We have some good news for those of you who played Final Fantasy XIII and are definitely picking up the sequel Final Fantasy XIII-2 at the end of January or early next month. Although Lightning will not be one of the main players for the new game, we have heard rumors to suggest that she will be a playable character via DLC.
If you have been keeping an eye on progress for the game, you’ll know that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be the first game in the series to feature downloadable content and now it seems that Square-Enix are even willing to make extra playable characters available in the game to those who are willing to pay a little more.
Lightning will not just be available for battle though, as an article published by AndriaSang suggests that players will also be able to use Lightning in a series of ‘secret story episodes’. Furthermore, players will have to defeat Lightning in a coliseum battle first in order to play as her and further DLC down the line could allow players to buy even more coliseum battles with classic monsters from previous Final Fantasy games.
The move of allowing Lightning to be a playable character only as DLC may be seen as a controversial one with fans, especially those who played the first game. Lightning will actually appear in the main storyline, but her screen time will be kept to a minimum this time around with the focus now switched on the games two new playable characters – Serah (Lightning’s younger sister) and Noel Kreiss.
There’s no word from Square-Enix on the Lightning DLC, but we expect it will be confirmed shortly after launch in the US and Europe. Don’t forget that Xbox 360 owners will also get an exclusive piece of DLC via a special bow weapon for Serah. Let’s hope that Lightning does not end up as an Xbox 360 exclusive as well.