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Pre-order Lightning Returns to get Cloud’s uniform and Buster Sword By Erren Van Duine on July 2, 2013 at 4:39 AM

Oft touted since her original reveal to be a female version of Cloud, Square Enix has today made that dream a reality.

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The inclusion of over 80 costumes in Lightning Returns has granted Square Enix this one-of-a-kind opportunity ahead of the game’s release and thankfully, it won’t be putting a dent in your wallet. Those who pre-order the game in North America will gain access to the Cloud Strife DLC – free of charge, of course.

Lightning will be able to don Cloud Strife’s Solider 1st Class uniform, Buster Sword, and Solider Band. Not only that, but wearing Cloud’s costume will give Lightning special access to the classic victory fanfare music and pose – an oddity in the XIII universe for sure. Square Enix has put together a little trailer to show off the DLC set and give you an idea of what you may be getting yourself into when the game releases come February 11, 2014.

Those interested in pre-ordering can do so through here. In addition to Cloud’s outfit DLC, Amazon is currently offering a $10 credit with purchase.

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  • DanteJones

    It’s oddly fitting. :p I’d like to see how she looks in his Advent Children version, too.

  • She is literally the female version of Cloud now. I would play the entire game in that costume so it feels like I’m playing a current gen FF with Cloud.

  • She is literally the female version of Cloud now. I would play the entire game in that costume so it feels like I’m playing a current gen FF with Cloud.

  • Tom
  • Faith

    Only for PS3? :(

  • caBooOm

    VII was PsOne

  • surakian

    Really SE. Oh my god. They finally made it official. AND the outfit still looks better than everything else she’s been shown in so far.

  • LightningF

    OMG AMAZING Eventhough I despise cloud! What about the CE though? Any news on that Ehren the all knowing xD?

  • Sam

    Hmm, wonder what Angeal would say seeing that Lightning is wielding his sword now?…oh yeah :p
    He’d say “Lightning, embrace your dreams, if you want to be a hero, you need to have dreams….and honor”

  • Sapientia

    Saw the email at 4:00 in the morning, got the hell up.
    This. Is. AWESOME. And I bet my favorite socks there will be an Advent Children costume, too.

  • Mihel

    Looked hideous on FFVII and looks hideous now.

    Well, since Yuna and Cloud outfits are confirmed, I wish we’d get all other FF protagonists outifits too. Terra’s one would be pretty cool.

  • Mihel

    Advent Children outfit would look better than the FFVII one imo. Less baggy trousers and better accessories.

  • Storm

    The in-game graphics looks bad in this video. It’s strange, because the demo, and other screens, featured good graphics, lol.

  • miss chel

    I found this to be strange as well, even the recent batch of screens that came out were looking great.

  • miss chel

    Honestly, the outfit suits her so well, but that’s not the point. The idea is off-putting to me, even though it’s going to be optional to equip.

  • Faith

    I mean the uniform content is only for PS3? 😀

  • NewestType

    So will tge samurai equip be coming in this set? If not, I will buy the European version instead…

  • Nokuto

    This is the best thing ever.

  • FinalFantisiac

    Pretty awesome, if you ask me. Don’t know where the hate for this is coming from.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I would prefer Clouds outfit from Advent Children, that shit was AWESOME! (add high pitch opera voice for awesome)

  • Protosin

    What the hell… Is it bad that I’m actually considering buying the game now?

  • Erren Van Duine

    I don’t think there is one this time. Usually they announce that stuff all at once.

  • LightningF

    Aw that sucks… Better pre-order it now then :(

  • Sapientia

    Because of a Cloud costume? That’s it?

  • Sapientia

    I think the FFVII fanboys are raging because Lightning gets Cloud’s uniform outfit in HD.
    I’m reading comments on YouTube, and all it is is “FINAL FANTASY VII HD REMAKE, NOT DIS SHIT.”
    Seriously, how has the Final Fantasy fanbase fallen this far? >.>

  • Micah

    Did anybody else notice that the Cactuar turned into a crystal after Lightning defeated it…?

  • FinalFantisiac

    *Chuckle* Exactly.

