Announced solely for North America, Square Enix has detailed that a Collector’s Edition for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available for February 11th, 2014, exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store (you can pre-order the game to get Cloud Strife’s SOLDIER 1st Class Uniform and Buster Sword).
Mat Kishimoto, Associate Product Manager at Square Enix, discussed the various items in the Collector’s Edition, in addition to the game, on the PS Blog:
As a lifelong fan of the Final Fantasy franchise like many of you, I’ve always loved the aesthetics of the Japanese cover art. We don’t want you to feel forced to import the Japanese copy of the game for obscene amounts of money just for the fantastic cover art, so that’s how we came to the decision to choose this specific artwork for the collector box.
80 Page Hardcover Art Book
This art book, simply put, is awesome. Everyone is well aware that the Final Fantasy series is known for its iconic art, but we wanted to go above and beyond on this one.
This art book is wrapped in a dust jacket featuring legendary character designer Tetsuya Nomura’s original drawings. Diving into the book itself, the first thing you’ll notice is the foreword by visionary art director Isamu Kamikokuryo. As you flip through the pages, it only gets chock full of more awesomeness, like a retrospective look at the Final Fantasy XIII franchise, more character sketches and renderings, Lightning’s full range of customization, the world of Nova Chrysalia and its architecture, as well as the massive amounts of monsters contained within.
Finally, there are the two full gatefolds that give you an even more introspective look into Lightning Returns. It would have been tragic to force some of these pieces to fit on one page, so instead we spread it across two pages that fold out to reveal even more art.
Silver Embossed Pocket Watch
Lightning Returns revolves around a 13-day countdown doomsday clock – an ever-present challenge that forces you to make game-changing decisions throughout your playthrough. We wanted to give the gift of time back to you in the form of this premium pocket watch.
Aerith Gainsborough ‘Midgar’s Flower Girl’ DLC
For you true Final Fantasy fans, we wanted to make sure you got a DLC code to put Lightning in one of the most recognizable costumes in franchise history.
To show off everything within the Collector’s Edition, Square Enix released this trailer:
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