Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Has A Costume Based On Final Fantasy VI

By Sato . November 19, 2013 . 2:32pm

So we know one thing—Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will have costumes, and plenty of them. From bunny suits to Dragoon costumes, Lightning will be sporting over 80 different costumes in the upcoming game. Additionally, key Square Enix designers talked costumes in a recent interview with Dengeki.


The designers who participated in the interview with Dengeki are character designer Toshiyuki Itahana, art director Isamu Kamikokuryo, and lead art designer Toshitaka Matsuda. Dengeki asks the designers to share a little about the work they’ve done for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.


“I was in charge of about two costumes. The Nocturne and one more costume we’ve yet to announce,” shares Kamikokuryo. “I often work on symbolic things, and at least one illustration that has the characteristic of the town, but I’m not used to drawing characters… so if Itahana draws ten characters, then I would draw maybe one, at that rate [laughs].”


“There’s definitely a difference in expertise,” adds Itahana. “On the other hand, if I had to draw backgrounds, it’d take me much longer just for one drawing.”


While on the subject of designs, Dengeki asks if they could share some of the ideas that went into the costume design concept.


“For the Nocturne [costume], they wanted a gothic-style theme as its image,” says Kamikokuryo. “Since we only had rough images, I began drawing it while thinking that it’d be nice to have something with a simple design and collar that stood out from left to right. While I didn’t have much trouble thinking about it, the progress took a little longer. In my head, I can think up of buildings and scenery in 3D, but when it comes to characters, I can’t exactly do the same.”


Next up, Dengeki asks Matsuda to share his thoughts on designing the Dragoon outfit, which is said to symbolize Final Fantasy, as a whole.


“I actually wanted her to also wear a helmet, but couldn’t due [do it] to time conflicts, and Toriyama also asked us to make at least 80 different costumes,” shares Matsuda with a laugh. “In this game, we want to show off Lightning’s entire figure, so in a way, we thought that it’d be better to not hide her face, and decided to not include a helmet. For this reason, I made the purple collar near her face, as a way to replicate the Dragoon’s image.”


Finally, Dengeki asks them if Lightning’s Heartstealer costume was made to closely resemble Locke from Final Fantasy VI.


“That’s right. There were talks about wanting to make costumes that represents the Final Fantasy series as an image, so I made it while using the colors of Yoshitaka Amano’s drawing as a reference,” shares Itahana.


“However, Mr. Amano’s design patterns are very elaborate, so if the design didn’t go well, there was a chance that it wouldn’t be the same in the game, so I remember working on it thoroughly at some parts. Also, at the time of production, there weren’t many costumes with a boyish look, so I thought that it’d be nice to try it out.”


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

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  • コルセット

    No Terra or Celes costume? C’mon!

  • Kaetsu

    Lighting probably has a HUGE closet!

    • Arcana Wiz

      She had to get a hobby with all these time paradoxes and etc.

    • SMT

      i like this one xD

    • AndyLC

      You ever wonder how in every FF game you carry around like 100 swords and suits of armor next to your 10 elixers (that you never use because they’re for ’emergencies’)?

  • O_O Master Clueless

    Dragoon Costume… I can’t wait now. LOL

  • ElAbuelo69

    No one believed me when I said that, I knew it! -.-

    • Arcana Wiz

      Well i was of the few people that said that it was certainly a locke costume…. FF6 is my favorite one! ^o^

  • new_tradition

    Haha, I knew it.

    I remember some people saying there was an Admiral(?) outfit that was a throwback to Faris or Setzer…

    EDIT: Gonna take this opportunity to yet again scream GIMME A SQUALL OUTFIT, PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE

    • I’d strongly consider buying the game if I saw that…. I really would :)

    • Chido55

      Seriously, as a fellow gunblader lead, this got to happen.

  • Arcana Wiz

    Great! now if we have more costumes as a DLC i would want a Celes oufit, a FFIV too!

  • AuraGuyChris

    Now Lightning can be a Thief!

    • SMT

      You mean “Treasure Hunter” :P

      • AuraGuyChris

        Ha ha, you picked the cue.

        • SMT

          No wonder it felt so obvious if you planned it… kudos :)

      • Superior Spider-Man


  • Not bad at all. She looks like a Matador lol =)

    • James Todd

      a sexy matador

  • Herok♞

    So how long until we can see a full list of costumes?

    • Anime10121

      Game releases in a few days, so I’d say…a few days :P

  • MrRobbyM

    The locke costume may just be the reason I play this game.

  • Roberto

    why not terra costume ;-;

  • Junko Enoshima

    I thought it was a 90s version of Lightning at first.

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    Finally something relating to FF6 the on FF title I liked far more than FF7. I mean no offense to FFVII fans but I felt FF6 had far more appeal than FF7.

    • bigboss09

      me too Final fantasy VI is my favourite but FFVII is great too

  • Lelouch Vi Britannia

    what’s next a Firion costume
    how about a Rosa costume from FFIV.
    what would be kickass is if she got a Elly costume from Xenogears.

    • RichyGaming

      Or a Jecht costume from FFX.
      Giggity giggity

  • Göran Isacson

    That Lightning was going to have a costume based on Locke, I had already figured out. But that Lightning has come down with “Unswaying Comic book Superheroine Hip-disease” was news!

  • Musashi234

    Cant wait for that ungodly Trophy “Collect all Costumes”………..oh god!

    • I know, right? *groans* What’s next, a JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure outfit for Lightning? Jeez…

      • Godmars

        Why would you give them ideas?

        Surprised N7 armor wasn’t included.

        • Not YET! She might even have a Legion Outfit! Which would change her voice to DC Douglas!

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        That would be awesome

  • Dagobert

    I’ve never played a fashion design simulator before. This might be the first one for me.

    • Audie Bakerson

      Make it Style Savvy: Trendsetters: It’s surprisingly good and it’s really cheap now, plus it doesn’t star Toriyama’s waifu.

  • Jonathan Tse

    the Locke costume is pretty dope. it’s got a casual theme going on….

  • Loli Summoner

    Seriously,I can’t wait to design my own lightning outfit…properly just gonna make her look dark by changing the color black and red.

  • Altumn

    Oh I thought it was based off FFII, Now I want one base off FFII

  • Dark Zerato

    At this point, they should give her costumes from each FF. It’s would be nice for all games to get a piece of the SE beloved character.

  • Armane

    Wonder if we can expect to see a Bravely Default outfit. I think Lightning wearing Agnès’s outfit might look good.

  • DrakeClawfang
  • this is an excellent example of a “guest” costume that really embodies the character! glad they didnt forget Light’s inner tomboy!

  • Masa

    are all these costumes free?

    • Herok♞

      Yes if its in game its free some are dlc but most are already in game

  • Rafael Martines

    Card Captors Lightning… XD

  • Croix Zapp

    Just make this an H game already!

  • Virevolte

    Too bad for the bandana. It would have been cool.

  • Anthony Hayball

    Yep. I can more or less say that my childhood memories of Final Fantasy are destoried by this awful excause of a game.

  • Geez I hope they spent some time on the game and not just making outfits and taking screenshots

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