Lightning Gets New, Edgier Look in Upcoming FFXIII Title

The third and final entry in the Final Fantasy XIII series concludes with the return of Lighting, and if a new image is any indication, our heroine will be sporting a much darker and sleeker look.

The pic below was taken from the latest issue of Famitsu (via AGB). The Japanese magazine ran a feature on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII this week and accompanied it with a picture of Lightning looking very serious, clad in black leather.

Square Enix has made it clear that they are going for a very different feel for Lightning Returns, so what better way to emphasize this change than with a new edgy outfit for the protagonist? As long as the game isn’t built around a goofy costume mechanic (see FFX-2) I’ll be happy.

What do you think of Lightning’s new look? Do you prefer the darker take, or do you wish Square stuck with Lightning’s original garb? Share your thoughts in the comments below.