Lightning Returns European pre-order bonuses announced By Erren Van Duine on July 2, 2013 at 5:50 AM

Not ones to be left out, Square Enix Europe has revealed their lineup of pre-order items for Lightning Returns as well.

Two key initiatives are planned and include:

PRE-ORDER BONUS PACK:
Limited edition Steelbook including downloadable content token – giving access to the iconic gear of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, including the legendary Buster Sword and Soldier’s Band! Cloud’s famous victory pose and fanfare have also been faithfully recreated!
The downloadable content will be available to use for those who receive the Pre-Order Bonus Pack, on launch of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Specific abilities that come with the Cloud outfit and weapon will be announced at a later time.

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LIGHTNING SAMURAI SET:
Themed around the renowned samurai warriors, each garb in this three-set collection offers unique looks and abilities. Includes “Shogun”, “Sohei Savior” and “Flower of Battle” items. Defeat your enemies with the honor of the samurai!

Bonuses will be available through specific retailers across PAL territories when the game launches on February 14, 2014.

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  • Jorge Greenwood

    So they built that girl being a female cloud with a similar background (and I mean, the first fight with the scorpion robot was just a blatant copy of VII first fight) so now they are just saying what the hell, is not like she could be more unlikeable than she already is… could she?

  • Blake

    I’m guessing that the Steelbook is an EU exclusive :

  • Erren Van Duine

    Correct.

  • Sapientia

    Copy? How about reference?

  • Blake

    Hopefully the pack will be on Amazon Germany like the FFXIII-2 one was!

  • Pekola

    That is a horrible steelbook case, I’m sorry.

    I mean look at that, they just got the default render image for Lighting and slapped her on another artwork’s background—that’s entry level photoshop right there.

    Also, what the heck is up with the NA box art? The EU one is the most decent one to date. So frustrating.

    I don’t care if I get downvoted, but Square pls. Stop letting interns make your box arts lol.

  • Mihel

    She could have amnesia, a lovestory, and be all grieving like typical FF protagonists.

    …I wish Cloud punched in the face his companions like Lightning does with Snow

  • Sapientia

    I’m pretty sure that’s not the box art. I think there’s one for Japan, which has the blue stuff in the background, and the one for NA, which is the more simple one, with a bit of blurred clock face behind Lightning…

  • Sapientia

    Aerith could have used a punch so she would stop whining IMO.

  • Mihel

    That too.

    Actually, I like your idea better.

  • Pekola

    The three box arts have already been revealed. Which makes me wonder what’s up with SE NA and their box design.

    The NA one is the one with the background blur. The JP one which is Lighting’s face with the Crystal particles and the blue clock behind her. The EU is Lighting from the waist up, with the blue crystal particles and JP background.

    Here’s the EU ones: http://abload.de/img/90df22cb62785b1980061yssau.jpg

  • Sapientia

    I wonder…since FFXIII-2 had the hook-up with Ubisoft to get an Asassin’s Creed: Revelations outfit for Noel, if Lightning will have some type of AC:III or AC:IV outfit for promotional purposes. And my opinion still stands: I want a Bayonetta 1 or 2 outfit sooo bad…with pink-haired wicked weaves at the end of a spell. xD

  • Sapientia

    Yeah, it’s different, like I said. :P

  • Noctis Caelum

    okay have to pre-order it, just like in FF XIII-2.

    I mean 4 bonus Outfits, a Steelbook and the game itself that’s good for 60 €.

  • LightningF

    Lmao, totally agree.

  • Guest

    Does anyone know if

  • LightningF

    At least NA gets it 3 days earlier.

  • NewestType

    Actually, the FIRST fight in FF7 was against 2 shinra train station guards…

  • Hedge

    Ah, that makes it easier for me not to decide to pre-order. I hate steelcases as I always throw them out anyway, and.. Clouds outfit? No thanks. I’m not that nostalgic, and it’s not like his outfit was all that well-designed. Too bad this releases in 2014. Not sure I’ll have my PS3 by then anymore. Ah well.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Won’t be surprised. I got the Metal Gear Rising one that way.

  • kamikki

    Does this mean that lightning gets Omnislash? :o
    Yo SQenix, make me a Lightning Kuja outfit pls :p

  • Ehren Rivers

    I hope that Samurai set comes to the US too. Don’t want to miss out~

  • Anime10121

    If they gave Light an Omnislash move, I would literally $hit bricks! I’m not the biggest Cloud fan or FFVII fan for that matter (while I liked the game, its nowhere near the holy grail of jrpg’s like people make it out to be), even I have to admit his Omnislash was badA, though it still aint got nothing on Squall’s Lion Heart!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlRnnVF7QmE

  • Ehren Rivers

    According to Siliconera (and I have no idea where they’re getting their information from, to be honest, so take it with a brick of salt) Lightning is getting Cloud’s Braver limit as an attack. They also claim the equipment parts come with these abilities:

    “Soldier 1st armor – increases damaging when you hit an enemy with specific timing
    Buster Sword – lets easily knockout enemies
    Soldier’s Band – increases HP”

    So I suppose if they’re right (despite their awful grammar), that would mean other decorational accessories might have abilities too. I wasn’t sure if costumes would have passive abilities in-built, but I was certainly hoping.

