Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Will Take 50 Hours To Complete Say Square Enix

By Ishaan . October 22, 2013 . 3:00pm

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be about 50 hours in length, Square Enix say. In an interview with IGN, gameplay director Yuji Abe discussed the amount of content in the game and how the clock system would affect play time.


In Lightning Returns, Lightning has 13 days to save the world from ending, and the game runs on a clock system that includes a day-and-night cycle. Time management is one of the key elements of the game, as performing various activities uses up time.


“The way the game moves, one period of 24 hours within the game world itself will take play time in the real world around two or three hours of actual, real time,” Abe said. “Having said that, opening menus, customising your characters, talking to some people or just listening to certain things will cause time to stop. So it isn’t quite as short as you’d think.”


“Overall, when I did the test plays during the development period, I played through from start to finish trying to see almost all of the aspects of the game and it took roughly about 50 hours.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is in development for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • That means it’ll take me around 80 plus if it’s not linear

  • melvin2898

    Is that good or bad?

  • Zangetsu777

    I’m guessing this time is just straight through the main story. No sidequest included.

    • Norris

      I think Yuji Abe said ‘all aspects’ of the game, so sidequests are probably included.

  • KingGunblader

    Didn’t they already say that more than one playthrough would be required to see everything? Could I potentially experience the storylines for Vanille, Fang, Snow, Sazh, Noel and Yeul/Caius in that 50-hour run?

    • Barrylocke89

      I was wondering that myself. I remember them saying the more than one playthrough thing and assumed each play would be shorter.

    • Rogerrmark

      Exactly my thoughts.

      I wonder if he went through multiple playthroughs of 10 ~ 15 hrs each,or 50hrs in just 1 playthrough,instead

      That would mean we could reach 100,150hrs easily.

    • NRool

      At the recent London event Square held, we was told it is entirely possible to see all the “important” and story based quest lines in one run, heck even your first run if you’re smart with your time and scheduling.

      Take that as you will, personally I kinda like the idea of doing it in two or so runs, similar to how if you play something like The Walking Dead or the new Wolf Among Us you can take different choices and use them to get different outcomes and such.

      But I do see why you’d also prefer do it in one single run.
      Hope this helped … kinda D:

      • KingGunblader

        I don’t generally play RPGs multiple times in a row. I’ll beat it, then go play some other games and eventually come back to it. So I really want to be able to see every major story thing in one run though the game.

  • Michael Connell

    Does this include doing the sidequests?

  • AndreasStalin

    And that for me means probable a couple 100-hours with this game. I like to take my sweet time with my final fantasies.

  • Brandonmkii

    Even with sidequests, 40 hours is kind of my sweet spot with RPGs.

  • Dark Zerato

    Only fools believe in the goddess’ way.
    Thumb up.

  • Storm

    I don’t think Siliconera posted this render. It’s gorgeous:

  • Jirin

    I dunno, based on my experience growing up I don’t trust game company estimations of gameplay length. FFIV was advertised as 40 hours, FFVI as 80. What does ‘complete’ mean anyway? To some people it means finishing the game and to some it means getting 100% everything.

    When I had tons of free time I wanted 50-60 hour games, now that I’m employed full time I like it better around 30. So this sounds about right, and the time management aspect is cool. Though I wonder how they deal with mistakes, since I doubt a modern company would make a game where you can screw yourself permanently.

  • Sounds good =)

  • bloodiOS

    Oh, and I thought it’s going to take 312 hours.

  • echokanon

    All I hope is they don’t put in anything that is DLC only again. That coliseum during 13-2 is so much disappointment to me and that was almost the only thing that could extend my gameplay hours if story playthrough/sidequest was excluded.

    • Ian Clue

      They will probably let you buy more time as DLC,

  • Tenetan

    If I understand this correctly, yhou have a set time where you need to beat the game in, and you cannot take longer then this then it’s game over? if so I’m not so happy with it. I hate games on ‘TIME’ where you need to complete tasks over a set time and in most cases you need to rush at points.

  • artemisthemp

    50 hour divide with 2-3 hour = 17-25 hour :P

  • Enzo

    With the time thing going on, I’m really hoping I could still level up Lightning to 99 before the first Boss / before the story starts moving like in 12 :( But either way, guess I’d have to make do with this time limit.

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