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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’s Outerworld services are coming to an end By Erren Van Duine on April 21, 2016 at 9:20 PM

The social network compatibility with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – dubbed “Outerworld Services” – will be coming to a close after two years in operation, Square Enix revealed in a support message.

Starting on April 26th, players will no longer have access to features such as news and updates, submissions to Outerworld Services, Outerworld NPCs, rewards from the Outerworld and the ability to post to social networking sites.

The Outerworld Services was something fairly new to the Final Fantasy series – allowing players to share their custom Lightning, compare battle scores and sell items.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII recently saw a release on PC, following its launch on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2014.

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  • Thom Kristiansen

    Whatever. Bye bye Lightning.

  • Miqote

    I hope they remake the original FFXIII with a completely redone story that’s complete and doesn’t require sequels. A complete retelling of the tale.

  • Luke Watts

    Yup. Good riddance. May they never do anything with this title again.

  • The whining will be endless if that ever happened. Maybe after a couple of years when people forget about XIII. Realistically that would be in 2050 because the FF fandom will not let go of their Lightning hate.

    I’m for the idea, though.

  • Sora96

    They just released it on iOS & Android and likely have a Chrome Cast Edition on the way.

  • Zach Hagler

    I actually really enjoyed the first XIII game watching it from a movie standpoint then playing the actual game. ( Don’t get me wrong, it had it’s share of faults, but it was largely enjoyable. ) The sequels weren’t too bad, they just felt dislodged from everything the original built upon and sort of felt unncessary, even though it managed to keep my interest till the very end. In a way it almost acted as my introduction to the Final Fantasy series. But I definitely agree with everyone that it’s time to move on and let a new protagonist take the spotlight. Notcis I’m looking at you buddy!

  • Randy Marsh

    You just realize they’re just shutting down the social service system right? The game is still around, not like they’re removing it from store shelves and online stores.

  • Randy Marsh

    Goodbye easy Elixir achievement…

  • Luke Watts

    Ah yup. I understand this. I’m referring to the fact that they did 3 releases for this garbage and I’m just glad to see it dying in any form possible.

  • Randy Marsh

    But it isn’t dying…nope not continuing this. Not worth it. People like you make my brain hurt.

  • Noctis

    tought the same lol

  • XIII RAAAAR!!! HATE!! SMASH!! HATE!!! 😉

  • I would be happy with an HD remake, but a complete retelling would be an interesting idea to keep the game fresh to fans of the original trilogy.

  • stevenm281

    I’d rather a non restrictive gameplay than a new story.

  • Daniel

    She’s featured in the new Dissidia game, and will come back in World of FF. Deal with it

  • Daniel

    I was thinking the same thing ;-;

  • Yuntu

    The first game was a complete telling.

  • Thom Kristiansen

    That’s awful. Why would you say such a thing?? 🙁

  • Daniel

    She’s was voted in 2013 as the favorite heroine from the Final Fantasy series in Japan. She became the new face of the franchise (much like Cloud). Japan just can’t get enough of her. 🙂

  • Luke Watts

    Ok, well, respectfully, let me just say this. From what I could gather, the VAST majority of the Final fantasy fanbase disliked 13. Had square paid enough attention to their consumers, they would have moved on from this sooner, made a newer title sooner, restored some faith sooner. But they went on and made TWO full new games for it. I don’t disagree that it was well received by some. But MOST where left wondering what the hell Square was doing… I just make up part of this group… and want them to leave 13 behind where it belongs.Sorry to make your head hurt. 🙂