Lightning Returns will feature a modified version of the ATB based battle system seen in both, Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2. Adaptations to the battle system include; being able to freely move Lightning around in battles, blocking in real time, and the ability to assign commands to the controllers face buttons instead of selecting from a menu.
Lightning will be the only playable character in the game but ,unlike previous games in the series, she will be fully customizable. The player will be able to dress Lightning in a wide variety of costumes and equip her with mutiple different weapons.
One of the main features of Lightning Returns is the the 'Doomsday Clock', a thirteen day countdown displayed on screen continuously throughout the game. Every action the player takes can either add time or take it away from the clock, defeating enemies for example will give Lightning more time whilst taking the time to perform kind deeds will drain Lighting of time.
Like previous Final Fantasy games, Lightning Returns features a wide range of enemies. The games day/night cycle is also said to effect the creatures, with them becoming more dangerous during the night.