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Square Enix is making a live action Lightning Returns commercial By Erren Van Duine on November 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Square Enix has announced today that they’ll be airing an all-new live action commercial for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in select regions of Japan.

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The game, which will launch next week on November 21st, will of course be featured in the ad said to include both live action and CG. It will also reflect the various costume changes Lightning can do in the actual game. The CM will air on 11/16 so look out for it on Square Enix’s YouTube channel, or if someone else manages to upload it first.

Via: 4Gamer.

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  • LancerB.XVIITH

    Awesome! Cant wait for it 😀

  • Faith

    I’m in love!!! *.*

  • Storm

    Wow! ;D

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

    Oh my. Yes. :)

  • Protosin

    Uhh. Yeah, totally unexpected.

  • Ryuukishi

    But so, so welcome.

  • Ehren Rivers

    To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t like Square Enix’s last live-action trailer, the one for XIV:ARR. I felt the CG was awkwardly blended in, and the costumes were poor quality. I really, really hope they learned from their mistakes last time and that this is an improvement over that.

  • TheeGAYmer

    This should be interesting.

  • miss chel

    She’s spot on in the second shot, so I hope the trailer is pulled well enough.

  • XYFEIR

    Can’t wait! I love live action VG trailers, I certainly didn’t expect LR to get one. Looking forward to it. Wonder if it’ll air in the US too in Feb.

  • XYFEIR

    Indeed, she looks fabulous! <3

  • Sothe Zephyr

    She looks great so this is definitely something i am looking forward to!

  • Sapientia

    Ehh…cautiously optimistic. Not crazy about many FFXIII cosplays, and even if this one is “official” or whatever, well…guess we’ll see, anyhow.

  • Nokuto

    I was on the fence when I saw Light’s new costume the first time, but after seeing that second pic… DAMN! She looks so cool!

  • Storm2356

    “Well this was unexpected.” Understatement of the week.

  • danielh5

    Is it true that there’ll be a launch trailer released tomorrow as well?

  • Ehren Rivers

    I haven’t heard anything about a launch trailer except for fan speculations.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    The shot with her in the Guardian Corps outfit, she looks stunning.

  • OathkeeperSoraXIII

    Check out the commercial here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrO_bblSgns
    Dat actress! She’s hot!
    Sorry for the double post

  • Storm
  • minato arisato

    i was about to posting it XD
    oh well 😛

  • XYFEIR

    Not gonna lie, I expected a little more. Still cool though! 😀

  • Storm

    its well done but too short. ;P

  • XYFEIR

    Yeah, maybe there’s an extended version and they only aired the short one? :0

  • minato arisato

    i don’t think so, bayonetta has a live action trailer too and it was more or less the same amount of time only for a few more seconds.

  • XYFEIR

    True. u3u Oh well, still cool to see! X3

  • Pekola

    There’s something really off about this commercial.

    Not to be negative, but CG goes a long way.

  • Storm

    We only need now a launch trailer of 7 minutes.

  • FinalFantisiac

    Well, least she kind of looks like Lightning… The erratic motions looked awkward, however.

  • Jean Paiva

    Too short….but still cool!

  • juan david posada

    It was good, but i did’t like the wig

  • Somber

    I expected more. I didn’t like that in-game battles were included. But it’s still hot.

  • stevenm281

    Awesome!!

  • DarmusXIII

    Nothing new to as when the ost releases I cant wait lol, itll mostl likely leak the day b4 launch who knows tho

  • Serah Farron

    I love it, she really pulls off the look. I’m in love *A*

  • Randy Marsh

    Meh, you see one Lightning cosplayer, you see them all. Pretty decent, short and gets the job done. To be fair, this was far more better than their FFXIV:ARR commercial.

  • NikkiCola

    So like, am I the only one getting a weird vibe from this commercial? Cause yeah woo-hoo it’s LR but liiiiiike, live action? Is Square Enix trying to tell us something they’re thinking about for the future…? Cause I hope not.

