Back when Square Enix first revealed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the game’s art director, Isamu Kamikokuryo, showed off a promotional oil painting he had made, featuring Lightning. You may not have gotten to see this unless you watched Square’s livestream presentation, but you can now watch a highlight video of how the painting was created below:



Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will conclude Lightning’s saga, and is slated for release in 2013. The game takes place in a place named Novus Partus, where the world is set to end in 13 days, and a Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask-style system adds or depletes time from the countdown clock, depending on your actions.

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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