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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy 13 will take at least 50 hours to finish

on 23 October 2013

Yuji Abe, Game Director on the upcoming Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, has revealed that the JRPG sequel will offer at least 50 hours of gameplay.

Chatting with IGN, Abe-san also shed some light on the game’s clock system, as heroine Lightning has just 13 days to save the world from destruction. Players will have to manage their time carefully in conjunction with the day-and-night cycle.

“The way the game moves, one period of 24 hours within the game world itself will take play time in the real world around two or three hours of actual, real time,” he said. “Having said that, opening menus, customising your characters, talking to some people or just listening to certain things will cause time to stop. So it isn’t quite as short as you’d think.”

“Overall, when I did the test plays during the development period, I played through from start to finish trying to see almost all of the aspects of the game and it took roughly about 50 hours.”

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is due out in February 2014 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is the third and final installment in the FFXIII storyline, which began with FFXIII (2010) and continued with FFXIII-2 (2012).