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Square Enix hosted they long-teased live conference “Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV” tonight, revealing new information on the game, including its release date, as well as several tie-in products.
First off – Final Fantasy XV will finally release on the 30th of September 2016. After all these years, the story of Noctis and his dear friends will release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Autumn. The conference revealed two special limited physical editions of the game. The Deluxe Edition comes in a steelbook illustrated by Final Fantasy‘s veteran artist Yoshitaka Amano, and will include the CG movie Kingsglaive (more on that in a bit) as well as cosmetic add-on content, including an extra outfit for Noctis. The Ultimate Collector’s edition meanwhile is limited to 30,000 copies, and will include all the Deluxe Edition content, as well as an artbook, a special soundtrack, a Play Arts Kai Noctis figurine, and a physical copy of the anime series Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV.
That’s right, an anime. Brotherhood is a 5-part animated series following Noctis and friends before the events of the game. All 5 episodes will be free to watch on the official YouTube channel prior to the game’s release, and you can watch the very first episode right now.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV meanwhile is a computer-animated feature-length movie that will be available to stream or download sometime before the game’s release. Its voice cast includes Hollywood talent such as Sean Bean playing Noctis’ father King Regis, Lena Headey as Lunafreya, and Aaron Paul as new protagonist Nyx. The movie will be a prequel to the game, and has been in production for three years. Here’s the film’s Japanese trailer:
Like Triple Triad, Tetra Master, and Blitzball before it – Justice Monsters Five is the minigame aiming to suck away hours of your time in Final Fantasy XV. It’s hard to tell just how it’ll play, but the general premise I’m getting from it is a sort of RPG battle pinball game. You’ll also be able to take it with you on the go, as the game will be available for free on iOS, Android, and Windows devices sometime in 2016.
If you can’t wait anymore for a taste of the game, there’s a new “Platinum Demo” of Final Fantasy XV out today for PS4 and Xbox One. This is a standalone side story following a young Noctis and his cute companion Carbuncle as they explore a dream world where some silly situations can happen. Like a tech demo, this will have you playing around with real-time weather changing, a day-to-night system, and crazy things like transforming into monsters, and driving a miniature car through a bedroom. You’ll also be able to turn into the older version of Noctis and face off against an Iron Giant with the main game’s battle system. Finish the demo, and you’ll unlock Carbuncle in the main game.
The new trailer for FFXV also weirdly included a cover version of “Stand By Me” performed by Florence + the Machine created for the game. As for gameplay footage itself, we got to see chocobo riding (they can actually drift along the ground as well), the summoning attack of enormous rock being Titan, the gang riding a speedboat on the open water, the car radio playing tracks from different titles in the Final Fantasy series, and the car turning into a flying airship mode. All-in-all, Square Enix showed off just how much money they’re putting into the Final Fantasy XV universe, as well as how eager they are to attract new fans, as well as please old ones through appearances at the conference of Yoshitaka Amano, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and a message from Nobuo Uematsu (sorry, he’s still not making any songs for the game). You can rewatch the show on Square Enix’s YouTube channel.