Lightning's new look in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has generated plenty of dissent. But Square Enix has attempted to explain the protagonist's more stylized presentation.
In a recent Famitsu interview (as translated by Siliconera ), developers Motomu Toriyama, Yoshinori Kitase and Yuji Abe said they wanted Lightning to best represent "strength." That's why she boasts a red cape, as the designers figured red was a good indicator of strength.
"We got [Tetsuya] Nomura to design Lightning for what will be her last fight. We asked him to represent her with the word ‘strength’ as the focus. Red and white were the dominant colors that represented Final Fantasy XIII, with that in consideration, I believe that the color red symbolizes strength better than any other. In the end, we decided to go half white and red for Lightning’s color scheme."
Lightning has a new role in her final adventure, that of a Liberator. So she basically has what looks like a uniform because she's on a mission to save souls before the world ends in 13 days. That being said, those who overhauled Lightning's look realize that not everyone will be happy with it, which is why her costume will be customizable this time around. …so will you be one of those who changes it?
Related Game(s): Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII