In the first day of Square-Enix event to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy franchise, the company announced the third and final chapter in the FFXIII trilogy, which will go by the name of "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII". According to the different articles from many sites out there, the game will be a mix of old things seen in the first two games and many new mechanics. One of them has caught the attention of the public. The game will revolve around Lightning trying to save the world from destruction in under thirteen days while gaining time from many tasks like completing quests, killing enemies and things like that. This makes people remember one of my favorite games ever, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
Besides the countdown system, it seems like the game will be open-world, with players able to go anywhere and doing things their own way. Customization is also a big focus according to Square-Enix who stated most things will be customizable, from Lightning's clothes and equipment, to things in the world itself. Some of the media were shown a video with Lightning completing a quest and killing some enemies in a solo battle system similar in part to the Paradigm Shift ATB system present in FFXIII and FFXIII-2. Only this time, players will be able to control her movements in the battlefield, so the game might be like a mix between Tales of and FFXIII. At this moment, no one knows.
Also.The game world is called Novus Partus and one of the cities is Luxerion. These names are completely new to the franchise and might suggest that the game doesn't take place in Cocoon or Pulse, so there really isn't any info about the game's real connection with the past two titles. But at least we know what the thing will focus on most likely.
Besides this game, the event goers and stream watchers were shown an excellent music composition based in Final Fantasy XI: Online and a new trailer and gameplay of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (A game I'm dying to play once it comes out). But the most expected news aren't still around. Where is Versus XIII¿ It seems like a Square spokesman told the public he saw the game and that it is awesome but people won't be quiet about it until the game is shown again in a trailer. Hell, I know I won't.
Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be out in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.