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Lightning Returns is a Minimum 50 Hours of Playtime

Did we hear people wanting to play longer games? I bet you wanted more hours of personal time with Lightning from the Final Fantasy series at least, right? Well, here’s your wish being granted. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 has been confirmed to last for at least 50 hours.

Square Enix’s gameplay director Yuji Abe was talking to IGN in a First Look event when he validated the news. “When I did the test plays during the development period, I played through from start to finish trying to see almost all of the aspects of the game and it took roughly about 50 hours,” he said.

We do know that Lightning will be enroute to save the world from total destruction and she will be on the clock. What we have learnt from Abe now is that she will have 13 days to pull of the task and the game will play in a day and night cycle. This means you will need to be a good day planner for this game.

“The way the game moves, one period of 24 hours within the game world itself will take play time in the real world around two or three hours of actual, real time,” Abe said. “Having said that, opening menus, customising your characters, talking to some people or just listening to certain things will cause time to stop. So it isn’t quite as short as you’d think.”

If we compare this to the predecessors of this game, it roughly equals the run time of Final Fantasy 13 itself but lasts longer than Final Fantasy 13-2 the sequel.

North America is supposed to get Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 on February 11, but gamers in Japan will get a good head start when the game releases in Japan next month.