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Final Fantasy XV TGS 2014 Trailer Analysis By Ehren Rivers on September 21, 2014 at 8:48 PM

As every one of you no doubt knows by now, a brand new trailer was released for Final Fantasy XV during this year’s Tokyo Game Show. What could be better than that? How about this: It’s confirmed as being actual, live gameplay and not a target render like much of last year’s E3 footage. In the wake of such exciting news, we at Nova Crystallis decided it was time for another of our Trailer Analysis articles, and we’re inviting you to share your own observations and discuss possibilities in the thread below! A large collection of screenshots will be provided in the gallery below, from both the trailer itself (the highest quality I could get my mitts on), and the footage of the stage demo played by Tabata (on what appeared to be a PS4 dev kit). Here are just a few things that got noticed.

  • The origin location on the boys’ car is “Insomnia”, and underneath it reads “The Royal Capital”.
  • The wheels appear to have words written around the rims, and there is some sort of talon/claw decoration on them.
  • Gladiolus has a strange brace on his left hand which wraps around the thumb, but stops short of any other fingers. It was in older trailers, but I didn’t notice it till now.
  • Prompto’s hair has changed yet again, though the style is still a bit feminine. His eyes and face also seem to have been altered a bit.
  • Ignis is wearing driving gloves that look almost like they have a snakeskin pattern. Small, oval holes expose his knuckles and at least one of the gloves has a fingerless thumb.
  • Gladiolus and Noctis are definitely wielding the same great sword- the design appears to be identical. Furthermore, most of the other weapons in this trailer appear to share some similar peripheral attachments and decorations, similar to tiered gear (mythril, etc.) in older Final Fantasies.
  • Most of the creatures revealed thus far appear to be fairly large, except for Goblins and the enemy soldiers. There’s a decent amount of biodiversity for such a short peek.
  • The smokey, purple-blue-black “blood” from previous trailers remains as an effect when Noctis and friends hit the enemy soldiers. It appears every time a creature is hit in this trailer as well.
  • Prompto’s guns appear to create a shower of embers or red sparks on impact, though the blue effect can still be seen underneath.
  • From a distance, the haze around the astral shards appears to resemble the blue smoke from the hit effect. Up close, the astral shard appears to be surrounded by formations much like the crystal ridges present in Final Fantasy XV: A Realm Reborn.
  • When in the caves, a small glowing object can be seen around Noctis’ chest, appearing to hang from his neck like a necklace. However, none of the other party members appear to have any object that could be emitting the flashlight-level illumination in front of each of them. This could indicate another crystal power on Noctis’ part, or simply be an indication of tool objects to come.
  • During combat the lights seem to be centered on the area in front of a character’s feet, but when the Goblins first show up Noctis’ light appears to be face forward for exploration.
  • Attacks appear to cause enemies to be knocked back or staggered quite frequently.
  • Ignis wields two short swords in a style reminiscent of Final Fantasy rouges, thieves, and ninjas. During this trailer, he throws one of his swords directly into the chest of a Goblin while Noctis flips over him.
  • While rushing to protect Noctis (who has critical HP) from an oncoming monster, Gladiolus manages to knock the beast off its feet. However, he loses his balance in the process and very nearly falls over. This could indicate windows of vulnerability for emergency rescuers, meaning potentially worse damage to the party.
  • The left side of the HP bar is the “full” point, whereas the right side is the “KO” point. This is opposite of just about every game I could think of, even those games where the HP bar appears on the right side of the screen as it does in XV. This could be potentially disastrous for those of us who are creatures of habit, checking only the distance between what we think of as the “end” of the gauge and our current HP rather than cutting our attention away enough to see the actual numbers.
  • The woman mentioned after the characters talk about “Luna”, who is in Altissia, is incredibly similar to the render of Stella from last year’s E3. They even have the same bangs around the face, although this woman has her hair up in some sort of barrette or tie. Whether Stella’s name has been changed or this is a family member is unknown, but it’s worth noting that this woman has a necklace with a crescent moon and a star on it- “luna” and “stella” respectively.
  • In regards to the line spoken about “Luna”, it’s possible that this is a codename for a friend behind enemy lines who is passing them information or materials that are important to the events in Noctis’ world. If that were the case, Luna could still be Stella.

This thread will be updated later tonight with shots from the TGS demoed video, including Noctis’ glowing hair. Stay tuned, gabbing – and remember as well as the comments below you can join other fans in dissecting the new TGS footage on our forums!

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  • Karysonson

    Nice finds!

  • Gala Nox

    Stella is Luna O_O !!

  • John Sotomayor

    Maybe, maybe not! We’ll find out more soon.

  • Alexis Crockett

    How come novacrystallis’s image gallery never works for me until I refresh it like 15 times??? it never seems like anyone else has this problem…

  • Alexis Crockett

    Cool stuff by the way, Ehren! Even after watching it a bunch of times I still didn’t notice alot of this!
    I noticed the necklace though, but by that point I’d been commenting on that article too much and decided to shut up lol

  • Gala Nox

    hopefully!! not another person,identical to stella -_- … xD

  • John Sotomayor

    Great job, Ehren! A lot of these were things I didn’t notice myself.

