Heading into February's launch of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII , Square Enix has decided to give us a story recap.
After all, the upcoming title marks the end of a complex trilogy, so we could all use a refresher. That recap trailer is below…weren't expecting that, were you?
As you can see, it's a 16-bit (albeit high-def) retrospective video, which spans eight minutes and reminds us of two things: Firstly, the story arc of the trilogy in question, and secondly, that at one time in history, the Final Fantasy franchise did look like that. FFVI springs rapidly to mind. There's something so cool and yet, so very, very sad about this trailer.
It's designed to help promote a franchise that has, for all intents and purposes, gone into the toilet. And yet, the video's manifest intent gives way to its latent intent, as it only reminds us of when the series wasn't in the toilet. When it was just starting to rule the world. When its name was on the way to becoming legendary.
For me, it's just tough to watch.