Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Demo Out Today

By Ishaan . January 21, 2014 . 9:15am

A demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is available in North America today on Xbox 360 and will be available later today on PlayStation 3. In Europe, the demo is already available on the 360 and will be made available tomorrow, January 22nd, on PS3. Xbox Live Silver members will get the demo on January 28th.


The demo will have you tracking down Snow, and you’ll have access to Savior, Dark Muse, Black Mage, Dragoon, Red Mage, and Heart Stealer equipment sets for Lightning. The demo will also allow you to post your battle scores to Twitter and Facebook.


Additionally, PlayStation 3 owners will be able to unlock an additional costume in the full version of the game by downloading the demo. This is the Utsusemi Samurai outfit, and it will also be made available for purchase separately later on, for both Xbox 360 and PS3 owners.


Finally, those who submit their battle scores of the final fight against Zaltys will get access to the “Siegfried” outfit in the full game on PS3.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available on February 11th in North America and February 14th in Europe for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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  • David García Abril

    Is the demo available for Europe too?

    • 하세요

      Did you even try reading the article? ._.’

    • Primal Link

      Seems so, at the very least we should get the PS3 one tomorrow during normal update time for PSN.

  • katzedan

    hope they put the timed trial too, like the japanese version had! :3

  • Samsara09

    great.Just 20 days….boy,thank godness boredom doesn’t kill.

    • Kaetsu

      Sometimes it feels like it does lol.

      • Samsara09

        it just makes you wish it did.Just kidding.
        Well,there are six rpgs coming till march.If i had more rpgs to spin the routine,I would be quite less bored.Man,playing the same rpgs over and over and over are so boring.

  • I thought the demo bonuses were exclusive to PlayStation? That’s what it sounded like on the PlayStation blog anyway.

    • Yeah, I thought just the Samurai costume was exclusive, but it looks like they both are, looking at Square’s press release again. Updated!

  • Timovisch

    Can’t wait. <3

  • Skode

    Urgh, hate the whole social media and scores business personally but alas i will just have to swallow my pride on this one because a free costume is a free costume…

    • I refuse to be social lol =P

      • KnifeAndFork

        I’m a Ninja. It’s against my job description… >_>

        • Virevolte

          I like guys serious at their jobs.

  • Pdugna

    some decent reasons to pick the PS3 version of this over the 360 one, also if nobody knew the LR PS3 special controller is actually coming stateside, not sure if the it’s the exact one from japan but I have seen it in my mail.

    • Kaseladen

      As I recall the Japanese one was red and metallic while the NA one is black with a graphic over it

      • KnifeAndFork

        It’s kinda ugly

  • harmonyworld

    I played the jap version on ps3 and it was pretty easy to pick up despite the language barrier~
    The battle system with the costumes is pretty neat!

    • Kaseladen

      Same! I look forward to actually knowing what I’m doing this time lol

    • MellowMadman11

      I enjoyed the Japanese demo as well, took me a bit to figure out what the items were though. Looking forward to getting this game.

  • Roberto

    why not
    i gonna give a try

  • So if I complete the demo, I get free stuff? Or do I have to do some social media bull**** to get the free stuff?

    • DriftSlave

      When you download the Demo you get the samurai outfit instantly, by uploading you scores to a social network, you get another. It’s pretty cool in my opinion because it gives you another justification to be posting shit on your Twitter/Facebook and help spread the word about the game.

      • KnifeAndFork

        But I don’t want anyone knowing I’m playing this game and I don’t want to help Square-Enix….

        • ndjn3979

          Then keep quiet lol

  • Kornelious

    Darn it, I hate it when I’m forced to be social :(

  • Kaetsu

    Well I guess I’ll try it.

  • KingGunblader

    With the two exclusive garbs being offered by the demo, I’ll have seven extras when I get into the game proper. Very excited, can’t wait!

  • KrazyBean

    Tried it out. I have to say, I really like the gameplay. It’s a hell of a lot better than its predecessors that’s for sure.

  • Not doing the whole Social Media thing, but glad to get the other outfit just for paying the demo. I played the Japanese demo when out came out, but now I’ll actually be able to understand it lol

  • transferstudentx

    facebook lol no thanks i rather pay for the dlc

    • Aoshi00

      I did it on twitter with the Jpn demo, slightly better than FB :)? Too bad these are exclusive to PS3.. Imported on PS 3 alrdy, so getting the us collectors ed on 360.. Sucks to miss out freebies..

  • artemisthemp

    Looking forward to playing Lightning Returns tommorow

  • how do you know if you got the costume when completing the demo?

  • I’ll get the costume for downloading the demo but no way am I going to bother with the other one.

    • Brandonmkii

      All you have to do is like, play the demo. If you don’t have fb or Twitter, then idk I guess.

      • Oh, I know that. I can’t be asked to do the social sharing thing.

  • Nightmare637

    Played it and enjoyed it. I even submitted my score…of one star… T.T

    EDIT: Yay I raised it to three! Improvement ^_^

  • new_tradition

    I’m downloading this with my phone data via tethering. If I’m lucky, it’ll finish in 3.5 hours from now, haha T.T

    • revenent hell

      Im a little sad it took over four hours to DL the demo for me, maybe because of a storm in my area, but I beat it in like….. Minutes…..

      • new_tradition

        I got through it one time, but I spent a lot of time in the customization menu, mixing abilities and such.

        Although when demo itself tells you it’s over at 6:00, I was like >_>

        • revenent hell

          While I enjoyed the gameplay I am totally disappointed in the sheer shortness of the demo. I can honestly say I have never played such a short demo before

  • YoshEE

    I am wondering how we gonna get seigfried outfit after submitting the score. Will it be in psn?

  • revenent hell

    Don’t quote me but I don’t think you HAVE to share your scores via fbook and twitter (I am not down with that shit in my games by the by) You can do the “outerworld” thing without submitting stuff to the social media and after every fight with the ” Ruby Dragon” it’ll then ask you to submit your scores…. Kind of like an online thing without the annoying social media stuff. It might still give you the costume no?

  • Ty Austin

    Man, reading how people don’t want to use Twitter/Facebook to get the bonus costume. You’d think SE was asking for your first born child, lol.

    • MellowMadman11

      They might as well be!
      Joking, some people (like me) don’t like to use social networking cites.

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