An Introduction to the World of Nova Chrysalia

September 2nd, 2013 by Tony Garsow


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The remnants of Gran Pulse that remain after the events of Final Fantasy XIII-2 comprise the realm of Nova Chrysalia — where the events of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII take place. Divided in to four large regions, you’ll travel to Luxerion, the Dead Dunes, Yusnaan, and the Wildlands. Square Enix has provided us an overview (above) that starts with Lightning in the Ark — a place outside Nova Chrysalia that is exempt from the ticking clock counting down the end of the world.

The world has been designed with an open aesthetic, being that “World Driven” is one of the core tenets behind the development of the title. The day and night cycle will change regularly and NPCs will have their own schedules that Lightning will need to bear in mind. When out in the wilderness, you’ll need to plan your encounters wisely as Lightnings resources for recovery are more limited, and the risk of falling in battle becomes greater the further away from civilization you get.

Each region has their own specific video which you can watch by clicking the links below:

• LUXERION
• YUSNAAN
• THE DEAD DUNES
• THE WILDLANDS

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases on November 21st in Japan, February 11th in North America, and February 14th in Europe. The game will be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with a digital version available on PlayStation Network.

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  1. alexsam says:

    I must confess, this is almost nothing like we saw in either XIII or XIII-2! Actually some of the open-world scenery from the Wildlands looks a lot like The Black Shroud area from XIV! But, in general, it’s all very original and looks nice! I like how Noel creeps in the background in Luxerion.

  2. AnimaMagna says:

    Oh, if only I understood Japanese. They might provide a few titbits of plot to tide us unspoilable fans over. Otherwise… :D!!!!

  3. ogbemi says:

    Love the soundtrack in this video

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