  • minato arisato

    it’s just a live action trailer, it’ doesn’t mean other thing that to promote the game, it’s like bayonetta, that game has a live action trailer too but it doesn’t mean nothing more than that , a trailer for the game 😛

  • Wassim Mokhtar

    Ever wished for your one of your beloved PS2 games to be played again on your current consoles?

    http://www.mognetcentral.com/threads/square-enix-ps2-games-you-want-to-play-again-samurai-legend-musashi.600/

  • Wassim Mokhtar

    There is that hotness im seeing from the live action actress, I see no problem here.

  • Jaundré

    What is that actress’ s name? Wonder if I could marry her one day…?

  • Jean Paiva

    This was just a preview?

  • miss chel

    Wow just watched it. Pretty awesome, kinda have a crush on the actress now, haha.

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

    Okay. That was pretty badass. <3

    There are some really bad live action video game commercials. This turned out much better than I expected.

  • Sothe Zephyr

    Off topic: I wonder how the final boss battle begins……i mean, how do you get to it? What if someone just says “screw it” to some of the story and goes off to do side quests, what will happen?

  • Storm

    There is an extended version, nothing new but the music is awesome.

    > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVFautyuxGI

  • Sapientia

    Okay, that was surprisingly awesome.

  • Sapientia

    Short, but sweet. :)

  • kamikki

    Not even asian. You fail again SQEX

  • Sapientia

    I don’t think that was an official extended version. The editing was…uh…not there, I guess I could say. That, and audio levels were overlapping.
    Not trying to sound like a jerk, but I just don’t think it was legit.

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

    Whoever made that just mashed the live action commercial with the outfit trailer together, and slowed down the live action footage for some reason as well.

  • NikkiCola

    I figured as much, but my natural reaction is “They’re cooking up something…”
    It was also my reaction when I saw the FFXIV live action trailer as well. You never quite know what to expect with Square-Enix.

  • Somber

    Who’s dat actress! I need to know! *in love* (‘ω’)

  • Somber

    lol. Light was never an asian. She was meant to but was changed during development.

  • Guest

    Most Final Fantasy characters aren’t, you know.

  • kamikki

    It was a joke. jeez

  • Jaundré

    Sorry, I am first in line! She is hot ♡

  • EX+

    Noctis is more definitely an Asian. I don’t know what Lightning is.

  • Sorahearts

    That commercial is awesome. And the actress is hot

  • iLoveLightning

    Lightning is Fabulasiapean.

  • EX+

    Lightning is HAWT!

  • iLoveLightning

    That too 😀

  • Sothe Zephyr

    I thought all of them were asian…it being an asian game…i mean…adult hope? lol

  • Somber

    Almost none of them were asian plus Vanille and Fang being australians 😛

  • minato arisato

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yryEF2ff-nA

    new footage video off-screen, i have to say, the frame rate is very solid, the graphics are awesome, why february have to be so far away ;A;

    EDIT: it have spoilers near the end.

  • XYFEIR

    Looks like we’re all gonna have to fight for her. O3O

  • Jaundré

    Anytime!! Hahaha. To Ehren, I know you dont like fightning on these forums but please be aware that we are at least 3 people that are going to fight from now on. I say that the first guy that somehow someway gets her number first wins!

  • Sapientia

    You know when they showed that concept art of Lightning jumping in some kind of slum area, and we never saw it again, I wondered if there was a slum-like area, and I’m glad there is. I guess I should’ve connected Noel’s house and the area around it, but anyway…looks good, and you’re right, framerate’s not too shabby.
    Still, my beef with Luxerion: dem grungy colors. >.<
    Edit: Also, love that Lightning's little hang-jump is exactly like Sora's in KH.

  • Storm

    and that melee attacks… =D

    the OST is another plus

  • Storm
  • XYFEIR

    I always thought she was French since her real name: Éclair is the French word for ‘Lightning’. Plus picturing Lightning with a French accent is hot. :3

  • EX+

    Really? Éclair really fits her.

