Role Playing Game or RPG fans have a lot to be excited about as at the end of this month; we’ll be getting another major entry in the acclaimed Final Fantasy series by the JRPG kings themselves, Square Enix. After a decade long development phase, Final Fantasy 15 will finally launch in Nov. 29 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Final Fantasy 15 centers around Prince Noctis of Lucis as he travels all over Eos to get to Princess Lunafreya in hopes of ending a war. Accompanying him on his journey are his three trusted guardians and friends; Prompto, Gladiolus, and Ignis. The premise itself sets up a very emotional journey for players to uncover.
The upcoming title has been in the works for a decade. News of the title began in 2006, but the game was then referred to as Final Fantasy 13 Versus. After years of planning, absences from E3 and not to mention delays, we’ll finally be getting the game later this month.
Based on words from the developer and a lot of trailers, Final Fantasy 15 is one of the grandest titles in the series yet. Players have a lot to be excited about the game and Square Enix is about to launch a definite Game of the Year candidate.
With the game being in such a massive scale, there’s a lot to know about it. From movies to anime and everything else in between, we’ve got the top things players should know before getting their hands on Final Fantasy 15.
15. Five-Episode Anime
Available on YouTube is a series is anime that explores the early days of Noctis, Prompto, Ignis, and Gladiolus. The Brotherhood anime available to watch for free gives players a glimpse of the relationships that Noctis formed with his companions before their journey in Final Fantasy 15.
The first episode was all about Noctis. It was a good one but the episodes that followed really set up the events of the upcoming title. We got a look at how Noctis basically changed the life of Prompto. How Noctis got the respect of Gladiolus. And how much he cared for Ignis despite being such a bratty prince to him.
Those looking to get a full experience of the title should definitely watch the anime because it allows us to feel and get a better look at the brotherhood that the four characters share with each other. But there’s more to watch aside from the anime.
14. Full-Length CGI Film
Aside from the anime, the game’s lore was further expanded with a full-length CGI film titled Final Fantasy 15: Kingsglaive. The entire film runs for 1 hour and 55 minutes and a ton of effort was obviously exerted into creating the feature film. It was shown in theatres a couple of months ago, but players who purchase a few specific editions of the game can get their hands on a copy of Kingsglaive.
The film centers around the events in Lucis before Final Fantasy 15. At the middle of the story if King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII and his elite group of guards called the Kingsglaive. King Regis is of course, Prince Noctis’ father.
The film is voiced by a star studded cast for the English dubbing of the game. The cast is spearheaded by Aaron Paul, Sean Bean, and Lena Heady. It isn’t just a film created for the sake of expanding the universe as Square Enix and Stage 6 Films have a lot work done on it.
13. One Of The Most Fast-Paced Final Fantasy Titles Yet
By now, it should be no secret that Square Enix is ditching the slow-paced battle system and is making use of a fast-paced combat system. In fact, it could be the fastest out of any other Final Fantasy titles. Ever since Final Fantasy 12, Square Enix has made a progressively quickening form of combat with their games and it might even do the series well.
The combat of Final Fantasy 15 could be easily compared to that of Kingdom Hearts. Noctis and Co. will hack and slash their way out of enemies in real-time. Like the Kingdom Hearts series, magic, items and weapon switching can be done with a press of a button.
12. Eos Is A Wonderful World
The game takes place is the vast world of Eos. Players can traverse a variety of environments in Eos on foot and on the Regalia. Square Enix put a huge emphasis on developing the huge world that can be explored freely for a certain time. It’s probably the biggest map for any Final Fantasy title and it’s obviously one of the most detailed ones as well.
Players can explore a variety of areas in the game. It includes huge cities, barren towns, tropical regions, dry desserts, caves, sewers, and so much more. The world is thriving with other human NPCs, but the real beauty of it all comes when players are witnessing the majestic creatures of Eos roam about in the fields. We’ve yet to know just how big Eos is, but based on what we’ve seen so far, it could take hours to fully explore the open-world.
11. Magic Is Truly Magical
The game’s constantly evolving list of mechanics is based on past Final Fantasy mechanics, but with improvements to boot. This involves the game’s magic mechanics to become improved. And we’re not being corny here, but the magic in the game is looking pretty epic and… magical.