    As an aside for everyone else: I was supposed to write up a trailer analysis for the E3 2013 trailers, but along with life getting in the way (which eventually lead to me being unable to contribute to the site for a while; even now I’m only just started to comment and be active again), I realized that I was just not the right person to be doing trailer analysis articles. I’m nowhere near as analytical as you, and I wouldn’t have been able to notice the little details that you noticed in this trailer. I actually found it really difficult to write such an article, let alone two. So I really applaud you for that!

    One thing you didn’t touch on in this article is the music. Some people are speculating that Shimomura has had help composing the score for XV, because to them, the music in this trailer doesn’t sound like her typical work. I’m not sure what they mean; the music sounds like trademark Shimomura to me, and I’m still detecting KH’s musical influence.

  • John Sotomayor

    It might be that “Luna” refers to someone else entirely, but then why would they show someone who looks exactly like Stella right after they talked about this “Luna” figure? It’s all very mysterious…for the record, I hope that Stella’s name remains Stella. I happen to love that name, and I think “Luna” is a very overused name lately. But I’m sure I’ll love it either way.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I think what it is is that they aren’t used to the more whimsical, Kingdom Hearts-style tracks. This is the first time we’re ever seeing her work in a genre like this, so of course it’ll be different. I feel like this is totally her, though. I love her style…

  • John Sotomayor

    You’re right. Those people might just be expecting things like “Omnis Lacrima” from Shimomura. And I love her style, too! When Versus XIII was re-revealed as XV, I was instantly glad that Shimomura would end up scoring a main FF title.

    I have nothing against Uematsu and his work is beautiful. I’ve read somewhere that he feels like FFIX’s soundtrack is the pinnacle of his work, and I’m inclined to agree. But I do feel that some FF fans are overly inclined to hold onto his work and are afraid of embracing new things. I feel like FF games have become so distinct nowadays (I mean distinct from one another), it’s time that we get a new composer for each game, which has pretty much been the case. Shimomura is a great composer and she deserves to be famous for more than just KH and the other work she’s done. I’d love it if one day, people talked about her like they do now about Uematsu.

  • Gala Nox

    Oh yeah!! That its name remaining as Stella,maybe Stella… to told a lie with your name

  • Wazi the pa

    Yeah, Stella and Luna….. I’m definitely gonna keep a close eye on their relationship. There is nothing much else to work on. We’re going to have wait til Jump Festa 2015 to find out more….. If Square decides to release more on that particular info.

  • Wazi the pa

    Fun fact: Stella in Latin means Star and Luna in Latin means moon. There is a strong correlation between the two so it wouldn’t surprise me if Stella has a twin. Off topic but I would love to see some romance in XV. :3

  • André Maske

    Wow, such a keen eye! Awesome job!

  • Wazi the pa

    Fun fact: Stella in Latin means Star and Luna in Latin means moon. There
    is a strong correlation between the two so it wouldn’t surprise me if
    Stella has a twin. Off topic but I would love to see some romance in XV.

  • Gala Nox

    maybe the romance is between noctis and stella xD

  • Gala Nox

    maybe the romance is between noctis and stella x)

  • Wazi the pa

    Or possibly a love traingle with Luna in the picture. O.O
    I got a huge smirk on my face just thinking about it.

  • fark

    im positive the light in the cave was their cellphones

  • Gala Nox

    I do not like another love triangle as the of aerithxcloudxtifa O.O

  • Wazi the pa

    I despised that love triangle greatly. Cloud only had the hots for Aerith because of Cloud having Zack Fair’s memory (ZackxAerith ftw). The potential love triangle in XV is really interesting as we don’t know who is the better girl considering they both look the same but we don’t fully know their personalities that well yet.

  • Gala Nox

    I would like FFXV for PC, T_T

  • Arthur Spira

    Maybe Luna and Stella are sisters. For some reason I think there’s 3 sisters ,the 3rd could be the dragoon seen in the old trailer (she’s blond too).

  • Wazi the pa

    I don’t care seeing FF on PC but I prefer home console gaming over PC gaming. That’s just how I am. 😛

  • Wazi the pa

    I don’t think people should use the dragoon lady as evidence to support the Luna investigation. I believe the dragoon lady is nothing more than a mini-boss.

  • LukesAlike

    Good show! But yeah, really in-depth.

  • Gala Nox

    you must have money XD I’m poor…

  • John Sotomayor

    Well it depends, really. A PS4 costs, what, $400 USD? Compare that to a gaming PC, which can cost upwards of $1000 USD or more…but yeah, I guess it really depends.

  • John Sotomayor

    Excellent! Thank you for reminding me/everyone else. Yes, Nomura said years ago that the main character would have a cell phone, and that we’d be able to take pictures with it. I dismissed that after not seeing any evidence for it, but they might have kept it in the final game! We’ll see. =)

  • Gala Nox

    in my country are very expensive the consoles!

  • Arthur Spira

    It’s not a statement , just my thoughts. But I would to like to see something like the three valkyrie sisters (Silmeria = Stella/ Lenneth = Luna / ??? = Hrist).

