Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Brings Back Vanille

By Sato . July 29, 2013 . 6:39pm

Square Enix and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan’s Play Community held a special Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII event, where various key members of the staff got together to talk about the latest features including equipment customization options.


While shops will be selling your everyday swords, shields, and gear; they’ll also sell various ‘decoration’ parts, such as glasses, piercings, pendants and more. These will serve cosmetic purposes, and won’t affect your stats. According to Square Enix, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a world-driven game, so they wanted to make shopping a little more fun by having various shops around the world that sell regional specialties.


Performance customization will be a huge part in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, too, however. Square Enix felt that RPGs have always followed a pattern of going to town to buy new equipment, beat the next boss, repeat; so, they’ve decided to add a little twist by allowing players to freely customize their own style according to preference.


The three main styles are: Balanced, Magic, and Physical-type. For example, players who aren’t that great at action will be able to customize Lightning’s performance to focus more on defense and HP, so they can take more hits, or go with an approach featuring no defense and very high damage output.



The above video is a look at the new color customization option. The “Custom Color Drive” allows you to change the colors of your equipment by choosing from of a palette of preset colors, or you can customize your own colors and set them yourself. Your equipment will be divided into three main sections, allowing you to color it according to your preference.


This feature also works for collaboration items and other special equipment, so you can dress Lightning in an all-pink SOLDIER outfit, if that’s what you’d prefer.


Additionally, Dengeki’s coverage of the event has confirmed that Vanille will also be reappearing in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Director Motomu Toriyama revealed, “This time, Vanille is being sheltered by a religious organization, known as the “The Order,” who control the city of Luxerion.”


Square Enix will be revealing more regarding Vanille in the next update.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is slated for release in February 2014 in the U.S. and Europe for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.


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  • KingGunblader

    Ah, old costumes confirmed. This pleases me.

    Also, if they view Vanille as some kind of saint or whatever, why isn’t Fang held in the same esteem? Questions, questions…

    • Storm

      Siliconera didn’t mention it but you get the old costumes by having save data from those games.

    • Revorse

      Fang tried to destroy a world, if I recall correctly. Lol not very saintly.

      • AnimusVox

        Lol that and I’m sure it has to do with her being a ‘broken’ le’cie or something…..I don’t know anymore

  • Guest

    Square Enix is on drugs.

    Color customization?
    Seriously, guys?

    Other than that, I hope Vanille and Fang get reunited again.

    • LightZero

      Yet no one is complaining that Tales is now doing that or that TLS did the same…

      If you don’t like it then don’t use it.

      • double standards?

      • abysswalker

        Tales has color customization? TLS = The Last Story? (Haven’t played it) Not sure I’m following you. Could you please explain?

        • Sakurazaki

          The Last Story has color customization, yes. For Tales, I have no idea, but I never saw that in the ones I have.

          And as for the point of LightZero, your guess is as good as mine, lol.

          • Randy Marsh

            If anything, I think they are referring to Xillia’s palette swap costumes.

          • abysswalker

            Yeah me neither but as Mr. @Randy_M:disqus points out aparently that’s new in Xillia (althought it seems you find the costumes color swapped, there’s no free customization -from what I looked up). Thanks for TLS clarification

      • MrTyrant

        Color customization =/= costumes.

        Tales normaly get costumes only, Lightning return seems to have both. Not a bad thing but just saying.

    • They’re the ultimate OTP.

    • You are literally hating on an “extra option”– something people claimed previous games DID NOT have. I swear, it feels gamers get more and more insatiable these days…

    • MrTyrant

      It’s not that bad, some costumes will be better if you change the color.

  • Go2hell66

    Love how they talk about all these features like they’ve never been done before

    Dat PR talk

    • DyLaN

      Never been done be4 in FF13 series. (IIRC. My only knowledge of it come frm the plot writeup + guide on HK gaming magazine so plz go easy on me)

  • Kaitsu

    I don’t know about you guys. But Lightning Returns might actually be the better of the FF13 series. I mean, we didn’t need this, but it looks pretty damn good so far.

    • riceisnice

      But I want to play Hope Returns.

      • Xerain

        I want to play “Serah gets to wear her original outfit for more than 20 minutes.”

        • Nightmesh

          Why wasn’t that ever dlc? I mean just put her some shorts underneath her skirt Square if your afraid of backlash.

          • Xerain

            They DID put shorts under her skirt for the 20 mins you get to use that costume.

    • Byas

      I’m thinking the same thing, I hated FFXIII and XIII-2 didn’t appease me enough to buy it, but this one actually looks pretty good so far (leaving aside the whole Lighting adoration SE has lately).

    • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

      Those aren’t difficult odds to beat!

