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Dress Lightning up like a Miqo’te from Final Fantasy XIV By Erren Van Duine on July 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Both E3 and Japan Expo brought news of an all-new crossover promotion between Final Fantasy XIV and Lightning Returns – both of which are scheduled to release in the near future and will be the last of Final Fantasy on current generation consoles. In addition to Lightning’s appearance in Eorzea – complete with matching character outfits and weapons from the XIII saga – it was revealed that a little bit of FFXIV would be making its way into Nova Chrysalia as well.

Back at E3, Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama unveiled a variety of new costumes for Lightning, including a FFXIV themed one featuring the garb and weapon set of a female Miqo’te. The outfit has since been detailed further in this week’s Famitsu, and promises a unique victory pose based on the “sexy” Miqo’te /pose emote that occurs in FFXIV. Additionally, Lightning will be able to don a Black Mage outfit that appears to be a sort of contrast to Serah’s White Mage garb from FFXIII-2.

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  • flower234

    Can’t tell if this is Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII or Dress up Lightning

  • Aly Hesham

    Really like Lumia’s Screenshot in the lower right. I can assure you though, I won’t put cat ears on Claire unless I am feeling trolly xD

  • juma086

    People say this is pandering and fanservice, but somehow I have mustered up every ounce of willpower and strength … and i am somehow perfectly alright with that. I mean if you don’t want Miqo’te lightning don’t use Miqo’te lightning. Why make the rest of us suffer? DX

  • Nokuto

    It’s great that we’re seeing more costumes for Lightning Returns, but I won’t be using this one that much. I mean, it looks fine but the cat ears and tail don’t really fit Light’s style.

  • NoisyNoise

    So there are outfits from FFVII and XIV and maybe X now. I really hope they make other outfits from the other FF numbered titles or at least make Faris outfit!

    Also, looks like no more belly button piecing for Lightning.

  • Flame

    I hate this outfit in ARR, I hate this outfit in LR.

    Makes me kind of sick, knowing the majority of the catgirls in XIV are neckbeards and teenage boys.

    I can’t watch a single of the starting cutscenes in ARR as female Hyur or Miqo’te without 20 panty shots. & we’re supposed to believe these are our in-game heroes or w/e. If they’re gonna make ‘fan-service’ armour they could at least make it a vanity set, and not the starting gear that absolutely everyone has to wear for the first bit.

    More of a reason not to get this game, the hideous outfits they give to Lightning.

  • Aly Hesham

    Kinda wish they would give her one of the full body armours from ARR.

  • LightningF

    It’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Read the title.

  • Ehren Rivers

    What seems to be missing from the above article is that Toriyama apparently acknowledges it’s not really a pose the fits Lightning’s character, but they put it in because it’s the Miqo’te female’s canon victory pose. It seems all of the reference costumes are being given their canon victory poses from their original games, if the Cloud costume is any indication.

    I don’t really like this outfit on Lightning (the skirt and ears, mostly) and I probably won’t use it, but I don’t see it as something to get up in arms over.

  • Sapientia

    I think it’s cool as a FFXIV crossover, but that’s about it.
    And it’s funny as hell to see Lightning in that pose in the top left.

  • Sapientia

    You don’t even have to wear this outfit in LR, so why the hell would you say this is another reason not to get it? Sorry, that just makes absolutely no sense to me. Heck, you’ve got over 80 other outfits to choose from!

  • Sapientia

    Lol. High-five, girl.

  • Sapientia

    Pray do tell…what the hell does trolly mean? xD
    But I am missing the humor in the thumbnail.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I can agree with this. Perhaps if there was the option to remove them… Maybe the ears and tail are a decorative accessory?

  • Flame

    I said outfitS not outfit, plural.
    All the outfitS shown have been terrible and totally uninspired.
    & frankly, I’m not in any rush to buy LR after XIII-2, it was a decent game, with absolutely no polish whatsoever.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Trolly means “in the mood to be a troll”. If you don’t know what that means, it’s a person who says or does something rude, inflammatory or obnoxious in order to incite a negative reaction in other people.

    The “humor” in the header is that Lightning’s clothes are disappearing in the image.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I think Faris’ outfit would be perfect for Lightning. Either that, or Celes’ costume from VI.

