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Final Lightning Returns 'Inside The Square' Dev Diary Goes Live

Final Lightning Returns 'Inside The Square' Dev Diary Goes Live

Written by Darryl — 08 Jan 2014

Square Enix has published the final part of their "Inside The Square" video series, which has acted as something of a development diary for the team so far.

In this final video, different members of the team talk about some of the finer details of the game. For example, it kicks off with Yuji Abe talking about the Doomsday Clock. This is the driving force behind the whole "13 days" mechanic, as you need to finish the game before time expires.

Square Enix have also used this concept to make a world which changes on a day-to-day basis, with sometimes the entire mood of a city changing if you come back an in-game day later.

In terms of the battle system, the video talks about how the developers have tried to make the whole experience more intuitive for players. Primarily, this has been achieved by reducing the amount of characters you control to just Lightning.

It's still the same core experience, which has been adapted from Final Fantasy XIII's Paradigm Shift system, but there will now be many more tactics to employ and even more ways to find a style that suits your personality. Plus, you have the ability to move around in battles.

In the video, special praise was also reserved for the game's director, Motomu Toriyama. We all know he gets a bit of stick from fans, but the video highlights what he does behind the scenes, such as galvanising the team and keeping spirits high.

You can check out the video, which is narrated by the lovely Ali Hillis, below:

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If you haven't had a chance yet, be sure to pre-order Lightning Returns. You can do this via or It releases on the 11th/14th of February, so there's not long left!

Darryl was playing Final Fantasy before he was even born - quite a feat! Often very opinionated on the Final Fantasy franchise, you will often find him musing about small details. Feel free to follow him on Twitter.