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New Character, Battle Info For FFXIII

It should come out this year, and if it does, it'll certainly be one of the biggest titles of the generation thus far. We're hoping the announcement of a release date isn't far off but in the meantime, here are a few more fresh details from Square-Enix to tide you over.

According to RPGFan, there's some new information concerning the primary characters in the game. In some trailers, you've probably seen Lightning entering a train, where one of the people on board is Vanilla, the red-haired girl you may have seen pictures of. She joins Lightning and if you're wondering, there is another playable character - by the name of Snow - and Snow is the "head of a resistance movement fighting against the theocratic government of the Cocoon." The assembled party will have to fight normal Cocoon soldiers, but they'll face more powerful foes as well. You will see all the enemies on the field map and running into any one enemy will trigger an encounter, although Square-Enix has made it clear that the "transition between exploration and battle will be seamless." Basically, fans should expect an "enhanced version" of the familiar Active Time Battle system, so the combat is command-based.

However, even though a character will execute a command immediately, he or she has a limited number of "Action Points," which - obviously - dictate the number of performed actions. Certain actions require more points, so if Lightning has two action points, she can perform two basic attacks. Or, maybe she could use both action points at once to cast a spell; the decision is up to the player. Furthermore, you can execute chain attacks and stringing them together causes the bonus gauge to increase...although that's where the details end, so we're not sure how the bonus gauge works. Even so, this is more than enough to satisfy us for now, and we'll stay on the lookout for more. Final Fantasy XIII is gonna be epic.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIII

1/12/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (38 posts)

LightShow
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:16:55 PM
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i'm too pissed at enix to care right now. i'll check back in a couple of days when i'm over it

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:24:01 PM
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I approve... of the battle system I mean.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:27:50 PM
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Oh yeah, and I would get all up in Vanilla's pudding.

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Advent Child
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:35:34 PM

Seriously...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:36:47 PM

LOL

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 2:06:23 PM

LOL! I remember feeling weird when I felt a lil something for Aeris in FFVII! (Thats what I love about RPGs they get you emotionally attached) Nowadays these girls are smoking.

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GoldenShadow
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 10:43:02 PM
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Wow, this game is crawling to the top of my wishlist.

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laxpro2001
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:16:58 PM
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Lol the names are kinda wierd... Snow, Vanilla, and Lightning. Seems to be a weather/food theme...

I don't mind the battle system... and this is going to sound crazy because it is soo unlike FF, but how about seeing a battle system in real-time. If you all think it's a bad idea... sorry. I've been hungry for KH3 and they've just screwed me over too much by not announcing it for the past 2 years at TGS.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:25:42 PM

FFXII had a wierdo part turn-based part real time thing goin on. And Versus is supposed to be more real time like KH I hear.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/12/2009 11:26:21 PM

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:50:56 PM

I believe all those names are technically still code names, they haven't even begun to localize it for America yet.

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nickolars
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 12:56:07 AM

isn't lightning's real name dia?

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 1:22:10 AM

LOLz, there's also names like;

Cloud, Squall (gust of wind), Tidus (I've always though of 'tide', coz' he likes water xD), Laguna, Luna, Ash(e), Terra, Noctis ('nocturnal? - during the night?)

.. well that's basically all earth-condition names I can think of.

:P

Last edited by Banky A on 1/13/2009 1:31:20 AM

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 3:46:58 AM

What does Yuna have to do with weather or Nomura's naming methods lolz

:P

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PS3_Wizard
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 11:28:11 AM

Its more like stripper names.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, January 12, 2009 @ 11:46:07 PM
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Woot for offtopic, Sony won the SF4 tourny with MS and Capcom =D

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cegmp
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 12:22:55 AM
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"Final Fantasy XIII is gonna be epic." - you said it!

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AceTatsujin
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 1:22:35 AM
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Is there more playable characters? I heard there are 6 in total.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 3:07:10 AM
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Snow? All we need is Rain, Wind, and Fire

ANYWAY I wanna see what this new character looks like. Is it that blonde guy? Hope not

Anyway so FFXIII's keeping FFXII's battle system? good good

Hehe I laugh at FFXII's haters :D

The major difference is the fact that it's using turns(which was actually there in FFXII with a bit more freedom if you will).

