Ugh, you have no idea how tired I am about writing about this series. My fingers are typing the words Final Fantasy in my sleep these days. But there’s quite a lot happening the in world of JRPGs, and none is more important than the huge announcement at the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary bash this past weekend in Tokyo. As we all knew and expected, Square Enix used the platform to announce the most recent in the Final Fantasy XIII sub-series, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
The unimaginative title speaks for itself, the titular character Lightning does indeed return after a 300 year slumber only to find her world on the brink of destruction…again. This time, a Doomsday Clock slowly counts down the final days of the human race, and its up to Lightning to wind this imaginary clock to give humans more time to fix their ways and finally create a world living in.
Which is exactly what Square Enix must do as well. Can they finally cast aside the ugly shadow and create a game truly worth diving into, or will this be just another entry in the Final Fantasy XIII sub-series Square Enix just doesn’t want to let go of? The combat is getting an overhaul with some Super Mario RPG timed hits, and 300 years probably means most of the supporting cast won’t be alive enough to drag down the experience.
No word on Final Fantasy XIII Versus yet either, but Square Enix apparently has enough time and resources to troll its fans with a fake dating sim. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released sometime in 2013 in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.