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Lightning may return again in Final Fantasy XV

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Man, you should have seen the original shop Zoe did for this.

I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIII: Lighting Returns. You’ll be getting a review from me ASAP, but suffice it to say that I’m tired of Lightning. However, it seems that I may be in the minority – apparently she’s so popular, that she’ll be seen again in future Final Fantasy games.

Speaking to Siliconera, Final Fantasy: Lightning Returns director Motomu Toriyama explained that this might not be the last we see of the pink-haired heroine:

For Lightning, her story ends here in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, as this game is meant as a finale to this series. But we know that Lightning is an extremely popular character, even when compared to other Final Fantasy characters.

So there is a possibility that Lightning would appear in other future Final Fantasy titles, not as a protagonist, but as a guest character.

You have got to be kidding me! There have been so many characters over the course of the Final Fantasy franchise that were way more deserving of this treatment. If those games were made now, just imagine the sequels we could have seen? I would have loved to see more Vincent, Auron or Waka. Imagine a game with more Sephiroth or Jenova? There were so many interesting stories to tell that we only got glimmers of in the original titles – why are we getting so much Lightning when she is the most boring protagonist to date?

Meanwhile, at least there’s this pretty Final Fantasy XV trailer to drool over. The combat certainly looks different, again. But really, I’m just drooling over how pretty it looks, as usual with Final Fantasy games.

Last Updated: February 17, 2014

88 Comments

  1. ElimiNathan

    February 17, 2014 at 13:31

    Dat trailer

    Reply

  2. Admiral Chief in Vegas

    February 17, 2014 at 13:36

    Wtf why did it look like Ezio in that one screen where all the characters were side by side???

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Vegas

      February 17, 2014 at 13:37

      here:

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        February 17, 2014 at 13:51

        Assasin’s Fantasy XVI: Lightning Re-Re-Returns?

        Reply

        • RinceandLeSIGH

          February 17, 2014 at 13:53

          Assasin’s Fantasy XVI: Lightning Re-Re-Returns after leaving her car key and has to pick up Vanille?

          Reply

        • Thiago Racca

          April 8, 2014 at 22:48

          i will not buy this shit anymore… square… fabula crysalis is a disaster..

          stop doing this stuff and make a different final fantasy for each game… a entire generantion of console with only shitty final fantasy games.. aff..

          Reply

      • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

        February 17, 2014 at 14:08

        Plot twist: that’s actually Lightning.

        Reply

        • marcus hughes

          February 17, 2014 at 14:36

          It’s a male that attacks Lucis, Noc’s home nation.

          Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 17, 2014 at 13:37

      Saw the same, in the middle.

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        February 17, 2014 at 13:38

        Aye, look at pic I posted below

        Reply

        • Hammersteyn

          February 17, 2014 at 13:39

          Stupid discuss, why can’t it post the pics automatically without us having to refresh?

          Reply

  3. Hammersteyn

    February 17, 2014 at 13:38

    The combat looks more like DMC than FF

    Reply

    • marcus hughes

      February 17, 2014 at 14:37

      Devil May Cry looks and plays nothing like XV. That’s like saying Street Fighter plays like Naruto Ninja Storm.

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn

        February 17, 2014 at 14:46

        That’s a relief!

        Reply

  4. Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

    February 17, 2014 at 13:38

    If she made an appearance as a background character, maybe someone you see walking past in a crowd, it might not be so bad.

    If they did that I’d expect to see several other characters making a brief appearance at various points in the game.

    Reply

    • Tarisma

      February 17, 2014 at 13:39

      If any character named after things that ruin your Saturday turn up I am going to be pissed

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 17, 2014 at 13:40

      Or maybe she gets disemboweled like Aries did. Though I doubt anyone would shed a tear of sadness

      Reply

      • Tarisma

        February 17, 2014 at 13:42

        It would devalue Aries’s death.

