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Famitsu’s 20-Page Lightning Returns report contains heavy spoilers By Ehren Rivers on November 13, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Thanks to twitter user Goli, high quality scans of the Famitsu feature for Lightning Returns are now available. We’ll be adding information from the scans as they are translated (by the always-fantastic TensaiShojo), but for now here are the pages themselves to tide you over.

Characters

Lightning: As the Savior, Lightning is tasked with guiding all souls to the new world prepared by Bhunivelze. However, with growing suspicion over her master and his divine plan, Lightning soon finds herself wanting to save the dying world instead. But this desire goes against the will of Bhunivelze. Is Lightning prepared to go up against a god…
Bhunivelze: The mythological god who defeated his mother to gain control over the world. He calls upon Lightning and guides her fate. However, he will also be the one to deceive and sever her.
Cid Raines: The dead have chosen Cid Raines to be their advocate, and through their strong will, he appears once again before Lightning with a request.
Lumina: Lumina appears throughout the story, helping and hindering Lightning. But what is this mysterious girl’s true wish? Why does she resemble Serah so much? With tears streaming down her face, Lumina cries, “Please don’t leave me alone…”
Snow: After 500 hundred years of despair, Snow seems to be showing a glimpse of his former self. Has he finally returned to the heated Snow we know and love!?
Hope: Similar to Lightning, Hope has also been robbed of emotion. In this scene, a bit of that stolen emotion has returned. But is he expressing relief or sorrow?
Sazh, Vanille, and Fang have conflicts of their own that only Lightning can solve. Yeul’s wish may have something to do with Noel and Caius.

Character Quotes

Lightning: This is goodbye.
Cid: You will know which soul to find.
Lumina: How long are you going to pretend to be “Lightning”?
Lumina: Please, don’t leave me alone…
Snow: After 500 years-

Nova Chrysalia

Much of the information present within this section has already been covered, so the translator picked out all of the newest bits to share with us.
Luxerion: The developers had a very hard time trying to equal Luxerion with the other wide and colorful locations like the Wildlands. They didn’t want the players to think Luxerion was boring, so striking events and battles were used to make Luxerion unique. The mysterious and brutal murders also give Luxerion a strong sense of evil that is not entirely present in other locations.
The Dead Dunes: Players can hunt for valuable items in the Dead Dunes. The developers made sure that vigorous exploration and searching would be graciously rewarded. Also, developers would like players to notice the scenery at sunset because it is especially beautiful.
Yusaan: Yusnaan has a wide selection of shops. The city is home to the last remaining fal’Cie, which supports the people throughout the continent. Snow is in charge of protecting the fal’Cie and equally distributing its resources to the people.
The Wildlands: The Wildlands hold a variety of natural features such as the wide plains, the winding forest, and the canyon. Besides enemies, adorable creatures roam the land and bond with Lightning. These include Chocobos (and their chicks), wooly sheep, and Moogles.

System Information

Eradia: This can be collected through main and side quests. Not only does Eradia increase the lifespan of the world, it is also used to strengthen Lightning.
The Ark: Every time Lightning returns to the Ark, Hope will be waiting will many useful gifts such as X-Potions, Phoenix Downs, and new Garb. Every Garb has at least one default ability that cannot be removed. Also, Lightning will fully recover all gauges, including GP/EP. Players will definitely look forward to going “home” every morning.
Glory Points/Energy Points: GP abilities can be used inside and outside of battle. These abilities include Overclock, Scene Drive (Army of One), Escape, Decoy, Chronostasis, Telepo (Teleport), Curaga, and Arise. In EASY mode, players will not be penalized for using Escape. Various teleport spots will be unlocked as Lightning finds them throughout the land. Curaga will completely restore Lightning’s health and Arise will revive her.
Difficulty Modes: HARD mode becomes available after clearing the game once. Creators, again, recommend that players start their Lightning Returns experience with EASY mode, but those up for a little challenge can go ahead with NORMAL mode. One in-game hour is equivalent to 2 1/2 real-time minutes.
Combat: By removing certain parts of an enemy, not only will their attacks become weaker, will possibly drop rare items as well. Enemies can be “knocked out” quicker by using abilities they are vulnerable against. Once defeated, Last Ones will drop extremely valuable items. When Lightning sneaks up on an opponent and attacks it without being noticed, the enemy will start off with less health than usual.

Developer Interviews

Director, Toriyama Motomu: The story of Lightning, which began with “FFXIII”, is finally coming to a close. With this being the first trilogy in the Final Fantasy Series, we have indeed walked a long road with her. Personally, I kind of feel like a father walking his beloved daughter down the flowery aisle – it’s both happy but also lonely to see her go. In this final game, players will have the opportunity to create their very own Lightning. Outfits have a wide variety of options, ranging from a beautiful wedding-like dress to a sharp suit. We hope you will enjoy the many different sides of Lightning. Let us celebrate the grand finale of Lightning and the “FFXIII” trilogy together.
Producer, Kitase Yoshinori: As Lightning’s journey reaches an end, we hope all the fans will enjoy it together with the new social applications we have developed. Please use them to share battling hints, thoughts on the story, and such. Of course, these can be posted through popular networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as within the game exclusively. It’s the last big festival before the new generation consoles! Let us all purchase the game on its release day and raise the excitement!
Game Design Director, Abe Yuuji: In this installment, players are free to enjoy whatever they please without much worry over the main plot. Lately, games have been strictly divided into the “JRPG” and “Western RPG” categories. However, I believe this installment is a well-balanced mix between the two. Also, I personally recommend taking the game nice and slow. And after completing it once, please replay the game a second and even a third time because there will still be many things to find and do. I would be especially happy if players went through EASY mode first and just enjoyed the world before them.
Art Director, Kamikokuryou Isamu: The long journey with Lightning and her friends will end with this final installment. The world has many new cities and locations, and I highly recommend all players to use the map while exploring. Even in reality, a person who is merely scrambling around for the correct path and a person who has predetermined their destination on a map can have very different views of the same scenery. In this game, time is essential and players must learn how to use it well. The map will prevent you from becoming terribly lost and wasting precious time. It really feels like you are on an actual quest! I believe the map will be a strong help on your journey. But of course, it’s sometimes fun to get lost and run around too!
Character Design, Nomura Tetsuya: I remember feeling a strong reaction within myself when I first sketched Lightning. I really felt like a great character had just been born. I hardly feel such powerful impressions. I desired for her to be carefully developed and loved for a long time, like Cloud. And look at her now after eight years! But I want people to remember and love her for five, even ten more years. I believe she has what it takes to stay in people’s hearts. With this game, Lightning’s long fight will finally come to a close. To me, it kind of feels like my daughter is finally coming home after many years away. I would like to thank everyone for enjoying this series and I hope Lightning will continue to be remembered.

