Final Fantasy XV is the latest sequel in a hugely popular JRPG series. It’s due in a week, and is going to be the biggest entry in the franchise yet. It’s been ten years in the making and what we’ve seen so far suggests it will delight long-time fans. Here’s everything we know about Final Fantasy 15 – the plot, the characters, the RPG mechanics and more.
Final Fantasy XV StoryIn FFXV, you’ll take on the role of Noctis, the heir to the throne of Lucis, the last remaining kingdom to focus on magic instead of technology. The entire world has fallen before the iron fist of Nilfheim, save for your homeland. After signing a pretend peace treaty, Nilfheim had stolen your Crystal, the source of all magic in the land. Your task, as heir apparent, is to retrieve the Crystal and stop Nilfheim’s war efforts.
On his epic journey, Noctis will be joined by several characters – both friends and brothers in arms – who’ll provide company and help in battle:
- Gladiolus: The descendant of a long line of royal bodyguards, Gladiolus is both in charge of protecting the young prince and one of his closest friends.
- Ignis: Ignis has been trained all his life to become Noctis’ advisor, once the prince becomes ruler.
- Prompto: Acting as comic relief for the group, Prompto hails from common origin and is a close friend to the protagonist.
Final Fantasy 15 CombatThe battles will take place in real time, but there will be a pause mode, which will allow you to stop time and issue several commands before the game continues. You’ll only be controlling Noctis, while the others will attack automatically – both in terms of targets and in terms of skills they use. You’ll be able to enlist them to perform co-op attacks, which are supposed to be extra devastating. Noctis can also block and parry, but this uses up his magic points.
Since there will be free roaming around the map, you can expect a lot of enemy encounters. Quite unusually for the series, you’ll be able to avoid many of these – when you see a sign flashing, you can turn around and retreat before the fight begins.
You can also expect giant monsters which can be summoned (like the Leviathan), enemy vehicles that can be stolen, as well as spells to aid you in battle. Noctis can swap weapons quickly during battle, allowing you to fine tune your approach to the weaknesses of the enemy.
World Map & TravelThe world of Final Fantasy XV will be enormous – there’s no solid info yet, but rumours and fan calculations based on the Episode Duscae demo point to it being significantly bigger than both GTA 5 and The Witcher 3. Traversing a map that big is no easy feat. Thankfully, you won’t have to do it on foot – chocobos are going to be available (whether by way of breeding or taming, we still don’t know).
There’s also the Regalia – the swanky black limo you can see in the trailers. Regalia will be your default vehicle – it will even be possible to upgrade it so it can transform into a plane. Best of all, you won’t be required to drive yourself – if you’re sick of driving, you can pass on the wheel to a companion, which effectively puts the car on auto-pilot.
There will be several large cities, like Altissia, based on real world locations, as well as a bunch of smaller places. They’ll offer you a place to rest, play mini-games, get quests and trade.