  • Suriel Cruz

    “Say What???!!!” You can actually change the colors of the outfits?… Nice!
    Now show me that Lightning can ‘Summon’ to buy this the 1st day… tho, I’ll buy it anyways.

  • Can’t wait to play this =)

  • Freya2012

    Why is everyone so scattered? Hope is on the new Cocoon, Fang is in the desert as a leader of some bandits, Snow is in Yusnaan, Noel is wandering the around mindlessly, Lightning is trying to save the world, and now Vanille is in Luxerion. You thought that now that everyone is back together, they will be together, but it’s not *frowning*

    • MrTyrant

      By “why” it may be a huge plot point in the game will be explained later in the game but if they will be together I think not gameplay-wise. Seriously one of the huge expectation that I have in an rpg is how many character will be in my party and if it’s a trilogy the great question will be “who are the returning ones” but with I would never expect them to reduce the number to just one.

  • Herok♞

    Guys all other news is meanless, you can put a Moogle on your head GOTY 2014 confirmed.

    • dvanteman345


    • DemonShadowX

      Moogle Hat? Pfft, boob physics is where it’s at.

  • NightzeroAX

    Valkyrie Lightning please.

    • Storm

      It’s in the game, here it is customized as blue:

      Siliconera also left out the new screenshots of the Yuna costume.

      • Ixbran

        Did somebody say, Yuna costume?

        Gosh these … she looks so precious, its so weird seeing her have such a serene looking smile during that victory pose, but it fits her so well! I hope she fights by summoning the FFX Aeons in real time, like Yuna does in Dissidia 012. If that is the case, I probably wont use any other Garb in this game at all.

        X D

        • komiko12

          Well, before she called her Lightning, she was Eclair Farron. I imagine her to be a gentle person back then.

          • Ixbran

            * Claire (which is the english translation of the french name Eclair anyway so no diff i guess)

            but I guess, her personality before the events of FFXIII never were shown, its possible she could have been very kind and compassionate before she became stern.

        • Randy Marsh

          Sorry no Aeons, but you get to have Blizzara and Firaga. ….Yay!

          • Ixbran

            Well maybe she will summon at least Valfore as a special attack. You cant have her dress up as a summoner and not … summon … things!

            X D

          • Bobby Jennings

            As much as I wish that would happen…sadly it won’t. :/

      • NightzeroAX

        I like how the color of the armor looks like Lenneth’s. Valkyrie Profile 3 confirmed.

  • I’m a huge fan of these types of customizations

    • AnimusVox

      Me too. I wasn’t expecting them to put so much into the customization for her.

      (On a side note) I love your many different Zero avatars, she’s so pretty. <3

  • LightningFarron19

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned that “boob jiggle” addition to the game. Oh and I’m angry about this.

  • DyLaN

    Well this should stop some compl- Who am I kidding, SE fan/haters will always find a thing to complain.

    Yay she back!

    • Godmars

      Wasn’t Vanille one of the most complained about characters in the game? Was part of the trifectia which was Snow-Hope-Vanille?

      And that doesn’t even touch on the “hater” key argument that where 13 was uninteresting, should have been something moved past and forgotten, the two direct sequels which only diverge from it’s shallow plot come off as reminding punishment.

      • DyLaN

        Personally I’m neutral abt her frm wht I read abt her. Maybe tht will change when I watch a playthrough of 13.


        EDIT: AHAHAHA so I am not allowed to be neutral for a character?

        • OathkeeperSoraXIII

          wait, so you haven’t played the game? D: I suggest reading something called Episode 0 for FFXIII it gives off more details about the characters before everything went bad. It’s a good read, quite lengthy though but could help you understand the game and also the characters a little better

          • DyLaN

            No PS360.

            And thanks for the suggestion. Will look it up after I watch a playthrough of the game.

          • OathkeeperSoraXIII

            awesome, Enjoy

      • Go2hell66

        yup i hate all three of them

        with a passion even

        • DyLaN

          An attitude fitting of your user name. heh

  • ReidHershel

    Wow…….no offense (meaning no one needs to downvote me and make me look douchey) but I have no idea what is going on in the story anymore.

    • AnimusVox

      It’s ok, I don’t know either and I played and beat both XIII titles.
      I almost think Toriyama isn’t sure either.

    • Anonymous917

      Yeah, this looks like a game you just play for the gameplay and the stylish art direction. The story looks like something that’s best appreciated if a person shuts their brain off and nods slowly to everything happening.

    • OathkeeperSoraXIII

      The games have more or less followed the FNC Mythos, the first being to do with Lindzei, the second being about Etro and the 3rd about Bhunivelze. They’ve kept the story mostly undercover so most of us feel in the dark. All I know is that Lightning will be saving Serah again whilst helping the people move onto the next world.

  • “This time, Vanille is being sheltered by a religious organization, known as the “The Order,”

    Isn’t that what every religious organization is called?

