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Toriyama and Kitase talk dungeons, difficulty, and returning characters By Ehren Rivers on July 24, 2013 at 2:43 PM

 

In a recently posted interview on Finaland, Director Toriyama and Producer Kitase covered a number of subjects regarding Lightning Returns. They posted a version of the interview in English, as it turns out, so we didn’t need to translate it at all. Credit goes to community member Ksar for finding the original French interview. Several translation errors were fixed and missing words re-added. Since the interview doesn’t mention who answers what questions, both Toriyama and Kitase will siply be denoted “T & K”.

Finaland: Do you see Snow as the new Don Corneo for Lightning Returns?
T & K: Don Corneo is a bit of mafia boss and he was quite a baddy. He was not a really nice guy. Snow, in Lightning Returns, is a big boss but he controls a lot of commodities because he’s Yusnaan’s mayor. He’s a top man. He works very hard to make sure that other staff distribute fairly to other people who need it so he’s not a bad person.

Finaland: Does Lightning Returns offer more challenges to the players than the previous episodes of FFXIII, such as the different Bosses in the Coliseum of FFXIII-2?
T & K: 
In Lightning Returns, there are contents designed for casual or beginning gamers, and for experienced gamers. About what you can see in game, there are some dungeons but in order to enter, you have to meet some conditions first. That is quite difficult itself. When you enter the dungeon, you will see that you have to be very clever, be very skilled to get through.

Finaland: After the release of Lightning Returns, will you join and help Nomura-san’s team for FFXV or will you begin to think about a whole new Final Fantasy?
T & K: 
Many people haven’t made up their mind yet. CGI designers team for example will be transferred to FFXV team so they will work on the FFXV team. But people like game designers, programmers, their future is still blank. They may actually contribute to FFXV project but we don’t know yet.

Caius is considered as one the most powerful and badass characters from the Final Fantasy saga, will we see him again in Lightning Returns?
T & K: 
If you played XIII-2, we know he wasn’t completely dead, he wasn’t completely gone. He will be obviously one of the key characters for the last story of Lightning. At the moment, he’s one of the mysteries. He’s going to make an appearance as a key person in Lightning Returns.

Finaland: Can you please tell us more about the social and online features of the game?
T & K: 
Remember in XIII-2, you can upload your in-game progress on Facebook. We decided to take it another step further. In LR, you can take screenshots of your gameplay and you can upload it directly from your console to Facebook or Twitter. That’s one thing. And another key feature in the game is how to dress up Lightning. You can give her a different outfit, change color, and give a different combination of accessories so you can create your own version of Lightning. You can capture and upload it on social network. Also you can check your friend’s gameplay as well: They will appear in game as an NPC. Talk to them and you can find out what they have posted on their game. And there is another thing which is very interesting; You will also be able to exchange items with a friend via SMS or Social Network but it is difficult to explain without actual gameplay to show. So please stay connected for more information.

Finaland: We recently met sir Hideo Baba, producer of the Tales series, and he said he admires the Final Fantasy series a lot. How about you, what is your feeling towards competing JRPGs?
T& K: 
We’re excited to be here at Japan Expo. Japan Expo is obviously about Japanese cultures and their games. So we can see a lot of Japanese games being introduced and talk about. Last month we were at Los Angeles for E3 but we also visited E3 almost every year and several years ago, I think JRPG game presented wasn’t the main thing than this year. There were fewer games to talk about. Rather than competing, we’re hand-in-hand in order to come back to the main stage again. Other than that, if we release our game on the same release window, obviously there is some challenge and some competition. But otherwise we’re all part of the same culture.

Finaland: The Lightning Saga is reaching its end. What are your biggest satisfactions and regrets?
T & K: 
It’s our first experience to produce a trilogy on the same generation console. So that is an achievement. Now I think that about the fact that Lightning has been so popular so we were very excited and happy about that.

We haven’t a lot of regrets because, we had to produce 3 games in a short specific time but if you put all three developments together, it was quite difficult to keep it up. So I think it was very hard for the staff so a big challenge.

Finaland: Lightning Returns will close the Lightning Saga. Can we suppose that there will be a link between the saga and FFXV since both of them are a part of Fabula Nova Crystallis?
T & K: 
Maybe you can ask the same question to Nomura-san directly. As you may know, Lightning Returns and FFXV share the same mythology so in that sense, yes. The concept is the same. However the characters and the world (Gran Pulse, Cocoon, Nova Chrysalia) from Lightning Returns will not appear in FFXV. Some of gods and goddesses might be shared in FFXV.