  • LightningF

    Yeah I saw that too :o!

  • LightningF

    LOL I just read those too. Just because she gets ONE outfit, they whine about not getting VII remake. So pathetic I tell yee!

  • LightningF

    Probably the video quality. Youtube always makes their videos look crap xD

  • LightningF

    How do you get them to send emails? :o! I have to google it and come here every 5 seconds xD

  • NikkiCola

    Did I just pre-order this?
    Why yes, yes I did.
    Happiness 😀

  • zeke

    im still waiting for the collectors or and other edition

  • DarmusXIII

    Aww lol im allready getting the digital version hopefully its available on psn :( most likely not

  • Ehren Rivers

    Well, I’m quite pleased with this. I would still prefer her in the Advent Children outfit with the Advent Children multisword, but Cloud’s outfit actually looks kind of neat (if unfitting) in PS3 graphics. I too noticed that the Cactuar turns into a crystal, and am a little confused because it seemed almost to be shaped like Vanille’s l’Cie Crystarium crystal. Almost… Somewhere between Snow and Vanille’s.

    I would get this just for the music though, to be honest. I wonder if it’s JUST when you wear it, or if you can change victory themes at will.

  • blade

    Is this pre-order bonus only or will be available to purchase as separate DLC after the game releases?

  • Ehren Rivers

    No word on that to my knowledge, but the preorder bonus DLC for XIII-2 was all made available later so I’d imagine the same rule applies.

  • ultromega

    Awesome! Since we’re still months away from the release though, I’m going to wait and see if a collector’s edition pops up… there HAS to be one. It’s the finale of the trilogy… come on! :)

    So… in the case that there truly is no collector’s edition to be released, would there still be a possibility of varying pre-order bonuses depending on the retailer? (just like XIII-2)

  • Ehren Rivers

    I haven’t heard anything (or been able to find anything) other than what has been posted here. No “steel box” edition was announced for the US, and I’ve not heard anything about a Collector’s Edition.

    That is definitely possible though.

  • ultromega

    There are fans and then there are entitled gamers. The latter will always find something to complain about. :(

  • Ehren Rivers

    …I would dearly like to link to a particular moment of the atrocious cartoon “Shin-chan”, in which Laura Bailey (voice of Serah) plays an obscene little boy. In the aforementioned moment, they sing about what it means to be a man. To have honor. Honor, and… Something else.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yeah, I’d trust Erren on this for sure. I mean, there’s always a chance but I just haven’t been around long enough to know Square Enix’s edition-announcement habits. 😛

  • Ehren Rivers

    I think she would look FANTASTIC in his Advent Children costume, but I also kind of morbid want to see her in his KH1 clothes. You know, that outfit that looks like his clothes and Vincent’s tried to run away and get married in one of the more tolerant states.

  • Ehren Rivers

    As LightningF said, a lot of this probably has to do with video quality. They probably also made a build specifically to use the outfit, since it’s not in the game natively, which may account for some of the weirdness. Or, it could be they ran into sudden optimization issues I suppose.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I haven’t seen any mention of the Samurai Set, no. But then again, Europe got a bunch of extra DLC free with XIII-2 that popped up on the marketplace later so they could be getting a similar deal this time around.

  • Sam

    Honor and……dreams!!! dreams! hahaha

  • Sam

    Honor and……dreams!!! dreams! hahaha

  • miss chel

    This is why I think it’s a bad idea imo. It ignited the hate fuel again.

  • LightningF

    There isn’t this time *bursts in to tears*
    I read it on the SE EN website just after Erren told me :( So disappointed..

  • Sapientia

    You might as well say that Lightning Returns was a bad idea. It ignited the hate fuel for the series…again…for the third time. -_-

  • Sapientia

    I’m just subscribed to the feed of the site.
    Also, you know you can favorite the page, or even make it reaaally simple and just type in “www.novacrystallis.com”…?

  • LightningF

    Oh cool :) and, how do you do that *embarrassed face* xD

  • miss chel

    Entirely different thing. If they gave Lightning Squall’s outfit or the Seed uniform it wouldn’t garner this much attention and hate, for sure. But I guess that’s one of the outfit’s reveal’s purposes, to gain huge immediate attention.

