LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, the third and final chapter in the FINAL FANTASY XIII series was released on PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360 in Japan in November 2013 and in North America, Australia & Europe in February 2014.
Included in this very unique and amazing game was something called the Outerworld Services. The Outerworld Services included some fun features.
While the PlayStation 4 & Xbox One have very easy to use sharing options the PS3 & 360 did not, and this feature allowed you to easily post screenshots from the game on Facebook & Twitter. Two cool things to show were your very own Lightning and battle results.
With this you could also attach items and personal messages. Players from around the world could see them and obtain these items. It would also help greatly with obtaining Elixirs which of course you need one to obtain a trophy/achievement, however don’t worry you can still obtain the trophy/achievement you just have to find enough seeds now.
Lightning Returns already has an exciting amount of NPCs for a game developed in only 18 months for PS3/360 hardware but the Outerworld Services meant there were even more and instead of just ones talking or offering quests there were now ones that would be from real people from around the world.
That wasn’t all though, through these services you could also obtain a Siegfried garb and 14 adornments to further customize your very own Lightning. However despite these going away there is still so many garbs and adornments.
The services would also introduce apps for Facebook and Twitter and challenges held by Square Enix to more easily obtain a few garbs.
The Outerworld Services were a fun and unique idea for a single-player game on PS3 & 360 and I am happy the LIGHTNING RETURNS team decided to include them. They will be missed, but thankfully we still have the amazing and unique LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows PC, iOS & Android. Hopefully it will also make its way to PlayStation 4 & Xbox One one day.
Thank you Motomu Toriyama, Yoshinori Kitase, the LIGHTNING RETURNS team and other Square Enix staff that helped make this game and its Outerworld Services a reality.