Final Fantasy fans have reason to rejoice.
New details have been unveiled about Square Enix’s highly anticipated game, Final Fantasy XV. Originally named Final Fantasy Versus XIII back in 2006 and renamed at E3 2013, this will be the fifteenth installment in the Final Fantasy series. Longtime fans have been waiting for more details since a demo of Final Fantasy XV was released on March 17, 2015, a special treat that was given to those who purchased or pre-ordered the Day One Edition of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Finally, some of those details are here.
According to Siliconera, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata took to sharing key information with the public during a NicoNico livestream by Famitsu, a Japanese game magazine. Previously projected that Final Fantasy XV would take around 40 hours to complete, the addition of new content and features now reportedly puts the game’s completion time at 50 hours. That’s 10 additional hours of gameplay and discovery. If the demo’s length and the size of Final Fantasy XV’s in-game environment are any indication, fans and newcomers alike will have plenty to explore.
Tabata also mentioned other additions to Final Fantasy XV’s growing list of features. Cactuars, an iconic enemy in the Final Fantasy universe, will be making appearances in the game. Miniature monsters that resemble cacti with appendages, cactuars wreak havoc upon the player’s party with surprisingly devastating attacks. Noctis, the main protagonist of the game, uses Shift Breaks (Warp abilities) to inflict great damage and strategy against his foes.
According to Tabata, cactuars will be able to dodge these skills, increasing the difficulty in defeating the prickly foes. This inclusion should come as no surprise to Final Fantasy players who have encountered such worthy opponents, as players are normally rewarded higher experience and greater items than what is commonly given by defeating them.
Another feature being implemented into Final Fantasy XV is the airship, a widely used method of transportation throughout many Final Fantasy games. Primarily utilized to traverse areas that are usually inaccessible by foot, one can only wonder just how this feature will add to the player’s exploration of the world. Tabata has assured fans that it will leave the player with the thought that “this is the kind of Airship that should be in Final Fantasy XV.” The developers have already decided how this system will be used, giving anxious fans the knowledge that the game is one step closer to completion.
While these details deal more with the inner workings of Final Fantasy XV, the livestream by Famitsu also mentions the intended framerate of the game. Tabata has stated that Final Fantasy XV will run at 30 frames per second. However, it has also been noted that the game is not currently running steadily at its intended framerate. Tabata mentioned that developers will continue to work on this until the end of Final Fantasy XV’s development.
Final Fantasy XV will also have fishing, according to Nova Crystallis. Early story and trailers reveal that Noctis does not appear accustomed to such a pastime, as he is royalty. Allegedly, this will be a mini-game that grows and coincides with the game’s progression. The Final Fantasy series is known for its entertaining side quests and tasks that players can seek out when not vanquishing enemies or saving the world. Nova Crystallis reports that Noctis’s age will be revealed some point later down the road, as well.
With the revelation of these details, Final Fantasy XV is getting quite a bit of coverage. Fans and newcomers will get to enjoy even more details about the game as Square Enix prepares for an event called Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV. Scheduled to take place on March 30 at 7 p.m. (PDT) in Los Angeles, Hajime Tabata has confirmed that the release date for Final Fantasy XV will be revealed at the event along with a plethora of other surprises. A free, playable tech demo of the game will also be on display. This event is reportedly going to be a fully fleshed out showing, providing much greater detail than previous reveals for Final Fantasy XV.
Final Fantasy XV is approaching. Are you excited about the new details? Do you feel that the completion time is adequate for such a big title? Let us know in the comments below!
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