Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 video goes behind-the-scenes with franchise creators

Friday, 30th August 2013 16:52 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has a behind-the-scenes video available, and while these sorts of videos are commonplace, this one is kind of a big deal: it’s the first time in 25 years Square Enix and the Final Fantasy team have published a behind-the-scenes look at how the franchise is created.

Titled “Inside the Square,” the video takes an in-depth look at the RPG franchise and is the first of three planned video episodes.

Watch it below.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 is due on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan in November and hits the west in February 2014.

Thanks, PS Blog.



  1. salarta

    Too bad they’re doing a behind the scenes for a game I will never play and really doesn’t deserve it. I’ll look forward to these things when they’re for FF15 or some other Final Fantasy game that doesn’t involve Toriyama or any of the crap he’s done.

    Still, I understand some people do look forward to it and would like to see these things, so thanks for posting for their sakes.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Unlimax

    *Sigh* .. too much FF games this gen

    We need a new Survival Horror Parasite Eve Square , If you plan to bring this franchise back Just don’t let Toriyama touch it again Dx

    #2 1 year ago
  3. salarta

    @2: Indeed. I want more than just Toriyama not touching the Parasite Eve series or any of its characters again, I want 3rd Birthday flat out made non-canon with a proper Aya game on main consoles. Not even retconned, but actually turned into something that was never canon to begin with. That whole game was an insult to everyone; to fans of Parasite Eve, to fans of Squeenix, and to fans of video games in general. It assumes nobody can like Aya Brea unless they get newly introduced to her as a terrified woman-child that can’t fight unless a man makes her do it, running around in fetish outfits that tear away the more you let the girl you’re playing as get physically assaulted by monsters.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. dizzygear

    @3 Man your mad about PE3. In a sense you could say 3rd birth day is non cannon since they lost the rights to use the Parasite Eve name a long time ago.

    IMO the game felt like it was just a generic PSP action game they had on the shelf somewhere at Squeenix with Aya shoved in it to shut up the fans who were pissed when 3rd birthday was first announced as a cell phone game. I mean Time Travel? seriously?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Djoenz

    Indeed man. Couldnt agree more. Its a shame really. This cosplay game with 80 lame outfits is not only whoring Lightning herself but even other ff titles. I mean cloud oufit come on…

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Dragon246

    “That whole game was an insult to everyone”
    Speak for yourself please. I like 3rd birthday a lot. Body shifting mechanism was very cool and executed nicely. One of the best games on PSP imo.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Djoenz

    SE TGS:

    FFXV and KH3 the real games I want from SE. AGES AGO -__- now exlusive for next gen. SE biggest troll ever.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Unlimax

    Whenever you go in the gaming world .. you see some people like Dragon246 defend something that doesn’t meet the fans expectation and his argue literally defeats the whole purpose of the fans feedbacks .

    If you like this game specifically that’s fine .. just don’t be rude be quiet and let the fans spread their words , Sheeesh its Like RE situation all over again and i really despise people like that who argue with the fans of the original game just because they “Like” the new game .

    #8 1 year ago
  9. salarta

    @8: It’s a tricky issue. On the one hand, everyone has their own tastes, they can like what they want. He’s not really being rude, he’s just arguing back that he likes the game and thinks it’s good in response to me saying it’s an insult to everyone.

    … On the other hand, I hate how shitty treatment of great IPs gets a pass with some people because they like the gameplay or because they hold blind fanboyism for the company. Some people that claim to be fans are in reality just following the perception that being a “fan” means buying anything with names slapped on it no matter what it does, to the point where they’d gleefully accept a game that takes the original intent and craps all over it (as 3rd Birthday did) because they figure the only thing that matters is the name on the box. This is why companies, especially Hollywood ones, are more keen to greenlight “reboots” and sequels no matter how shitty the content is than to back fresh and original ideas. They know people are stupid enough to buy something solely because of the name and will ignore poor quality because of that name.

    I think a real fan is someone that won’t accept absolutely anything a company does to the IP they own. A real fan, in my eyes, demands good treatment for what are supposed to be their favorite characters and concepts. Rewriting a tough, brave female cop to run around in skimpy fetish outfits terrified that she has to fight monsters isn’t anywhere near respectful to the source material.

    It’s so far off that I genuinely think Toriyama intentionally ruined Aya Brea so she couldn’t outshine his precious Lightning for the public opinion of Squeenix’s best tough female protagonist. After all, Toriyama certainly didn’t think Lightning needed to start from a place of wearing bunnysuits and bikinis, ending up on the verge of tears at the idea of combat, getting ordered around by a man, accept constant sexual harassment in the workplace (mainly from Toriyama turning Maeda into a perverted self-insert of himself), and starring in nearly softcore porn shower scenes in order to look like a “cool mature woman” (as Toriyama claimed in interview he was going to make Aya out to be in the game).

    #9 1 year ago

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