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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:
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.