Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is an upcoming console action role-playing video game to be developed by Square Enix 1st Production Department and published by Square Enix. It is scheduled to release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2013. It is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series. The game will serve as a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2, concluding the story arc that began in Final Fantasy XIII. The concept for the game design is "world driven", meaning that the world will always be moving and have events happening in various locations at certain times of day, regardless of if the player is in the same location within the world to witness the event or not. Motomu Toriyama, the director, has promised that the game will be "the most complete and polished in the Final Fantasy series".
Lightning will be the only playable character with Hope Estheim giving guidance and advice to her over cellphone. The game will involve her battle to save the world from destruction, set against the awakening of the ancient god Bhunivelze. Players will also have the ability to customize her costume. According to Yuji Abe, the game design director, Lightning will have well over 20 costumes for the player to customize in the game. It has also been revealed, by character designer Tetsuya Nomura, that Snow Villiers will be in the game with a new outfit, though nothing more is known at this time.