  • Sapientia

    Well…it’s “Claire” but I think they changed it from Éclair because it’s some kind of chocolate candy. I really don’t know. xD

  • Ehren Rivers

    In Japanese, it’s Eclair. They did change it for western audiences because of the association with the pastry.

  • Sapientia

    There was CG.

  • XYFEIR

    Can we talk about her badass kicks at 1:40?! and I noticed something interesting in that last scene. The oracle drive is red instead of the usual green.

  • XYFEIR

    Even though the game’s been done for a month or two, I feel like the demos they’ve been showing off were still earlier builds of the game. Because the framerate gets better with each new demo they show off.

  • Sapientia

    You know, they could be. Remember the Japan Expo demo in the Dead Dunes, when we were all annoyed because Toriyama and the Japanese>French translator kind of talked over everything (it’s their job, but still)? I’m still pretty darn adamant in thinking that demo was an earlier build of the game, because the Shadow & Dust outfit’s cape clipped through her weapon on the field, and now we’ve seen that they added like a collision barrier and the graphics seem better.

  • Storm

    yeah, the demo featured worse graphics, the rocks were ugly in dead dunes, and Adonis was modeled like a PS2 npc. :(

    now everything is looking way better, and the Evade ability is epic.

  • Storm

    I wonder how she’ll kick the enemy in mid-air after a launch attack.

  • Storm

    LR 1# in amazon jp

    http://i.imgur.com/kDcAiHK.png

    but dont expect the sales to beat XIII-2, from what I heard from people who is analyzing pre-orders and such the game will sell probably 300~400 first week.

  • XYFEIR

    I never really expected it to beat XIII-2 in sales tbh. But I feel like it’ll easily break 1 mi. And who knows? Sales are rather a difficult thing to predict, as we’ve all learned from XIV :ARR.

  • Mateus.E

    Well,it would be like expecting pokemon to outsell GTA.A sequel tends to sell worse then the original,maybe because the fans think that sequel=milking.imagine a sequel of a sequel…the majority of the buyers most likely also bought XIII-2,but not everyone who did it is gonna buy LR.Their loss,though.They will be missing the best of the three FFs that SE released this gen…excluding XIV.Well,SE usually releases three games for console.Well,gues XV is gonna get two brothers.

  • Sapientia

    Honestly I think LR will sell more than FFXIII-2. Pre-orders are pointing towards it, and I’ve been talking with a few others and they agree.
    Guess we’ll see.

  • XYFEIR

    I honestly hope it sells more, it genuinely looks like it’ll be a better game (not that I don’t love XIII-2)

  • juan david posada

    Will it be for ps4? if not, i may say that wasn’t a smart movement

  • Jean Paiva

    Nope.

  • juan david posada

    Could someone explain me why? I mean, by that point (February) a lot of people will have a Ps4 instead of a ps3 (which people may sell when thay get the next gen)so why to make it an actual gen exclusive?

  • Jean Paiva

    I don’t speak english. huehue

  • iLoveLightning

    Ain’t nobody know what Google translate is talkin’ ’bout.

  • Jean Paiva

    How is going the pre orders numbers in JP? In america seems better than XIII-2, right?
    (Now I was like: “Snake what’s your situation?”)

  • XYFEIR

    For a few reasons. But they main reason being that they would have to bump up the game visually, and may they feel that the cost to do that may not be worth it.

  • juan david posada

    ok, hablas español?

  • iLoveLightning
  • Jean Paiva

    Sí sí…..churros, tacos….. I’m kidding, if you wanna we can try portuguese.

  • juan david posada

    But then on, if the game sells good enough, wouldn’t they want to upgrade it to next gen?

  • Storm

    we still dont have the digital sales numbers, so their prediction is not totally accurate.

  • Pekola

    Well I meant more like…Visual Works stuff goes a long way and might have worked better.

    Specially considering how peculiar Lightning’s proportions are and how it’d probably cost a hefty sum to replicate the material in Lighting’s clothing.