  • Ehren Rivers

    This would be fantastic. I think Lightning would look great in either the Paladin or the Bard Job armors.

  • Aly Hesham

    I won’t use that outfit unless I am just messing around in the game. I think the header pic is funny cuz it alludes to what the outfit in a funny way imo..Its not THAT funny but ..you know what.whatever lol

  • Aly Hesham

    I don’t think you should boycott the game though..we are all fans ,right 😉 Just pick the outfit you like from dozens and dozens available in the game.SHe has AMAZING outfits like the samurai set and she can wear her XIII outfit.http://eu.square-enix.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/post-image/image_gallery/548/d4f7ff2d16f71ecc2cee8f5f7237c720.jpg http://squareportal.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/5048lightning-samurai-set-nordic-edition.jpg

  • Aly Hesham

    Yes ^_^ I think I just love her samurai and SOLDIER oufits so far as well…Hopefully ARR armours get added later on.

  • Keju

    Okay…………….. I’m starting to hate all of this. I hate the fact that they made Lightning OOC just for the sake of selling their products. I know if you’re not interested in that outfit, don’t use them but this is about a ‘character pride’.
    I don’t hate Lightning. I loved her so much but as an artist and designer, I am terribly embarrassed and disappointed at them. (I would love to give a bit of spanking to Toriyama though.)
    sigh….. oh well…. :'(

  • Aly Hesham

    Lightning’s like…I am gonna get you..enjoy your pose for now..but I am gonna punch you in the next dlc…

  • Mihel

    “I don’t see it as something to get up in arms over”

    This is Lightning Saga. Everything it does or doesn’t do WILL be used against it in a court of law.
    Except when it involves FFVII, because omg it has amahzing Cloud outfit FFVII best FF evur etc etc…

  • Mihel

    If I were to skip all the games were the protagonists wear hideous outfits I would miss some of the best games ever released.

  • Mihel

    FF 4-5-6 have some pretty cool outfits.
    Kain and Cecil armours, Rosa and Rydia magician outfits, FARIS, FARIS and FARIS, Terra, Celes (Amano version plz, not Nomura’s green swimsuit), Locke, Edgar.

    Too bad FFs older than 7 are pretty neglected by Square.

  • Mihel

    It’s a game where changing outfits is a core mechanic of the gameplay.
    Welcome to rpgs.

  • Sapientia

    You clearly Started your poSt with your hatred towardS the FFXIV outfit (not plural, thankS) and went on from there. And I’m frankly quite SurpriSed you’ve Seen all the outfitS in the game…pleaSe do Share with uS, becauSe I’m quite excited for them.
    Your opinion, I’m cool with that. JuSt makeS abSolutely no SenSe to me. *Shrug*
    That’s all plural, by the way. 😉

  • Sapientia

    I just want her to meow like a cat so bad. Oh my days.

  • Mihel

    Same. I don’t like this particular outfit so I won’t use it.

  • Sapientia

    OOC? What? I didn’t know I was on Fanfiction, damn! ‘Cause you know…her outfit is clearly what makes up her trademark character and personality, riiiight?
    Anyone?

  • Flame

    Ok I was abit rude back there, I apologise to everyone.
    I actually really like that Samurai ones, especially the far right and far left… though the middle one is still hideous xD
    I don’t know, I wanna like the game, I looooved FFXIII, but FFXIII-2 had me so hyped and did so much wrong and siappointed me a whole bunch beside it not being a bad game, it’s hard to trust this one.
    FFXIII-2 felt like a huge gimmick of a game, with no polish whatsoever. It had some gorgeous areas, and I liked the characters and music, especially Caius, but then the story… the casino x _ x … I personally didn’t like the battle systemchanges either, or the QTEs >.>

  • Sapientia

    Herp derp. I was imagining Aly Hesham as you know…a San Fransico trolly or some weird crap like that…
    Of course, I know what a troll is. The entire Internet is a damn troll!

  • Sapientia

    No problemo, por favor <That was intended to be in Spanish, don't mind me butchering the language. Nerves get a little high-strung sometimes.
    And really? I actually thought XIII-2 did QTEs right, as there wasn't really any severe punishment for missing them, but if you did get them right, you got nice bonuses in certain boss battle or of course, during regular battles with your monster buds. I thought XIII-2 was actually a very polished JRPG aside from the story, I'll agree with you on that. How it was presented to me was, "meh."

