Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will wrap up the trilogy just more than four years after it began, two years after Final Fantasy XIII-2 was released. Lightning returns on February 11 in North America, February 14 in Europe, for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Check out the game in Square Enix's newly released E3 trailer which has a surprise -- Snow is back.
Don't be a bit confused if nothing in the trailer makes much sense. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is basically a convoluted mess so far up in its own time travel that the happenings of the original Final Fantasy XIII seem sane. I don't want to spoil anything, but Lightning's probably got to save the world and she'll have to kick everyone's ass to make it happen. Including Snow's, it seems. I think I like him better as this rugged, 500 year old jerk.
Probably what I'm most surprised about, however, is the turnaround on these Final Fantasy sequels. I can understand a two-year development cycle for any game -- that's actually quite fast, but what was Square thinking dedicating an entire generation of consoles to a sing Final Fantasy trilogy? On top of that, I don't even think it's a Final Fantasy that went over very well with fans. Now it's leaking into next-gen territory and really all I want is for Square to finish this so they can move onto something else. That company has got to get its blood flowing again with this franchise.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on February 11 (Feb. 14 in Europe). Expect to see more of the game at E3, and who knows what else.