When using magic in Final Fantasy 15, players will also have to consider the environment. For example, when using Fire in an open-field, fire will literally spread across the grass. This means a lot of trouble for the enemies in the field but Noctis and co. isn’t safe as well. If player’s aren’t careful enough, they’ll be placing everyone else in danger as well.
We’ve yet to know how deep the magic system is. We’re expecting the likes of Thunder to be a whole lot effective when used in watery areas. The only thing certain for now is that players shouldn’t cast magic at anytime they want.
10. Battles Of Epic Proportions
One of the main aspects of Final Fantasy 15; as with any other Final Fantasy title are the battles. The battle system in Final Fantasy 15 provided by Square Enix is one of the best and most fast-paced ever. At the center of the battle is Noctis and co. and a long list of monsters that range in size. Players will be fighting robots, humans of regular sizes to beasts of epic proportions.
Though a ton of gameplay videos, Noctis and co. are seen fighting enemies that take up the entire seen. It really sets up the mood for battles to become truly epic and it’s always fun taking down a monster that can basically eat the entire party. As they say, “the bigger they are, the harder they fall.” As for what creatures are, players will be seeing classic Final Fantasy enemies like the Behemoth and Iron Giant as well as new ones.
9. The Special Editions
As with most of today’s big releases, Final Fantasy 15 will also have a set of editions that both series fans and collector’s are sure to enjoy. Aside from store exclusive limited editions, Square Enix itself has a few editions for the game as well. However, as usual, fans will have to shell out big cash for them.
For starters, those on a low budget but will want to get a few in-game items should purchase the Deluxe Edition for $89.99. This includes the game, a steelbook, the Kingsglaive Blu-ray, in-game bonus content that includes a Royal Rainment Outfit, Masamune, and a new skin for the Regalia.
The best edition for collector’s is none other than the Ultimate Collector’s Edition which sells for a whopping $269.99. It includes all the content of the Deluxe Edition, a two-disc steelbook with the game and Kingsglaive movie (with bonus scenes), and a special Play Arts KAI Noctis action.
8. It’s Part Of Another Series
This may come as a surprise to some fans, but Final Fantasy is a part of another series aside from Final Fantasy. It’s pretty much like the Dissidia or Crystal Chronicles series of Final Fantasy game, but this time, Final Fantasy 15 and the other titles in the series aren’t directly related to each other.
Along with the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy and Final Fantasy Type-0, Final Fantasy 15 is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of Final Fantasy game. Fabula Nova Crystallis roughly translates to The New Tale of The Crystal in Latin and it’s a pretty suiting name for the main theme of the three games.
Although the three titles aren’t related in story, they all share a common theme which is based on a common mythos focusing on important crystals that are tied to deities. The series has had mixed reception because of the poor reviews for Final Fantasy 13 and 13-2, but aside from that, fans are still expecting Final Fantasy 15 to be an amazing entry in the series.
7. Only Noctis Is Playable, Unless You Get DLC
Despite having four characters; Noctis, Ignis, Prompto, and Gladiolus always on the field, only Noctis can be controlled. In past Final Fantasy titles, players can at least control the actions of the other party members during battle. Only Final Fantasy 15 is going to take a different path with the party system.
If this doesn’t suit players well, they at least have the option to purchase a DLC that will allow them to use the other characters and as well as play with other player controlled party members. “Each episode allows players to take control of one of Noctis’ comrades in all-new adventures that offer unique play styles tailored to each character. Players can explore previously unseen areas filled with new monsters, and even obtain weapons that can later be used in the main game,” said Square Enix in a press release. This is a pretty good deal especially for those who like to play with others.
6. It’s One Big Road Trip
It’s probably obvious now that the game centers around the brotherhood and journey of Noctis, Ignis, Prompto, and Gladiolus. Accompanying them on their journey is one dashing vehicle called the Regalia. The world of Eos is harsh and beautiful, not to mention filled with terrifying monsters so Noctis and Co. better be equipped with the best ride ever.
Aside from battling the beast in Eos, Noctis and Co. will have to battle for their survival as well. Throughout their journey, they’ll have to fish and hunt for food. And when night falls, and there’s no inn nearby, they’ll have to camp out for the night.