  • Sapientia

    Whoa, what the? Does my post look like I stabbed the keyboard to anyone else? I’m not trolling, I literally clicked “Post” and it went haywire, tried it again with no different result…

  • vagrant_soul

    That victory pose(nosebleed)!!!!!I would have love to see the catgirl/catboy outfits as DLC for Serah and Noel but Light looks damn sexy in it as well!! And more Lumina…she looks like a pre-pubescent version of Serah!

    I’m still hoping they have her in Beatrix’s outfit with her Save the Queen, it would fit her so perfectly!

  • Flame

    Not gonna lie, that scared me

  • Mihel

    It was an interference of Chaos on the interwebz.

  • Sapientia

    So it is messed up?

  • Sapientia

    Haha, Caius is trolling me. Well, I don’t think I can delete it myself.
    EHHHRRREN!

  • Sapientia

    Except for IV…which has a ton of remakes. And I actually really like their FFI-III Android remakes, just finished I and II, started III a few days ago!

  • Mihel

    Right FFIV also had that game starring the lovechild of Cecil and Rosa.
    I haven’t personally played it but I heard it’s surprisingly not bad as it may sound.

  • Flame

    Idk… IX is pretty neglected, it doesn’t have any referances I know of in ARR so far :(
    IX is my favourite too :<

  • ultromega

    Like Serah’s beachwear alternate costume, I’m going to feel a bit guilty about using this one. O_O

  • Mihel

    I have a theory for this.

    FFs started out “medieval” and slowly became more and more modern (FFVI is Victorian era, FFVII pre-apocalyptic, FFVIII modern).
    People complained they wanted FFs to go back to its origins.
    SS made a FF that’s true to the series origins (also, it did not have an amnesiac protagonist like 6, 7, and 8).
    It sold relatively bad even if it gave fans what they asked for.
    SS/SE is puzzled and treats IX like a red-haired stepchild.

    All my theories include people complaining.

  • Mihel

    Your post is a contraddiction to the html formatting, she has every reason to eliminate it.

  • Sapientia

    Ehren’s a dude…But I got ya. xD

  • Mihel

    Oh I was thinking about Erren…
    SAME DIFFERENCE

  • Sapientia

    Pfft, yeah.

  • Mihel

    “Lumina…she looks like a pre-pubescent version of Serah!”
    I thought Serah already looked pre-pubescent. In FFXIII at least.
    I’d say Lumina looks like a pre-teen version of Serah. She’s probably a troll.

  • zeke

    i dont know i like erren better haha JK they are all cool

  • Sapientia

    I don’t even know why we’re talking about Erren and Ehren. xD
    Don’t mind us silly fools. 😛

  • Izzy

    I loved this outfit at first but now after seeing that seductive pose, no thank you.

  • Ehren Rivers

    We are… quite different, as a matter of fact.

  • miss chel

    The outfit is cute on her, you see. The pose is just not.

  • miss chel

    That’s not the point. The point is they chose to exploit her character in this manner. It’s disappointing.

  • miss chel

    Ugh, here it is again, the “dress-up” statement. Kinda sick of hearing this again and again. As if it’s a negative term or something.

  • Sapientia

    It’s not like she’s some stripper out in the streets. This was an outfit that existed before LR. If you think it was chosen to “exploit her character” than what are the original Miq’ote girls to you? It’s an outfit, it’s not changing her entire personality. I don’t care about any ol’ victory pose either, and considering no one is forcing you to wear it, I don’t see the problem.

  • Sapientia

    Shit, they saw us!
    xD

  • Scisanietun

    To me the pose look as if shes being sarcastic which i think is very lightning.

  • LightningF

    Tell me about it. Such hypocrisy is astounding to me; but whatever, if they want to look like idiots then who am I to stop them?