Developer Suggestions

So far, almost all of the creators have recommended players to begin with EASY mode. Players can better enjoy the scenery of these beautiful locations more and get used to the system. If players do decide to start with NORMAL mode, the creators jokingly ask people not to complain about how challenging it is.

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  • miss chel

    *makes nonsensical noises*

    These scans got me excited but I just lost it when I saw Fang and Vanille. *puts face in hands* *cries*

  • minato arisato

    ;-; the scan where Lumina is crying breaks my heart

  • Anime10121

    Ah hell. Can. Not. Resist. The. Fantasy. Is. Too. Strong.
    http://youtu.be/vjZ6J9y0FY8

  • Jean Paiva

    I know how you feel, i can’t resist anymore!

  • DAT new Lightning Render *-*

  • TO

    Dat Fanille hug *Happy tears*
    Dat Lumina crying *Sad tears*
    Dat Bhunivelze *Jaw drop*

  • XYFEIR

    Look at that Lightning render! She’s smiling! And she KNOWS she’s fab. ;D

  • Anime10121

    Any thoughts on why Hope’s grouped in with Caius, Lumina, and Yuel in scan #13?

  • Ehren Rivers

    Nope! But the scans are being translated as we speak, so we’ll know soon enough. 😀

  • Anime10121

    Yes :D, but unfortunately I gots to get to sleep soon cuz I gotta work tonight so I wont get to see the translations until tomorrow 🙁

  • iLoveLightning

    Omg, fab = my favourite word!

    We are now friends. :’D

  • Noctis Caelum

    Here a higher res of new cg render lightning.
    http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/5066/d2yt.png

    I don’t know, but she looks now a little bit older. xD
    Well, I can understand her, she’s in stress to save the whole world.

  • iLoveLightning

    Probably the angle 😛

  • Sothe Zephyr

    WOW! LOOK AT THOSE BABIES! Bhunivelze looks SO AWESOME! THAT WEAPON THOUGH! DAYUM! He does look like he put on some lipstick for the occasion and my heartstrings were tugged when i saw Lumina crying!

    This is AWESOME! I can’t wait for the translations to come! I am speechless at these scans…just……in awe…..

  • Sothe Zephyr

    WOW! LOOK AT THOSE BABIES! Bhunivelze looks SO AWESOME! THAT WEAPON THOUGH! DAYUM! He does look like he put on some lipstick for the occasion and my heartstrings were tugged when i saw Lumina crying!

    This is AWESOME! I can’t wait for the translations to come! I am speechless at these scans…just……in awe…..

  • Sothe Zephyr

    SOOOO FABULOUS! -if you read this in the accent i do, it would be HILARIOUS!-

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Shes fab and shes knows it

  • XYFEIR

    YES!<3

  • Sapientia

    I freakin’ LOVE Lightning’s new CG render. Gddamnit, woman, why are you so perfect? ;_;

  • Sothe Zephyr

    -Freaks out while waiting for translations-

  • I really didn’t want to click into this article because of the spoilers, but damn… that banner! 🙂

    Love that render. Whoa.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I didn’t at first, but then i thought, whoa man, game comes in feb! You will forget by then, plus……..major plot points wouldn’t be mentioned 😛

  • Sothe Zephyr

    She is now the thing i picture, along with the beautiful CG spring scene with yuna and tidus, when i hear Final Fantasy. She is…so badass! Never forget the day a girl in my class used her as a “role model” for her assignment and got 100% xD She is a boss, both physically and, for lack of a better word, mentally

  • Sothe Zephyr

    His voice, Bhunivelze that is, better be so badass! Those lips on him worry me……….

  • Sothe Zephyr

    You know a male god gave Lightning her outfit when it shows shit tons of skin, you know a girl god gave Lightning her outfit when its clad in armour all over xD

    BHUNI YOU LITTLE SCAMP!

  • FinalFantisiac

    DAT RENDER.

  • Mateus.E

    yeah,let the spoiler hell begin!Alright,I am first in the line!Just kidding.

  • XYFEIR

    Bhuni: “She got da butt tho.”

  • Mateus.E

    is that so?Then I think many girls I know were chosen by a male god.Ans I salute him for having good taste.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Lol xD Well really, i crave spoilers, because i like knowing SOME things before playing, i remember i got lost CONSTANTLY while playing 13 and 13-2 (mind you it was more 13-2 than 13, 13 did have its moments though) lol xD

    I hate knowing the endings to the game so……. BIG NO NO! Final boss is okay, Caius was an obvious guess, Eden (Orphan more formally) was also known to me at the Vile Peaks when Lightning was all, DESTROY IT! and TOPPLE THE SANCTUM! Lol….

    But spoilers that give hints to the plot but not give it away entirely are very welcomed by me 😀

  • Mateus.E

    well,it’s jap,besides,by images you can kinda guess things…so you will be getting burned.But yeah,I wanna know why Lumina is crying…man,seeing a preety girl cry is sad.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Lol wrong thinking, im talking about chosen warriors xD Not girls in reality 😛 Good though, made me chuckle

  • Sothe Zephyr

    WHAT A SCAMP! Lol xD

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Ya but i like translations so my mind doesn’t wander and create strange storyline endings and possibilities that make no sense to people, except for me lol

  • apdyckman

    She definitely could have used more armor.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Update #1: Added some basic character blurbs, which will be fleshed out as more information becomes available.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    WOOP WOOP! Been waiting for something to come! Can’t wait for more information! Thanks Ehren!!!!

