With less than a month until the Japanese release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, I’m sure the majority of you lovely guys and gals will be stealing a peek at the game way before the western release in February 2014. So let’s nurture that curiosity for now with a ton of new screenshots from the game:
You remember Fang, right? Of course you do, the hard-headed l’Cie was only one of the strongest playable characters in FFXIII! Along with Vanille, they defeated Orphan and prevented the collision between Cocoon and Pulse by transforming into a crystal pillar between the two worlds.
For centuries, Fang and Vanille slept within said crystal pillar, holding Cocoon aloft in the sky. But a few short years ago, they awoke. At first, the pair lived under the care of the Order, until Fang set out to the Dead Dunes, a barren expanse of desert within Nova Chrysalia, in search of a long-lost relic. She did not return.
Fang and Lightning eventually reunite and team up to explore the ancient ruins that lie buried beneath the sands of the Dead Dunes. When battle erupts, Fang fights by Lightning’s side, and the pair can easily take on foes that would be extremely difficult to defeat alone.
In the world of Nova Chrysalia, no new humans are born and there are limited numbers of each monster species. When Lightning slays all of one species, they become extinct, never to be seen again. The last survivor of a monster species is known as the Last One. It is extraordinarily powerful, far more so than its defeated predecessors. When the Last One is defeated, the species is extinct… although some monster species can never be eradicated completely.
We’re not sure you’ll need it, but when necessary Lightning can flee from battle by using the EP Ability: Escape. Back out, reconfigure Lightning’s schemata, and challenge the monster again if you wish – but you and I both know that true Final Fantasy players never flee from battle!
Excited? Let us know what you think of Fang’s return in the comments below! And as an extra treat, here’s a few more screenshots of the formidable ancient ruins that lie beneath the Dead Dunes.