Watch ‘Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV’ Movie Before Playing The Game

So you’ve heard there’s a new and epic Final Fantasy title coming out for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in September. However, did you know there’s an absolute box you must tick before getting your hands on Final Fantasy XV? You definitely must watch the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie first this August.

Final Fantasy movies have always set the benchmark for animated films in whatever time period each movie was released. In 2001, Square Enix came out with Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, a technical milestone that drastically raised the bar for computer-animated movies. 2005’s Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children was another masterpiece, creating lifelike CG characters way ahead of its time and delivering an excellent gift to Final Fantasy fans all over the world.

In 2016, in an age when CG and computer animation govern the film industry, where will Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV stand? From the looks of the first trailers, it will pick up from where it left: delivering astonishing graphics and masterpieces for characters who stand well above all animated films of its generation. From the few action scenes released to the public, fans can already surmise that the battle scenes will be as epic as the battle scenes the Final Fantasy games deliver.

But before everything else, what exactly is Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV? Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV exists within the canon of the Final Fantasy XV game and acts as a narrative prequel to the events of the upcoming title. While the Final Fantasy XV game focuses on the journey of Noctis and his boy band, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV narrates the events surrounding Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, Noctis’ father, which takes place in the kingdom of Lucis. The main protagonists of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be the Kingsglaive, elite guards who hold magical powers similar to Regis’ in order to defend the kingdom and its crystal from invading forces.

While Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV has yet to release worldwide, it was released earlier this year in Japan, just like dozens of Japan-produced films and games. The movie will release in several cities across the U.S. on August 19 and will be available on various streaming and digital download services come August 30.

But if you’re worried if it’s any good, based from reactions and reviews from the Japan screening, it looks likes Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be a pretty decent accompaniment to the Final Fantasy XV game.

Director Takeshi Nozue shares how happy he is with the outcome of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.

“We wanted to be able to reach a wider audience. A film gave us a lot more opportunity to reach more people.

“We can’t believe the scores that we’ve got. It’s been great. We’re really happy about it. Some people are saying it’s 100 times better than Advent Children. That feels really gratifying.”

In fact, to give the western release of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV a push, Square Enix is casting some pretty big names for the English release. Protagonist Nyx Ulric will be voiced by Aaron Paul (which you will remember as Jesse from Breaking Bad), King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII will be voiced by actor Sean Bean (Game of Thrones’ Ned Stark), and the beautiful character Lunafreya Nox Fleuret will be voiced by none other than Game of Thrones’ Cersei Lannister, Lena Headey.

Should you watch the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie before the game, or are you afraid it will bring you spoilers or set expectations? While Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV tells a parallel story to the game, since it’s a prequel of sorts, you should definitely see it before playing the game. The movie will do you the favor of familiarizing you with the setting, getting you more emotionally involved in the story and the stakes of Noctis’ journey and introducing you to auxiliary characters in the game.

Much is riding on the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie and the Final Fantasy XV game, so fans are really excited for the dates to roll by. Final Fantasy XV will release for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 30, 2016, and the Blu-ray copy of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV will be included in the Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition.

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