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English version of Lightning Returns to feature optional Japanese audio DLC By Erren Van Duine on November 21, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Lightning Returns will feature the original Japanese Voice-Overs available as free downloadable content (DLC) during the first two weeks of the game being on-sale, Square Enix revealed today. After this limited period, the Japanese Voice-Over Pack will be available as paid DLC – although pricing on that specific item has yet to be announced.

The Japanese Voice-Over Pack also includes lip-synching that differs from the English-language voice track already included with the game, to ensure a more natural and localized game experience. The game is set to hit western shelves on February 11, 2014 in North America and February 14th for Europe.

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  • Somber

    DLC….well……..

  • TensaiBaka

    YESS!!!! i was waiting for this news. my predictions have finally come to life!! I don’t care if I have to pay. FEBRUARY BETTER COME FAST!

  • Noctis Caelum

    OMG Square Enix you’re the best.
    It’s also free!!

  • FFFan

    Best news ever! No more Ms. Monotone for me!!! After 10 years of mishaps, at last a good decision. Thank you Square.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Yeah I don’t like Ali Hillis either.

  • TensaiBaka

    She’s not that bad but Maaya Sakamoto <3

  • Erren Van Duine

    I think her performance in the XIII games is terrible – especially compared to some of her work in other games.

  • TensaiBaka

    Really? I didn’t know that. Anyways, I’m excited by what Square has done. No wonder the Chinese version of the game doesn’t include English Subs.

  • Erren Van Duine

    They also didn’t want to delay the Chinese one until next year.

  • Wazi the pa

    Well this is a first! They’re doing something similar to what Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the Witch with dual audio! The english voicing doesnt suck at all, but it’d be somewhat different in a good way, i honestly can’t wait

  • TensaiBaka

    True.

  • Bearly Legal Bidoof

    Neat! I probably won’t use it much (I prefer the English cast by a pretty wide margin), but it’s certainly nice to have for once.

  • stevenm281

    to each its own, I actually love her work as Lightning and I think it’s her best role.

  • Wazi the pa

    Come on! what bout Vanille’s voice? Honestly, the first time I saw her with her Japenese voice, I always thought for the english voice, she would have that sexy british girl voice…… not a chirpy one…….. but still, it didn’t annoy me :p

  • Anime10121

    Doesnt matter to me, as I’m in love with the western cast, so I’ll never use it. But that being said, its always good to have options :)

  • Sapientia

    OH MY GOD. And we thought this would never happen.
    English subtitles and all?! YES.

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    I don’t understand why this isn’t a standard feature. I assume it was due to memory space, time, etc. Anyway, this is awesome.

  • XYFEIR

    Well, I DO like the Japanese voice cast too. From what I’ve seen/played the VA is great so far.

    P.S. The game is fantastic. :>

  • Ryuukishi

    Very awesome option for those who prefer it. For me, I’m a big fan of Troy Baker, Ali Hillis, et al., so I’ll be sticking with the English voice work. Besides, I’m sure I’ll be tired of hearing and not understanding the Japanese voices by February. 😉

  • artemisthemp

    Guess people is very happy about the Japanese Voices been free (at for 2 weeks)

  • Erren Van Duine

    Vanille’s English VA is even worse and it’s not the fault of the voice actor. It’s the voice director who told her to sound close to her Japanese counterpart and it largely did not work.

  • Erren Van Duine

    Ali’s best role is probably Liara from Mass Effect or Presa from Tales of Xillia.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I’ve been watching livestreams, and we’ve got some updated information. In addition to the mapflip:

    You can freely rename Styles/Schema through text entry, you don’t have to use preset names
    Shop times appear on the map once you’ve visited them once, and apparently will appear in green or red depending on whether they are currently open.
    You can get decorations as rewards from quests, as well as Garb, additional points to the maximum of your ATB meter, and regular stats.
    Chronostasis appears to last about 5 minutes, but on Easy Mode can be used almost constantly due to increased GP rewards.
    There are 150 weapons, and presumably 150 shields. There are 400 abilities/commands, and the number of Garb remains unknown.
    The “winds of sorrow” lines from an earlier trailer may, in fact, be Lumina as originally speculated before Yeul’s reappearance was revealed- There is a scene in the Luxerion cathedral involving the voices of the dead, where Lumina’s voice in Japanese becomes deeper and creepier.

