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What’s New News About Final Fantasy XV [UPDATE]

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[UPDATE: we’ve found more footage from Famitsu, which includes Japanese voice-acting from the mechanic, Cindy. It’s been added to the pile. It appears that Cindy’s garage is part of a rest-stop, which includes a shop, where players will be able to buy items, and a trailer, where the party will be able to rest in order to level up.]

As a result of Square Enix providing hands-on demos of Episode Duscae (the FFXV demo that comes with purchases of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD), and doing a live presentation at PAX East, there’s been a lot of noise about Final Fantasy XV over the past day, but what’s actually new information? This author went through it all, and rounded it up.

Here are the newest details for Final Fantasy XV:

Backstory

The latest Square Enix press release is mostly just marketing, except for the backstory provided for Episode Duscae, which gives us hints of things that haven’t been revealed yet:

When you’ve spent your entire life looking out at the serrated city skyline, it’s easy to lose yourself in the sprawling Duscaen landscape. The prince and his retinue were halfway to Cauthess when their daydreams came to a sudden, screeching halt—the Regalia’s last gasp before giving out to the unpaved backroads.

Now they were truly lost in the landscape: broken down by the side of the road with the Disc well out of walking distance. The Archaean, Titan, would have to wait. He’d been dormant for ages anyway. The first order of business was getting back on four wheels.

Buddies Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWRjaVvv148

Square Enix held an FFXV presentation at PAX East. As the hosts of the presentation (Tabata was at his daughter’s graduation ceremony, and sent lead designers in his stead) pointed out, we haven’t been officially introduced to Noctis’ party members yet.

  • Gladiolus Amicitia (the mullet) is the eldest, strongest, and most courageous of the group. He has a lot of combat training, so he’s always at the forefront of battles. He as an easy-going personality, but also has a tendency to give advice and be bossy; however, it’s only because he cares about his friends.
  • Ignis Scientia (the glasses) and Noctis have known each other since childhood. Ignis wishes to be his counsel. As a result, he’s very knowledgeable and studied. In battles, he tries to protect Noctis, so he tends to stay by the Prince’s side. In Episode Duscae, he is able to Cure, and has a poisonous weapon equipped which allows him to use the Venom Strike ability. He also enjoys cooking.
  • Prompto Argentum (the blond) is Noctis’ classmate. Unlike the other two friends, Prompto has no combat training, so he’s anxious and eager in battles. Prompto has a special binding technique in Episode Duscae, which makes enemies weak.

Chocobo Post Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJdmqmjdkWQ

Camping

As we already know, players will need to rest up in order to “cash in” their experience points and level up, and when camping, Ignis will be able to concoct delicious dishes from materials gathered out in the field. This food will provide long-lasting buffs to the player’s party, including:

  • Fresh—slight increase in attack and defense, and EXP gained
  • Prime—great increase in attack and defense, and EXP gained
  • Sharp—increases the critical hit rate
  • Immune—negates status ailments

The PAX East presentation also revealed that there will be places outside of cities, for example camping trailers, where the party will be able to rest that don’t necessitate lighting a fire.

You can check out the rest of the new footage below, and if you haven’t been keeping up with the latest Final Fantasy XV news, we have you covered.

We’ll let you know when there’s more.

Gameplay from Dengeki

Tutorials from Famitsu

Off-Screen Footage

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15 comments
  1. Maciej Miszczyk
    Maciej Miszczyk
    March 8, 2015 at 8:32 am

    looks incredibly fun. hope they decide to port it to PC

  2. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 8, 2015 at 9:00 am

    ETA: five-ten years after its console release.

  3. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

    The Hangover XV

  4. Phelan
    Phelan
    March 8, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hmmm… I think that it might be released on PC way earlier. Wouldn’t really be suprised if it was day-1 with consoles.

    PS4/Xbox One/PC architecture is really similar. So porting is way way way waaaay easier than porting from PS3 to PC.

    And let’s not forget that this game is in production for nearly 10 years already. This means that during those 10 years people worked on project which didn’t give them a single penny. IT MUST EARN no matter what, or SE will sink like a rock.

    Though future looks grim. PS4 is not selling in Japan atm, will it change? Dunno. It may or may not change. First big test will be this month if sales won’t rise to level of 100k units per week than pretty much Japan will be dead for new generation consoles.

    This means that they will need to find other place from which they will be able to earn money. Obviously the only place they can go to is PC.

    So yeah… I do believe that FF XV will be released with PS4/Xbox One version at exactly the same day.

  5. Kuso Miso
    Kuso Miso
    March 8, 2015 at 10:05 am

    All these made up names/terms on the backstory are making my head hurt; Are all the Fabula Nova games fated to confuse the shit out of me with their naming sense?

  6. Flamingfighter
    Flamingfighter
    March 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

    So 15 years from now at the max.

  7. Siveon
    Siveon
    March 8, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    I don’t think this game is Fabula Nova, but I think Square just has a hard on for anything that sounds remotely latin.

    And on that point, it looks/sounds like shit.

  8. Kuso Miso
    Kuso Miso
    March 8, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    “Gladiolus Amicitia”
    And here i through Lightning and Hope were dumb names, Square Enix finds a way.

  9. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 8, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Heheh … More seriously, I expect FFXV to launch between February and December next year.

  10. Siveon
    Siveon
    March 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Well, Square hasn’t exactly been the source of good writing for quite a while now.

  11. Flamingfighter
    Flamingfighter
    March 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I sincerely hope for January then, would be wonderful to have a nice and lengthy game right off the getgo for 2016. Granted, I know that more time = more polish, but the 9th anniversary on this game’s announcement is coming up.

    Unless the demo ends up being actually terrible, in which I probably won’t get it.

  12. Whxian
    Whxian
    March 8, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    porting was never their problem, infact ff13 was made on pc then ported to the consoles. the reason they dont release their games on pc at the same time as consoles is because they like many other devs think that their game would lose sales due to piracy. releasing ff13 came very late, because at that point, anyone who would have bought on consoles, would have done so already, if they do release the new game on pc, it wont be before a few years. even devs that are used to releasing on pc and consoles tend to delay with like a month or two on pc, just so ppl who do not want to wait, get a console and buy their games with the pc as an afterthought.

  13. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 8, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    My impression is that SE won’t release it on PC until they’ve exhausted all other options because that way they can “force” people to double, triple, quadruple dip. Just look at FFX, which still hasn’t come to the PC but has, what, two re-releases now? Now that it’s ported to the PS4, the PC’s just a hop and a skip away.

  14. Barret Somerville
    Barret Somerville
    March 11, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I just came here to look at cindy, I hope the series turns out well, though I doubt it wont and that the other installments wont take as long to be released.

  15. Barret Somerville
    Barret Somerville
    March 11, 2015 at 3:40 am

    holy shit that camping music though, god this game has an amazing score.