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LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII PLAYABLE DEMO AVAILABLE TODAY FOR XBOX 360 AND PLAYSTATION®3 SYSTEMS

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 21, 2014)Square Enix Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Americas, today announced that a playable demo for LIGHTNING RETURNS : FINAL FANTASY ® XIII is now available for download on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft* and available later today for the PlayStation®3 system.

As a special bonus, players who download the PlayStation®Network demo will automatically receive the Utsusemi Garb DLC, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari (meaning “Lightning” in Japanese) shield item. The DLC pack will download with the demo and will be unlocked in the full retail game on February 11. The DLC pack will also be available to purchase for other customers later this year.

The demo puts players in control of Lightning as she traverses the chaos-infested Yusnaan palace of her old ally, Snow. Players will experience Lightning’s new customization options and master the game’s completely overhauled battle system. For those who activate the Outerworld services and submit their battle scores of the final fight against Zaltys, the ‘Siegfried’ outfit will be unlocked in the full retail game.

The demo can be downloaded through the following links:

*Xbox 360 demo will be available on January 21 for Xbox Live Gold members and on January 28 for Xbox Live Silver members.

For Utsusemi Garb DLC images and other LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII assets, please visit our press site.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII will be available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 systems, and for digital download on the PSN for $59.99 on February 11, 2014. The collector’s edition will be available in limited quantities for both platforms and will be sold exclusively at the Square Enix Online Store for $89.99.

LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at  www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Related Links

Official Homepage:   http://www.lightningreturns.com/

Official Facebook® Page: https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIII

Official North American Members YouTube® Page: http://www.youtube.com/SQEXMembersNA

Follow LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII on Twitter®: @OfficialFFXIII

About the FINAL FANTASY XIII Project

The FINAL FANTASY XIII project began in March 2010 with the release of FINAL FANTASY XIII and continued with its sequel, FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, released in February 2012. The series has been widely successful, shipping over 10 million units worldwide.

About  Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 62 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.na.square-enix.com/.


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