    The disparity between Easy and Normal is pretty high.
    Odin’s double-blade is obtainable, along with Caius’ greatsword and Noel’s weapon in Lance form.

  • XYFEIR

    150 weapons, and Odin and Caius’ blades?! This is a dream come true! Thank you so much for keeping us informed Ehren! : D

  • Jaundré

    Has anyone reaches the final boss yet? Its been probably around 18 hours since people have been playing…perhaps not.

  • SykraS

    This is great :) i will play through it once in english than in japanese with higher difficulty, they should most definitely use this type of DLC for future games as well. like Final Fantasy XV i would love to play both on english and japanese. great move from square enix! always my favourite gaming company.

  • Ehren Rivers

    One of the players, who is on Easy, has passed the 25 hour mark. He has completed most of the stories except Vanille’s, and has not encountered Cid yet at all. He has 5 days remaining on his current clock and is on Day 7.

    The Normal Mode player has beaten Noel and is working on other things, but is also on Day 6 or 7. He only has 2 days on his clock. He’sa actually about 5 minutes from the end of his current day. He is trying to take on Snow before the day ends, but may not make it.

  • Ehren Rivers

    You’re welcome! I’ll upload screenshots when I can.

  • Jaundré

    Wow they are working at it!! To be honest I am wondering whether it is a good idea to leave Nova Chrystallis and other online forums because I know I the coming days lots of spoilers are going to come…it is really sad that we have to wait more than two months for english LR. Alas what should I do?

  • Mateus.E

    by tomorrow or the weekend,Leta will be ending his little play.Apparently,he refuses to do the vanille question before the last day.It makes sense…each time a day ends,we get a special scene on the ark and,sometimes,a bomb.And Lumina just dropped the mother of all bombs on us.Right when I want him to fast it,he slows it.ahhh,well,I am so bored that watching him wander aimlessly,with some sidequest in between,isn’t so bad.

  • Mateus.E

    Caius’s blade is a beast…Ohhh,Odin.ah,yeas doublades are useful,so yeah,should have expected Odin’s blade to be used…

  • Mateus.E

    wait,”deeper and creeper”,what do you mean?I saw the ood cathedral scene,but I didn’t notice anything “odd” from her…was it in the end of the scene?

  • Jaundré

    ” Lumina just dropped the mother of all bombs on us”. Is this plot related or is it some big monster? Where are the live stream links? Not finding them anywhere!

  • Storm2356

    I don’t mind the English cast, but at least one of my runs through the game will be with this on.

  • Mateus.E

    http://pt-br.twitch.tv/leta_jp actually,she only dropped a monster once or twice…she is actually pretty helpful.Many times she helps Light in ainding her friends.That is why I want Leta to speed up…can’t believe someone like Lumina is doing things just because “she is bored”…or for the “lulz”.I meant a plot twist…or a possible one…or just a lie that makes things interesting.

  • Jaundré

    Ok thanks :). Hmm…hope my internet doesnt run out!

  • Mateus.E

    wanna see the caius battle?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOwV39jbfC4
    Noel is here…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o175IOBRspo
    I see now why Leta is leaving Vanille for last.Oh well.There is also the issue…we don’t know what will trigger the final dungeon and boss…if it is the clock ending on the 13th day ,or the vanille quest.Well,considering there is something way off with Vanille and this Order that cults that Bunny…it is most likely the vanille mainquest…after all,the game can end before the 13th day…so it can’t be it.

  • Jaundré

    I love Cauis!! So going to see that as tired as I am. Good way to end my day. Thanks you very very much!

  • Ehren Rivers

    She spoke in a tone that was lower, and less child-like. It was creepy. Pretty self explanatory.

  • Jaundré

    Or can be both. That after completing Vanille’s quest you have an opportunity to take on Bhunivelze (but if you have time remaining then you can carry on as normal). Dont worry soon enough we will see!

