Since we’re somewhat back I’ve decided to expand The Rogues Gallery a bit. The sheer amount of concept art that goes into any gaming project is absolutely staggering, and given how gorgeous most of it is it’s an absolute shame that many are completely unaware of a lot of it. So we’ll be showcasing the concept art of some gaming titles from time to time, and I’ve decided to kick it off with the art of FINAL FANTASY XIII as I’m currently replaying it. Hit the jump to check it out!
The disdain for Square-Enix’s first next-gen entry into the FINAL FANTASY franchise is fairly obvious, especially amongst die-hard FINAL FANTASY fans, which is why it has always baffled me that the company continues to keep pushing FINAL FANTASY XIII onto the public. First there was a sequel nobody wanted (which was actually pretty damn good, more than it had any right to be), then a tie-in to the stellar FINAL FANTASY XIV through in-game events. Square is trying hard to get the public to like Lightning as much as they do and their latest attempt is a third entry in the saga, Lightning Returns: FINAL FANTASY XIII, starring the aforementioned heroine and no one else.
With the release of Lightning Returns drawing near, Square-Enix has put out a video recapping the story so far in a retro style that harkens back to the series’ glory days on the Super Nintendo. Hit the jump to check it out.
This weekend marks not just the annual Penny Arcade Expo, but also the 25th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY, and Square isn’t taking that milestone lightly. Yesterday saw a big presentation from the developer, including the confirmation of a title everyone was expecting them to make: Lightning Returns: FINAL FANTASY XIII aka FFXIII-3. Hit the jump for all the details and some concept art.
I have to admit, despite all common sense FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 has me intrigued. I didn’t mind XIII as much as others, but the stigma imposed on direct sequels to FINAL FANTASY titles by FINAL FANTASY X-2 is still fresh in the minds of many. After watching this primer, however, I think I’m about to place a pre-order. Hit the jump to get a nice four minute preview that’ll teach you everything you need to know about FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.