Lightning 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.