  • Mateus.E

    Well,it is pretty clear to me that her childlike behavior is just a facade…still,I didn’t pay it heed at the time….oh,chucks.What did she say?Have an idea,Sir Ehren,about what she said?It could have been important,way important.

  • XYFEIR

    By the way Ehren, since you’re watching the livestream, would you happen to know how I go about extending time, is it from the main quests, side quests, or something else altogether? I’m half way through the second day, and would like to avoid running out of time (though I feel like that’ll happen anyway on my first playthrough)

  • Ehren Rivers

    Sidequests for sure, although I don’t know if main quests have time rewards too. Just complete as any sidequests as you can for Eradia.

  • Mateus.E

    R.I.P Caius Ballad,badass in life,god of the badass in death.I salute you,for you are the first antagonist to make me cry of sadness.

  • Mateus.E

    I imagine that killing monsters also work,but sidequest is more likely.

  • Mateus.E

    Hey,Mistress Sapientia!I saw someone in the stream with your name!Was it you? I need a favor.Can you help me?How the hell do I download that godly ending CGI?

  • Mateus.E

    I disagree with your opinon,respectfully,mistress Erren,for I think Ali managed to convey the emotions Lightning,in my perception,felt as the events occurred..
    At least you didn’t badmouth those who liked Ali’s performance in the game,nor her personally.And you have some good taste.Ali really shined as Presa,I think.

    Well,I wonder though,what was it you didn’t like in her performance as Lightning?She didn’t sound way different than when she did Presa…and,from a really superficial point of view,Lightning and Presa aren’t that different.Maybe it was the script?

    Mind responding me?Don’t worry,I won’t bite you,nor say bad things about your opinion,if it appears silly or nitpicking to me.You have my word.

  • XYFEIR

    Gotcha thank you! X3

  • Ehren Rivers

    She didn’t badmouth anyone.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Killing monsters doesn’t give you Eradia, it gives you Glory/Energy Points.

  • Mateus.E

    I see,that explains why Leta suddenly gained so many days.Oh well,my oaf moment…should have know they wouldn’t condition eradia for monsters,or else people would grind it.

  • Mateus.E

    that is the point,Sir Ehren.Maybe some edit is needed.Well,that was more to the people who disliked her comment than to her,and also because I disagree with her opinion.
    But I can understand it.After all,VA is rather hit or miss,and we live in a democracy,lol.
    Just wanna know why she didn’t like the performance.
    I like VAs and hearing possibly constructive comments is helpful to have some understanding of some of the…finer points in the job and improving my opinions on the matter.

    just curiosity.It ain’t anything like flaming,or being nasty…understand right?

  • Martian Wong

    Thanks, I hope the same will be done for FFXV!

  • Ehren Rivers

    Oh sorry, for some reason I read that as don’t.

  • Storm

    LR is probably my favorite of the trilogy now. the livestreams were amazing.

  • XYFEIR

    Gameplay wise it’s definitely my favorite. The combat is smooth and there’s a great flow to it. Overall, I think it’s my favorite too! ^w^

  • Storm

    not only about the gameplay, but there’s something about the world that just clicked with me, don’t know what they did, but its looking way more immersive than previous XIII titles.

  • Cloud AC

    And KH3 and Drakengard 3.

  • Wazi the pa

    You serious? talk bout poor leadership :/ …… Well….. heres hoping they have learned their mistake…. in a way :p

  • Martian Wong

    Absolutely!

  • Ritsuko

    FINALLY!!!

  • Jaundré

    [Spoiler!!]Just saw the Cauis boss battle and it was amazing as we would expect but what actually got me smiling is the guy playing and his reaction when he obtained Cauis’ s sword after battle. He was so suprised and excited! Never forget his reaction. Cant wait to use that 600 magic and physical + sword!!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    NUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU SPOILER ALERT NEEDS TO BE BIGGER DX Honestly i think iknew hed die…..just didnt want to know it before hand…

  • Jaundré

    I dont think he had died, he and yeul disappeared in a cloud of chaos and since everything was in Japanese I had no idea what was going on!! Just a reward for completing the battle the player gets Cauis’ s sword, but by no means does this mean he died. I am also trying to avoid spoilers, but I couldnt pass the Cauis fight, had to see that! Still have no idee what went on plot wise.

