Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII confirmed

Lightning Returns to be final chapter of FF XIII trilogy on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2013

Square Enix has announced Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released on Xbox 360 and PS3 next year

At an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Final Fantasy videogame franchise, Square Enix confirmed that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII would be the final instalment in the Final Fantasy XIII storyline. It said the game's the protagonist from the first Final Fantasy XIII game, Lightning, would return as the new game's central character and would wrap up the 'Lightning saga in' an epic fnal entry.

It was revealed that the game's would feature a doomsday clock counting down until the end of the world. The doomsday clock will also reportedly be an ever present feature in the game, represented as a countdown in the corner of the screen. Players will be able to add more time to the clock as the game progresses, as well as drain time from it by using Lightning to perform certain battle moves.

Square Enix has also announced the game's battle mechanics have been tweaked. The new combat sounds like it will be a mix of the ATB (Active Time Battle) mechanics of the previous two FF XIII games time-based moves and real-time combat elements. Fighting mechanics will be customisable to an extent, as will Lightning's appearance in the game.

The game will be released next year on PS3 and Xbox 360.