        Look I wouldn’t mind if they have a reference to her like how Zidane referenced Cloud in the Lindblum weapon shop in 9 but thats it.

        Reply

        • Albert sims

          February 17, 2014 at 20:37

          Aeris death wasn’t a big deal to me. She died to to early in the game for me to care. The deaths in final fantasy 2 or when I realized I let shadow die in FF6, those were more memorable and came before 7

          Reply

    • Umar Reborn

      February 17, 2014 at 14:06

      Well judging by the Epilogue of LR she might appear in XV

      Reply

  5. Tarisma

    February 17, 2014 at 13:38

    Seriously fuck.

    I’m busy replaying FF6 and I have to say despite being 20 years old and being 2D it is 10 times the game FF13 is

    Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      February 17, 2014 at 13:41

      Says the whole world in unison

      Reply

      • VampyreSquirrel

        February 17, 2014 at 13:41

        Except me who has never played a FF game…

        Reply

        • Tarisma

          February 17, 2014 at 13:42

          Better hurry up

          Reply

        • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

          February 17, 2014 at 13:42

          Go play FF6, FF7 or FF8 NOW!!!

          Reply

          • Tarisma

            February 17, 2014 at 13:42

            or 9

          • Hammersteyn

            February 17, 2014 at 13:42

            Ten wasn’t bad either.

          • Tarisma

            February 17, 2014 at 13:43

            true, 12 is where it started to go wrong

          • Hammersteyn

            February 17, 2014 at 13:43

            agreed

          • marcus hughes

            February 17, 2014 at 14:41

            no 13 went wrong. 12 was awesome. 92 metetic score. different type of FF but its still awesome

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 14:45

            it was stated as “started to go wrong”

          • Tarisma

            February 17, 2014 at 14:46

            look I’m not saying 12 was bad but it moved away from the staples of Final Fantasy like random encounters and the ATB system, to a more Star Oceanesk type of game play.

            But it was the beginning of too much innovation and change to series staples.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            December 23, 2016 at 02:53

            love how people are bashing 13 when it’s not even that bad…

          • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

            February 17, 2014 at 13:44

            Haven’t got or played 10 yet.

          • Hammersteyn

            February 17, 2014 at 13:48

            The Graphics was beautiful back in the day on PS2. Was the first FF to release on PS2 as well. I’d recommend looking into the HD remakes.

          • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

            February 17, 2014 at 13:50

            Already am.
            Should be getting my long awaited raise soon so I’ll have a little extra to spend.

            FFVI for my phone and FFX/X-2 for my PS3. πŸ˜€

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 13:44

            Damn… no pressure! lmao

          • TiMsTeR1033

            February 17, 2014 at 14:18

            FF7 onwards would be good to start off with. I have only played 7 – 9 so I have missed out a crap load. amazing games.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 17, 2014 at 14:22

            I’ve just finished 8, it’s really not all that great. Don’t feel like I wasted my time playing it, I did enjoy it, but I’ll never replay it.

        • Hammersteyn

          February 17, 2014 at 13:42

          Really? Amazing

          Reply

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 13:44

            Yeah, saw friends playing it, and the game play doesn’t appeal to me at all.

    • RinceandLeSIGH

      February 17, 2014 at 13:54

      What you said. Totally!

      Reply

    • Albert sims

      February 17, 2014 at 20:42

      Well of course, 6 is at least twice as good as the second best. 7 gets alot of hype but 6 is by far the best. I don’t get why it gets such little recognition.

      Reply

  6. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 17, 2014 at 13:42

    lol @ alt text. Now I want to see the original image :/

    Reply

    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      February 17, 2014 at 13:45

      • VampyreSquirrel

        February 17, 2014 at 13:45

        LOL! I’m sorry, but I had to laugh… cos I literally did… explains that tweet!

