A tale of souls from a futuristic civilization illuminated by the Light of the Crystal.
This eagerly anticipated title takes full advantage of the PlayStation 3 system's advanced hardware, providing tangible, intuitive controls while delivering seamless transitions between real-time gameplay and stunning in-game cinematics. The latest in cutting-edge technology has been utilized in development of FINAL FANTASY XIII, thus making this newest addition to the FINAL FANTASY series worthy of the title "next generation."
Final Fantasy XIII is set in a futuristic world controlling advanced technology and magical crystals. Pulse, the world Final Fantasy XIII is based on has had an evil history which has resulted in the construction of the floating utopian city called Cocoon. The citizens of Cocoon fear the world below. Lightning, the heroine of the game is seen fighting soldiers in Cocoon in the E3 2006 trailer but we aren't sure why. All we know about her is her codename and the fact that she has amnesia
Though she has forgotten her real name, she is known by the codename "The Lightning". Square-Enix at first announced she probably wasn't the main character of FFXIII in an interview with the developers in Gemaga magazine however she has now been confirmed to be the protagonist of the game. With energetic ariel, physical and magical attacks she is a formidable fighter and a valuable force to have control of. During the E3 2006 trailer she was attacking enemy soldiers but it isn't clear whether they were allied with Pulse or Cocoon.
Very little information is known out about Lightning yet but Square-Enix has revealed that the two yellow stripes on the her left shoulder symbolise her Rank and Social status. This could mean she is or was a soldier at some point. Her armour also shows that she is some kind of combatant as seen in the E3 2006 trailer when she is fighting enemy soldiers.. Lightning's past is unclear at the moment because she is suffering from some form of amnesia.
One of Lightning's special abilities is being able to control gravity which is one of the main reasons why her fighting is so agile. She can control it by using the buttons on her finger and thumb. When she clicks them together she can perform gravity defying moves in the air. It is possibly an ability she can only perform while in Overclock mode as the gameplay in the trailer suggests.
An unknown man was revealed at the end of the Jump Festa 2006 trailer. Almost nothing is known about him except his shoe size is 33cm which means he's a pretty tall guy. He appeared in the trailer riding in on a motorcycle when Lightning was surrounded by soldiers. His relationship with Lightning is unclear but Toriyama has described it as "unique" and it's unclear if the unknown man is an ally or an enemy. He is also described as having a funny style of fighting.
This new female character was revealed in the Tokyo Game Show 2007 trailer, shown in the Closed Mega Theatre. Her picture was first shown in the January 2008 V-Jump scans. In the trailer she was seen standing on a cliff watching the sphere in the sky fall apart. CD like discs began to fall out of the sky, one of which she caught and turned into the summon Carbuncle. No further background information is known about her character yet.