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Get Cloud’s Buster Sword & Uniform in LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII

Amritz Lay's Avatar Posted by Associate Director of Product Marketing, Square-Enix

We are overjoyed to announce that pre-ordering LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII will unlock the most epic Final Fantasy weapon and outfit of all time – Cloud Strife’s SOLDIER 1st Class Uniform and Buster Sword! Before you guys go crazy in the comments, here’s what your pre-order will get you:



When you preorder LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, you will receive the exclusive Cloud Strife SOLDIER 1st Class DLC — straight from Final Fantasy VII — for free! So you’ll get the SOLDIER 1st Class Uniform, Buster Sword, and Soldier Band… but not Cloud’s blocky hands.

We’ve put together a short gameplay trailer that shows off the DLC set and how it helps Lightning get to level 99 quicker. Watch it at the top of this post.

Go ahead, we’ll wait.

Did you catch the last bit? The victory fanfare comes with the Cloud Strife SOLDIER 1st Class DLC pack when you pre-order, as well!

Much like in LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, time is limited with this pre-order offer, so march over to a participating retailer to preorder LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. We’ve made this decision easier than choosing to go on a date with Aeris or Tifa, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and preorder LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII now!

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is coming to PS3 on February 11th, 2014 for 5999 gil — er, $59.99. Got any questions? Ask away in the comments below, and we’ll get to them faster than it takes to cast Knights of the Round.



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ragnarok_weapon said:

July 2nd, 1:37 am

Can’t wait, already pre ordered!

Zzyxx29 said:

July 2nd, 1:40 am


NoxiousKarn said:

July 2nd, 1:43 am

Wow! Can’t wait!

hat_00 said:

July 2nd, 1:44 am

LOL. desperate times eh..

Codeman420 said:

July 2nd, 1:45 am

AHHHH come on quit teasing and give me FF7 HD

slikwillythebrk said:

July 2nd, 1:48 am

Perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my girl. Thanks for getting me laid!

XDeath90 said:

July 2nd, 1:51 am

LMAO, ok Square i’ll pre-order.
Will you guys alienate your fanbase and treat this game as a 360 exclusive again? Or did that not work out? :p

IzziePR said:

July 2nd, 1:53 am

Is this Amazon exclusive?

mach-zero said:

July 2nd, 1:54 am


paracletus said:

July 2nd, 1:55 am

Describing a sword and nondescript armor as “epic” seemed like a good idea to whatever rube flung this at a blog post like a big sticky booger he thought was totally awesome, bro. Of course, stupidity like this isn’t going to stop people from preordering at the lamestops…

renathelord said:

July 2nd, 2:03 am

I hope our EU brother will get this offer also :)

SonOfDelorian said:

July 2nd, 2:07 am

Is this going to be made available in the EU guys?

Outlawdragon said:

July 2nd, 2:08 am

Will this game also come out for the PS4?

kaiiboraka said:

July 2nd, 2:08 am

Ohmygod yes.

BalmungTaichou said:

July 2nd, 2:20 am

Should it not be among the lines of 599,999,999 Gil? Prices in Final Fantasy are truly inflated. Furthermore, The Manliness of Cloud Strife will never be the same now thanks.

WoundedUnderwear said:

July 2nd, 2:23 am

Any plans for Digital Download on PSN? If so will it comes with the same Pre-Order DLC as the Hard Copies?

Sharingan_itachi said:

July 2nd, 2:27 am

So where is limited edition

Tiael said:

July 2nd, 2:31 am

Is NA also going to get the 3 Samurai costumes and possibly steelcase that EU is also getting with Cloud’s outfit/sword?

Kensai said:

July 2nd, 2:37 am

Nope. I won’t support this manipulative behavior. It’s dirty and low. SE can’t manage to make a good Final Fantasy anymore, so they’re piggybacking on the success of the people who made the games we remember and love–people who no longer work for Square Enix. FFVII was made great by Hironobu Sakaguchi–he’s gone. That fanfare? Nobuo Uematsu–also gone.

FFXIII was a decent RPG but a poor excuse for a Final Fantasy. The same was true of XIII-2. They know Lightning Returns is a money-grab–this is just another taproot down into your wallet. They’re tricking long loyal customers into thinking this is something it isn’t. They’re making garbage smell like your favourite food.

Lightning was always supposed to be Cloud 2.0, but now they’ve given up all pretense. I’m surprised they didn’t just insert Cloud in, wrap some half-assed, horribly written story around the whole thing and call it canon.

It just makes me sad that they respect their own franchise so little, when people around the world respect it so much.

FF ain’t what it used to be. Which is too bad, because it used to be great.

luckysondays said:

July 2nd, 2:53 am

My wallet are dry. :(

VNE76 said:

July 2nd, 2:55 am

Another FF:XIII??? Will they make it to FF:XIV??

JG4Horrorshow said:

July 2nd, 3:01 am


I’m pretty sure “The Manliness of Cloud Strife” already took a big hit when he put that dress on at the start of FF VII.

Cainxavier said:

July 2nd, 3:13 am

Any word on a Collector’s Edition, or something like the Ultimate Box that Japan is getting, coming out in the West?