As the story progresses, the Regalia will be upgraded and will then be able to fly. Flight is another staple of the Final Fantasy series and Square Enix is outdoing the Highwind, Balamb Garden, and all other ships in the series with the Regalia.
5. It Had One Heck Of A Development Period
With the game confirmed to be releasing later this month, we can say that Final Fantasy 15 has been in development for a whopping 10 years. To put into perspective, Final Fantasy 13 wasn’t even released yet when Final Fantasy 15 began its development phase.
Final Fantasy 15 began development way back in 2006, but was called as Final Fantasy XIII Versus back then. Still, it’s part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of games along with the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy and Final Fantasy Type-Zero. The pre-production phase of the game lasted till 2011 and the actual development phase began September of the same year.
After eight generations of consoles were finally revealed, the game was then rebranded into Final Fantasy 15. After that, the game was rarely seen for years on end until bigger developments came during and after E3 2016. The game was supposedly going to launch in September, but was moved for more development time.
4. It’s Part Open-World And Part Linear
One of the most exciting features of Final Fantasy 15 is that it’s an open-world game. From the get go, players can do whatever they want and they can traverse a really huge and fully developed world. However, as the game progresses, players will be restricted into the game’s story.
There are a total of 15 chapters in this latest installment all in all. Game director, Hajime Tabata revealed before that the second half of the game will be more linear. This means that one players reach the mid-part or so of chapter 8, they won’t get the same freedom as experienced from the earlier parts of the game.
This might not sit well with fans, but it’s worth noting that keeping a more linear gameplay opens up more room for story development. What the game might lack in exploration and freedom in the second half, it might make up for in story and character development.
3. Summons Are Grand
Summons, GFs, Aeons, Eidolons, whatever you call them, are one of the staple features in any Final Fantasy title. Final Fantasy 15 is looking to bring summons on a whole new level this time around as Square Enix is bringing the powerful beings in new and epic proportions.
This time, majority of the summons take up the entire screen. They’re really intimidating and Square Enix made sure that we the players also feel the power of the summons in the game as they lay waste to the enemies.
There are only a few confirmed summons for Final Fantasy 15 for now. So far, we’ve gotten a look at Ramuh, Titan, Leviathan, Carbuncle, Shive, and Ifrit. We’re expecting more summons for the game as there are a few staple Final Fantasy summons still missing. Our fingers our crossed that the likes of Bahamut and dare we say, Knights of the Round, are part of Noctis’ arsenal.
2. Might Be The Most Emotional Final Fantasy Yet
We don’t know the full plot of Final Fantasy 15 but we’re almost certain that it’s going to be one roller coaster ride for our emotions. We’re going as far as to saying that there might be moments in the game that are bigger tear-jerkers that Aerith’s death and Final Fantasy 10’s big twist. The premise just opens up a lot opportunities for good writing.
The game is set in the world of Eos. A world riddled with technology and machines; but definitely more of the former. Two of the five nations, Lucis and Nifleim, are at a big war and at the center of it is Lucis’ Prince Noctis who is accompanied by his friends and guardians: Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis.
Noctis and friend’s main goal is to put a stop to the war. Part of what could stop the war is if Noctis marries Lady Lunafreya. It’s not an entirely unique plot but as we’ve said before, the possibilities are big.
1. It Could Be The Best Final Fantasy Ever
There’s no doubting that Square Enix is trying to outdo each Final Fantasy title with the other. Over the past years, Square Enix has had roller coaster performance. Final Fantasy 11 was poorly received, 12 was not the popular but is still amazing, 13 was hated by majority of the players, and 14 was horrible at first launch. If it wasn’t for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix couldn’t have saved the MMORPG.
There are a lot of reasons why this game could be the best Final Fantasy yet. The visuals are amazing. The game’s lore is fully detailed and expanded with movies and episodes. Gameplay is grand and fast-paced. But there’s so much more to the game that we’ve yet see until the full launch.
Based on what we know so far about the game, there’s a huge chance that it could be one of the best games of the year. But what fans would really want is a Final Fantasy title for the ages.