Final Fantasy XIII: 9 plausible plot predictions

Final Fantasy XIII’s launch date is slowly creaking into sight, meaning Square Enix is gradually releasing more and more details about the game. But what will actually happen? We’ve pored over the latest trailers to try and work it out. If you haven't already, you might want to watch the latest FFXIII movie before going any further.

Got all that? Good. Now, based on what we've seen so far and using our extensive Final Fantasy knowledge, here are 9 absolutely completely plausible plot predictions for FFXIII.

1. Serah dies 


Look at her. Sweet, innocent, youthful and cute. Yup. Lightning's sister Serah is prime tear-jerk fodder. She's just a bit too loveable to quietly sit in the background. Sure enough, the latest TGS trailer spends a lot of time showing Serah reaching out for help, or being cradled in fiancé Snow's burly arms, whispering what could be her final words (‘Please, protect Cocoon’). In fact, FFXIII devs recently confirmed that she gets turned into a crystal - although what exactly that means is still unclear (we presume it’s a bad thing).

It's been 12 years since Sephiroth made the stabby with Aeris in FFVII - long enough, perhaps, that Squeenix have decided it’s just about time to traumatise a whole new generation of gamers. Better get those tissues ready.

2. Cocoon crashes into the ground


Cocoon is a perfect futuristic city that hovers high above the feral world of Pulse. Created by a powerful crystal, her citizens are safely housed in this high-tech haven. But everything is just a little too pristine. Creepily so. Twin this with the fact that Lightning’s mission is to destroy this false paradise and there's surely only one way this can happen; what goes up, must come down.

Remember how monkey-tailed madman Kuja smashed up the city of Alexandria in FFIX? Or how Sin rampaged through FFX’s metropolis of Zanarkand? Total urban destruction isn't exactly new to Square. So whether Cocoon plummets down towards terra firma, or Lightning riots through the streets like Godzilla on heat; you know it’s not going to be in one piece by the end game.

3. Baddie Jihl Nabaat morphs into a superpowered badass, is killed


There’s only one way it can go for any FF antagonist, and that’s not very well indeed. In the case of FFXIII’s bad gu…er…girl, Lieutenant Colonel Jihl Nabaat already looks to be the power-hungry tyrant that FF veterans will cherish defeating.

It’s pretty much a given that in order to defeat Lightning and her cohorts, stern faced Jihl will activate an ancient relic full of mystical power and transform into some monstrous overlord capable of destroying worlds. FFXII’s Vayne, FFVI’s Kefka, FFV’s EX Death – they all transmogrified, with the latter turning into a giant tree. The only real question here is what she turns into, and, more importantly, what her weak spot is.

4. Other baddie Yaag is remorseful, helps Lightning at the last moment


Rumour has it that Lieutenant Colonel Yaag used to be Lightning’s superior, before she defected. According to the devs, while Jihl is plain evil, Yaag is simply misguided. His motives are noble – he only wishes to protect the people of Cocoon. Indeed, when his troops are pointing their laser sights at Snow’s man-chest, Yaag asks him if ‘the life of just one of you in exchange for millions of lives is fair?’ So despite starting off on the other side of the pitch, it’s inevitable that our pony-tailed soldier will suddenly realise the error of his ways and join Lightning for the final fight. After all, Gabranth did the old switcheroo in FFXII. And then he…er…died.

5. Hope forgives Snow and is adopted by him


Fresh-faced lad Hope Estheim may seem a bit too young to be fighting the good fight. But he didn’t really have a choice. His mother was killed when resistance leader Snow asked her to take up arms against the enemy, PSICOM. This left Hope under the protection of Snow, despite the boy’s deep resentment towards the blond bombshell. And since Hope’s father works for Cocoon’s government body, Sanctum, he can either trail his newfound nemesis or head to the orphanage.

The latest TGS trailer shows Hope and his estranged father watching as a questionably half-naked Snow is about to be shot, and – yes, that does seem to be a look of brotherly concern on the youngster’s face. And we know how much Square Enix love a good reconciliation.

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  • norid - October 10, 2009 8:25 p.m.

    the summons tranform into cars awesome. plus Lighting learns Odins signature move. sweetness
  • Jhaset - October 10, 2009 1:44 a.m.

    haromen 360 has way better cgi graphics than ps3
  • haromen - October 9, 2009 7:10 p.m.

    this is gonna suck for 360 owners. look how much cgi there is in just a trailer XD
  • 1One1Winged1Angel - October 8, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    What about Nr. 10: SquareEnix decides they should make a XIII-2 with only female characters and base the entire character-building-system on what clothes the girls are wearing. This could be a awesome idea and totally destroy the credibility and story in XIII . Anyway.. Hope this game is awesome or else I'm going lock my self in room for the next year and cry while i play all the old FF games.
  • Cloud1Fair3 - October 8, 2009 3:35 a.m.

    Awesome, this and GOW3 alone are worth buying a PS3 for, can't wait. Still I agree with Unoriginal, if the game can be summed up with a trailer, then what does that say to S-E's storytelling? They need to keep it fresh, I like the fact that Lightning is gonna turn into a zombie thing if she doesn't make Cocoon go boom. That's gonna be an interesting side plot.
  • Satu - October 8, 2009 1:23 a.m.

    Perhaps there should be a follow-up article analysing Snow, and how hot he is. Considering that half of this one was cleverly turned phrases referencing that fact. Although, personally, I'd rather have Yaag.
  • Silvermech - October 7, 2009 11:53 p.m.

    Great, you just made me unsure of FF XII. Oh well, at least it's on the PS3. Is it?
  • neon6 - October 7, 2009 11:03 p.m.

    Gsanity92, you are such a fan boy.
  • key0blade - October 7, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    That trailer looks sooo gooood....
  • Schnipke - October 7, 2009 10:06 p.m.

    I could've sworn Gabranth survived in XII, but this game looks really good and I wish I had a PS3 or a 360 to play it on.
  • Gsanity92 - October 7, 2009 9:13 p.m.

  • Cyberninja - October 7, 2009 8:53 p.m.

    if i get a ps3 or xbox soon i will buy this game
  • waynski1457 - October 7, 2009 7:53 p.m.

    I think it would be neat if it's a kind of Lost thing and Lightning turns out to be "dead" all along, and everyone just thought she was there. Then again, I only just finally watched the first 4 seasons of Lost recently, so I'm still riding that Awesome Train™ as far as it goes.
  • Terro - October 7, 2009 7:15 p.m.

    I thought Serra would die to be honest. Nice of S-E to practically give it away in the trailer though ¬_¬
  • Creepy - October 7, 2009 4:08 p.m.

    It looks very beatifull game. ^^
  • Unoriginal - October 7, 2009 3:12 p.m.

    I am deffinately getting this game but.. When we are able to almost completely say what happens based on a trailer, isn't the genres storytelling getting a bit old and predictable(not really a question)? I hope the game revolutionizes something in its storytelling at least... What was the last JRPG you played with an original story?
  • shellghost - October 7, 2009 11:51 a.m.

    This game looks great. I'm still hoping Squeenix will remake FFVII with current gen graphics.
  • shellghost - October 7, 2009 11:51 a.m.

    This game looks great. I'm still hoping Squeenix will remake FFVII with current gen graphics.
  • H1PPY - October 7, 2009 11:34 a.m.

    wicked artical hope they do tern it into a CGI movie advent children was awsome XD