    The YouTube thumbnail, tho. It looks like a still of her at the start of XIII-2.

  • Storm

    LR got more pre-orders in america earlier than XIII-2 did, according to vgchartz.

  • Pekola

    I hope to god it does. If only for the meltdowns. Muhahaha.

    Well not really for the meltdowns, but just to avoid the whole “HAHA I TOLD YOU SQUARE IS DOOMED BAI LIGHTNING U SUX SALES PROVE THAT”.

  • XYFEIR

    Not necessarily, There could be a lot of technical issues in bringing over a game that was developed for a past gen system, which could also be why X/X-2 HD Remaster has been taking so long. Or perhaps it’ll take too long to make everything look on par with what could be out for next-gen. Or maybe even the market that would want it on PS4/Xbox One is just too small to begin with.

  • Jean Paiva

    Yea, I hope too.

  • XYFEIR

    “If only for the meltdowns. Muhahaha.”

    You’re evil. I like that. :)

  • Storm

    true, another example is Pokemon Black and White 2, which sold less than half the sales of the first one.

  • Storm

    its already 18th in japan and nothing about a final trailer :(

    the last game of the trilogy deserves a final trailer D:

  • minato arisato

    maybe they’re gonna launch the trailer one day before the release date? maybe the 20th?

  • Jean Paiva

    Google translate don’t know jack!

  • XYFEIR

    Well, we can count 1 from me if that helps. XD

  • Jean Paiva

    mah nigga can kick now? I can’t believe! GREAT!!!

  • Mateus.E

    it’s weird. FPS fans buy games like CoD regardless of milking,or even if it is the same game…but the rpg fans are fucking picky,not buying sequels,as if the market is overflowing with rpgs.

  • Mateus.E

    I see,this must have been 500 years ago.Shit..so that is the prophecy.It looks like it’s fake…I would expect Caius to kill lightning,but not Noel.

  • Somber

    Is spoiler heavy?

  • Mateus.E

    well,if that game bombed,SE would be buried…so it can be expected it would be a sucess,it HAD to be.But yeah,it is hard predicting sells.

  • Mateus.E

    no spoiler is too heavy if you can’t understand what they say.

  • Somber

    You may saw ”disappointing” articles about PS4/XBONE. Most of the market is still with current-gen. Some don’t even want to jump onto next-gen.

  • Mateus.E

    There ain’t a point in jumping to the next gen because it hasn’t many good games yet,is expensive as shit,and has many glitches that need solving.Talking about you,white light of death.

  • Mateus.E

    it could be because it is made of a different material…it could be a redisign…or it could be a fake.it is suspicious though.Besides…the lightning in that visions shows fear…and does not notice noel.Strange.Noel is definitely being duped by that oracle drive….

  • XYFEIR

    Yeah, but it sold higher than even SE predicted. Which is good, it helped them out of a huge financial crisis.

  • Sapientia

    I’d rather be picky than buy the same thing year after year. Granted I AM buying LR and I did buy FFXIII-2, but I think in general RPG fans hold games to a higher standard. IMO, it can be a good thing (but it can also be a bad thing with how damn much they complain sometimes).

  • XYFEIR

    Calling it now, it’s a fake.

  • Iceygames

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vzkhGxDDLVI

    Let’s get updating lol, I think this might have just been posted but I don’t know.

  • XYFEIR

    So I just went to check the Japanese PSN store for Lightning Returns after buying my points, and the game seems to have disappeared off the market. Would anyone know why that might be? Maybe the time limit is up? :c

  • Guest

    Basically it’s Part 6 of a series of LR interviews, and a pretty beefy one at that (5 pages). Dengeki sat down with Yusuke Tanaka, cutscene animation director, and Hidekazu Miyake (?), cutscene layout director, to discuss various things pertaining to LR.

    If NC plan to summarise this interview, they should have something up about Toriyama’s “order” to display Lightning’s “cute (aka “moe”)” and “passionate” personalities side-by-side, lol.

