The Final Fantasy 13 trilogy concluding with the recent release of Lightning Returns, does not mean the end of the heroine Lightning; who according to director Motomu Toriyama could make various appearances in other Final Fantasy titles.
“For Lightning, her story ends here in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13, as this game is meant as a finale to this series,” Toriyama told Siliconera in an interview. “But we know that Lightning is an extremely popular character, even when compared to other Final Fantasy characters.
“So there is a possibility that Lightning would appear in other future Final Fantasy titles, not as a protagonist, but as a guest character.”
Ever since the game was released in the West, many have criticized the game on its core concept that in a form restricts the “player’s freedom”. Commenting on such mixed reviews, Toriyama said that the same could be seen in a positive manner.
“If you approach the game’s time limit in a positive manner, I think players will further understand the nuances and appreciate why we chose to implement this system. Even in Japan, what we’ve noticed is that opinions on the game become more positive after some time since Lightning Returns’ initial release [after players get used to the nuances],” Toriyama said.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 launched earlier this month for the PS3 and Xbox 360.