  • Jean Paiva

    F5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jean Paiva

    I want to forget all these spoilersssssssss

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Watch Lumina be some sort of machination created by chaos from Serah’s last memories, hopes and/or dreams………Or maybe…Etro! It might just be Etro/Mwynn that absorbed Serah’s body while the merge was happening and they are slowly guiding Lightning to her true purpose of defeating Bhunivelze, whom is truly in the wrong!!!!

    I am going with that, I’m willing to bet that Lumina was created when Etro or Mwynn tried to salvage some life while the chaos of Valhalla was unleashed, since Mwynn was hiding out there, as with Etro! Lumina is hindering Lightning while she is HELPING Bhunivelze, but when she starts to go against Bhunivelze, Lumina helps her instead! She is either an incarnation of Etro/Mwynn, or a sort of messenger of them/her trying to get Light to kill their rival, Bhunivelze! – As to my knowledge there was something, somewhere that said Etro wasn’t truly dead, but regardless, because i highly doubt that she is alive still lawl, it is probably the elusive Mwynn! – it is now most likely Etro, since it is confirmed she (Etro) had only LOST her power, she aint dead! Mwynn is still a possibility

    AND IT MAKES MORE SENSE BECAUSE ETRO WAS THE OUTCAST- CAST TO THE UNSEEN REALM WITH NO POWER BY HER DICK FATHER BHUNIVELZE!!!!! SHE DOESN’T WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE AGAIN! Aaaaaaaaaaand im probably wrong, let the debunking begin! – im also probably that loser who posted after someone had come up with this idea…..

  • Sothe Zephyr

    DESPAIR! DESPAIR AND SAVE US ALL!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I feel like….Bhuni is going to be more of a pompous ass than Orphan was and a better final boss than Jet Bahamut and his possy (SOOOOOOOOOOOOO DISAPPOINTING FOR ME!)

  • Jean Paiva

    wat?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Etro, isnt dead, she lost her power. My theory is, when Serah died and Chaos flooded Pulse -Etro fled to Serah’s dead body and the her chaotic being warped it into Lumina – OR she could be a manifestation of Etro or Mwynn, as she was also hiding in Valhalla…..I feel Lumina is connected to Etro or Mwynn, she seems to guide light towards fighting Bhuni……my theory 😀

  • Kuja9001

    Etro is dead, many sources confirm it.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I believe someone had said that she had only lost her power, someone from the dev team…

  • Ehren Rivers

    No. I have already corrected you about this several times.

    Etro is dead. When Etro’s power faded, upon the destruction of the Heart of Chaos, the Eidolons lost their powers too and no longer exist as they once did. The developers have confirmed Etro’s death several times, and the secret ending in both languages is a monologue confirming her permanent, lasting death. And while I also believe Mwynn may still be around, according to the mythology Mwynn was completely consumed by Chaos shortly after Etro arrived in the Unseen Realm leaving Etro completely alone.

  • Kuja9001

    XIII-2 confirms her death, XIII-2’s Ultimania confirms her death, and this game confirms her death

  • Jean Paiva

    I guess Etro is dead.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    GOD DAMMIT! Thanks for correcting me, again! SOOOOOOOOOO Sorry, had outdated information 🙁 Ah well, sue me for being forgetful xD Welp, back to square one! I still think Mwynn might be Lumina since she “may still be around” :3 Regardless of being consumed by chaos, could she not manifest in it somehow?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Ya that is my bad!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Does anyone else love Lumina? I love her playful attitude and “Im so gona fuck up your easy quest with a giant boss” appearances xD Shes so awesome! Those tears, COME GET A HUG FROM UNCLE SOTHE!

  • minato arisato

    you sound like a pedo in that last part, just joking XD

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I know, i realized after, i meant it to sound like, a you need a hug kinda thing….its hard NOT to make it pedo 😛 -facetree-

  • Ehren Rivers

    There’s no word on whether Mwynn could still be around or not. It is speculated by some (myself included) that remnants of Mwynn’s will may be part of what drives the Chaos and that perhaps the memories/experiences of Yeul (which according to the novels separates from her soul and vanishes within the Unseen Realm) have combined with this to create the Chaos-Wreathed Yeul who appeared to be keeping Serah and was holding Snow in the Coliseum.

    We’ll see what happens though.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Well im on that train, because Lumina seems to know too much to be some machination of Chaos warped from Serah……….i think it could be a piece of Mwynn based off what you just said

  • Mateus.E

    well,cheers.

  • Mateus.E

    yeah…know how that feels.Still,thinking things is so awesome!

  • Somber

    I must resist my eyes! I mustn’t read the article! T_T

  • Ehren Rivers

    No, there’s still quite a lot to go. Our translator just has a life of their own, so we’re being very patient as they work on it!

  • Mateus.E

    don’t worry about it,Sir Ehren!Or is it mistress?You guys are doing an awesome job!The spoilers are getting me pumped up!

  • Mateus.E

    Stop that,alright.You will see the article sooner or later.The hype awaits,lol.

  • Mateus.E

    hahahahaha,still,some people say this seriously.Nowadays,acts of affection are either seen as gay,or as pedo.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Update #2: Added the interviews with the developers! There are words of farewell from all the major players on the team, even Nomura Tetsuya who has some surprisingly warm things to say about the Savior.

    This may be the last update for the night, though, as our translator has other work to do. Don’t expect another one until late tonight or tomorrow morning.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yes, I am a man. Sir is appropriate if you like. More translation has been popped out, and please look forward to the rest when we can get it!

  • Mateus.E

    Yes,Sir.

  • Mateus.E

    Tell your translator that he made many people happy and grateful,and,a “thank you” is appropriate.

