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The Lightning Saga is a subseries of the Final Fantasy series, containing Final Fantasy XIII and the titles related to it. It is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis: Final Fantasy mythology.

The subseries features Lightning as the lead protagonist. Mainly, Yoshinori Kitase acts as the producer, Motomu Toriyama as the director, and Kazushige Nojima as the scenario concept designer.

The three games in the Lightning Saga shipped over 12 million copies worldwide making it one of the best-selling Final Fantasy subseries.


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Listed in order of game release:

  • Final Fantasy XIII, released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (later released on Microsoft Windows through Steam and on iOS in Japan) is the thirteenth main Final Fantasy game and first title in the subseries. The game, following a group chosen to trigger an apocalyptic event to destroy their homeland, takes place across the world of Gran Pulse and the artificial planetoid of Cocoon.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2, the direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, released for the same platforms as the original and again later digitally re-released on PC. It details the aftermath of Final Fantasy XIII, including how the events of the original game concluded. It ends on a cliffhanger, leading into the second sequel.
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, the second sequel to Final Fantasy XIII, released for the same platforms as the previous Final Fantasy XIII games and again later digitally released on PC. The story, set on the dying world of Nova Chrysalia, details the end of the Final Fantasy XIII storyline, tying up multiple loose threads.



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