As expected, Square Enix announced a third game in the “Lightning saga” during today’s start of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary celebration. The game will be known as Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and it’ll explore the final 13 days of Lightning’s world.
Yoshinori Kitase, a Producer on the Fabula Nova Crystallis project, promises that the game will include “the answers to the Lightning saga” and we were given our first taste of those answers through a series of presentations by the game’s developers.
The game will be an open world RPG that makes use of the Paradigm Shift combat system. Players will also be able to customize Lightning’s armor and weapons as they attempt to save the world from its apocalyptic demise. You can more about the game directly from the developers themselves as Director Motomu Toriyama, Game Design Director Yuji Abe, and Art Director Isamu Kamikokuryo all gave lenghty presentations on stage in Japan.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime next year.