  • Erren Van Duine

    She.

  • apdyckman

    Maybe she’s Etro in the form of Serah? Or at least, what’s left of her… besides Etro has been known to have been very lonely. Just a thought. Do goddesses have ghosts/souls?

  • Ehren Rivers

    Actually our translator is a she, but in any case I’ll be sure to pass along those feelings when next we talk. 🙂

  • XYFEIR

    Yes, please thank your translator for us, we appreciate their effort, and they’ve made us happy Crystallians! Well, ALL the staff at NC has! So thank you ALL! : D

  • XYFEIR

    All the devs mentioned that it’s sad to see the series come to a close. *sniff* I’m not gonna cry… :,<

  • apdyckman

    Since Bhunivelze is evil in this one, I wonder if he will be portrayed differently in Final Fantasy XV. In my opinion, it seems like the logo of FFXV and the song “Somnus” are rather big references to him.

  • Erren Van Duine

    No they’re references to Etro.

  • apdyckman

    hmmmm… One problem, Etro doesn’t sleep, and the translation of the song that I had seen said the “god” sleeps and will never awake. The reason Etro sleeps in XIII-2 is because she messed with the timeline and had to use all her energy to fix it. Nevertheless, you might be right if there is an event similar to the one in XIII-2.

  • Storm

    oh my god, I can’t… control… my excitement… anymore.

    The story seems more intriguing than XIII-2, there’s so many mysteries. >_>

  • Sothe Zephyr

    As much as i am anticipating this game, i don’t want to see this series go…..it feels like yesterday when the 13 teaser came out with only footage of the hanging edge…..”The 13 days after we awoke, were the beginning of the end.”………..oh i am probs gona shed a tear or two because this series has become such a big part of my life (odd i know) and it will be strange not to feel anticipation for the next entry in the series to come…….when 13 ended, I was happy with that ending, but when my friend came running up to me in January with the teaser video at school, i instantly had to go and look up everything there was to do with that game. Thus began 13-2….I was happy to know that 2 wouldn’t be the limit with the 13 series when that “To Be Continued” came up….i remember both mine and my sister’s jaw dropping at the ending when we watched it together just after we smashed Jet Bahamut and watched my favourite villain die……when i saw LR announcement, nothing can express the happiness i felt that day. Both me and my sister are now anticipating this game, she, a person who doesn’t like gaming, is now attached to this series! I will definitely shed some tears when i see the ending. Not because of the happiness/sadness it will inflict, but the sadness of the conclusion of my favourite game series. Over the past 4 years, this game will always hold that special place in my heart and will never be forgotten. Whether it is miracles out of misery, breaking cycles of despair, or the lament of the dead, we all live to make the impossible, possible, that is our focus, and lest we forget.

    Lol #NerdPower

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    I really like Nomura’s words on Lightning. I have no doubt in my mind he’ll use her in KH3 =P

  • Ritsuko

    The panel where Lumina is crying…I can’t help but feel pity for her….

    Also the shot on the fifth page in the bottom right….I smell Fang x Vanille XD

  • apdyckman

    Here’s the translation of the lyrics from Final Fantasy Wiki( I’m trusting they are correct but I might be wrong):

    “The God sleeps and the children light a flame:he never dies, he can never awake.
    The dear and lovable tragedy divides everything.
    In the endless night, in desperation, you may see the aurora: it’s just the time to revive.”

  • SazhKatzroy

    How is Lightning suppose to take on an invincible God, let alone The Maker that Barthandelus (and Analects) spoke so highly of as creating everything? I just can’t see it happening from a story sense, and I mean this in the best possible way. I am a huge fan of the series, but what could Light possibly do with her current power? I just don’t see Bhunivelze as having a weak point due to his God-like status. I am theorizing that Bhunivelze wants to start from scratch again, similar to what Barthandelus wanted. I almost feel like history will try to repeat itself, but Bhunivelze will not want humans in his new world and he requests that Light find/guide them to some sort of trap to be permanently silenced, because humans have a reputation of being chaotically random in nature that become the thorns in higher-beings sides.

    I also want to thank Nova Crystallis for all their continued hard work! I am happy to be a privileged user here.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Bhunivelze didn’t create the world, though. The world was already there somehow, seemingly populated only by nonsentient beings, Bhunivelze, and his mother Mwynn. When he killed her, he would have been the only sentient being left that we know of. We know he is not omnipotent, because Bhunivelze very quickly realized the world would end someday and he couldn’t stop it. He created Pulse, Etro, and Lindzei by splitting off pieces of his power, lending to the idea that he might have been weakened. To cement this, Bhunivelze tasked Lindzei with protecting him while he slept from anything that might want to destroy him- “God” or not, Bhunivelze can clearly be killed and is nowhere near all-powerful.

    The Maker that Barthandelus referred to was most likely Lindzei, creator of the Cocoon fal’Cie. In the Analects, the Maker instead appears to refer the collective of gods rather than Bhunivelze himself. Bhunivelze and his three children are referred to by monikers to do with their parts and traits from the creation myth. “Luminous” is almost certainly Bhunivelze, God of Light, whose dreams are said to shine the brightest of all crystals. Luminous is said to “lament, for creation spiraled unto doom”.

    “Stout” is Pulse, whose purpose was to basically terraform the planet and keep the ecosystem healthy (a purpose he passed to his own fal’Cie children). “Sage” is Lindzei by process of elimination, although the relation between “combing the ether” and “turning mind’s eye inward” also support this. “Fool” would obviously be Etro, who is said to be foolish in the creation myth.

    “Maker forged fal’Cie, from fragments Maker’s own” refers to Bhunivelze splitting his power to create his children. “Maker forged man, from traces once Divine” refers to Lindzei crafting humanity from Etro’s remains. The last line directly referring to the Maker talks about the fal’Cie being abandoned, so that would mean both Pulse and Lindzei.

