Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: Yuji Abe and Yoshinori Kitase Discuss Challenges, Expectations, and Looking Ahead

on October 15, 2013 10:00 AM

Last week, Square Enix was in town showing off a handful of their upcoming titles, and among them was Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. We had the opportunity to catch up with both Game Design Director Yuji Abe and Producer Yoshniori Kitase to discuss the build of LR:FFXIII that we spent an hour playing (impressions on the way), as well as the Final Fantasy XIII storyline as a whole. Both Abe-San and Kitase-san go in depth in regards to the challenges faced during game development, meeting fan expectations, and how Final Fantasy adapts and stays relevant as time goes on. It’s a long 25 minute interview but it’s totally worth it, especially if you’re looking forward to the conclusion of the Final Fantasy XIII story. Enjoy the full interview below.

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