Lightning’s eidolon, Odin, transforms into a horse in Final Fantasy XIII, but that wasn’t the only idea on the table. “The idea of transforming summons was always there from the start, but the transformation wasn’t so set,” Yuji Abe, Final Fantasy XIII’s Battle Director said in an interview with Siliconera.
“There were ideas in the beginning, for example, where Odin would transform into a sword and Lightning would be used by Lightning that way. Once the idea of the Shiva Sisters turning into a bike came up, the team really loved the idea and wanted to unify the rest of the summon transformations to turning into some sort of ride.”
Odin and the Shiva Sisters were the first summons discussed during development. The team settled on vehicles after creating the Shiva Sisters and the rest is history. What would you rather have? Odin sword or Hecatoncheir mech?
Keep your eyes peeled for more Final Fantasy XIII developer interviews popping up on Siliconera in the near future.