QuantumMercury said:

July 2nd, 3:27 am

Fanfare, really? Seems more like a tease to me. I really don’t understand Square won’t just remake VII. I mean even Konami is considering a remake of MGS.

pedrotheshadow said:

July 2nd, 3:35 am

The link forwards to It may be a stupid question but, will this promo happen only to US? I don’t think is promoting this already.

YYujiY said:

July 2nd, 3:43 am

We want Tifa, Aeris, and Yuna outfits, please. :)

SoraCloudPunk said:

July 2nd, 3:48 am

I was already sold as soon as I heard the game was being made. I love the fact Square still makes RPGS instead of shooters and First person action games pretending to be RPGS.(mass effect is not an RPG). This year and next is gonna be great. Lightning Returns, Kingdom Hearts HD, Final Fantasy 14 and 15, Kingdom Hearts 3. Amazing.

One last thing. Thankyou for not giving in to these people who want a hd remake of 7. Some greatness should be left just as it is.

SoraCloudPunk said:

July 2nd, 3:49 am

Oh and her name is Aerith to everyone who posts the incorrect English version.

SkySeven77 said:

July 2nd, 3:49 am

May I ask you something SQEX?

Please give Lightning Quistis Trepe’s Balamb Garden Instructor Costume.
I think it’s suits her more.

I will be really happy and appreciate that, Thank you:)

oh, and her glasses too.

renathelord said:

July 2nd, 3:53 am

#25 don’t have it up yet, but they ain’t as fast as their US conterpart

Firelogic said:

July 2nd, 4:06 am


They’re not. Kojima’s statement was taken out of context. Kojima clarified what he actually meant. He was joking.

rafael_martines said:

July 2nd, 4:07 am

A Slap in the face of FF7 fans… dat Square Enix

babygirl705 said:

July 2nd, 4:23 am

Can’t wait to play this game <3 :)

Heavenly_king said:

July 2nd, 4:37 am


xChaos said:

July 2nd, 4:38 am


RandomReduX said:

July 2nd, 4:49 am


IIL0YDII said:

July 2nd, 5:10 am


iloveritsu515 said:

July 2nd, 5:14 am

Or they could just give us the remake of FFVIi that many have been asking for. Instead of the MANY remakes few were asking for. Stop beating around the bush square and give us what we want.

Elranzer said:

July 2nd, 5:30 am

Legitimate question… if I already pre-ordered from Amazon before this announcement, will I still get this bonus DLC? Or do I have to cancel and re-order to get it?

Comment… considering that Lightning is indeed a girl, I would have thought a complete Tina Bradford outfit, complete with green hair and purple outfit, would have been a better outfit. At least make that another option. Since the game is DLC-capable, Square Enix should be able to implement it in the future, unless it’s all on-disc DLC.

GaMeR_bOi_83 said:

July 2nd, 5:34 am

This wanna be does not deserve to even come close go anyyhing FF7. Square drop Enix already. You just crapped on what old school fans you had left with this. What a disrespect to Cloud and to me. No SE I will not waste my time or money on this junk of a game.

ToxicTeal said:

July 2nd, 5:54 am

You couldn’t just make the Squall + Gunblade joke/reference, could you Square.

RidleysBox said:

July 2nd, 6:02 am

That just looks plain wrong…

Binarynova said:

July 2nd, 6:11 am

Outfit: Ok.
Buster Sword: I’m sold. :)

venneer said:

July 2nd, 6:12 am

One could question whether putting that uniform on Lightning is a good idea… Do we get Tifa “clothes” for FF15? Then by FF56 you will have all the assets of FF7 rendered high-def and we will finally get the remake we all wanted in the first place?

Erry-Leonhart said:

July 2nd, 6:12 am

Heavenly butthurt in these comments. Pre-ordered already anyways.

Binarynova said:

July 2nd, 6:14 am

@28: If they re-release FFVII the first thing I will do is rename Aerith to Aeris. ;)

Oh, and Square-Enix, while I’ve got you here: Please release the PSP versions of FF1, FF2, and both Star Ocean games on the US PSN Store and make them playable on the Vita. Please! I want to give you my money!

Gay_Angel said:

July 2nd, 6:16 am

It looks cute!

Elvick_ said:

July 2nd, 6:16 am

Ya’ll better localize Drakengard 3.

KazeEternal said:

July 2nd, 6:19 am

…….. I really don’t know where to begin. I feel like I’ve been insulted in a few different ways. Look I’d like a strong female character in my games, but I don’t share the same weird fetish for Cloud that some of my fellow FF friends have. This just seems desperate and I think I’m going to stick to my guns on waiting for this to drop in the bargin bin.

If you want me pre-ordering games Square Enix I suggest you release games that aren’t desperate money grabs with desperate money grab DLC. You burned this license out with this nonsense. We warned you when Yoichi Wada said ages ago that Square was going to leverage the brand to not do it and you did it anyway. Now we’re sick of it and no amount of throwin items and branding is going to make any Final Fantasy fan buy this game without question.

Where my Money is:
A Preorder for Final Fantasy 15, it has been for some time.
A Preorder for Final Fantasy 14: a realm reborn
Waiting for a Final Fantasy Type-0 Release

kreliankarel said:

July 2nd, 6:23 am

OMG Square-Enix…Quit off this Final BulL@#% Fantasy. Because I can’t take it anymore.

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