    • Pablo Sanchez

      not ,even some religions never address themselves like “religions” themselves , so”the order” is more unlikely

    • protofox

      Good day, im part of the Jenova Witnesses, do you have a moment to get to know your lord and savoir

  • Kazuma Kazzie Kaz Kaz

    The world’s going to end!

    Let’s get into fashion before it’s too late!

    Shop owner: “What can I do for ya.”

    Lightning: “Give me all the clothes ya got!!”

    • Kaihedgie

      “Go out in style”

  • Sardorim

    Perfect, now the Lightning x Adult Hope x Young Hope x Vanille x Fang fans can be represented in this game! Lightning is a Woman’s Woman, she can take multiple lovers as she pleases!

    • Vash bane


  • TheBlackKnight3

    I didn’t really hate Snow or Hope, but I couldn’t stand Vanille. If there’s some kind of three-pack for FFXIII, I will pick it up, but I probably won’t bother in the end. Too many good 3DS games coming out this year.

    • deadMastershiro

      THANK YOU! Cause Vanille was crap.

  • DCBlackbird

    Wow it’s amazing how I’ve been able to contain the finally fantasy 13 mythos…… honest to god I understand it less than I do Metal Gear Solid 0_0

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Why not just tell us the entire story, SE? Goddamn.

    • DyLaN

      Because some people do not want to be spoiled?

      • FitzpatrickPhillips

        It was sarcasm. They’re revealing way too damn much. Imagine how surprised you would have been to see Vanille. Now there’s one less thing to look forward to.

        • DyLaN

          Sarcasm doesn’t work well in here.

          Again, it could be just tidbits to get ppl interested and the heavier meat is hidden in the game.

          • FitzpatrickPhillips

            Yeah, like telling us the game has a happy ending.

  • Quacker

    please add a hard mode, i would definitely enjoy this more with one.

    • OathkeeperSoraXIII

      from what I’ve heard there is going to be a hard mode :)

  • Damarius Wingfield

    *YMC plays(Japanese Version)*

  • Dexward

    Original Color Master Race reporting in.

  • Guest

    FINALLY! Glad to see Vanille is back :-)
    Really love that color customization too!

  • AnimusVox

    I know I think that moogle is kinda ugly but that screenshot is adorable. I might have to get this game now; Fang and Vanille are back and you can put a moogle on Light’s head.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    So I guess the last one from the the XIII party to be announced is Sazh. Really love the costume at 3:13 in the video reminds me of a Dragoon costume. With each new bit of info the game is looking better and better.

    -Off topic- I don’t know how many of you have read Episode 0 of the FFXIII novel that square released on their website to give more insight and story into the characters, it’s a really good story and tells you what each character was doing before the fireworks in FFXIII. People who say Light is 1 dimensional should read that :)

    just search FFXIII episode 0 on google if you’re interested

  • Alexander Aubert


  • Crimson_Cloud

    They say you should ”try” everything till death strikes you so, Lighting is doing exactly that. :P

  • Eilanzer

    haaaa….how i miss the good ol times….When jrpg´s had a plot like xenogears, great characters like ff6 or just amazing fun like chrono trigger =/

    this…well..i don´t even need to tell anything…and nowadays…there is so lil aaa jrpg´s that even a title like this is something to prize…poor kids born in this age =/

  • midgard229

    Soooo why are there Spoilers as headlines?

  • fairysun

    YES !!
    Everybody’s favorite character is back ! With her smeaxy voice :P

  • Prinnydoom

    So next is sazh right? I have a feeling he’s going to show up. Hell maybe Cid will show up. Still looking forward to this.

  • BenderIsGreat

    And then a new town appeared on Gran Pulse called Silent Hill….

  • Astraye


  • ShadowDivz

    Me: Lightning are those new earings?
    Lightning: Took you long enough to notice!
    Me: Im sorry, but they really do suit you.
    Lightning:*blush* Sh-shut up….baka. >.>

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      Nah she will punch you in the face.

      Lightning cant be that cute.

      • ShadowDivz

        You mean “my lightning can’t be this cute”?

        • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez


  • Storm

    Lightning appears to have a outfit based on Locke from FFVI. I think we’ll be getting one costume from each game at this point (We have VI, VII, X, XIII, XIII-2 and XIV so far).

  • Steven Higgins

    Okay Square. You win. You got me. I’ll buy the game at some point. But I am NOT pre-ordering.

  • AverageGamers

    Okay, just announced that Sazh will be in this game, and I’ll buy it…
    Although the fact that I can only play as Lightning is already bugging me… (she’s not my favorite character)

  • WhyWai

    This sounds much more like a jrpg.skipped 13-2. but will get this if the reviews are fine.

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