Final Fantasy XIII Control Scheme Revealed

September 14, 2009 Written by Cameron Teague


This past week during Square-Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII premiere party, a handful of people were given the chance to play the TGS build of Final Fantasy XIII.

One thing that came out of this was a look at the controls for FFXIII.  The controls don’t look out of place to most RPG vets and will of course have some changes from the Japan Release to US Release, such as X to select instead of cancel.  The full control set is below.

• Directional Pad
Field: Not used
Battle: Toggle through targets, commands

• Left Stick
Field: Move character
Battle: Not used

• L1 Button
Field: Field items
Battle: Paradigm Shift (“Optima Change”)

• Select Button
Field: Navigational Map
Battle: Not used

• Start Button
Field: Pause Menu
Battle: Pause

• Circle Button*
Field: To select things, make decisions, etc (The equivalent of the “X” button)
Battle: Input commands, select targets

• Square Button
Field: Open Area Map
Battle: Driving Mode (Type of attack used when Summons are in Gestalt Mode)

• X Button*
Field: Cancel
Battle: Cancel

• Triangle Button
Field: Open Menu
Battle: Input commands

• Right Stick/R3 Button
Field: Camera
Battle: Camera

Final Fantasy XIII is set for release in Japan on December 17th, which the US/Europe scheduled for Q2, 2010.