Square Enix has announced a new entry into what has seemingly become the Final Fantasy XIII series.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due at some point in 2013 on PS3 and Xbox 360 and puts the the protagonist of FFXIII back on centre stage “on a quest to save a doomed world from complete destruction.”

“We are pleased to reveal that Lightning is returning as the playable character in this title, and are excited to see how fans react to the more direct battle system and expansive environment that can be explored at will” said the game’s producer Yoshinori Kitase.

Motomu Toriyama, Director added; “Increased levels of player freedom, customisation and connectivity with the real world, will ensure that this concluding chapter will be an exhilarating finale to Lightning’s story.”

No screenshots yet, but a selection of artwork can be found below.

From the official press release, the list of key features include:


Lightning will be the playable character – with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.


A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.


Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.


A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?


Stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

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