The Next Final Fantasy Comes With Cults, Cleavage, And Alcoholism

Cult murders. Revealing outfits. High-end booze. THIS IS FINAL FANTASY.

Thanks to the recently-released ESRB description for the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, we've got some info on what may or may not be in Square Enix's next RPG, which comes out in February for 360 and PS3.


Light spoilers here, so stay away if you don't want some morsels of info about Lightning Returns:

Rating Summary: This is a role-playing game in which players assume the role of a warrior named Lightning as she attempts to save human souls while battling the forces of Chaos. Players perform quests while exploring a fantastical world and interacting with various characters; combat sequences occur frequently and are presented in real-time format. Players use swords, axes, guns, and magical attacks (e.g., thunder/lightning, fireballs, energy blasts) to battle demons, dragons, elaborate robots, and other human-like characters. Battles are highlighted by sword slashing sound effects, explosions, and occasional slow-motion effects. Cutscenes occasionally depict characters being impaled by swords, and/or dissolving into particles. One element of the story concerns a cult-like group suspected of murdering several young girls who resemble Lightning.

Corpses are depicted in a handful of scenes, some lying in pools of blood with notes pinned to their bodies. Female characters are occasionally depicted wearing revealing outfits (e.g., tops that show moderate amounts of cleavage), and one cutscene scene features camera angles that linger on a female character's chest and buttocks as she discusses a performance with a male director. Lightning occasionally encounters drunken characters that are depicted waving mugs around, slurring their speech, and stumbling. One drunken man sends Lightning on a quest for high end booze before agreeing to a request. Lightning is also able to purchase beer and tequila at bars and consume the items to replenish health. The words “a*s,” and “bastard” appear in the dialogue.

Alcoholism! Corpses! This one's coming with a punch. Still cautiously excited.


Jonathan Ponikvar

Ahhhh, bringing back the good ol' days.