Lightning Returns: FF XIII Contest

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LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII allows players to customize its heroine, Lightning, in ways the series never has before. To celebrate, deviantART and Square Enix invite you to design your own customization of Lightning in the first ever contest of its kind! Submit now and show us your skills as a designer and as an artist. "Customization" means changing Lightning's look, body, apparel, weapons, or other accessories and anything else you wish to change on Lightning.

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Get inspired! Watch the trailer and view or select as references the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII imagery at the link below.

Create your own "customization" of Lightning from LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII. Remember, please limit your work to FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy content only. (Read details on "customization" in Official Rules)

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the SUBMIT ENTRY button below. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG file and must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height.

  • Original Sketch from FINAL FANTASY character designer Tetsuya Nomura*
  • Custom Xbox 360 console & controller**
  • $1,000 USD
  • Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on Xbox 360 (3 separate copies of Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII)
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII button down collared shirt
    (XL size)
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII logo keychain

*Images shown do not necessarily represent actual prizes.

**If the LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII edition Xbox 360 console is not available in a configuration suitable to the Entrant's country of residence, Sponsor or Square Enix may replace it with a substitute Xbox 360 console or cash equivalent upon its sole discretion.

The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Contest begins at 12:00 AM (PST) on February 11, 2014 and ends at 11:59pm (PST) on February 20, 2014.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of February 11, 2014
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59PM (PST) on February 20, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is required to enter the Contest; Membership to www.deviantart.com is free;
  • The Work is your own original customization of Lightning. "Customization" means changing Lightning's look, body, apparel, weapons, or other accessories and anything else you wish to change on Lightning.
  • The Work may originate in any drawing medium but must be submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file;
  • Your entry must be approximately 2,000 pixels in width by 550 pixels in height;
  • Licensed brushes and textures are acceptable as well as original assets from the Entrant's own work and visual elements from Final Fantasy XIII. Do not include the names of Lightning and/or Final Fantasy in your entry;
  • Entrant may use the material from the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy or the materials provided at the Contest Site but may not use characters that appear only in other Final Fantasy chapters;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully.

The three winners will be selected by FINAL FANTASY main character designer Tetsuya Nomura. Judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Originality of the "customization" of Lightning
  • Overall Impact of the Work
  • Technical and Artistic Skill

Please read the Official Rules for additional judging information.

EACH WINNER WILL APPEAR ONE AT A TIME AND ONE PER DAY ON MARCH 7, 2014; MARCH 8, 2014; AND MARCH 9, 2014 IN HOME PAGE BILLBOARD TAKEOVERS.



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