  • Sapientia

    Dat…dat epilogue…
    After nearly four years of being with this series…wow, I was doing the waterworks when they showed this *new* world… I now see why Hamauzu cried when composing the final song, I sure as hell did.
    T_T
    It’s a good ending, though. REALLY freakin’ good.

  • XYFEIR

    I couldn’t wait anymore and went on tumblr to see the spoilers. I just…. *sobs uncontrollably* I’m gonna miss this series so much! <3 TTwTT

  • Storm

    lol at people complaining about the ending, really.

  • Mateus.E

    Yeah…it was definetly,as Caius would say,”Impressive”.Well,the world at the end of LR could be the world of XV,who knows.It looks too much like reality anyway.but please,look at this…http://31.media.tumblr.com/ae78d655f502e790569d324835afa908/tumblr_mwnbv7xhha1rtiqmuo1_1280.jpg
    whoever did it should be ashamed…this is silly.
    the fact that Etro is dead means shit…since Etro was already dead.

  • Mateus.E

    Gamefaqs got even more annoying in my book…shit,nothing is enough for the fans…they even have the gall to think that they,a bunch of noobs and neophytes,are better than the “professional” storymakers of SE,that aren’t some random idiots..and were specifically chosen among thousands that are in the career.

  • Mateus.E

    So…what was Lumina?Ah,doesn’t matter,Leta is on day 10…soon soon he will do the vanile quest.Wait…http://pt.twitch.tv/teakdoc did this guy end the game allready?doesn’t look like it.But he already beat Caius,so he is close…hmmm.Guess I shouldn’t have underestimated him…he is on day 12.Cid Raines appeared…and talked with Lightning…he said something about Vanille…shoot,knew it…she is being tricked.

  • iLoveLightning

    Should I watch the ending or what? I need an opinion like RN cuz I’m dying!

  • XYFEIR

    That’s up to you, I don’t wanna say much, but it’s becoming one of my favorite FF endings. I just need to see it in English now. <3

  • iLoveLightning

    OK THIS IS LIKE A QUESTION TO ANYONE WHO’S PLAYING THE JAPANESE VERSION CUZ I MUST KNOW THE ANSWER RIGHT NOW!!!

    Is this game better than XIII or XIII-2 and what would you rate it overall? Give it separate ratings if you can xD e.g. graphics /10 etc.

  • XYFEIR

    Personally, I feel it completely tops both games (That says a lot because I LOVE XIII) The combat, the over-world, the characters show more development. Everything I love. I give it a 10. Easily

  • iLoveLightning

    You actually played it? Wow, so lucky!

    And thanks! I haven’t played it besides like 45 minutes-ish at some event, but from what I did play I can tell I’m going to love it. I am slightly cautious though, since one of my friends on gfaqs said he was slightly disappointed, which saddened me.

    Anyway, I’ll probably enjoy it more than any game I’ve ever played because clothes + Lightning + fabulosity = story of my life. <3

  • XYFEIR

    Yep. bought the Japanese version. :>

    I think you’ll like it, I found some really cool outfits that weren’t shown in trailers yet too. So much FAB! XD I’m really loving it though, I’m sure you will too. :>

  • Sapientia

    I’m playing it.
    And hell yes I think it’s better than XIII and XIII-2. Right now I’d rate it an 9/10.
    I literally have barely stopped playing it since getting it on Friday.
    Graphcis: on my screen the game is a pretty good looking-8/10
    Sound/music: 9/10
    Gameplay: 9/0
    Story: 7-8/10

  • Sapientia

    If you want to. It’s my favorite ending now, completely slapping Type-0 outta here.

  • Xervath

    This game has gone over my head completely, due to lack of interest. However, the fact that Square acknowledges the animo for Japanese voices is something I am extremely happy with.
    Might even pick this game up later, as a sign of appreciation.

