s Beatrix costume *-*

  • ElAbuelo69

    Damn it…for some reason she really turns me on on Cloud’s clothes. I wasn’t even attracted to Lightning in the first place.

    • XiaomuArisu

      Actually your attracted to Cloud,Lightning is now Cloud with boobs,which is to your likingXD

      • ElAbuelo69

        So…Lightning just made me bi?

        • XiaomuArisu

          wasnt it Cloud?
          Im not entirely sure

  • Zonder88

    This is actually pretty cool. Hope they do more FF cameo costumes. Theres definitely potential here.

  • konsama

    Where is her kefka costume?

  • Sim

    enfkcskzdx ,zkdxcZaksmx HOPE <3<3<3 my little Shota im coming for you!

  • ThatOneGuy

    Welp, I think we all saw this coming..
    I like it and maybe they will have Cloud’s AC threads as well. ^^

  • British_Otaku

    Looks pretty good on her, aside from the costume specific abillities and music being dope too.

    Now about the preorder bonus thing… >_> If it’s announced over six months before the game is released, just put it in the game. Don’t dangle gameplay and fanservice on the disc as a preorder incentive.

  • ragingmerifes

    Two of the sexiest FF characters joint into one.
    The hype!

  • Ryudo9

    Like a jewel in a pigs ear. Does not make this crap look better it makes it look worse as makes us wish Square was top of the game again in RPGs. However besides bad management at Square all the talent is at Mistwalker,Monolith,Brownie Brown composed of ex Squaresoft members.
    I just Hope XV brings the series back

  • Warboss Aohd

    da sad part iz dat da Cloud Outfit iz da least ridiculous lookin’.

  • Foofin Around

    I’m loving the new screenshots of Hope!!!! Like, seriously, loved that kid. Loved him during 13, proud that he grew up in 13-2. But, umm…. am I the only who noticed the change in the pattern of his scarf???? Maybe it’s just a gay thing… Oh well, can’t wait to get more details on what’s going on with Hope!!! (✿◠‿◠)

    • ShadowDivz

      I think your the only person who liked hope.

      • Foofin Around

        I found him to be a realistic character with interesting growth. That, and his overall battle ability was amazing. Depending on how you built the kid, he could be the best in any role, hands down.

        • ShadowDivz

          I didn’t hate him. Just saying alot of people didn’t like him.
          He was “meh” to me. He got on my nerves sometimes but overall i was just like “mmyeah, that’s hope.” no real opinions.

          • Foofin Around

            Oh! I didn’t assume that you hated him. I just gave a general description of why I liked him. Sorry about that. (;^_^) But I completely understand why he didn’t click with everyone. The “Hope’s kinda annoying” argument is completely understandable, so I get the fact that he wasn’t everybody’s favorite. (^_^)

      • Solomon_Kano

        I liked Hope. He started out annoying as shit, but he had a good character arc. It was the only interesting one outside of Sazh and Dajh, for my money.

  • Aqua King

    I’m really sad that she is the only playable character in this game :/

    I’m still holding out for a Rikku outfit.

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      Reminds me of the few Ys games I’ve played where it was just Adol.

    • SunOatBoatMatadorQuattro

      What Rikku? FF10 or FF10-2?

      • Aqua King


  • Valtiel Ikari

    They really are desperate to make Lightning relevant, since thrwing Cloud or anything FF7 related in a game is always their triumph card, but for this (making Lightning into the interesting compealing cool character they want to make her) they need to rebooth FF13 alltogether

    • How does throwing anything FF7-related make Lightning relevant?

      The FFXIII series doesn’t need a reboot, it just needs to end so we can move on (this is coming from someone that has mildly enjoyed the series).

      Sorry for being a grammar Nazi but:
      compealing => compelling
      rebooth => reboot

      • Valtiel Ikari

        I said relevant since adding content raleted to FF7 catch the attention of many fans, ensuring better sales, or at least publicity.
        The reboot bit was just me, using hyperboles to show my opinion on how I belive, that both Ligthning and FF13 have failed to achieve the objectives it had, and that all this is nothing that just simply shoving lightning down our throuts, in the hopes to make her the new anchor character.
        But you do have a point, ending the saga, in a good way, could redeem FF13, or at least, give Lightning SOME development.
        BTW, please be a grammar Nazi, I hate having grammatical mistakes XD

        • okay … you said it ^_^ …

          you wrote (belive) which it’s (believe)
          (throuts) = (throats)

          • Valtiel Ikari

            thanks, this will help me write better!

  • Lester Paredes

    When all else fails, lean heavily upon nostalgia and fan service.

  • Vash bane

    ninja’d by the topic XD

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