Trivia / Final Fantasy XIII

  • Gilgamesh was intended to appear as a regular character; a fal'Cie with giant swords. Fridge Logic dictates that he was likely supposed to be the ultimate opponent of Titan's Trials as opposed to Attacus, as Attacus uses the exact same progressive battle tactics that Gilgamesh did in Final Fantasy XII, and you are arbitrarily given the store Gilgamesh Inc. as a quest reward for finishing half of the Trials fights. Getting this store as a reward for beating their namesake would have made more sense.
  • Similarly Named Works: Fans of this game might see the Ford Focus differently to other people:
    On Cocoon, Focus drives YOU!
  • What Could Have Been: According to the Final Fantasy XIII Ultimania Omega, the development team at one point considered making Vanille the official main character of the game, but dismissed the idea as they had already released a trailer and art featuring Lightning in that role.
    • The fal'Cie Siren wasn't just in the Pompa Sancta, but is Bodhum's fal'Cie. However, since the player never gets visit Bodhum properly, the only time one can see Siren is in cutscenes.
    • Fang was originally supposed to be a man, but was changed to a woman when the developers had to drop Serah from the party. Noel was likely based off those designs.
    • Lightning was originally supposed to have a much more flirtatious and carefree personality, but it was determined that her role required her to be more serious and her original personality was largely transplanted to Fang and Lumina.
    • Serah was conceived as being the seventh party member, with a more serious personality to match Lightning's more frivolous one. She was reduced to an NPC due to unspecified "implementation problems". The changes to Lightning and Fang can ultimately be traced back to Serah's removal from the party.
    • The game was to have an extra dungeon, called the Seventh Arc, a hidden facility designed to train fal'Cie, which contained a superboss named Nemesis. Interestingly, dialogue tied to this dungeon basically lays bare the fact that the party is aware that Barthandelus is manipulating them into becoming stronger, as opposed to it being an elephant in the room in the final game. The dungeon was cut for time (although it seems to have inspired the Augusta Tower dungeon,) Nemesis is recycled into Final Fantasy XIII-2 as Proto-fal'Cie Adam.