E3 2013: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Release Date, Trailer, and New Screenshots!

Square Enix has release a fairly large media update on their upcoming title Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII today. The images come just a few days in advance of this years E3.

The screens show off the lively city of Yusnaan, and the adventures that await Lightning, including colossal monster battles and the new action-oriented battle system. Additionally, Lighting’s former ally, Snow Villiers makes a return to the series with a storyline that underscores how the title has gone through a complete refresh, with an updated look from the previous two installments.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available in Japan on November 21, 2013, North America on February 11, 2014, and Europe on February 14, 2014. For those who wish to pre-order the North America version, you may do so now through Amazon for both Playstation 3 and XBox 360.


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Also announced today is the Ultimate Box, which will only be available in Japan on the Square Enix eStore. The Ultimate Box will let buyers in Japan purchase all three games at once, a selection from each game’s original soundtrack, an art book, as well as a variant version of the new Lightning Play Arts Kai figurine.


The Ultimate Box will retail for ¥26,000, while the standard edition will retail for ¥7,770 for PS3 and 360. A Downloadable version will also be available in Japan, however pricing for this version has not been announced yet.

One final note, if you wish to purchase the track featured on the E3 2013 Trailer, you may do so via iTunes.