Finaland: We can see Lightning wearing Cloud’s suit in Lightning Returns, could we see her using special abilities related to her suits, like Omnislash?
T & K: 
Omnislash won’t be featured. However, there will be some Cloud-like abilities that Lightning will use. Also, if you watched the video, you probably notice when she won a battle the victory fanfare from FFVII played when she’s wearing Cloud’s costume. And also what she says, her spoken line in the end of a combat, will not be Cloud speaking but kind of something that Cloud would say. That’s the connection between these two characters.

FInaland: Finally, have you been inspired by our drawing about Lightning wearing Cloud’s soldier first class suit?
T & K: 
Yes, you presented an artwork last time we met at our Europe Tour. There was a time we had to decide about what kind of costume we needed to prepare for Lightning for this game. Because of the illustration you presented, we have confirmed that fans would love to see her in a Cloud costume so it helped us to make the decision.

We came over to Europe after the Tour, other footages were shown to all the team members, the development staff. Also we uploaded your illustration in an internal website as well so we shared all the information we experienced and people could express what they think.

There is a possibility that we want to feature your illustration in a Strategy guide as a bonus. It’s a possibility.

Finaland: Can you please tell us more about the Coliseum in Lightning Returns?
T & K: 
In XIII-2, Colosseum was for DLC. But in LR, it’s a feature included in the main game. You can visit it in Yusnaan. There is also an area you can fight against monsters . Other than a location, it is a part of a quest.

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  • Ksar

    Great news. I didn’t know about your french skills ^^

  • Ehren Rivers

    My French isn’t very good. Actually, the Finaland site has their own English-translated interview. However, their English isn’t very good ether so they left out many words and used things in the wrong tenses and so on. I used my minimal French to (somewhat) repair the language gap, that’s all. :)

  • Nokuto

    I’m glad to hear that the Coliseum is included in the main game. In XIII-2, if you didn’t buy any of the DLC boss fights, the Coliseum would be an empty world, which I think is a waste.

  • Ochibi

    The interview were in English so we did everything in english. It was the transcription by the translator and then I translated into french :)

  • Storm

    My friends as NPCs? I wonder how they will look XD.

  • LightningF

    They will look ugly compared to me. Trust me, I always make the prettiest VG characters.

    Even in Saints Row 3 xD

  • Sothe Zephyr

    That header……………………………………………

    ANYWAY! Great interview! Very pleased to know that Caius will be making a (physical?) appearance 😀 Very nice interview i must say! Got me pumped up again!

  • Ehren Rivers

    Either way, the English in the interview was incredibly broken. I had to by-hand translate the French version as a result, to find out what the missing words and so on were. I’m a little confused on how it got that way if the original interview was in English, to be honest, but all righty.

  • Ochibi

    Japanese accent you know haha.

  • Sapientia

    Jesus Christ, Ehren. That damn picture…seeing the notification at like 3 in the morning and clicking on it (look, it’s LR-related, okay?) and seeing Caius’s eye LOOKING at me like that…scared the crap out of me…I’ve been thinking that all day until I had the chance to sit down at a computer…
    Anyways, this is exciting news…I really want Caius to be on Lightning’s side as an ally. I mean, that would be…just…oh, god. PERFECT.

  • FinalFantisiac

    Quite intriguing, this. My excitement for LR: FF13 is already at max and anymore news would certainly make some part of me hemorrhage with joy.

    Ow.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Hahaha, I was torn between using this, or one of Caius holding Yeul. I chose the creepier of the two. 😛

  • M. Ziab

    Omg, this gave me a great idea.

    When they say the conclusion of the Lightning Saga, does that mean no more games for the saga at all, or for the current generation?

    I would love to see more games featuring, well maybe Caius as a playable character. Caius is just so epic he needs to be given more attention.

