Time Is Always Flowing In Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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Japanese blog, Game Jouhou, has details on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, courtesy of Famitsu magazine. The following is what they picked up from Famitsu’s report.


As expected, Lightning’s new costume is designed by Tetsuya Nomura, but you’ll be able to change the colour of the costume as well as the costume itself, along with Lightning’s abilities.


Famitsu also confirm that Lightning will be the only playable character in the game. However, while Lightning is the only playable character, apparently, it feel as though you’re controlling an entire party.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will also feature a new battle system as indicated by the recent trailer. Lightning uses multiple “Styles” in combat, which consist of specific weapons, shields, accessories and abilities. Square Enix are tentatively calling this the “Amazing ATB” system, but that isn’t the final name.


As previously reported, Lightning Returns runs on a clock system. Famitsu say that time is always flowing in the game, and that certain information will only be available at certain times. The only time that time ceases to flow is when you open up a menu on the game’s fields. Additionally, keeping with the time theme, NPC locations and behaviour will change as well.


Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII doesn’t have a release date yet.

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