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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII gets art, feature list

New details revealed on Square Enix threequel

Square Enix has further detailed Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the Xbox 360 and PS3 title set for release next year.

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Revealed at a 25th Anniversary Event this weekend, Square Enix said the game - the last entry in the "Lightning saga" - will feature the FFXIII heroine in a tense finale as a doomsday clock counts down 13 days until the end of the world.

This morning the publisher's dropped the game's first artwork along with a feature list.

Producer Yoshinori Kitase said in a statement: "We are pleased to reveal that Lightning is returning as the playable character in this title, and are excited to see how fans react to the more direct battle system and expansive environment that can be explored at will."

Director Motomu Toriyama added: "Increased levels of player freedom, customisation and connectivity with the real world, will ensure that this concluding chapter will be an exhilarating finale to Lightning's story."

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The feature list follows:

LIGHTNING UNDER YOUR CONTROL
Lightning will be the playable character - with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customise Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.

ACTION-ORIENTED COMBAT
A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any FINAL FANTASY game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.

A CONSTANTLY MOVING, BEAUTIFUL WORLD
Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.

USE YOUR TIME WELL
A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?

A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE
Stay connected to FINAL FANTASY and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.

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