Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Developer Diary Details Nomura’s Artwork

By Ishaan . December 3, 2013 . 10:00am

Square Enix have shared a new developer diary video for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and this one focuses on the art of character designer Tetsuya Nomura. In the video below, a number of Square Enix’s development staff comment on Nomura’s style and contributions to Final Fantasy, including his work on Lightning Returns and how it influenced the game’s customization system.



Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII was released in Japan last week, and will be available in North America and Europe in February 2014.

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  • Monterossa

    Nomura is a good designer if he works under other people. If you give him the full power he’ll create something like those emos in black leather clothes with belts, and zippers like those characters from Advent Children, KH series, and FFXV.

    • Nice Boat Quatro
      • Pdugna

        Dat silly Ryoji =P

    • Kaihedgie

      “like those emos in black leather clothes with belts, and zippers like
      those characters from Advent Children, KH series, and FFXV.” Congrats for sweeping statement of the month. You listed all of one character who could be called emo while completely ignoring the more colorful outfits and personalities the several other characters Nomura designed/redesigned for those games.

      • Stuart Nisbet

        don’t bother with him, he’s just repeating things without critical thought: clearly a troll. you’d be hard pressed to find a nomura design AFTER his visual kei phase where belts are highly featured.

    • TheAnswerisback

      Lol I’ve seen some silly comments on this site but this … I don’t even know what the freak to say to this. KH series? emo? in the same sentence…..KH has freaking Disney characters your partners are literally Donald and Goofy you think Disney would have their characters stand by a so called “emo” character

    • Saphiren

      This is so stupid. FF XV has very down-to-earth clothes

    • Mnstrzero00

      I’ve actually said something similar to this before. Character design is critical to how a game is perceived, how much people enjoy the game, and why and Nomura can get a little crazy with his designs. Because hehas such a potent style it needs to be reigned in order to work well with other creative forces. Like a potent ingredient in a recipe. But lightning Returns looks good to me.

    • EX+

      Emos? Wearing black= emo?
      Don’t get me wrong. Normally, I’ll wear a color like blue, red or yellow, but you seriously think Noctis and Sora are emos?

    • revenent hell

      Oh yyay…
      Wearing black or leather doesn’t make someone “emo”
      Im all for people expressing their thoughts and whatnot but you just sound ignorant and uninformed

    • Zero_Destiny

      Ah. More of your anti-Nomura stuff again, I see. That was a nice surprise to come home to.

    • FlyingPony

      I think the emo Advent Children dress look pretty solid on Cloud. Much better than his old dress.

  • Despite the sales in Japan, I’m still looking forward to playing Lightning Returns. It will both wrap up the story and be the last game in the series. I had a good time with the first two games, and will hopefully enjoy this one too.

  • Yan Zhao

    Any collector/limited edition for this?


    already beated this game and now I’m having fun with NG+. I can’t wait for the english release, so I can speed run this game to death. LR would be my favourite XIII game if wasn’t for the lack of party members, but exploration and the battle system can make up for it.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    It was pretty good when i played the demo, i thought the combat was slow but it makes sense that you have to cycle through costumes and use combos without stopping unless you wanna waste ap.
    I also just realized I didn’t even notice the boob physics, I’m so angry with gaming community.


      I wasted my time looking at npc’s that reproduce FF songs, wandering around and searching for hidden items in the cities, dungeons and continents and perfect my evade reaction during battles, instead to stop and look at Light’s breasts

    • Vash bane

      she has jiggle now? huh I didn’t even notice it been to wrapped up in battle and playing around with the customization of the garbs (….suddenly I like the color purple ;_;)

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Yeah and people were not happy when they found out

  • ElAbuelo69

    Ok ok now focus on XV 100% Nomura…that’s the EPITOME of gaming.

  • Luis Ibal

    I am really hyped for this game, really liked the demo

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    So which title has more costumes? Lightning Returns or DOA5U?

  • WyattEpp

    That narrator was pitiful.

    …that said, say what you will about the games, I had the sense that most of the people working on it actually enjoy what they’re doing.

    • surakian

      But it’s Lightning narrating Lightning Returns promos…

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