Yoshida explains why Lightning is coming to Final Fantasy XIV By Erren Van Duine on July 8, 2013 at 7:28 PM

The reaction to Lightning’s inclusion in Final Fantasy XIV was largely expected, according to producer/director Naoki Yoshida. Speaking with fellow network site, RPG Site, Yoshida discussed a variety of topics, including his reasoning for including Lightning in the XIV universe.

“Final Fantasy XIV is very unique. A Realm Reborn hasn’t been released yet, but the 1.0 version of the game has – so we have a lot of hardcore fans who played the 1.0 version,” explained Yoshida. “When we decided to make this announcement here at Japan Expo, this is a very special event where the people here love Japanese subculture, and they want to find out new information, and try out different Japanese culture things, basically.

“We thought it would be more suitable if we focused on how we’re going to make it catchy to that audience instead. We’ve made a straightforward announcement – Lightning is going to be in FF14 – here is the costume you can wear. That’s very straightforward, and to the Japan Expo audience we felt that this was the suitable way to explain it.

“…But, yes, we do understand that 1.0 hardcore players will wonder ‘Well, what’s going on? How is she going to fit in the world?’ and so we definitely expected that reaction.

“Once I’m back in Japan I will probably write a long forum post again to explain in more detail to the fans. Myself, I am one of those who really wants to make sure that the FF14 world is kept safely in a FF14 way – so I don’t want to destroy the lore. There’s going to be plenty of cutscenes and explanation of the reasons in the storylines of why Lightning can appear in FF14.”

Yoshida went on to assure fans that Lightning’s inclusion in the game would be “natural” and everything including her ultimate fate will be woven into the history of Eorzea.

Lightning’s inclusion begs more questions, of course – how will this set the stage for other potential character appearances in ARR? “Well… first of all, I will leave it to the players to imagine if there’s going to be Sephiroth in the game, or maybe Cloud is going to appear on his motorbike… Please enjoy sort of thinking about what could be happening in the game,” said Yoshida. “The main message we wanted to tell the players is the same as the announcements we made at E3 and now again at Japan Expo, which is that previously, all these numbered titles in the FF franchise were totally different, each of them were independent of each other – totally separate.

“However, between the dev teams and also within the company, we also really want to work close together and have a strong relationship with each other and sort of push FF as a whole.

“It’s not like that we want to just get more attention from players or get more money by using the elements from previous FF games – it’s nothing like that. As a company and as a group, we wanted to make sure that the FF projects have a strong relationship between the dev teams of the numbered titles. We’re not necessarily planning to bring back all the characters.”

So there you have it. Love it or hate it, Final Fantasy XIV stands to be a fanservice game unlike any other mainline title before it. We’ll have the full interview syndicated here tomorrow.

  • Aly Hesham

    oh no I actually meant in XIV : ARR..is it possible to play as lightning ?

  • Sapientia

    By what? GameFAQs? Ha.

  • Sapientia

    Pfft, I have no idea, dude.

  • Sapientia

    When she’s punching someone’s lights out? 😉

  • LightningF

    Idk, she was even cute when she punched Snow <3 And her angry army of one face when she done it on Caius was cute too xD

  • Stop this shit

    Clearly a lot of people like Call of Duty. It’s still shite.

  • The Nerd Rage

    Well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

  • The Nerd Rage

    Ultros, please. We need an Ultros guildhest.
    Don’t tease the octopus, kids!

  • everlatingdayz

    because shes one of the only female protagonists…

  • Sapientia

    White Mage (which I don’t know if it counts, but I see a lot of cosplayers for “her”, so…), Terra, Rinoa, Yuna, Rikku, Paine, Ashe, Lightning, Vanille, Fang, Serah, etc. and whatever else I can’t think of off the top of my head.They’re all protagonists, and while maybe not main characters, they are nonetheless, protagonists. And yet somehow, despite some people’s hatred for her, Lightning is continually one of the most popular.

  • Sapientia

    To you. To them, they like that game and that genre. For an FPS, I’m sure COD is a great game. Maybe to RPG fans, it’s not, but that doesn’t make it “shite.”
    You might as well say: “Hell, FFVII has a lot of fans. It’s a pile of shit, despite what all of those people think.”
    See what I’m saying?

  • Anthony Toomey

    There are plenty of ways, considering Lightnings powers and the powers of the Sion. Maybe you should do some research….and im not even a fan of lightning.

  • Sathil

    Well, its actually a good game. But that good game happened like 13895109486104986103598 years ago and the series just plops on new content with little to no progression towards growth. So its like me continuing to play cs1.6 but the difference is cs doesn’t have full priced annual “re”-releases. And as a result, many people, including myself, have grown bored with the constant full-priced annual milking-dosage 😀

  • pannonij

    She is a time traveling multi dimensional newly appointed god. She’s cool. Terra would be cool too. I’ve seen magitec armor in some FF XIV media. Got to find out how to get it.

  • Dawnpainterz

    She’s Cloud with pink hair and tits, thats why.

  • Sapientia

    You keep believing that, sure. :)

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