Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event review
Tonight SquareEnix held a small event to show case the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. Many people including myself just assumed it would be some game play footage to build the hype and then announce the release dates, but I was wrong, the show was so much more. There’s a lot to get through so lets just jump right into it. The show began with highlighting several key figures in the Final Fantasy development crew including Hironobu Sakaguchi, Yoko Shimomura, among others with Hajime Tabata making the surprise release date announcement at the end. Several various game play trailers were shown including one that all of a sudden went into a buddy action movie montage with “Stand by me” playing in the background. After a few minutes the hosts announced that the song was performed by Florence and the Machine.
SquareEnix then announced that there would be several spin offs of the main title including an anime following the main group of friends, which episode 1 should be available online I believe. A full fledged feature length CGI movie based on the story but involving the main characters father and his crew that takes place during the events of Final Fantasy XV. And lastly one of the new mini games for the series is a game call “Justice Monsters Five” which looks like a pinball/pachinko/pokemon game will also be available as a stand alone game available for download to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 marketplace and should be available for “pre registration” and available at a later date. Though I could not find anyway to do this “pre register” as of yet.
In addition, SquareEnix announced that a special demo for Final Fantasy XV, titled “Platinum Demo: Final Fantasy XV” would be available tonight on PS4/Xbox1 shortly after the event. The Demo takes place in the main characters life and is sort of an “imaginative adventure” IE its all in his head, but will give players a chance to experience some of the setting and combat controls for the main game. Plus you get a cute little rabbit thing as a companion.
Other key highlights from the footage shown: As you drive around the open world environment you can listen to classic Final Fantasy music via the car radio. Several times the video shows the group pushing their car, and pulling into gas stations, OR being picked up by a tow truck by a truck driver that would give most pin up models a blush, so whether this means you car can run out of gas, or take damage have to be towed remains to be seen but is a good indication you cant just drive forever. Several Montages of the group hanging out, playing cards, going camping, fishing together, playing Justice Monsters 5 at the local pizza place with various shots of them fighting together gives a sense of Bro ness, a brotherhood, a bond between a tight group of friends and I cant wait to see how that plays out. Combat looked especially fluid and hectic, your character will have an ability to “warp”, instantly teleporting to one location or the other, in the footage he used this ability to zip back and forth around a monster while hitting it, then would warp to tree top or a power pole and stick to the top of it before targeting the top of the monsters head and warping back over to it for a critical. One of the most impressive sights and a staple of the Final Fantasy universe was the summons demos. In the footage it appears as though if you activate the summons you have to actually wait for it to show up, as what happened the characters were fighting a huge beast, the main character makes a motion and from over his shoulder, from behind a hill comes a giant man more akin something from Attack on Titan, which his name oddly enough is Titan in Final Fantasy, scoops up the main character, towers above the beast and just drops a Heymaker punch into the ground on top of it. In addition to the Justice Monster mini game, there seems to be several other mini games including fishing, a card game, and my favorite, Chocobo racing in which you can drift the Chocobos!
Deluxe and collectors editions were revealed with the deluxe edition will contain: exclusive two-disc steelbook including both “Final Fantasy XV” and the “Kingsglaive” Blu-ray. Also includes an exclusive car recolor DLC and the Royal Raiment costume DLC from the Kingsglaive movie. The Ultimate Collector’s Edition, available in extremely limited quantities, only 30,000 units will be created worldwide. Available exclusively from the Square Enix Online Store, the Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes all Deluxe Edition content plus an additional exclusive two-disc steelbook containing the official Blu-ray Disc Music (featuring music from “Final Fantasy XV”, “Kingsglaive” and “Broitherhood”) and the “Brotherhood” Blu-ray (containing an exclusive sixth episode). Also includes a PLAY ARTS -KAI- Noctis action figure with Ultimate Edition-exclusive weapon. Both of which will be going on sale for pre-order as of the event closing. The last announcement was the release date. Which is scheduled for Sept 30 this year. Over all I am quite excited for Final Fantasy XV, it looks and sounds amazing and I cant wait to play it.