Lightning Returns detailed in new interview; Caius Ballad is back


Another Japan Expo interview has surfaced. This time, Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama were the interviewees. Kitase-san is the producer of Lightning Returns whereas Toriyama-san is the director.


A proper translation of the interview is not available as yet. However, the main points brought up in the interview are summarized below.

-The music composers that made the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XIII are back.

-In terms of gameplay, the temporal aspect of the game – the 13 day doomsday clock- is a determining factor. All gameplay elements are linked to this concept. The “Active Time Battle” system is now faster and more action-oriented.

-The developers are aware that the time limit can be stressful for players, but, they say that there are ways to maximize the clock up to 13 days instead of the original 7 days. Some quests have strict time limit. This is to motivate players to do their best.

-A source of inspiration for the game was the movie “In Time”.

-There is no other sequel to after this. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will complete the “XIII saga”.

-Caius Ballad will return.

-Kitase and Toriyama are interested in making other outfits from previous Final Fantasy characters for Lightning.

-Trophies are easier to obtain in this game.

-Toriyama states, “Lightning is different, attractive, and will be massively appreciated by all fans!”

The addition of Caius in the game, in my opinion, is the hottest information right now. Will he be a villain again? Or will be see him as a potential ally? After all, he wasn’t completely evil in XIII-2, and had some good in him.

This barely comes as a surprise though, since many characters from XIII and XIII-2 are making an appearance in Lightning Returns. Also, the fact that the music composers behind Final Fantasy XIII are returning is interesting, yet doesn’t come as a shock. Let’s see how everything works out in the conclusion to the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy.

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