  • Sapientia

    AAAAH.
    You have guided me to the light at the end of the tunnel…I never even thought of that…honestly, I wouldn’t mind an entirely new game simply for Caius, Yeul, and Noel…sort of like a survival-type game where you have to keep track of supplies while still being a JRPG. Honestly, how does Noel look so good for the last human on Pulse? xD

  • Sapientia

    By the way, I just found this video today…I can’t wait to control Lightning again in LR…I’ve missed her. :(
    No offense, Serah. xD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mJPTuzJhx8

  • Mihel

    “FInaland: Finally, have you been inspired by our drawing about Lightning wearing Cloud’s soldier first class suit?
    T & K: Yes […] Because of the illustration you presented, we have confirmed that fans would love to see her in a Cloud costume”

    Haha so Finaland’s the culprit for Cloud outfit!

  • ultromega

    I was more surprised about how outgoing and friendly Noel was. You’d think that he would be more closed off and hesitant to talk to other people. I guess he wasn’t completely isolated in the future, but that always seemed strange to me.

    Noel in the latest trailer for LR is more along the lines of what I expected him to be like in XIII-2.

  • Ochibi

    In fact, it was FFDream idea, not ours haha

  • Mihel

    Ok, so they are the culprits I shall unleash my fury upon.

    I joke, even if I don’t like it, I have nothing against Cloud costume.
    Actually, at first I thought I’d never use Cloud and Miqote costumes because I think the first is ugly and the second is silly; but I think I will use them if they give good stat boosts or grant new skills/perks.

  • Mihel

    Ok, so they are the culprits I shall unleash my fury upon.

    I joke, even if I don’t like it, I have nothing against Cloud costume.
    Actually, at first I thought I’d never use Cloud and Miqote costumes because I think the first is ugly and the second is silly; but I think I will use them if they give good stat boosts or grant new skills/perks.

  • Mihel

    Even space-time guardians have conjunctivitis.

  • Panos Dek

    Totally agree with you!!! Caius is the best villain in the entire FF history!!! He should be playable or at least be given more attention! I really wish we could see him again after LR! Maybe a prequel game with Fang and Vanille and Caius in the War of Transgression!!! GOD, SQUARE PLEASE MAKE THAT HAPPEN!!! xD

  • Panos Dek

    You seriously must be the most fanatically fanatical XIII player in the world!!! 😛 I mean even if that image is just awsome you make it sound like AWSOME!!! I mean really! When I bought XIII I was always reading bad comments and recieving offensive replies for my favorite game! Now I’m so happy to see that there are many who actually adore this epicness!!!
    Caius + Lightning = Best of the XIII Series!!! Thank you SE!!! 😀

  • Panos Dek

    Well as you know, he thinks that he is the reason of the destruction of time and the world, because he killed Caius and without knowing Serah too. So being a villain, acting unreasonably now is somehow logical. I can’t wait to cross swords with him! (Noel throwing Meteor Javelin while blocking… Must be epic)!!!

  • Panos Dek

    Caius…!!!!!!!!!! -END OF COMMENT-

  • Anime10121

    http://youtu.be/6JL_78CzE6A

    Child of miracles, traveller of time, guided by Etro, listen to me. I am the badA mofo Caius.

    Who is the man, that killed a Farron with his plan? Caius 😛

  • Anime10121

    I’d rather have the other Farron, but ill take Light, as long as she’s given proper character development besides ex military badass (FFXIII), or like a God badass (FFXIII-2). I want them, since the whole game is focusing on Light, to give her some real development. Give Light her happy ending, but also give me more reason to care.

  • Panos Dek

    CAIUS!!! Best villain ever!!!!!!!!!

  • Callan Walsh

    “You will also be able to exchange items with a friend via SMS or Social Network”
    Too bad I am the only person who plays it, none of my friends like FF :O

  • DarmusXIII

    xD add me than i have no prob that is if ur getting the english version

  • DarmusXIII

    ok so i have a question will most returning characters be wearing the same thing for example noel fang etc. fang is stiil an exception since she was chrystallized and all, but noel????

  • Ehren Rivers

    They already talked about this, a little, and have said that Noel just “looks evil” as compared to characters who have gotten new appearances. Noel’s clothing appears to be darker, with stuff like his blue pants being closer to black. Hope’s back in his outfit from the first game basically, but his major change is his apparent age.

    And no, Fang is not an exception. We don’t know when Fang woke up from crystal sleep, but it was long ago enough that she’s made a whole bandit troupe. There are probably any number of justifications for the various characters to keep their old clothes, too. Since it sounds like most of the character models are being built from the ground up like Lightning’s was, there’s almost certainly a reason.