  • LightningF

    Ehren is like my go to source for info which isn’t included on the disk for XIII-2 xD

  • LightningF

    Aw… The cape had to come in the way xD

    I hate you guardian corps for making her wear that cape now. >:(

  • William Bartee

    i hope they have added her valhalia costume as well

  • miss chel

    Yes, it’s the player’s choice to choose whatever the heck they want their Lightning to wear. But let’s be honest here, it is degrading to /her/ image. And when I meant this it’s because it’s out of her character, and they chose to advertise this for her and it affects her character’s image. A consistent image is important for a strong fictional character. I think the outfit is cute, I like it. The pose though is an entirely different thing because it’s a physical action done by the character. It’s rather different than making her wear something sexy like this but still having a pose containing her personality.

    The pose suits the Miqo’te girls because it’s an element of their convention as a race. For Lightning, it’s not. You’re right, the outfits won’t destroy what she stands up for as a character. But when they advertised her in that pose it is clearly, in fact, sexualizing and demeaning to her image. The devs themselves said that it doesn’t suit her character at all, then why did they still include it? The heck does that even imply?

    I’ve been pretty open-minded about her other quite revealing outfits including this one, but the pose was too much. People have the right to react to this negatively.

  • OmegaSin

    How fucking dumb.

  • zeke

    Wait who is the one that mainly puts all the news about the XIII series? never mind im talking about Ehren.:P

  • Ryuukishi

    Supposedly it’s a bonus for having a FF13-2 save on your console.

  • Ryuukishi

    I lost so much time in Saints Row 3 and Sleeping Dogs just messing around playing dress up with my character, so this game is going to be like crack for me.

  • Ksar

    NEW TRAILER GUYS !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • artemisthemp

    So any word on how to obtain it?

  • Storm2356

    If that happens to be the case, I’m gonna be pretty happy, considering that I’m gonna preorder this. Seeing as costumes are going to be an important part of the game, starting with two extra ones could be advantageous.

  • Storm2356

    I’ll agree agree that XIII-2 wasn’t the best, but it was okay. Still, I think you should wait and see what else they give us. Who knows? They might have more costumes you like, and even though I don’t know what you think about the gameplay, it might end up looking better to you. =)

  • Pekola

    I realize that this is entirely optional. But what was the thought process behind giving her this particular outfit? Doesn’t XIV have more choices that would suit her more? I’d like to think that it was chosen out of popularity and not merely some element of titillation.

    No, I’m not going to scream my lungs out or boycott the game, but I still think this is somewhat sketchy. I guess it’s okay as long as it’s “meta”. Still, it sort of gives me a strange feeling I can’t exactly explain.

    If a character is all about being sexy or provocative then that’s cool. But that’s not Lightning. And as much as I want this game, some arbitrary decisions made by the team seem a bit…questionable.

    All that said, I’d be happy if anyone could answer this question: Is it possible to -not- have to change outfits around? or do you miss anything by not doing so?

  • Sapientia

    Let’s be honest here, that’s your opinion. I don’t think it’s degrading at all. I know who Lightning is as a character, and I’m not offended by this. I think it’s kind of a funny reference to FFXIV, and I doubt this is going to change many people’s opinions about whether they’re going to buy this game or not. To me, it seems that using the whole “boobs sell” isn’t going to do much for Lightning Returns. People already know her character. Sure, there might be a few who become more interested because of this outfit, but really? Like it’s going to move thousands of men (or women, I suppose) to buy this game? I just don’t understand. As soon as she has an outfit that’s even a bit more revealing than what she’s worn before, it’s degrading. In my opinion, it’s kind of cute, and I’ll probably wear it for a good laugh, but it was included for the Go There campaign…you know, to promote FFXIV:ARR, LR, FFX/X-2…? It’s a Miq’ote canon victory pose. I never said you didn’t have any right, so I’m not sure what your last comment was aiming for. Like I said before, don’t use the outfit if it bothers you that much.

  • Sapientia

    Lol. Don’t be like that. xD

  • Sapientia

    Sleeping Dogs, ahhhh. Best decision by SE to pick that game up. I always had Wei in the black suit and glasses. So badass.

  • Ryuukishi

    I was partial to the aviator sunglasses and cowboy hat. There’s a new sheriff in town!

  • Rayneth Leung

    yh i can’t explain the feeling either it is sorta a bit iffyish i kept the anger to myself but regardless it just bothers me it’s puzzling

  • Rayneth Leung

    otherwise cringe giyaaaaahhhh shivel shriek faint x_x

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