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


    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.

    Ishaan Sahdev
    Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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