  • Erren Van Duine

    They’re not rebuilding the other character models.

  • ultromega

    So only Lightning and Snow(?) got new models? Was this due to time constraints?

  • Erren Van Duine

    Probably more budget constraints more than anything. It’s quite obvious the team doesn’t have near the budget they had for FFXIII or XIII-2.

  • LightningF

    Really? How comes?

  • Callan Walsh

    Playstation or Xbox? haha yeah I will be getting the english version

  • Storm

    Anyway, the E3 demo looks great compared to XIII-2. I don’t know what the budget is, but with LR they’re aiming higher than previous XIII games.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Where did you hear that? I haven’t seen anything regarding it.

  • Erren Van Duine

    I asked Square about it.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Quite honestly the image quality of each game has gone backwards. XIII-2 was a step down from XIII because they switched to a multiplatform development model on it and LR’s town and environment/texture detail isn’t even as good as FF12 was on the PS2. Equivalencies to 2004’s Counter Strike 2 aren’t that far off really, and it’s further telling that SE doesn’t want people to see the full resolution of the game quite yet because they keep releasing sub-HD screenshots.

  • Sapientia

    “fanatically fanatical”…never heard that before. 😀
    I am usually pretty excited about anything LR or XV. No use in being negative, I guess.

  • Sapientia

    She had a lot of character development in FFXIII…maybe not so much in XIII-2 (the game didn’t focus on her as much, after all), but I thought she developed quite a bit from the stoic, no-nonsense, “let’s get this shit done without any iffs, ands, or butts from anyone!”
    I hope they take this chance to push her character further and give her even more personal facets to explore about her character, though.

  • ultromega

    That’s disconcerting. :(

  • LightningF

    :(

    Why did they cut their budget? I hope it’s not for XV because it’s like they’ve been funneling all the money since it entered full production.

  • Panos Dek

    If I recall correctly, didn’t SE promised LR to be the most polished FF in the series so far? I mean with what you are saying it’s obvious that not only we should not expect that happen, but also we should expect a game with almost PS2 graphics on a PS3 platform… :/

  • Erren Van Duine

    Toriyama was really just being hyperbolic. There’s no way given the time and budget this game will be ‘the most polished in the series.’ Maybe if they had another year of development.

  • Erren Van Duine

    FFXIV and now FFXV take priority over a sequel that won’t sell near as much as those two games.

  • ultromega

    Part of me hates the fact that everything you’re saying makes perfect sense. :(

  • LightningF

    Lol same.

    I don’t think it’s fair that FFXIV and XV get top priority considering XIII and XIII-2 helped the company so much. Maybe it will get a budget increase after XIV is out or something.

  • Erren Van Duine

    XIV basically had to be rebuilt from scratch and it took nearly the entire company to do it.

  • LightningF

    Oh o.o

    Does it really cost a lot of money to build models though? Like if they were to build a new outfit mod for all the characters, would it actually cost them a lot? For LR that is.

  • Erren Van Duine

    It would certainly take extra resources, be it budget or manpower.

  • LightningF

    Ah…

    I think they should be devoted enough to at least make models for their game without being paid until later…

  • Wercal

    Do you think that, by the time the game comes out, they will have updated the environment textures? (to be honest, they seem to have already updated the character models, Lightning’s in particular)

  • Sapientia

    The demo looked freaking GREAT at SDCC. IMO, better than XIII.

  • Wercal

    Ther was a demo at the comic-con?

  • Erren Van Duine

    No, because it’s coming out in less than 4 months.

  • Panos Dek

    I suppose you are right! Still they have made a great job so far. Not the best that’s for sure. At least they tried hard to satisfy the players…

  • Wercal

    Still, I’ve just re-checked the pre-order trailer (Cloud’s outfit) and when you look at the environment (mostly the Dead Dunes’) you can clearly see a difference with the game footage they showed at the Japan Expo. Perhaps they simply showed us an Alpha, or even an early Beta…

  • Sapientia

    Yeah, that’s why there was a trailer released for Comic-Con…

  • Wercal

    Was it the same as the one at E3 or Japan Expo?

  • Sapientia

    E3.

  • DarmusXIII

    playstation, haha cant wait n seiously graphics dont really matter to me that much the length of the game is what concerns me he most

  • Callan Walsh

    Me too, I hope the ending of the game isn’t rushed and comes together well, And I hope the missions are long.

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