        Reply

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          February 17, 2014 at 14:35

          i have a very specific skill set… photoshop is not included

          Reply

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 14:39

            It’s not included in mine either… which is probably a good thing πŸ™‚

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 17, 2014 at 15:28

            Watch out Squirrel…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 15:50

            She probably knows where I live already… has my email address, has me on Steam… can get my IP from Gavin… uh oh!

            *goes into hiding*

      • Admiral Chief in Vegas

        February 17, 2014 at 13:48

        O_O

        Reply

      • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

        February 17, 2014 at 13:48

        Still better than anything I’ve made.

        Reply

        • VampyreSquirrel

          February 17, 2014 at 13:50

          Same here

          Reply

        • Her Highness the Hipster

          February 17, 2014 at 14:55

          thanks! at least i try. you can totally see i have the inspiration, but not the skill to execute

          Reply

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 15:02

            you get a 10/10 for inspiration… but I think you guys need to hire a graphic designer, just to photoshop stuff for you all

          • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

            February 17, 2014 at 15:11

            I thought Tim had already been hired for that position.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 15:23

            Good point. @timster1033:disqus @OddSockZA:disqus @disqus_3ihQj32EWp:disqus any comment? hehehe

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 15:49

            I Guess no comment then @disqus_dQR6yNlVbg:disqus

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 17, 2014 at 14:17

        ……..wow.

        No wonder he/she/it needs blind man shades after stabbing them directly into the eye sockets lol

        Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        February 17, 2014 at 14:17

        *shakes head*

        Reply

  7. Unavengedavo

    February 17, 2014 at 13:52

    Never got into FF, and I am glad to be honest. Spared me this level of dissapointment

    Reply

  8. RinceandLeSIGH

    February 17, 2014 at 13:52

    Oh come on! Kill her off already! Watched some 13 on youtube and wanted to stab myself in the eyes. Enough of her already!

    Reply

    • Rags

      February 17, 2014 at 14:50

      Waiting for that special image….

      Reply

      • RinceandLeSIGH

        February 17, 2014 at 15:07

        Here you go!

        Reply

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          February 17, 2014 at 15:25

          Reply

          • RinceandLeSIGH

            February 17, 2014 at 15:34

            HAHAHAHAHZHHAHAHAHAHA! You my friend win the internet today!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 17, 2014 at 15:40

            πŸ˜€ I thought you’d appreciate that.

          • RinceandLeSIGH

            February 17, 2014 at 15:42

            You make it?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 17, 2014 at 15:50

            Yes πŸ˜› (not the actual sai, but the wordy nonsense)

            What would the odds be of randomly finding something like this on the internet? Penises sure, but sai? πŸ˜‰

          • RinceandLeSIGH

            February 17, 2014 at 15:54

            True, that or cats…

          • VampyreSquirrel

            February 17, 2014 at 15:40

            Nice one!

  9. Umar Reborn

    February 17, 2014 at 14:03

    Fucking Toriyama. Piss off buddy!!!

    Reply

  10. Umar Reborn

    February 17, 2014 at 14:05

    God Toriyama needs to leave SE. I think he’s seriously dragging them down…

    Reply

  11. Milesh Bhana

    February 17, 2014 at 14:14

    hahaha, brilliant header image.

    Reply

  12. marcus hughes

    February 17, 2014 at 14:34

    Zoe don’t write anything else about XV because ”
    Lightning may return again in Final Fantasy XV” means you really know nothing about XV or Fabula Nova Crystallis. =____=’. Lighting has nothing to do with Noctis. Lighting existed in her own trilogy. She is only part of 13, however for DLC skins in other games, such as Final Fantasy Realm Reborn, she appeared ONLY as the skin extra content. This is not occurring in XV. TN and 1st division is making XV. MT made 13. Lighting has nothing to do with XV anything and won’t, so stop making false headlines.

    Fabula Nova Crystallis is the frame work for 3 games. FF Type 0 FF XV and FF13. None of them are canon to each other and none have the same characters shared or plots.