  • NewestType

    Thanks for the reply. Thats fine as well. I will just wait for the PSN updates then. Still kind of secretly holding out hope for the Dissidia costumes(I’m sad)

  • Ehren Rivers

    It might also interest you to know that I learned Europe (specifically the Nordic Edition) is getting SIX Samurai costumes, not three. Three are for pre-ordering, and three (plus Cloud’s stuff) automatically come with the Nordic Edition. With XIII-2, all of the Nordic Edition DLC eventually popped up on the US PSN.

    Also, I believe I saw you comment on another site saying that Lightning was getting the Braver limit as one of her battle skills. If that was you, would you be willing to provide a source for me? Or is it because of that flip jump she does, which looks like it could potentially be an updated Braver animation?

  • ultromega

    Just a thought… since Lightning is getting this Cloud outfit, how awesome would it be if you could fight against Sephiroth in the Coliseum? :)

  • Ehren Rivers

    It would certainly be cool, but I dunno if they’d do it.

  • NewestType

    Oh Wow. The boiled down specifics of pre-ordering are more complex than I thought. Regarding the braver, I put 2 articles together to kind of come up with an assumption. 1 Site was saying the costume will provide special abilities with the Armor(Not sure which piece). And after seeing the video I assumed that was the Braver ability she was givin.

  • Ehren Rivers

    All right, thanks for the clarification. :)

  • Pekola

    For those wondering about collectors editions, apparently there’s not going to be one.

    http://eu.square-enix.com/en/blog/pre-order-goodies-lightning-returns-cloud-strife-gear-samurai-awesomeness

    Check the comments in that link. Kind of sad :(

    Also, lots of people are raging about the costume. Must be hard being so salty about the direction of the series lol.

  • Pekola

    Well it worked, now everyone’s talking about the game lol.

  • Pekola

    The Final Fantasy fanbase tends to be really crappy.

    Half of the complaints aren’t even objective.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Ah well, it’s not like I needed one. They usually come with Amano art cases or music discs I buy the tracks for online anyway.

    And yes, it must be. But then again, some people can put a lot of effort into pointless hate and ragetears with their lack of social lives or worthwhile hobbies.

  • Pekola

    I happen to think Nomura is one of the most sensitive people regarding the clothes equality movement.

    He don’t discriminate zippers and belts. The Velcro community is still often erased or fetishized, but small steps…

  • Ehren Rivers

    Have to agree with you there. That’s why I often avoid comments sections and forums that aren’t here. I’ve been putting up with pointless freakouts and unbelievable complaints since VIII, and it’s a little tiresome at this point.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Bahahahaha, yes indeedy. 😛 I do like Nomura’s design, generally, I was just sayin’. That particular outfit is just, well. Interesting. 😛

    I’m actually a little sad they opted to use Roen’s designs for XV, and I’m hoping Nomura will surprise with a few more new outfits for Lighting.

    How do you think Lightning would look in a Orgnization XIII coat?

  • ultromega

    The comment in that link: “There are no plans to release a Collector’s Edition for this game.”

    Hmm… I guess that makes sense. They would’ve announced a collector’s edition at the same time as the pre-order bonus. I was hoping that Square Enix was just waiting for the right time to announce it, like at the Tokyo Game Show or some other event. Oh well.

  • Sapientia

    A lil’ off-topic here, but WHAT is so bad about FFVIII?!?! Seriously? I mean, I can understand some people’s dislike of FFXIII, but what don’t people like about FFVIII? I love it! I actually think the “weird” battle system is quite cool~

  • Ehren Rivers

    Who knows how these people’s minds work? Battle system complaints, character issues, story misunderstandings. It’s the same story every time. And quite sad, considering that after Final Fantasy XII I’d say VIII is my favorite.

  • LGFFan

    the thing that mainly annoys me about this, is how they can create Clouds Attire with perfection(i think it looks amazing) yet they fail to deliver the good of even a super slow process of a remake, SE are breaking my balls.