    Personally, I’d say the current clues point to Bhunivelze needing humanity for something, possibly even to create the new world. If he’s unable to stop the world from being destroyed by Chaos, is capable of creating his own world entirely on his own, AND doesn’t want humanity around… Well, you’d think he wouldn’t have bothered with all of this Savior stuff.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Update #3: Added quotes from some of the screenshots. Also, sorry about how disorganized it is! When the translation is complete, I’ll re-organize.

  • Lowe De Leon

    Great overview! You guys are really doing a great job keeping the fandom updated. Thank you so much Nova Chrystallis! P.S. Why do I think that Lightning’s Savior outfit kind of gotten ripped from XIII. From the pockets, the collar and the cape? O.O Phew… I am still confused between Ehren and Erren! ^_^

  • Ehren Rivers

    Apparently, this is the face of Bhunivelze up close:

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/b1346daf651fc2cb5cddd9b05f6ec715/tumblr_mw8smaVSyJ1rfe186o1_1280.jpg

    We’re still looking for the source!

  • Ehren Rivers

    Lightning’s new outfit is meant to be a more modern take on the concept of Red Mage from what I understand, and purposefully uses elements from both her XIII and XIII-2 outfits.

  • minato arisato

    “Lumina: How long are you going to pretend to be “Lightning”?”
    i’m going to assume by the quote of lumina that in some point of the game that light is gonna take her real name again, that would be really cool *-*

  • minato arisato

    he’s so creepy, i know he will give me nightmares

  • Crystal

    The official FB posted it

  • Crystal

    “Lightning: This is goodbye.”
    No.
    nonononononono
    this can’t be happening

  • Pekola

    Mistress Ehren has a nice ring to it. I chuckled a bit.

  • Pekola

    My sides, OMG.

    I’m near tears lol. Lightning’s got back.

  • Budgiecat

    meh goodbye Lightning. smell ya later!

  • Mateus.E

    well,that means that the “lindzei” from the other topic is actually Bunny

  • Serah Farron

    Lumina crying makes me upset.
    But Lightning saying goodbye… no… I’M SO WORRIED.

  • Mateus.E

    or maybe he wants to devour souls to turn into an all mighty god.

  • Jaundré

    I am going to kick your ass Bhunivelze! Period! Hahaha! Oh my Lumina crying certainly threw my expectations a bit out of the window, interesting to see what that is all about. I like Lumina a lot but Light is still at top of my list! ♡ More spoilers please!!!!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Hold up, so were poor pulse and lindzei swallowed by Chaos or are they still kicking somewhere?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Those eyes though…

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I feel like Lightning’s quote is easily misunderstood. She is clearly just saying bye to Lumina after Lumina’s failed telemarketing -_- Jeez guyz!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    It isn’t anything that is SUPER spoilery, nothing regarding the story , that issnt already known, is mentioned 🙂 Some pictures…….some dev quotes and char quotes, nothing huge 😀

  • Sothe Zephyr

    ALREADY HAS! Lol some god of light, he looks like a pedo…like “Hey…..want some Serah? Come hop in my realm, hue hue hue!”

  • Somber

    Hehe. I’ve already seen it 😛

  • Princess Velvet.

    And that fact that shes crying must mean she really takes her job seriously xD Poor Lumi

  • Alleo

    yeah I agree with you. She can say this in so many different situations and none could be her dieing. Maybe she says goodbye to someone of the cast or she may just leave a place. I don´t think (and hope ;)) that they would spoil anything to much with the quotes.

  • Somber

    After seeing Lumina cries, I changed my view on her. I thought of her as a “Little Cute Demon”. Now it changed to “Tormented Spirit”. 😛

  • Somber

    T_T

  • Storm
  • Noctis Caelum

    OMG I was so shocked by his eyes. O_O

  • XYFEIR

    I need to stop reading your comments at work, I keep laughing out loud like a freakin’ idiot in front of my co workers, who now think I’m insane. XD

  • Guest

    No plans for story DLC, only additional content for outfits and battle accessories.

  • XYFEIR

    Awww, he’s adorable. <3

  • XYFEIR

    7 days guys! 😀 Can someone help me? I can’t hold all this hype by myself.

  • Jean Paiva

    Where do I find the mythos video?

  • Storm

    sorry, I cant even help myself. >_>

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    It’s on Square Enix’s youtube channel however it’s only in japanese as far as I’m aware they started taking down all the subbed versions but you can find the text here:

    http://dilly-shilly.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Fabula%20Nova%20Crystallis

  • Mateus.E

    Now that I have noticed she is on her kness,crying.Boy,this is going to be a sob fest.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I’ll try to get a more complete translation done, but I’ve already monopolized a large portion of the translator’s time this week and I don’t want to keep bothering her. From my probably shoddy translation, though, it seems there is no story DLC, but instead there’s DLC to do with equipment to “extend battles”.

    The secret dungeon is somehow connected to the “Last Ones”, and if the translation I did is correct it’s easier when you’ve exterminated less monster species? It kind of sounds like Last Ones may appear frequently in the dungeon if the species has already been hunted to extinction in the outside world. I AM NOT FOR SURE ON THIS SO TAKE IT WITH A BUCKET OF SALT.

    Two of the links talk about weapon/shield remodeling. It sounds like at some point, possibly after your first playthrough, you unlock the ability to reforge weapons into the appearance of your choice. From what I could understand, the materials for this appear only on Hard Mode. As far as these people can tell, there is at least one weapon and one shield item for each Garb- putting the total at over 80.

    The Dengeki link appears to just be a recap of the game’s basic systems and talks about the deadline and bonuses for pre-ordering. As well as mentions the ability to pre-order the digital copy.

  • Mateus.E

    hum…Everything will happen in a dark room that is really similar of the room with Etro’s throne and it looks like Cid Raines is gonna play a part in it…but he is dead.Something about “the right soul”And in the aerith costume trailer,Caius Ballad finished Lightning off with an attack that pierced through her heart…and wrecked the floor beneath her.If she didn’t die from the attack,well,the fall must have left her half dead.Hmm,didn’t they say there was something beneath the temple?Ah,shit,too many mysteries.

