"Why Lightning Returns isn't called Final Fantasy XIII-3"

#11LittleYamiPosted 12/5/2012 4:00:43 AM
So Lightning has to save the world in 13 days. One day in the game is roughly 2 hours in real time. So that means the game must be completed in 26 hours. Shortest FF game ever! Oh wait, you can extend your time by completing certain tasks.
#12mahroflcopterPosted 12/5/2012 5:13:31 AM
LittleYami posted...
So Lightning has to save the world in 13 days. One day in the game is roughly 2 hours in real time. So that means the game must be completed in 26 hours. Shortest FF game ever! Oh wait, you can extend your time by completing certain tasks.


1 to 2 hours... so more like 18 to 20 hours long.
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#13ArtiRockPosted 12/5/2012 6:30:58 AM
ShuyinOnTheWay posted...
According to a translation by Final Fantasy Network, the team believes the entry is unique enough to warrant a different name, “as calling it XIII-3 might give the impression that it would be a direct evolution of Final Fantasy XIII-2.” Kitase referred to the game as “a new experience.”

Toriyama noted that Lightning Returns will be “world-driven,” as opposed to the “story-driven” Final Fantasy XIII and “player-driven” XIII-2. The idea of a “world-driven” game is “to put the player in a world that is constantly shifting and changing — one that doesn’t necessarily revolve around the player.” The world will reportedly run in real time 24 hours a day, giving the player “a sense of time and urgency to experience content that will not always be waiting for them.”

Players will manage the game via Lightning, who will slow down or speed up the world based on her actions. According to Abe, the day and night cycle of the game has not been completed but will be “roughly one to two hours.” Toriyama noted that experiencing everything in Lightning Returns will likely require multiple playthroughs, as with Abe saying that he wants players to think “oh! I didn’t know that event occurred” while on their second time through.


Source: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/12/04/why-lightning-returns-isnt-called-final-fantasy-xiii-3

Yay news.


Not trying to sound mean, but the idea of "world driven" sounds horrible. A game that plays off of real time? That sounds so horrible. Not everyone can pick up the game whenever they want to.
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#14King_Shortt_IXPosted 12/5/2012 6:53:40 AM
marcBook posted...
So, they want to distance themselves as far as possible from XIII-2. Smart choice.


What they need to do is drop the XIII out out of the title as well, so they can distance itself from FFXIII as well,
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#15MoogleHunterPosted 12/5/2012 8:19:12 AM
More like Lightning Finally Pisses Off. Im just glad this will be the last Lightning game.
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#16HitzkolpfPosted 12/5/2012 8:24:08 AM
"According to a translation by Final Fantasy Network, the team believes the entry is unique enough to warrant a different name, “as calling it XIII-3 might give the impression that it would be a direct evolution of Final Fantasy XIII-2.”

In other words...

"[...] the team believes that that calling it XIII-3 might cause gamers to directly associate it with XIII-2, and it would lead to even worse sales due to it being a sequel to a badly received sequel."
#17AesopRockzPosted 12/5/2012 8:25:01 AM
Xclaim posted...
I just figured LR isn't called XIII-3 for the same reason Dirge of Cerberus wasn't called VII-2; it's not a full FF sequel if it's just focused on one playable character.


I kind of thought that too