Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Director Explains Lightning’s New Look

January 4, 2013Written by Jason Dunning

When the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII trailer was released last month, one thing you couldn’t help but notice was Lightning’s brand new, somewhat Assassin’s Creed-esque, outfit that she was wearing.

In an interview with Famitsu (translated by Siliconera), Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII director, Motomu Toriyama, talked about the reasoning behind her new costume:

We got [Tetsuya] Nomura to design Lightning for what will be her last fight. We asked him to represent her with the word ‘strength’ as the focus. Red and white were the dominant colors that represented Final Fantasy XIII, with that in consideration, I believe that the color red symbolizes strength better than any other. In the end, we decided to go half white and red for Lightning’s color scheme.

What do you think of Lightning’s design? Does it properly convey ‘strength’? Let us know in the comments below.

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