  • Storm

    Thanks! I wasnt expecting to be able to reforge weapons.

  • Somber

    Reforging weapons will be cool and 80 different sword+shield sets!? *Quiet Fan-shout*

  • apdyckman

    Do you think that he probably wants to remove free will and make Humanity mindless servants especially since he sapped Lightning and Hope’s emotions? That would be a big reason for them to fight back.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Well, there will definitely be 80 sets. However, some of them will of course be recolors or slight alterations of other existing equipment. 🙂

  • Ehren Rivers

    That’s also a possibility. We’ll know more in a week!

  • apdyckman

    I also think Bhunivelze plans on having her die in some way for his plan since she is somewhat based off the messiah concept.

  • vagrant_soul

    Bhuni’s eyes look like he snorted all that crystal dust from Oerba

  • Therealdealtruth

    “How long are you going to pretend to be lightning.”
    Calling it now; lightning is serrah.

  • XYFEIR

    I think she’s referring to Lightning’s real name: Claire (she changed her name before the events of XIII). Lightning being Serah…wouldn’t really make sense

  • iLoveLightning

    By “sever her” do you mean literally or…?

  • Ehren Rivers

    The translator didn’t go into details, just translated it.

  • The developers’ interviews are quite touching. It certainly has been one Hell of a journey so far. 🙂

  • vagrant_soul

    I’m interested by what that means as well. Even though we seen so many spoilers, it not the entire story. I’m so looking forward to week to find out how everything plays out!

  • XYFEIR

    I don’t think they meant literally. Probably like her pride or something. XP

  • TO

    Oh man, I’m going to sob so damn much when this game comes out over here ; A ;

  • TO

    I hope it’s like how Orphan’s voice is. Like multiple voices overlapping. Oh man, the hype~

  • Mateus.E

    Let’s not lose Focus people.yeah,I think that having lightning accept her true name a good caracter development

  • XYFEIR

    It’s been one of my secret hopes that she changes get name back by the end of the game. o3o

  • iLoveLightning

    Hi5 sistah! Mine too.

  • iLoveLightning

    Hi5 sistah! Mine too.

  • Faith

    IMO SPOILER…I guess Bhunivelze will be the final boss as I read the article (But this desire goes against the will of Bhunivelze. Is Lightning prepared to go up against a god…), and the achievement (Proof of the true savior, who overthrew even the god of light to lead the people to a new world.)

  • XYFEIR

    Plot twist: I’m actually a guy. XD my avatar is just fab, and I use a lot of emoticons. O3O But yeah! *high fives*

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Lol sorry xD Il try to be less awesome o3o

  • Ehren Rivers

    Hopefully it doesn’t catch on! I don’t think I would enjoy that nickname. 😛

  • iLoveLightning

    Ohemgee, you’re like my twin xD :’D

  • Ehren Rivers

    All right, the translator got back to me on the earlier tweets. This information will be tacked on after the article above is complete, but don’t expect another update until tonight! There’s quite a lot to go through.

    –>There will be no additional story-related DLCs, but players can expect a few DLC garbs.

    –>There will be a dungeon full of Last Ones, and it will be accessible at the start of the game, but practically impossible to conquer at a low level. The Last Ones in this dungeon won’t actually exterminate the species OUTSIDE of the dungeon, so it won’t make going through the outside world any easier.

    –>In the past two games, each weapon had a limit to its strength. But in “Returns”, any weapon or shield can become “ultimate” because stats can be freely modified, so players can make their favorite weapon/shield invincible! (So you can’t change their appearance, but you can make whatever weapon you think looks coolest stronger than even the end-game weapon purchases!)

    –>Lightning almost has no limit to how strong she can get.

  • SazhKatzroy

    Most interesting!
    I am nearing these parts in my playthrough, so I’ll give it another look. I’ve actually been writing a FAQ for XIII’s full game script (which has not been done yet on the web), but I would love to include some of your analysis Ehren, with your permission. And if a game script would be at all useful here on Nova Crystallis, I would be happy to share it

  • Ehren Rivers

    Of course! I think there may be scripts available in places, but yeah. Just let me know if you want to use something of mine. I’m happy to help. 🙂

  • SazhKatzroy

    I could find only one script from an RPG fan site, but it only contained cutscene dialogue, and some cutscenes were absent 🙁
    If you know of any others, please let me know. My script will contain all field dialogue and much more. I’ll do my best to get in contact with you when I finalize my script project.

  • XYFEIR

    Those bottom two paragraphs. AWWWWW YEEAAAHH!

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    This is so frickin awesome! I love that I can use any weapon and basically make it the best. I’m so damn hyped for this. I know this is irrelevant to this post Ehren but I just wondered, since the Pre-load of LR is already up on the PSN and we can download it on the 19th and able to play it on the 21st. But are we able to play it as soon as it’s midnight or will we have to wait for the store to update. It’s a bit of a random question xD

    Thanks for all the info you’ve provided, NC has really been on the ball when it comes to news and info

  • Ehren Rivers

    Hmm, I actually don’t know! I think it has a built-in lock that ends at midnight the 21st for Japan.

    And you’re very welcome, we really try! I keep getting linked to other sites and told about how behind they are in coverage. 😛

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    I really hope it is at midnight. Since I’m behind Japan’s time zone I’ll hopefully be able to play it wednesday. I’ll be super happy if I can xD

    Yeah honestly this is the best FF news site I’ve come across; Fast info, You guys translate it (some sites just post it up and say no more on it) and the community here is positive.

  • Mateus.E

    shit…hope some mad jap with no social life finishes the game by the time it is released.The wait is getting rather bad.A livestream would be interesting.

  • XYFEIR

    While on the subject of the PSN store, would you happen to know if my U.S. credit card would work (probably not) or would I have to buy the psn cards from play-asia? I keep getting mixed answers.

