Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

The Thirteenth Farewell – The Ultimate Final Fantasy XIII Fan Project

Thirteen days before the finale.
Thirteen days until the last journey.
Thirteen days until the last farewell.

For a perfect reading experience, please turn music on.

It’s thirteen days until the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and the time has come to finally reveal our very special Final Fantasy XIII fan project. It’s something which hasn’t been done ever before. It’s once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get in contact with people who worked on the Final Fantasy XIII saga. Let me introduce  “The Thirteenth Farewell”.

March 27th, 2010 @ 00:30:24


We, Square Portal, I have always loved the Final Fantasy XIII saga from the bottom of my heart. The story, atmosphere, characters, music, world – everything. This has led me to have some sort of eagerness to tell about my gratefulness and enthusiasms to the developers and team behind the games. Especially since it’s no lie that the series has faced problems and negativity during the past years. Behind the product are individual humans similar to us. I want to let them to know their work still receives a lot of love, and just like many other fans it influenced my life and made me the person I am today.

It’s the positivity, hope and love which keeps us going – the thought of better days, which also played a big part in the ideology of the Final Fantasy XIII saga. To overcome the impossible. To overcome others’ expectations. To overcome yourself. This is the idea behind The Thirteen Farewell project as well. We want to make what was once impossible, possible.


I have always wanted to share my thoughts to Final Fantasy XIII developers but never got a chance. This was due to the long distance to the events and bad financial situation – perhaps even the language barrier. I planned to write a letter and an article about my feelings and experiences, hoping that someday my thoughts would reach the developers. But realistically-speaking it just wasn’t possible. How could they possibly read or see it?

So I started to think. A few months ago,  I finally came up with an idea.  The Thirteenth Farewell – an ultimate Final Fantasy XIII fan project that unites the fans of Final Fantasy XIII saga to deliver a message of love and passion to the team. Our final thanks. The final farewell.



The idea is to create a huge “Thank You” book [.PDF] filled with letters, art and other works from the fans of the Final Fantasy XIII saga. I have been preparing and discussing about this with Square Enix for a while, and it looks like we will be able to send the book to the developers! How incredible is that! This is something that wouldn’t have been possible if we didn’t unite. But the project isn’t ready yet. We need the community. The fans. YOU, to create the contents for the book.


Are you eager to express your thanks to the team behind the Final Fantasy XIII saga? It can be done in many ways:

  • By writing a text, in which you tell about your relationship with the game. For example, you can write about: how it has been a part of your life, did you felt about music and art, did you meet new people or even friends along the way. The most important thing is to tell them what you feel about the saga. Please, mainly focus on FFXIII x love x passion. (in English)
  • By creating art. Have you drawn/painted/etc. cool pictures of Final Fantasy XIII games and characters? Now is your chance to share them with the developers.
  • By taking pictures. Share pictures of your collection, cosplay outfits, dolls you have made by yourself, anything that’s Final Fantasy XIII related.
  • Other ways. How else could you show and express your love towards Lightning and friends in this book? Share your ideas on the comments section.

All work must be sent before the 30th of April to Title your email “The Thirteenth Farewell” and include all contents you want to have in the book in one email.

15 replies »

  1. Nice idea I have been collecting collectors items of FFXIII, so I can help with some pictures and of course I will write a letter expressing all those beautiful moments and all those hours spend! =)

  2. Awesome! Can’t wait to write my peice ^_^. How are you going to send it to SE though? Are you going to print it or what? :P

    • There will be a digital version being shared with everyone involved in the Final Fantasy XIII saga but I’m planning to print it as well for the HQ. It’s rather pricey though…

  3. I love the fact that somebody is actually doing this! I’m going to try really hard to finish my Noel Kreiss cosplay for it (mostly made and the deadline is rather generous, thanks!)… even if I don’t I will at least be sending in a letter :) I’d love to see the finished compilation eventually too~

  4. what an amazing idea,,
    it’s true that final fantasy xiii saga has recieved a lot of negativity,
    and by doing this we fans can unit as one, and show them our appriciation towards all their hard work amazing ideas
    their creaction final fantasy xiii saga,,

    =D it’s a good way to show them some great positive feedback from all of us

  5. This is simply beautiful! It will be like an album of the most amazing memories about FF XIII. I will FOR SURE share my experience with you! Thank you so much for your hard work and making this possible! This will help me get closure on the XIII Saga. Thanks so much :D

    • Yeah that’s the idea! I think there haven’t been anything like this with any other FF game. The team & developers give us great games, so it’s now our time to do the same! I think this is very special event/project because of that! :)

  6. Awesome I have some art pieces and comic panels I could send in. I remember lightning becoming my first ever favorite character and connecting with people who liked the same things I did. Thanks for this web site I know I ramble and answer peoples comments (even when there not talking to me XD) but I’ve enjoyed my time here :)

    • AWS! I always try to reply as much as I can but it seems most of the conversations are done on Facebook and Twitter. I hope people would log in here and share their thoughts. Especially when it’s possible to log in with your Twitter/FB/custom account. :)

  7. I’m proud to contribute to this. I can’t wait for the team to know how we all feel because of this game and the amount of happiness and fun I’ve gotten from it

    • I am so happy that you are excited to participate in this project! I planned this for months and finally got to launch it. I hope everyone, who loves at least one title of this saga, joins in this project. :)

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