In an interview with IGN, the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy director Motomu Toriyama told us how the original plans for the game changed, but suggested that some hangovers from its original life will remain.
In the debut trailer for Final Fantasy XV, clear reference is made to Etro; the goddess Lightning is serving as champion in Final Fantasy XIII-2. When asked what this meant for Final Fantasy XV’s link to the other games in the series, Toriyama said the following:
When Etro is mentioned in the context of XIII and XV, we’re referring to the same goddess of Death.
«You must remember, it was a long time ago that we named those three games: XIII, as well as Versus and Agito which we now call Type-0. Obviously those three projects were going to be developed against the backdrop of this Crystal trilogy, or Fabula Nova Crystallis. But each project has a different set of characters and they’re set in different universes and worlds.
«When Etro is mentioned in the context of XIII and XV, we’re referring to the same goddess of Death. It’s the same goddess, but how she’s featured, how she appears and how she’s involved with the story is completely different. They’re different stories and different projects. So while it’s the same character, her involvement is very different.»
For those not in the loop, the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of games was announced back in 2006 and included three titles, each linked by a common mythos about important crystals. The three titles were Final Fantasy XIII, which has since released and spawned two sequels, Final Fantasy Type-0, formerly called Final Fantasy Agito XIII and currently only available in Japan with no confirmed localisation plans, and Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which has now morphed into Final Fantasy XV.
While it appears then that Final Fantasy XV will also be part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series, what about the possibility of yet more games being added? Well, according to Toriyama, while Lightning’s story is coming to an end with Lightning Returns and we won’t see any more sizeable titles featuring the world of Gran Pulse or other locales, the areas may be seen again in smaller titles down the road.
There won’t be another full Final Fantasy title looking at Lightning or these areas.
«The Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is definitely coming to an end; that’s definitive,» said Toriyama. «Lightning’s saga is coming to an end as well, so all the worlds and areas like Cocoon and Gran Pulse surrounding her tale will be done with too. Having said that, there is a possibility that they may be used or depicted in a future project, but not a whole game.
«There won’t be another full Final Fantasy title looking at Lightning or these areas.»