  • Mateus.E

    If Lightning is going to fight Bunny,she will have to deal with his fanclube,the order,and the brainwashed Vanille.oh,great,guess my Lightning and Fang vs Vanille just got it’s chances upped.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Woah, mad jap? Racial/social slurrs are not tolerated here, so I’d suggest you consider a bit more carefully before you say stuff like that in the future.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    It won’t you’ll have to buy PSN cards, I got mine from Play-asia too. The game costs 7000 yen 🙂

  • Ehren Rivers

    You will have to order PSN cards from PlayAsia, to my knowledge. Using a credit card also requires a valid street address from the country for the PSN version you’re ordering on.

    All told, I believe getting enough PSN cards to get Lightning Returns will cost about $100. I forget the exact pricing.

  • XYFEIR

    I see. Thanks you two! :> I figured as much, but I thought I’d ask anyway. XP

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yep, this is what I went through as well. I ended up actually not having enough, so I’m looking into other means of obtaining the game.

    Also, in regards to your posts I deleted. The person you were responding to had been warned at least three times in various Kingdom Hearts threads for their unconstructive and rude conduct- several times in Lightning Returns threads as well. I tend to give people more chances than I should on this kind of thing, but when that comment you replied to I came up I was told it was probably time to give them the send-off. So, I closed the thread to prevent post-hammer bashing.

  • Ehren Rivers

    You’re very welcome! We’re here to help. 🙂

  • Ehren Rivers

    They are quite exciting things, yes! 🙂 The customization in this game is very impressive, and I hope they continue to use systems like this in the future. At the very least, with the weapons and defensive gear.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    Damn that sucks dude D: Hope you find a way to get it before it’s release 😛

    No worries I’ve seen his comments around before but never really got involved with him but I was aware that he liked to try and get a reaction out of people though. At least he’s gone now (:

  • XYFEIR

    And let me say, that’s part of the reason why this site is awesome! Community is amazing, and you guys on top of the news, thank you so much! X3

  • Guest

    just kidding,sheesh.There are some japanese that finish cleanly a game in a day or two,that is what I meant.The game can be 30 hours long…but yeah,they speedrun a lot..besides,I admire the japs for their country,culture and tech skills.
    Don’t worry,I didn’t mean anything bad by it.Well,at least you didn’t erase my post or do something rash and brash.Thanks for being considerate.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I’m gonna derail that whole thing right here before it even gets started. The point is that though you were kidding, that phrase is pretty offensive. All I ask is that you choose your jokes a little more carefully in the future. Gotta consider how it might be taken by others.

  • Mateus.E

    hhmmm?What happened?My response is gone.Weird.Oh well,that was just me being a joker.I admire the japs…Had I some luck,I wish I could have been born as one.Their country does not suck,has high development levels,interesting culture and some of them have mad tech skills in speedruns.The game is not even released yet,there are no guides,and someone there breezes though the game.Not everyone has such skills.Well,Sir Ehren,at least you didn’t jump the gun or do something rash like erasing my careless post or brash like punishing me.Thanks for being considerate in warning me.Shessh,should be careful with those “innocent” jokes.

    Allrighty,thanks whoever downvoted me,it means a lot to me.Nah.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    OMG IS THERE NO END TO THE AWESOMENESS OF THIS GAME! They really took into account a lot of stuff here! It seems to be such a perfect game! Now..if i could only get my hands on it!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    How is Lightning going to stand up against a God? Well let me refer you to one of my favourite quotes yes? – “We live to make the impossible, possible. That is our focus!” – Lightning.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Here’s hoping!

  • Mateus.E

    Hmmm…Hope they paraphrase it somehow.It would fit nicely.Well,someone will have to remind her of this.

  • Mateus.E

    Alright,no more grinding for the ultimate weapons,cheers.Man,the original XIII’s ultimate weapons were quite a pain in the ass.Still have not obtained them.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Then she can simply reply – “Lo! The day of wrath has come!” Then smash his ass unto oblivion, then go grab mog’s little crystal and slowly gouge out Bhuni’s creepy pedo eyes 😀 And as he screams she can yell “DESPAIR! DESPAIR AND SAVE US ALL! Born but now to die. Your name is Bhunivelze, you shall know damnation!”

    And with her newly jacked arms, she can grab the New Cocoon and throw it at Bhunivelze’s face!

  • Mateus.E

    yeah yeah,I understand.Next time I will be more careful with my jokes.Derail?What happened?Geez,I apologized!Was someone gonna start with a sermon?People who think they are highly and mighty enough to judge others for a “silly” post among many that are absolutely inoffensive should be ready to receive Judgment too,you know.

    Considering how you reacted,there are people who say those things with bad intentions.Oh well,I am getting giddy with the possibility that some guy there in japan will livestream the game…and finish it a day or two after the release…or even on the date of release.

  • Mateus.E

    Remind her in the sense that…well,I think Light has forgotten some of the resolve she had on XIII and XIII-2.Having Serah used to blackmail her and having her emotions sealed did not help a bit.

  • Mateus.E

    Yeah…it’s getting bad.With the info they revealed,especially about Lumina,well,the hype is getting unbearable.Hope some dedicated player finishes this game before the weekend of the next week and livestreams it.The comments down there were mine,It was starting to annoy me,so I erased them.Sorry.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    FINISH HER!

  • XYFEIR

    Nuuu! Lightning will finish HIM!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Lol xD Bhunivelze-“Should you turn against me child-”
    -Lightning omnislashes his ass-
    -Bhuni falls to floor-
    FINISH HIM!
    Lightning-“LO! DAY OF WRATH HAS COME MOTHER FUCKA!”

  • minato arisato

    wouldn’t be “Lightning Army of one his ass”?

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Well…it looks more like omnislash since army of one is her just hitting an enemy repeatedly without flying through the air as a red beam and then bursting the enemies into nothing lol

  • Karysonson

    A little off topic but I hope there will be a Lumina Ps3 theme

  • Sothe Zephyr

    There had better be one for both ps3 and xbox 360! As well as a new snow and Lightning one too!

