Lightning Returns introduces The Dead Dunes
posted on 03.18.13 at 07:37 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Plus, Lightning slows the passage of time with Lightspeed ability.

Square Enix has shared new details and screenshots for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, showing a new area called “The Dead Dunes,” and new abilities.

“There is good information to be found in the village that huddles around the oasis,” an official description for the new area reads. “It is a perfect base for exploring the deadly wilderness that surrounds it.”

A leaked scan from this week’s Jump (which I was writing up before the official details hit) calls the Dunes “the land of new exploration”—a vast desert dotted with numerous ruins. Lightning can also slide downhill in these Dunes.

Lightning’s new abilities include “Lightspeed” and recovery magic.

  • Lightspeed: This special ability consumes EP (Energy Points). When unleashed in battle, it slows the passage of time, rendering foes helpess before Lightning’s ferocious assault.
  • Recovery: Lightning now has the ability to cast recovery spells on herself. Because the spell consumes EP, it is best kept as a last resort, as it’s wiser to use her supply of potions first.

View the new screenshots at the gallery.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JaeWhy SasuleUchiha

    So beautiful~

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I no understand you, Square. Y u no release 720p screenshots?

  • Redichi24

    fuck this already where’s versus xiii.sal romano is the best!

  • whiteferrero

    Sweet! It’s very action rpg already huh? wonder how everyone else in the universe is doing.

  • Guest

    a great game IMO but still not buy it ..reason y :.i dint have and play FFXIII-2 .. so obviously i’ll clueless when play this game .. nevertheless, not regret that decision ..and i’m prefer FFXIII ending as true and perfect ending …

    No Pain, No Gain, Right?

    • zakou

      Lightning Returns is a great game iyo but you still won’t buy it but at the same time you never played it… And neither did you XIII-2?

      Mind = Blown.

      • syaznifaiq

        During its first week of release in Japan, Final Fantasy XIII-2 sold 524,000 copies. Although high, initial sales were notably lower than what they were for
        the game’s predecessor, which sold 1.5 million units in its first week … where the hell i million Japanese fans go ?

        • zakou

          They got sucked into the time paradox.

    • Gaara D.Dragon

      actually the reason they named it Lightning Returns and not FF XIII-3 is to show people how they can also play this game as a stand alone chapter.

      Just like FF XIII-2 kinda ignores the story of FF XIII.

    • Ritsujun

      Someone came from the future.

  • zakou

    This looks really good but I just hope that they this time for the last time they won’t lie about the battle system like they used to all the time.

    FFXIII: The battle system is basicly instant! You see the monsters and you fight them instantly <- this was a lie as we had to touch the monsters, wait 1-3 sec and then we could fight.

    FFXIII-2: They said that this time the battles are even more instant than XIII, true the the fights loaded a sec faster than XIII.

    LR:FFXIII: Action battles they say, I really really hope we see monsters on the fields and can instantly pick commands like in Kingdom hearts, if it will flash into a battle and load some map fragment then i will be disappointed.

  • Gaara D.Dragon

    The graphics look a lot better than that trailer.

  • new_tradition

    Yay, new info! Looking good. Graphics in the scene do look better compared to the previous trailers with early builds. Not sure, but is that a new outfit Lightning is wearing in the first shot to boot?

    This Lightspeed ability pretty much means that the doom clock really does countdown even in battle then? Yikes, that could suck during long boss battles O_O

  • DarthBrian

    Want!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    Also want KH 1.5 HD Remix, FFX HD, Versus XIII, and PS4 FF.

    • zakou

      What about Disagea D2 ? :3

      • DarthBrian

        I think that’s obvious, don’t you? :p

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      AND Dragon Quest VII and Bravely Default!!!

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Ohh…..so NOW she looks more like Yoshitaka Amano’s orignal illustrations.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Desert ruins are always s fun setting. Wish we could get some new footage. PAX, hopefully?

  • 新阿修羅(ShinAsura)

    I hope this doesn’t play like the XIII-2 Lightning dlc

  • xMCXx

    Exploration? In my Final Fantasy XIII?

  • Bloodios

    Yeah, that’s nice and all but how’s the frame rate? Except for the Souls series, I seriously don’t want trudge through terrains in any other game while the frame rate fluctuates between 15-20.

    • http://gematsu.com/author/ro-kurorai 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

      I’m shocked, especially as the visuals are a huge step down from FFXIII (PS3). Hope SE let Lightning rest in peace after LR. She’s done enough, already and deserves a rest. Time for Noctis and Stella to take over the stage =)

  • Bloodios

    This screenshot reminded me a whole lot of Uncharted 3.

    • zakou

      Same here and that is a bad thing xD as soon as a Final Fantasy game reminds us of third person games like Assassins Creed and Uncharted then yeah lol.

  • Adol Christian

    This outfit looks pretty nice. I wish this was her default costume.

  • LETS PRAY FOR LOCALIZATION

    Beautiful can’t wait to play this.

  • LordKaiser

    I hope it all ends

  • Azure

    I enjoyed XIII it was beautiful, but XIII-2 story, graphics, music and gameplay was a mess :x, this looks even cheaper.. judging from the first trailer they showed.

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      Really? I think the art direction on this game looks fantastic.

      • Azure

        It does :), but the first trailer didn’t do its justice.

        Lets hope its better than that.

  • https://moefx.wordpress.com/ Barklight

    Wait, is that her new outfit or what? It looks better, i mean different from the first one

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      This game’s supposed to have a crap-ton of outfits, so it’s probably just an alternate.

  • Nightcore34

    “Recovery, the ability to case recovery spells on herself” so what she’s not a med anymore?

  • Ace

    …What… Is she wearing?

  • Tetsu

    …Why is her hair blonde?

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    >Lightning now has the ability to case recovery spells on herself.

    Should read:

    Lightning now has the ability to cast recovery spells on herself.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      Fixed. =)

  • Sevyne

    That’s right Lightning; Camouflage one boob in a desert.

  • tubers

    Are those thongs!? LOL

  • DrForbidden

    Uhhh… seriously, what the hell is she wearing in that screenshot?

  • PrinceHeir

    wait is that a strap in front of her O___O

    oh square enix you!!

    hopefully this will be the last FFXIII game for awhile now(even though the series is good, need to move on now like you know Versus XIII!?!)

    i hope Versus XIII will have multiple sequels as well!!!