Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII hits PC on December 10th By Erren Van Duine on November 19, 2015 at 3:07 PM

Following months of delay and nearly two years following its original release on console, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII finally has a launch date for PC.

Releasing through Steam, the PC port will be available on December 10th for $19.99 and boasts some of the downloadable content released for the original as well as support up to 60 frames per second.


Lightning Returns is the concluding chapter of the Final Fantasy XIII saga and series heroine Lightning’s final battle. The grand finale of the trilogy brings a world reborn as well as free character customization and stunning action based battles.

The world is sinking into a sea of chaos, and in thirteen days, nothing will remain. Though the planet is doomed, there is still hope for those who call it home. After centuries in crystal stasis, a hero has awoken—a legendary warrior on a god-given mission to save the souls of mankind. Her name: Lightning. Blessed with incredible strength and an arsenal of new weapons, she has everything she needs for the coming battle. Everything except time. And now she must make an impossible choice…

Downloadable Content Included In-Game

  • “Divine Wear” schemata
  • “Moogle Lover” schemata
  • “Ultimate Saviour” schemata
  • “FFX-2 Yuna” schemata
  • “FFVII Cloud” schemata
  • “FFX Yuna” schemata
  • “Tomb Raider” schemata
  • “Shining Prince” schemata
  • “Dark Samurai” schemata
  • “Sohei Savior” schemata
  • “Utsusemi” schemata
  • “Art of War” schemata
  • “Flower of Battle” schemata
  • “Shogun” schemata

The “FFVII Aerith” schemata is not included in this pack. Furthermore, there are no plans to make this schemata available in future.

Key Features

  • Lightning Under Your Control – Lightning will be the playable character – with a highly evolved range of techniques for battles and exploring the environment. Customize Lightning with a large range of different outfits and weapons; that affect not only the way she looks, but also her actions and abilities.
  • Action-Oriented Combat – A new battle system gives a level of direct control over the action unlike any Final Fantasy game, while having iconic elements that are known and loved throughout the series too.
  • DLC Content from the Original Console Version – The PC release will also include all the amazing DLC content from the original console version*, including Japanese voice-overs and various costumes, shields and weapons. *Except for “FFVII Aerith Costume”
  • A Constantly Moving, Beautiful World – Stunning artistic direction depicts a doomed world filled with choice and diversity. Living, expansive environments featuring a rising and setting sun provide unique experiences for every player.
  • Use Your Time Well – A world on a course for total annihilation presents unique challenges; where certain areas, missions, and people will only be available during selected periods. How will you use your remaining time?
  • A Connected Experience – Stay connected to Final Fantasy and its characters, with unique features that link the in-game world to the real world.


  • This version of the game has had no changes or additions made to the story of the original Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
  • This game does not support Dolby Digital sound.
  • This version of the game includes some of the downloadable content released for the original.
  • The bonus items originally awarded for having save data from previous games in the series will be awarded in this version regardless of whether there is suitable save data present or not.
  • Includes no functionality linked to Square Enix Members or social networking sites.
  • It is not possible to change the names assigned to chocobos, map markers or schemata.

For more information on the Steam release, check out the official store page here.

  • Another gimped port? Jeez louise…

  • Ehren Rivers

    Wait… You can’t rename Schemata or the chocobo? that’s… Odd.

  • Krijn van Alten

    For everyone with a PC I have a warning: Don’t waist your money on this piece of shit!

  • NotCarolKaye

    As is the absence of the Aerith schemata. Both seem like they’re completely arbitrary omissions to the point where it feels like they should be volunteering an explanation.

  • Sora96

    Go buy it! So amazing!

  • stevenm281

    For everyone with a PC I have a warning: Totally waste your money on this piece of awesomeness!

    Definitely my favorite PS3 game.

  • stevenm281

    I never renamed the Schemata so its no big deal, but its strange we cant name the chocobo as its part of taming it.

  • Ehren Rivers

    I renamed my schemata all the time, I liked the feature. Well, hopefully modders will quickly add the function back.

  • Ehren Rivers

    It’s odd that essentially all instances of text entry have been removed. I wonder if there’s a coding reason, perhaps it couldn’t be ported over without major issues? As for Aerith, I believe that’s likely to be some kind of licensing issue. Usually unincluded costumes are licensing problems.

  • NotCarolKaye

    Not that I necessarily think you’re wrong, but surely Sqare Enix owns the rights to Aerith’s design. Who would they need to license it from? See, that’s why they should explain.

    Anyway, If that is the problem, fair enough. The text entry thing though, I still don’t get.

  • stevenm281


    I believe that mods are the best feature for PC games.

  • Dick

    It concerns me that there isn’t a line in there that says something to the effect of: “Optimised for PC play.” Yes, it should be obvious. No, it shouldn’t have to be said. However, with 13 and 13-2 being the abysmal piles of inefficient, stuttering mess that they are… it needs to be said and wasn’t.

  • Ehren Rivers

    Well, it depends on how similar to Namco Bandai they are. If they’re charging Steam extra for the DLC licenses (Namco loves to do this) it may be that Steam simply didn’t want to pay for licensing for both FFVII costumes. I could definitely see Square Enix charging an arm and a leg for them with the VII remake trending. That was my thought process anyway, maybe SE makes too much money to bother with individual DLC licenses.

  • NotCarolKaye

    Jeez, if that’s what’s going on I guess they’re better off not explaining.


    Still need to play this one. Its the last chapter in FFXIII saga so its must have. I played XIII(the best from 3 of them) and XIII-2.

  • If you liked the FFXIII trilogy thus far, you definitely need to finish it. 🙂


    Yeah. I hope my console will not broke before I will buy Lgihtning Returns:)

  • Justice V

    It was pretty fun. The fighting system was a nice change, and the armor/weapon crafting and changing system was pretty cool. Story wise it’s not nearly as strong as the first one, but probably better than XIII-2.


    Thanks for reply. Yeah, first FFXIII story is really great. I like it. I like it a lot.
    After playing demo of Lightning returns I can say that graphic is not best looking and the battle system is kinda mashing but I want to sitll play it.