So today was the great day for us Final Fantasy XIII Saga fans! As we expected, today 1st September was announced the third and last sequel of Final Fantasy XIII, called Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Apparently Lightning will be the only playable character, in a real-time gameplay with alternances between day and night, since the plot is that the world's gonna end in thirteen days. She has to fight her final battle to save it.
This is the world in which the game takes place, Novus Partus. It's said it floats in the Sea of Chaos, and it features the city of Luxerion, where people worships the god Bhunivelze, with its monorail, green plains, a desert and faraway ruins. As you can see, Bhunivelze, the New Cocoon designed by our silver-haired genius Hope Estheim, still floats in the sky. Falling the waterfalls means falling into the nothingness for eternity, so we can assume this is kind of a suspended world in a spiral of entropy, the "eternal paradox" Caius Ballad mentioned.
So... Let's analyze this. If I remember well, Caius said Etro's death would lead the world in merging with Valhalla. Etro's Shrine is STILL in Novus Partus, in the city of Luxerion; furthermore, the city looks suspiciously similar to the city we saw in Valhalla. Wasn't the city close to the sea? I think I'm not wrong if I say Luxerion is the city formerly surrounding Etro's Shrine. There's people living there... Maybe the former residents of Gran Pulse? Maybe only the ones with magic powers survived? Can they still die in a world without time? Or are they dead and living in Luxerion as corporeal spirits? Because we can assume this world is actually Valhalla merged with Gran Pulse. And... could be Caius the one who created the city and all that? Remember the secret-non-revealing-ending-bit of Final Fantasy XIII-2!
Plains, deserts... That's not really interesting. Looks part of Gran Pulse; that desert reminds me of the Archylte Steppe, but don't pay me so much attention in that guessing.
I'd rather focus into the ruins we see far away from Luxerion, the place in which we'll obviously start. The New Cocoon floats over these ruins, huh? And it's still intact.
Ruins? HA! Look at the shape of that building! Don't remind you of something? EXACTLY! It's the same shape of the Academy HQ! So that'd mean, the ruins are the ruined city of Academia, where everything ended and started! It's pretty obvious since the New Cocoon floats exactly above this ruined city!
Besides... the New Cocoon looks like a perfect settlement for a final battle. Above the ruins of Academia. And remember, almost everyone of our former characters -Hope, Noel, Sazh, Vanille, Fang and Serah's corpse- got engulfed by Chaos THERE. Oooooh, that makes me wonder if Lightning's gonna be the only playable character for ALL the game. Maybe it is, but I believe... we're gonna see everyone again! Sooner or later! *w*
Random thoughts I wanted to share with someone. But I firmly believe on this! This game's gonna be released in 2013, nice year for Final Fantasy XIII's last chapter. Looks gothic and the monsters are AWESOME. Oooh, I want it NOW! This was worth the wait! <3
But please, Square-Enix, give us a bit of Hope/Light in the end. Something! Or, at least, don't ruin it! <3