NORA Won’t Return For Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

By Spencer . November 13, 2013 . 2:52am

NoraLightning isn’t returning alone, many of her Final Fantasy XIII friends are also in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Vanille and Fang have been released from their crystalized state in Lightning Return: Final Fantasy XIII. Snow and Sazh are back too, but things haven’t fared well for those two. Even this guy found his way into the final Final Fantasy XIII game.


Who won’t be back? Gadot, Yuj, Maqui, and Lebreau, the four main members of NORA.


"This game takes place far into the future after the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2 (500 years after the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2, to be precise), and so unfortunately members of NORA will not make an appearance," producer Yoshinori Kitase said to Siliconera. "But, there may be tidbits that pertain to various sub-characters hidden within the episodes of the various side quests."


We also asked Kitase about tri-Ace who co-developed Final Fantasy XIII-2. They are involved with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, but not as much so. "With this installment, staff members of Square Enix are the primary force, but we did get Tri-Ace to help on some parts of the graphic work, as they did in the past," Kitase explained.

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  • Astraye

    Tri-ace = Quality

    • AAa

      Tri-Ace make their own game/continue star ocean = HQ.

      For now they’re just being slave to Square enix more and more.

      • 永次

        Well, they are doing Star Ocean Phantasy, errrr, Phantasy Star NOVA, Tri-Ace + Motoi Sakuraba, will be epic.

        • icecoffemix

          The only bad thing of that is that it’s Sega and Phantasy Stars, which means very slim chance of it going oversea… :(

          Then again they have been surprising me lately, so hope.

        • GH56734

          They did lots of good games for Konami for the PSP and the 3DS… that they didn’t deign to localize :(

  • ivanchu77


    • Go2hell66

      how could you forget lebreau, she’s the hottest female in the cast…

      • Lynx

        Fang exists, you know.

        • Go2hell66

          No, i think she’s just a bit too butch
          also i suspect she’s a lesbian.

          only person i think could possibly compete with Lebreau is Jill

          • Anime10121

            I agree that Lebreau is hot…but Tittoppolus? I’ll have to respectfully disagree with sir :P

          • So, since she might be a lesbian, she’s no longer attractive?

          • Go2hell66

            no, being a butch lesbian makes her less attractive

          • Steven Higgins

            That’ ’cause she was originally designed as a male.

        • DanteMasamune

          Ewww you consider Fang the hottest of the entire cast let alone hot….attractive I guess…..Hmmm…now I think of it I guess I see where you’re coming from. Fang does look a lot like those dark skinned or Hispanic models.

    • greeeed

      Hope mother….

      No wait, I mean Snow side-kick

  • Cody

    Guys I’m gonna stop coming here if you keep hammering me every few clicks with those full-page noisy Chevy ads.

    • 永次

      Ad-block plus

  • Quacker

    they probably died about 900 years before the this game back when people could die so im ok with this.

  • NightzeroAX

    Need a new Tri-Ace game. It has been too long.

    • icecoffemix

      Need Radiata Stories 2.

      It’s been FAR too long.

    • Learii

      I am right there with you

    • GH56734

      You mean more localized Tri-Ace games.
      They made Frontier Gate (PSP), and Beyond the Labyrinth (3DS) for Konami, but they won’t localize it. (Also involved in Danball Senki 3DS)

      • fayt255

        Yea I would have loved to play those games you mention but sadly no localization and I don’t know Japanese.

  • Oh phew, it’s a good thing they’re not rehashing something nobody liked the first time

    • Godmars


      You broke my sarcasm meter…

  • Justin Lock

    The last Star Ocean wasn’t very good. Not sure what all the ranting and raving about SO is about.

  • fairysun

    Dear Tri-Ace, we need Valkyrie Profile: Hrist !

    • Guest

      ^This, blasted it all, this.

    • Zind Keeper

      ^This, damn it, this!

    • EisKonig

      I came here exactly for this, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been waiting waaaaay too long for the next Valkyrie Profile. We NEED more Hrist!

  • AuraGuyChris

    Of course NORA won’t return.
    She’s dead!
    …Oh, wait, wrong Nora. (Did they ever explain the coincidence between the team’s name and Hope’s mom?)

  • I never cared for NORA, anyway. Now, Tri-ace I do care for. Lots. Where’s VP3: Hrist?

  • Jean Alcantara

    Almost Everybody Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

  • Jahred Down

    Tri Ace, Resonance of Fate Sequel with Sega. Make it happen.

  • Anime10121

    Now, for Tri-ace to gimme what I really want… a new GOOD Star Ocean! 4 was decent, but I want something on par with 2 or hell I’ll even take something on par with 3! Just gimme another space epic with Tales-like combat!

    • LustEnvy

      I loved 4. It’s not SO2, but I thought it was one of the best JRPGs this gen. I wish for an SO5 and Valkyrie Profile: Hrist. Tri-Ace… YOU CAN DO IT.

      • Anime10121

        4 would have been great had the characters had any kind of life/spark to em. The only one I halfway liked was the Feize and of course little Welch :P. Arumat coulda been cool, but he got little to no development :/

        But even then, I feel 4 had the weakest story of the series. Even the first game had a better plot imo…

        But yeah, DEFINITELY want a SO5 and I wanna try VP if they come out with a new one too (considering I missed the other entries in the series).

  • Freya2012

    Somehow it’s sad that NORA gang are dead while Snow is still alive, wallow in guilt and chaos.

  • KanjiLikesBoys

    Oh god or god, not Tri-Ace again…. with the possible exception of Res of Fate, they have been poison since the PS2 days.

  • Sesshomaru

    Who honestly cares? They were background characters at best. Shame too, since they looked neat. Even if one of them was dressed up as Naurto before he got his headband.

  • Hours

    Gadot and Lebreau are two of my favorite FFXIII characters… :/

  • D’aaww, I thought Lebreau was hawt :c

  • Steven Higgins

    I’m sorry, but what the heck does it being 500 years in the future have to do with NORA not returning? It’s already been stated the Caius’ death effectively stopped time from moving so anybody who was alive at the end of XIII-2 should still be around, no matter how long it’s been.
    This reason is invalid, I demand a better one.
    Although I never finished the game.(for some reason I never complete FF games)

  • Dagobert

    Oh good lord! Nora isn’t coming back? I’m not buying this fashion simulator anymore now.

  • Ronldbx6

    I totally forgot about NORA.

  • Daniel blue

    Why don’t the time traveling shenanigans which allow most characters to return (recycled outfits included) – and even make Hope somehow de-age – work on team Nora as well? That makes no sense.

  • fayt255

    Well in any case at least even in a small way I get to play something new that has Tri-ace involved that is getting localized!

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