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Final Fantasy XV main cast officially detailed, new artwork released By Erren Van Duine on June 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Square Enix has officially confirmed and detailed the main characters of Final Fantasy XV. The publisher has also re-confirmed several staff positions including Shinji Hashimoto as producer, Tetsuya Nomura as director and character designer, Hajime Tabata joining as co-director, Takeshi Nozue as lead art director and Yoko Shimomura – best known for her work on Kingdom Hearts – is lending her skills as composer.

The company also released an official English-language synopsis for the game and some character biographies, which we’ve reproduced below:

Noctis Lucis Caelum: A childhood affliction endowed Noctis, heir apparent to the throne of Lucis, with the mystical power to see a heavenly light, through which he could sense others’ deaths. Noctis rejects rigid royal conventions and acts as somewhat of a renegade, much to the dismay of those who tend to him. Yet while “Noct” may act brash at times, he does so in defense of those loyal to him.

Gladiolus Amicitia: As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown. “Gladio” shares a friendship with Noctis that transcends birth and title, and his loyalty to his liege is born not of duty, but of brotherhood.

Ignis Scientia: Ever the unwavering voice of reason, Ignis was weaned on shrewd logic and a classical education from boyhood so that he might one day counsel the would-be king, Noctis. He applies the deep mutual understanding and trust they have built over time to help smooth over Noctis’s brusqueness with others.

Prompto Argentum: The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause.

Cor Leonis: A living legend of Lucian lore, Lord Commander Cor Leonis’s devotion to the art of war is surpassed only by that to his king. Little love is lost between the ill-starred stalwart and Noctis’s retinue, yet honor binds him to keep watch over the group all the same.

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The only crystal left to the world lies in the Kingdom of Lucis. Upon striking a peace with the garrison state of Niflheim, Lucis rejoices in having at last brought the cold war to a close. Their celebrations, however, are premature. Under the guise of amity, Niflheim dispels the anti-armament runewall and launches a full-scale invasion of the kingdom. The peaceful lives Crown Prince Noctis and his entourage once knew are consumed by the flames of war as they struggle to mount a resistance.

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  • 210

    You mean Gladiolus, right?

  • eijin_kiver

    Nope. At photo, Leonis is the most right. Gladious is left behind Noctis.

  • 210

    Yeah, I know. So you mean a coat, I guess? ^^ Whatever… I thought you mean Gladiolus because he wears a short sleeved leather jacked kind of thing.

  • 210

    *jacket

  • Sapientia

    I agree. Sazh, as a father just trying to survive for the sake of his son, was probably the most believable out of FFXIII’s cast. And he was pretty funny at times.

  • eijin_kiver

    bingo!

  • John Sotomayor

    I don’t know…I’m a gay, white/Latino male in the USA, and I have friends who are male, female, transgender, straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual, white, black, Asian, Latino, Indian…but then again, I’m from New York. It’s possible to have a very diverse group of friends. =) Although I do have to admit that most of my closest friends are white and/or Latino like myself.

    That said, while I love XV’s direction so far, the original poster has a point…up to a point. The FF series is famous for having strong, playable female characters, so why not let XV be a sausage fest for once? Especially after the much-appreciated female presence in XIII. Besides, I’m pretty sure we’re going to get a female playable character.

    I guess the point, though, is that it’s possible to both like something and critique it. It’s a bit odd that all of the characters have the same basic skin tone, but at the same time, the characters live in a kingdom modeled after modern-day Tokyo. I don’t know. I get what the OP is saying, and I agree to an extent, but I think there are good reasons for it. I don’t think it’s oppressive, especially when the FF series itself is already so diverse (in terms of gender, settings, races of characters, and so on).

  • Pekola

    I really hope it’s more than just this. If they’re going to double down on the realistic look, I’d expect them to be more politically complex as well.

    The whole political pawn thing is sort of obvious, and I hope they don’t go into such a black/white route for Stella.

  • Pekola

    I understand your sentiment. But we don’t know if we’ll have more party members–which to be honest, I’m surprised Nomura hasn’t addressed considering the amount of concern that’s been raised over female playable party members.

    And I don’t know…asking a game to become a bastion of progress and social justice might be a bit too much. Specially from a Japanese game. Nomura probably has very little understanding on how to draw multiple ethnicities.

    And lol, bringing Loubutins to battle. Yet another unrealistic standard for males *shot*

  • Anime10121

    I’m hopeful for something more too, but realistically, what I said is what I expect.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Sazh from XIII was clearly a man of color. There was also the entire race of Viera in XII, who were very pretty and darkskinned.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Wow, I think I’m really going to like Mr. Leonis over there to the right …

  • LukesAlike

    Cor looks like a pure beast.