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yeah, I hope so. I think it’s about passed time for Yeul, Caius, and Adult!Hope to have their own PS3 themes. I will be very disappointed if there’s not a Bhunivelze theme or one based around The Ark.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    no 360 themes for me………..haters….lol jk jk jk xD but 360 themes tooooooooooo!!!!

    i would have used caps but…..i broke the button 😀

    but i agree, i need a bhunivelze theme and caius too! without a totally decked out 360, it wont be as satisfying!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Still waiting for a full cg render of Bhunivelze!!!!!!!

  • Ehren Rivers

    Uh, don’t the 360 games do Gamertag Pics instead? I was pretty sure they did.

    Because I specifically remember thinking it was super sad that both versions didn’t unlock themes AND pictures instead of just one or the other. And then the 360 got lucky and got some extra DLC gamertags above and beyond the in-game unlockables.

  • Caio Aniceto

    I really hope that Bhunivelze gets a badass final battle theme. In fact, it should be able to overcome Dancing Mad.

  • SazhKatzroy

    haha indeed

  • SazhKatzroy

    I am hoping for this and more flashbacks from XIII mainly – using the conflict between Light and Snow would be interesting during their confrontation in LR – who knows, Snow might give Light some payback punches.

  • SazhKatzroy

    I actually liked XIII’s original formula for upgrading weapons and items. Gil was just a little hard to come by for extensive experimentation. I always felt so good when I had all the materials I needed plus the x3 multiplier. Looks like they improved on this greatly!

  • aaaaach

    Aya Brea says hello.

  • miss chel

    That is so awesome.

  • XYFEIR

    GUYS GUYS GUYS! LIVE ACTION TRAILER IS GONNA PREMIERE TOMORROW IN JAPAN! HNNNNGG <3

    (http://www.gamer.ne.jp/news/201311150074/) <——Source

    (Also, we might see a Japanese launch trailer)

  • Sapientia

    The themes have since been taken down, but I still have mine installed. I just downloaded it (it was free) from FFXIII’s tab on the marketplace.

  • Somber

    I died because of that news! That was an amazing marketing move of Square Enix!

  • XYFEIR

    I know! Square, stop doing this days before the game’s release, my fanboy heart can only take so much!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I have a snow theme on my 360 right now from 13 and a lightning one too 🙁 13-2 didnt do any, 360 needs themes! i hate gamertag pics because its just awkward for a guy to run around with Lumina on his gamertag lol xD PETITION!

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Well, it needs to overcome BornAnew, Nascent Requiem, Caius’ theme and Heart of Chaos!!!!!

  • Ehren Rivers

    Update #4: Added information about the areas, plus made note of a suggestion pretty much all of the creators have made.

  • Storm

    It will be hard to overcome heart of chaos. 😀

  • Storm

    found a new screenshot of Lumina:

    http://commu.jp.playstation.com/blog/img/20131114_lr_ff13_07.jpg

    so cute :>

  • Jaundré

    Born an action gamer, played actions games my whole life, bring it on first time NORMAL mode, I promise it wont take me long to master the controls and beat the monsters up. Yes I know there are other aspects to normal mode as well…bring them on!

  • XYFEIR

    Hell yeah! ;D

  • danielh5

    Where in there does it say that there’s going to be a launch trailer? 0_o

  • ReberuAppu

    So how many difficulty settings are there? Easy, Normal and Hard?

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yep. From what I’ve heard, Hard is not available right off. You have to beat the game on Normal or Easy first. There are apparently some areas that aren’t reachable except on Hard (or perhaps New Game+). According to the creators a while back, they had to lower the difficulty of the whole game because their test players were unable to complete the game on Hard.

  • XYFEIR

    I hear it floating around tumblr, take that with a grain of salt. O3O

    Edit: they were right about the costume trailer too. Besides, it wouldn’t surprise me. Los of games have launch trailers.

  • Jean Paiva

    hohohohoho, Challenge Accepted.

  • Jean Paiva

    There will be any new uptade?

  • Somber

    There will be. Not sure when. 😛

  • Storm

    really? it seems the important points were translated.

  • Storm

    New article about the characters

    > http://www.siliconera.com/2013/11/15/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-interview-snow-ffxiii-heroes-changed/

    Fang and Vanille awoke from crystal stasis 13 years before LR.

  • SykraS

    i’ve mastered Final fantasy 13 and 13-2 battle systems, I’ve hit platinum on both rather quickly. i think I’ve got what it takes to beat this game on normal and eventually on hard. i hope.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Much of the Famitsu is apparently information we already knew, but the translator is pouring over it to make sure she didn’t miss anything. Again, she has a life and her own business to take care of so I don’t feel comfortable rushing her. The moment I get an update, though, I will add it to the article and put up a comment about it.

  • Somber

    just speculation. im not a translator 😛

  • Cedric Be Ballin

    Ok remember this you guys bhunivelze killed his own mother to take over the world but his mother mwynn cursed it so he cant, know when he sees lightning hes gonna make a deal with her, serahs life in exchange to take the souls to the new world he created.like i said in the beginning hes going to try to take over world so that would make him the final boss. And for those keep on thinking lumina is etro or chaos serah or whoever stop it square enix made it clear that shes a new character.their goes ur spoiler.

  • Storm2356

    Okay, talk about awesome. I thought I was right about Lightning having either an extremely high or nonexistent stat limit. You know, based on a previous article. Also, being able to upgrade equipment in a similar manner is just a cool, though my only question is, does it extend to garbs as well? Guess we’ll just have to find out.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Final Update: Added system information to the article. Everything else in the report is rehashed information announced previously, so it was not collected.

    The translator may not be able to get to the recent Dengeki report anytime soon.

  • Ehren Rivers

    No word on that to my knowledge. You can upgrade spells/skills, though.

  • Storm2356

    I knew about abilities having levels. I definitely approve, makes me think of BBS, and thinking of BBS makes me happy.

  • Manly tears

    Lmao people buy this piece of shit game?