Considering that the FFXIII series started as little more than a (very pretty) series of long corridors strung together by battles and cutscenes, the fact that Lightning Returns director Motomu Toriyama’s first wish for the last FFXIII entry was to “beat Skyrim” seems…interesting, to say the least.

What does that mean, exactly? That Lightning Returns will have a “natural open world style of play,” according to an interview with the director and wilderness lead planner Yui Umeda said in a recent interview with Famitsu Weekly. To be fair, the game’s very Western-leaning design has come a long way from the overly-on-rails original – but I think 10 million Bethesda fans might make this one an uphill battle.

Via Gaming Bolt