Square Enix's Highly Anticipated Action RPG Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Launches Today

Final Chapter in Lightning's Saga Now Available on PlayStation®3 System and Xbox 360

Feb 11, 2014, 09:00 ET from Square Enix, Inc.

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced that its action role-playing game (RPG), LIGHTNING RETURNS™: FINAL FANTASY® XIII, is now available in North America for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and for digital download on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox 360 Games on Demand. New and old fans of the series can now completely immerse themselves in this epic finale to Lightning's saga.

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Featuring a brand-new story, world, characters and an enhanced gameplay system, LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII allows players direct control over iconic heroine in a constantly moving, expansive environment, as she quests to save a doomed world from complete destruction.

"We wanted to create a conclusive title with LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII – one that not only ties up Lightning's storyline, but also provides players an extremely memorable and aesthetically visual gameplay experience," said Yoshinori Kitase, producer. "We thank the community for their invaluable feedback during development, and are excited for fans to dive deep into this new FINAL FANTASY universe."

Additional downloadable content (DLC), including a TOMB RAIDER "Lara Croft" costume and Yuna's "Sphere Hunter" costume from FINAL FANTASY X-2 provide more ways for players to extend their experience. Both DLC will be available for $3.99. Additionally, original Japanese Voice-Overs are available from today until February 25 as a free download. Following this two-week period, the Japanese Voice-Over Pack will be available for $3.99.

The LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII launch trailer can be viewed on YouTube. The new trailer, as well as new screenshots can be downloaded through the Press Site.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is now available for the PlayStation®3 system and Xbox 360 systems, as well as a digital download on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox 360 Games on Demand, for $59.99. The collector's edition will be available in limited quantities for both platforms and will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $89.99.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at http://www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Related Links
Official Homepage: www.lightningreturns.com 
Official Facebook® Page: https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIII 
Official North American Members YouTube® Page: http://www.youtube.com/SQEXMembersNA 

About the FINAL FANTASY XIII Project
The FINAL FANTASY XIII project began in March 2010 with the release of FINAL FANTASY XIII and continued with its sequel, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, released in January 2012. The series has been widely successful, shipping over 10 million units worldwide.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 62 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.na.square-enix.com/.

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