  • Anime10121

    Really? Out of all of the vast multitude of attacks they could give Light from Cloud, they give him BRAVER? For those who’ve never seen the move or dont remember it, its this one

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLnQC3XXZIw

    Oh well, at least the costume looks good on her :)

    Oh and if they are correct about decorational accessories having abilities, WOOHOO!! That sounds potentially amazing, depending upon how far they let us customize Light!

  • Ehren Rivers

    I think it’s because Braver is easily recognizable, and unlike Cross Slash it wouldn’t necessarily have to be a super attack. I feel like there’s an element still being kept secret from us, though… They still won’t answer me when I ask them if it’s possible to upgrade the innate abilities or stats of a Garb/Wear.

  • Anime10121

    Damn that delay!!! I NEED this game in November!

    Square and their broken promises :(

  • kamikki

    Yeah, I’m hoping that you can level up the costumes, hopefully they make Omnislash a Stagger move or something. On another note, was Lightning “equipped” with breast implants, or am I imagining things?

  • Ehren Rivers

    No, she was not equipped with breast implants. You aren’t quite imagining things either, though. When they went to make Lightning Returns they rebuilt her entire character model from scratch. When comparing the two, they said they had re-porportioned her to the point that her breasts went from a Japanese C to a Japanese D. My understanding is that JP C is roughly US B/BB, and that JP D is US C. So, her bust went up somewhere between a half and whole size. It’s not noticeable in every costume, and is most noticeable in her default which has that thick, tight leather breastplate.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I seriously considered buying the JP version even though I won’t be able to understand ANYTHING.

  • LightningF

    Oops, could you tell I slipped them in her bra while she was “dormant” at the end of FFXIII-2?

  • LightningF

    Lol the thing is, they never do provide a reliable source. They just love to spew any random thought that comes into their mind and spread it as fact.

    If ANYONE is ever a soldier in a video game and seems “cold” at first, they will automatically call it a clone of cloud despite the differences outweighing the similarities by a billion times.

  • kamikki

    If so, I’m all for it :)

  • Sapientia

    There is too much truth in your comment for haters to compute. xD And don’t forget: GOD FORBID a character have spiky hair! I mean, one tiny misplaced hair that vaguely resembles a pointy hair strand and… “CLOUD CLOWN CLONE, hurr hurr!” But eh, whatever. They’re all badass, gravity-defying hair or not. If people want to fight over what character copied what, that’s fine. I’ll just continue my search for some type of hair product that will allow my hair to practically stick straight out. :)

  • Sapientia

    Yeah, I don’t remember a giant scorpion robot as FFVII’s first fight…it wasn’t that epic in the 90s. :P

  • Sapientia

    To be fair, the JP version IS releasing this year. Japanese people first. :P

  • Sapientia

    Very convenient, that “thick, tight leather breastplate.” xD

  • Ehren Rivers

    That’s kind of the point. Square Enix originally promised a simultaneous worldwide release, the broken promise to which Anime refers. They delayed for a good reason, but it was still not the original plan.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Thee WAS a fight against a giant, scorpion-like robot pretty early though. It was the first boss (or miniboss, if you prefer). It’s still just an homage though, as I believe Toriyama mentioned that the opening scene with the train was one of the hardest parts of Final Fantasy VII and they wanted to show how far they’d come.

  • LightningF

    Lmao xD Tell me about it. Then when you have proved your point, they usually come back saying SE said this themselves, which they still to this day have not provided me with a link for. And LOL at the strand of hair part! It’s so damn true as well that it gets to a point where its even more ridiculous than them crying over a FFVII remake for 19 trillion years. If they think Lightning is Cloud’s clone, they better check their email cuz they’re really not up to date.

    Also,I don’t think you’re gonna find gel which will actually keep your hair as “erect” as Clouds for more than about 0.0001 seconds >_<

  • LightningF

    Does anybody know if they’re livestreaming the Japan Expo and what time they’re doing the LR stuff? If someone has this info.. Help a brother in need (me) xD and post the link :P THANKS!

  • artemisthemp

    Have anyone been able to locate a Pre order pack in EU?
    So far I only manage to find Samurai Pack ad Amazon.co.uk

  • Vanessa Randall

    gamestop in Ireland are not getting that because i pre-order mine and it doesn’t evening come with dlc your just getting the game nothing else with it