Included in Piggyback’s The Complete Official Guide for LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is of course a forward from Director, Motomu Toriyama. You can read it below.
“Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is a very special game for us. It is the result of several years’ work on the trilogy, with all of the team’s experience culminating to offer an outstanding concluding title. It is a synthesis of memorable features and faces from previous Final Fantasy XIII episodes, but also a new and distinct adventure in its own right.
When I look back, I realise that our decision to make Lightning Returns so open, and to give full control to the player, was a bold move. With three difficulty levels, a world that evolves throughout the thirteen-day timeline, and the unpredictability of each player’s choices, ensuring that the game remained fun and balanced no matter what was incredibly challenging, and this was a challenge that we embraced. We have worked hard to refine Lightning Returns so that there is always something in it for you, wherever you are and no matter what you have achieved to that point in the game.”
The rest of the forward is more about the guide.