Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is releasing next week in Japan, with most of the main cast of the Final Fantasy XIII series already confirmed to return. Famitsu now has revealed that Cid Raines and Serah Farron will return in the final chapter of the trilogy, something quite suprising for those that played the previous 2 titles.
Although no information about their role was revealed, in one of the images, we see Cid stating that he is "the representative of the dead," and what's making Cid take action is the countless thoughts of the dead. Despite being confirmed, it looks like both Cid and Serah will only appear in some form of spiritual essence. In addition, Yoshinori Kitase revealed that Team Nora (Gadot, Yuj, Maqui, and Lebreau) won't be returning, since the game takes place several centuries in the future.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be released next week in Japan, arriving in North America on the 11th of February, and on the 14th of February in Europe.