  • Somber

    I already knew since it was shown in E3 trailer. It is definitely a counterfeit and fake fake fake 😛

  • Somber

    It’s sad that much more intelligent RPG are always under easy-going FPS.

  • Mateus.E

    pokemon black 2 and white 2 were awesome…well,i didn’t play them,but I played pokemon for 4 gens,so i have good and realistic standards.A sequel is a chance to develop the game world and characters…plus buying them will give the company profit to make better main entry games.People complain about sequels and complain when SE makes main entries that don’t fit with their irreal standards(a delusion of VII,without failings).If SE had more money,they would make better sequels and better Main entries.Simple as that.

  • Mateus.E

    Maybe this game taught them how to make better games…and how not to give up on them.

  • Mateus.E

    as long as someone does a quick and good livestream,I am good.Fucking exams coming up…need to see it quick.Maybe the time limit ended,maybe it is a issue with PSN…who knows.

  • Mateus.E

    The oracle drive is made to harness the memories of the wielder(“Time and memory,frozen in crystal”)…Maybe someone dumped a fake memory instead of a prophecy Yeul made..or put parts of a prophecy Noel saw on oracle drives in XIII-2 mixed with the dump.Could have been Lumina.Still,Noel never was that faithful about the oracle drive…since he didn’t believe in fatalism.Guess time worsens people indeed.

  • miss chel

    Or maybe on the day of the release.

  • Mateus.E

    ‘The walls of the world are falling!”.
    “All right,miss Oblige,who invited you to my room?”(this is what I felt and always will feel with the 3ds’s ability to project things in 3d in the real world,or to use the real world as a background in the top screen)Gosh,this sure scares me.Soon enough we are gonna walk with RPG caracters…or even on game worlds.Still,that is fascinating,though.

    Hahahahaha,10 in 10 rpgs those days have Liam O’Brian’s voice.Well,this guy is on a roll.The voice over is superb.Well,this should tranquilize those who were afraid.

  • Mateus.E

    what do you know about portuguese?As much as you know spanish,lol?Still,at least you know two words.better than nothing.

  • Jean Paiva

    Eu sei muitas coisas sobre português na verdade.

  • Ehren Rivers

    This has actually been explained previously. Because the trilogy started on the PS3 and 360, they wanted to end it on the same set of consoles. There’s always the chance the trilogy will be released on the PS4 later as a collection or through the Gaikai service.

    Also, most people will probably be keeping their PS3s for the time being due to the lack of backwards compatabiliy and the small library of PS4 launch games. With the Gaikai service not going live until late 2014 at the soonest and Final Fantasy XV/Kingdom Hearts 3 a long way off, there’s just no reason for Final Fantasy fans to ditch the current generation consoles.

  • Jean Paiva

    I speak portuguese.

  • N999

    Nice cosplay :)

  • Saray Raigoza

    Holy shit, is this real? If it is, its pretty cool

  • Saray Raigoza

    Holy shit, is this real? If it is, its pretty cool

  • Ehren Rivers

    Yup, it’s real.

  • Saray Raigoza

    Oh really? That’s so cool 8D No offense intended, but, is she Asian? When I saw this I’ve been asking myself that. She doesn’t…seem Asian. >< confused

  • Saray Raigoza

    Oh really? That’s so cool 8D No offense intended, but, is she Asian? When I saw this I’ve been asking myself that. She doesn’t…seem Asian. >< confused

  • Ehren Rivers

    To my knowledge she is not asian. In fact, I believe she is an American or Canadian cosplayer… She looks very, very familiar to me and I’m SURE I’ve seen her somewhere before.

  • Saray Raigoza

    Ohh….. That’s so cool 8D

  • Saray Raigoza

    Would you happen to know who is the cosplayer? I really want to ><

  • N999

    No idea. Sorry.

  • Saray Raigoza

    Aww

  • フィリップ オルソン

    wat is it just a commercial nothing more?

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