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Final Fantasy XV: Are Weapon Bosses Back?

Jake Wilson

Jake Wilson

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Some new info was released on Final Fantasy XV at Gamescom 2015 as well as a new trailer for the game entitled ‘Dawn.’ Game director Hajime Tabata has stated that the team have a roadmap leading all the way up to release which will (he hopes) be sometime in 2016. More updates will follow around PAX Prime at the end of August.

On a more disappointing note, in a separate interview with Hajime Tabata, he said of airships: “we are currently looking into the technology to see if that’s possible.” For one, someone at Square Enix once proclaimed that current technology would not allow for a Final Fantasy VII remake because of the difficulties of rendering the world map, shortly after that, Ni No Kuni was released with a beautifully rendered world map. Second, I’m 99% sure that at one point Tetsuya Nomura confirmed airships to be an already functioning part of the game, though as of now I cannot find that quote as it seems to be buried underneath endless stories about the Final Fantasy VII remake.

As for the trailer, there’s a beautiful rendition of Nobuo Uematsu’s ‘Prelude’ composed by Final Fantasy XV‘s Yoko Shimomura and there’s also a dog…because every game needs to have a dog now and they probably watched the fallout trailer and said “we need a dog for our next trailer.”

I was very intrigued by the closing shot of 3 creatures behind the strange shield. My immediate thoughts were not that they were Archeons, Final Fantasy XV‘s version of summons even though this seemed to be the general consensus among fans. I thought they were probably this game’s rendition of the weapon boss fights. Some people who aren’t keen on Final Fantasy XII or XIII like me, might argue it was the battle system that made these games feel so unlike a Final Fantasy game, I would argue it was more to do with the tone and setting of those games. The Weapon fights are an iconic element of many Final Fantasy games (as are frogs, something else which may be making a comeback) and each added to both tone and setting of the games they were in. Nothing was more foreboding than Final Fantasy VII’s WEAPONs scattered around the world and this trailer went a long way to bring that feeling back…it felt like Final Fantasy to me.

Any theories of your own? What are your favourite Weapon boss fights from Final Fantasy? Let us know in the comments below.

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