In every Final Fantasy title so far, players relied on healing spells, such as cure, to recover health in exchange for a short amount of MP, however this won't be the case in Lightning Returns. Cure and other healing spells won't be regular abilities, and in order to use these players will need to use GP (Glory Points).
Glory Points are a currency which will allow players to do various things such as teleporting around the world, stopping time, healing yourself and resurrecting after a knock-out. These GP points will be earned after defeating enemies in battle, with stronger enemies giving you more GP.
Lightning Returns Design director, Yuji Abe, said "In this game, Cure isn't a regular ability, but a part of the GP effects. So, this time around, in order to heal yourself, you'll either have to use GP or items such as potions. There will be different situations where you might have to consider saving your GP for stopping time instead of healing. You'll gain GP at the end of battles, so to a degree, you'll be able to go around fighting to recover your health. Stronger enemies will give you more GP, so it might be a good idea to take on a stronger enemy to cast a Curaga when your HP is looking low."
Another feature revealed was the Radiant Points, at 6 a.m. players are forced to go back to the ark where Hope is, at that time, players can use the Radiant points on the Tree of Life, in order to extend the planet's lifespan by up to 13 days at a time. These points can be earned by completing quests, with the amount of points varying depending on the quest, making your choice of what you do each day quite important.
Abe concludes by saying that weapons and equipment will be crucial to success, although Square Enix is still working on the balance. "This time around, weapons and equipment will be a crucial element, so we are currently adjusting their parameters and values. We're thinking about topics such as how to make players purchase and change (weapons and equipment) more frequently, and about the balance of abilities, which we're constantly adjusting. We've been going back and forth in order to not have things appear too boring or too flashy. We're doing our best to adjust it so it can correspond to various play styles, so please look forward to it."
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be available in North America on the 11th of February, and in Europe on the 14th February 14th.