    Reply

    • Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja

      February 17, 2014 at 15:14

      She may be put into the background of some or other scene.
      Like a crowded street, a dance hall, a school assembly hall, a battle between 2 armies, the end of the world.

      Reply

      • Tarisma

        February 17, 2014 at 15:44

        In the sky during a storm?

        Reply

  13. VampyreSquirrel

    February 17, 2014 at 14:43

    We’ve been attacked by the elusive and rare FF fanatic.

    Reply

  14. Ryan Otis

    February 18, 2014 at 00:18

    You’re kidding right? Final Fantasy VII got 4 games and X got a sequel and an hd remake. VI and more importantly IX have basically or literally gotten diddly squat despite being far better games than VII or X.

    Reply

  15. FinalFantasyFan

    February 19, 2014 at 07:53

    I would love to see lightning make a return in XV, everyone seem like they hate her but if you play through lightning return and see how far she come then you will see she grown into one of the biggest character every in final fantasy history, yeah I was born around when cloud made his appearance he was one of the best character but then you have to think about Yuna Tidus can think of the one off of 4 and then one off of 12 but lightning is by far one of the best character she grown into a icon of final fantasy

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    • NoctX85

      March 6, 2014 at 13:54

      JUST…….NO

      Reply

  16. NoctX85

    March 6, 2014 at 12:19

    For the love of Gandalf, please don`t return ever again lightning you`re time is up….fuck off lol. And FFXV forever

    Reply

  17. NoctX85

    March 6, 2014 at 13:46

    For the love of Gandalf, pls lightning to not even try to re-return ever again. You`re Time is up and nobody wants to see you`re slutty face ever again. FFXV forever πŸ˜›

    Reply

  18. Thiago Racca

    April 8, 2014 at 22:43

    i Simply do not play (and not will) this Final Fantasy XIII-3 because of
    the Title I Hate Lightining on XIII-2 it was the moust boring part…
    now a whole game of boring stuff… aff

    why do they not make Sephiroth Returns… or Kefka Returns….

    So many great characters… but we have to waste time with this boring girl.. aff… i Will play bravely default…

    Reply

  19. DatPerson

    May 19, 2014 at 17:17

    OnlyCornerOfTHeInternetThatRattlesonBoutHowAmazingTheirSephiorVincentAreOrHowXIIISucks.GoobyPls.

    Don’t get me wrong I Love the other Final fantasies too aswell but If FFXIII has popularity and it’s quite a phenomena enough to make 3 games out of it. Let it be. FOR A REASON <— They made 3 games and are going to make Lightning as a Guest character

    FOR A REASON, I doubt the staff of Square Enix goes on " Oh let's make 3 final fantasy's XIII to make America hate us on how we're making a game that DOES NOT sell "

    Told this, They must have got good indicators within merchandise to fuel the production. and a proof of this is that both the other XIII's could have ended, since both of their endings were open to " Probably will continue " leaving a little gap. inbetween " ok we didn't get enough purchases. Halt the production " but THEY DID.

    As for the gaming engine within XIII's they're quite fast compared to many other role-per-turn attack games.

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  20. Lightning

    August 4, 2014 at 09:06

    Noctis kinda looks like L from death note :p

    Reply

  21. Cory Sthokely

    November 21, 2014 at 07:34

    I hope that the most ridiculous and whored out bitch that ever existed in the franchise never appears again, SE owes us a favor they have to let the bizarre FFXIII ”saga” die for good, but then again the franchise is doomed without Uematsu and hamauzu…

    Reply

  22. Hai

    March 10, 2015 at 04:12

    Look, I see that Lightning is overly popular, but that’s why she’s seen in all these games. Most agree she is a boring protagonist, but seeing her become weak is interesting. If any of you have played LIGHTNING RETURNS: final fantasy xiii, you noticed that she has an other side, her weakness. The reason they are continuing her series is because fans want to see more of her weakness.

    Reply

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