There are four contintents that comprise the land of Nova Chrysalia, one of them being the Dead Dunes — a vast desert region where Lightning will have to brave the elements, including sandstorms as she navigates through the terrain. The newest Jump has some imagery of the new area, which is filled with many ruins dotting the landscape. Lightning is able to slide down sandy dunes to get around.
Jump also reveals a new power of Lightning’s: Lightspeed (or Overclock in the Japanese version). This ability is Lightning’s “ace in the hole” and consumes GP, a special kind of point system. This ability halts the movement of enemies. (Editor’s note: Similar to the 2006 Final Fantasy XIII trailer?)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is still set to release this Fall.
Update: The Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII website updated with a new description of the Dead Dunes, as well as two additional images of the trading/shopping Lightning will do on her journey.
The Dead Dunes — A lifeless desert within which rests a holy relic
This region is covered with endless desert sands as far as the eye can see. Within it can be found the shanties which form a base for treasure hunters seeking their fortune in the arid wilderness, as well as ancient ruins said to conceal a divine treasure.
Many monsters with a character unique to the area appear in this region, such as the sand swimming fiends of the open desert and the undead horrors that lurk within the ruins. There is good information to be found in the village that huddles around the oasis. It is a perfect base for exploring the deadly wilderness that surrounds it.
Want to get to the bottom of the dune fast? Just slide down!
Lightning must recover the stolen treasure. But what powers does it hide within?