Fans have been clamoring for a Final Fantasy VII remake ever since Square showed a real-time demo of the game’s opening running on the PlayStation 3 hardware years ago. That remake is probably never going to happen, but you can get the next best thing if you preorder Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
Those who preorder the final chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy will get a Cloud Strife costume complete with buster sword for Lightning. The game’s battle system is based around changing costumes on the fly so players will presumably gain access to some special powers while wearing Cloud’s SOLDIER 1st Class uniform.
We may never get that Final Fantasy VII remake, but at least Square Enix is nice enough to use the original Cloud costume instead of the travesty that he wore in Advent Children. It’s also a nice touch that the costume changes the victory jingle and animation to that of Cloud’s in the original Final Fantasy VII.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII launches on February 11, 2014 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. It’s also going to be the last Final Fantasy we’ll see on current gen consoles as its successor – Final Fantasy XV – is being built for the PS4 and Xbox One.