During an interview with IGN, Yuji Abe, Lightning Returns' Gameplay Director, revealed that the final chapter of the Final Fantasy XIII saga will feature over fifty hours of content. In the same interview, Abe also explained more details about how the clock system will affect play time.
Although Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy features a clock system with a day-night cycle, and a countdown of thirteen days to save the world from ending, Abe explained that actions such as talking to people, interact with menus and customizable characters pauses this count. But despite this, Abe stated that time management will be one of the key elements of the game.
"The way the game moves, one period of 24 hours within the game world itself will take play time in the real world around two or three hours of actual, real time. Having said that, opening menus, customising your characters, talking to some people or just listening to certain things will cause time to stop. So it isn't quite as short as you'd think," said Abe.
"Overall, when I did the test plays during the development period, I played through from start to finish trying to see almost all of the aspects of the game and it took roughly about 50 hours."
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available in North America on the 11th of February, and in Europe on the 14th February 14th.