    I hope Square will continue to do this with future titles (FFXV in particular)

  • Jean Paiva

    I’m curious about the ending….I want to see, but I want to wait until the USA release. FEELS.

  • iLoveLightning

    Story is 7-8?? Is it better than XIII’s and XIII-2’s story at least? XIII has one of my fave stories of all time, so if it beats it I’d be very impressed.

  • Sapientia

    lol a 7-8 isn’t a bad score. Plus I haven’t finished it yet AND it’s in Japanese. So until I finish it fully and understand it completely that’s the score I give. So far I like it, but just a wee bit less than XIII. And it’s way better than XIII-2’s story, I wasn’t huge on XIII-2’s story or anything to be honest (more interested in the lore really).

  • iLoveLightning

    Ah, I see. I’m guessing you understand a teeny bit of Japanese though, right? Well anyway, thanks you and XYFEIR-Fabulosity for answering ^_^! I’m so excited for this I can no longer contain myself D:

  • Sapientia

    Yeah, a bit.
    And no problemo, AMIGO!
    My Spanish sucks. xD

  • mincci

    If they’re doing this, then I hope they make the English translation as similar to the original Japanese script as possible. I’d hate to be listening to the Japanese voices say one thing and the English subs say something similar… but not quite right. Like in the first game with the “I’ll keep you safe” vs “I’ll protect you” (or something along those lines)

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    I think each game has its strengths… LR definitely excels in its gameplay. I don’t think I’m saying anything you didn’t already know, but the battles are fast-paced compared to XIII and XIII-2. In those previous installments, you were able to queue up a string of attacks and just sit back as they were executed. In LR, the attacks come out as soon as you press a button, so you’ll have to think on your feet more. You also won’t be able to spam attacks and expect to get far. As people have said, there’s more strategy involved.

    I love the knockout mechanic so far. It makes each fight unique. I’m not sure if there’s a way to tell which attacks cause knockouts for each enemy, so I’m using trial and error. Enemies have different knockout states. Some can be knocked into the air and juggled as they were in previous games, some take more magic damage when in their knockout state, and some may have a secondary knockout state. There was a dragon-type enemy that had a knockout state from magic attacks, then a second knockout state from physical/non-magic attacks. Learning when to block is a big deal in this game as it greatly mitigates damage and can cause a knockout state on certain enemies as well. Oh, and overclock isn’t as overpowered as it seems. Again, you won’t get far if you just spam overclock.

    I can’t make a proper judgement call on the story as I don’t know Japanese.

    The music is great, but to me, the songs don’t stand out as much as the XIII-2 OST, which is my favorite OST of the trilogy.

    Graphics… I’ve only played in Luxerion and Yusnaan so far. I particularly love Yusnaan at night. I might be crazy, but I happen to think that XIII-2 looks better. Maybe it’s the designs, the colors, I don’t know. There’s just something about XIII-2 that clicked with me and I don’t get that same feeling with LR.

    The gameplay really jumped out at me and I’m really enjoying the game more than I thought I would. I love it, and while I now own the Japanese version, I’m still really really anxious for the English version so that I can understand the story and the quest requirements. :)

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    That’s not much of a difference in dialogue. :) Maybe the English speaking voice actors had to match the mouth flaps as they have to do when dubbing anime.

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    I’m very curious if the japanese version has an english setting, probably not though xD

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    Unfortunately, no. The Japanese version does not have an option to turn on English subtitles.

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    DANG! I was considering buying it, but my japanese is very very poor 😛

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    I don’t know a word of Japanese and I got through the game. Anyway, we’re just a little over a month away from the English release. I’d just wait. :)

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    Sweet! Probably should preorder it though for the cloud strife costume, love FFVII!

  • michkori

    Sucks for you, i pre ordered it :p

  • http://www.facetimepolice.com/ ultromega

    There was a writer on another site that said that the Buster Sword was one of the best weapons in the game. Personally, I’m looking forward to that weapon more than the outfit.

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    DANGIT

  • OcarinaPlayerOfTime

    Awesome, I’ll go to gamestop tomorrow

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