And I'm sure you'll be moving your character(s) around so yeah.

I don't know, I still don't see this FF being epic. Good graphics for sure, but there's all 'bout I'm seeing at moment.

Mind you I have every FF since VII.

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Banky A
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 3:50:15 AM

The blonde guy is Snow, xD

And I wonder when they will name somebody Rraine (with 2 r's) lol!

:P

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 4:13:29 AM

Crap!

Why is Ben acting as if we haven't seen this dude since like 2007 -_-

Crap crap crap!

Meh makes me even less excited for this game.

The character designs so far are subpar, the only one looking interesting is the pink-haired Lightning.

Rikku/Aeris-wannabe *cough* Vanilla *cough*

and

SeipherII *cough* Snow *cough* are boring character designs.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 4:14:30 AM

Rraine hehe, I think I'd like "Raine" better hehe...

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robinhood2010
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 5:59:13 PM

You mean all this game needs is Earth, Wind and Fire.

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Troy Powers
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 8:14:04 AM
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Anybody want to explain to me briefly the difference between FFXIII and FFXIII Versus? Is Versus just a suped up PS3 version, or are they completely different games?

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karneli lll
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 9:47:21 AM

The two games are completely different but, both games share mythology and aren't directly related at all. ff versus 13 has a... lesser fantasy feel to it... than ff 13

Last edited by karneli lll on 1/13/2009 9:49:02 AM

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fallingdove
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 9:58:23 AM

They have said that they are trying to distance themselves from numbered entries. So Final Fantasy XIII is the new series. Versus and Agito are entries in that series. XIII will come out in 2009, Versus(with a completely different story, will probably be released in 2010 - PS3 exclusive)

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coverton341
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 10:42:35 AM

@fallingdove
So far it is an exclusive but let us not forget that Agito was a phone based exclusive at one point too, but yeah it will probably be at some point in 2010 but if it is just a crap action RPG then who cares if it is exclusive or not? I am not saying I think it will be crap but I am not holding onto any hope for it anymore so if it does suck I won't be let down.

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fallingdove
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 11:28:23 AM

@coverton341
Yeah, you never know with Square-enix these days.

I am actually more excited for Versus than XIII though. I happen to like Nomura's take on the Action/RPG. Crisis Core and Kingdom Hearts were both a lot of fun, not to mention I am really enjoying Dissidia.

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King James
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 10:40:42 AM

@Troy

Since no one answered your question Troy. U no, KJ got u. FFXIII is trad RPG Action turned based gameplay. FF Versus XIII is similar to Kingdoms Hearts so its Action RPG style. And Agito is unclear. Ppl think that its gonna be similar to FF7 Crisis Core.

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Jeffrey
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 10:56:56 AM
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So @ advent child, you seriously arent going to buy this?

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PS3_Wizard
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 11:30:43 AM
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Does anyone have a strange feeling that FF isnt gonna live up to the hype? other than graphics?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 5:04:44 PM

It's hard not to have that feeling with the way SE bats us around like a cat with a yarn ball. Feels like we are gonna get a smack that sends us into the radiator.

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King James
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 10:40:56 AM

Nope.

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 12:35:38 PM
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Snows been shown for ages, what do you mean new character, btw people for the lastest FFXIII news go to

http://www.ff-xiii.net/

If theres any new updates, its on there.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 @ 5:09:14 PM

I'm gessing "New character, battle info" is phonetically correct in that the INFO on the characters and battles is new. Not "here's a new character and some battle info", I was a little confused too. Snow was just mentioned along with early details on his role.

Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 1/13/2009 5:11:31 PM

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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 11:14:27 AM
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HERES A NEW FFXIII CHARACTER!!!

http://anchan.an.ohost.de/save/src/123194141946.jpg

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Arvis
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 @ 1:14:19 PM

Ha ha! That guy looks awesome! :D

-Arvis

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Banky A
Thursday, January 15, 2009 @ 3:23:05 AM

Finally a proper black afro guy!

@ Barret from FFVII,
You're still the buff ghetto member of the party, don't worry :P

>=]

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dhell
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 10:53:07 PM
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lol where r chocolate and cookie lmao or how about tea lmao.

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