In the final thirteen days before the end of the world, the land of Nova Chrysalia is what remains of the living world and beyond. It is slowly being consumed by Chaos – energy that is imbued in every human life. Etro’s Gate keeps the flow of this energy in check, but with it being destroyed at the end of Final Fantasy XIII-2, Chaos floods the world of Pulse, forever changing it and its inhabitants. Those who remain are unable to age yet remain immortal and new generations cannot be born because of the effects.
Chaos will manifest itself in more ways than one in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, and Lightning will likely find herself facing what is within. Chaos Infusions are points where the energy gathers thick and powerful enemies lie in wait. Infusions will manifest at different locations at different times, and while optional, you’ll need to keep an eye on the time when seeking them out. While powerful enemies may lie within, so do powerful rewards.
Remember that Lightning does not recover health at the end of battle anymore so be sure not to get in over your head. If you need to, you can hit up a restaurant in town or rest at an inn to recover health. The world of Nova Chrysalia is designed with an open-world aesthetic but the more you veer off the beaten path the more danger you will be in.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 in Japan on November 22nd, North America on February 11th, and Europe on February 14th. You can pre-order the North America version off Amazon for both PS3 and XBox 360.