  • John Sotomayor

    I actually want a romance between Noctis and Gladiolus.

    >____>

  • Michieie

    I thought that Luna meant that woman with black hair and green eyes from last year’s trailer. Either a codename for Stella, a twin, or someone else entirely.

  • Wazi the pa

    For your information, I wasn’t talking particularly about you. 😛
    Interesting theory regardless.

  • Arthur Spira

    Sorry, did not mean to be rude…
    Maybe they’ll show more info about story at Jump Festa 2015!

  • James Stine

    This is my idea, they talk about Luna in a completely different scene, it could be anyone, but people immediately associate it to what we see to be Stella TWO scenes later. I don’t see the correlation, as the trailer skips around MANY times to completely different times and locations back and forth earlier and later in time.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Whoa, that’s so weird. I totally felt like there should be three, too :O

  • Alexis Crockett

    I wish we could make a poll on who everyone thinks “Luna” is, lol

    The timing makes it seem like a rename of Stella, but I personally would like to think that maybe the black-haired girl is Luna. It fits her better, and I like the name Stella too much for it to change…

  • Alexis Crockett

    It’s pretty clear that it’s Stella, but the issue people are having is… is Stella still “Stella”? If that makes sense…?

  • LukesAlike

    No, I agree.

  • hrsksky

    That night city that was being invaded by the clock airships is Accordo. You can see the main gate (also appeared in daytime in e3 2013 trailer) and the water falls on the sides.

  • Wazi the pa

    A 5 minutes or more trailer along with articles of information and interviews of the developers of Final Fantasy XV…. PLEASE!

  • Caliburn

    maybe its her sister, maybe she has more than one name. maybe its not her at all. Who knows?

  • Whoa. Nice finds, Ehren.

  • NoctX85

    Ehren Rivers ok thanks for listening this! Do you also know:
    – Who is Luna?
    – What this auto attack and auto dodge.
    – Is the Story of Nomura still intact and not changed cuz of the name change into FFXV.
    – Is Noctis the only one playable?
    – And Is this true that no female characters will join the team?
    – And i think again No Limit breaks???

  • NoctX85

    And PC`s not? I think to play this game on PC you have to upgrade your pc With a new graphic card….and thats so frustrating why is everyone trying to play everythin on PC if there is a simple way to play games without upgrading everytime the PC!

  • stevenm281

    No info on Luna yet.

    Auto attack is used by holding down the attack button, but you can mash the button to attack on your own, at your own pace.

    Same goes for Auto Defend, you hold the button down to automatically evade enemy attacks or you press it at the right time to guard against one particular attack.

    Story and characters were not changed, they’re still Nomura’s vision.

    Noctis is not the only playable character, you control one character at the time, its been said time and times again that you can switch to other characters.

    Concerning female playable characters, we werent informed of any so far.

    They havent showed Limit Breaks so far but they were hinted to be called Ex-Arts.

  • NoctX85

    ok thanks. I hope someone can clarify the rest 😛

  • NoctX85

    It seems that various artikels that i read also one in german says, you can`t simply use one button for one attack it`s all combined. If this is the case than….sorry FFXV but you have lost another fan boy. I like to have a fucking controll over my charcter and not some sort of FFXIII……

  • NoctX85

    Ok guys just in case i found a petition to change the gameplay like it was at 2013

    https://www.change.org/p/square-enix-finalfantasy15%E3%81%AE%E4%BB%95%E6%A7%98%E5%A4%89%E6%9B%B4

    I
    know guys you might think its not confirmed but really you cant change
    your weapons because the system is changing it for you (Auto) they need
    to hear us fans or it will end with square enix. I subscribed

  • stevenm281

    I’m kinda curious how the game will automatically switch the weapons, it will be a nice effect so I’m not gonna sign this petition.

  • NoctX85

    yeah and what about he cannot even jump….or just pressing for a boss fight evade all the time and he cant hit you…its like they gave you cheats for evading everything tsss you are ridicolous

  • Martian Wong

    Final Fantasy XV: A Realm Reborn. New game?

  • Alexis Crockett

    thats what i was thinking lol

  • Scoob

    Dude, except in order to WIN you have to attack. This is the same in every Turn based FF game regarding holding attack down. Did you know you could hold down the confirm button with memory selected in your config menu and repeat the same action the next time your turn comes up?

  • Guest

    Noctis is not the only playable character. There’s been a problem in translation. In the TGS 2014 demo you can clearly switch between characters and there’s an eng subtitle version showing what the people are saying

  • NoctX85

    Yes exactly what i was thinking, this isn`t Nomuras Work. He can`t switch weapons as he please anymore no jump or arial combos So yes its a new realm reborn game offline

  • NoctX85

    Go play FFXIII trilogy

  • stevenm281

    its not because he is not jumping in this that he cannot… hell, jumping is included in FF since XIII-2, now that this is an action title, theres even more reason to have it included, I don’t see why everyone is making a big fuss about it.

    Concerning evasion, I’m sure boss fights will be so big if we compare to the Leviathan fight, that evading their attacks will be quite impossible due to the area the attacks cover.

    And about normal fights, well if you keep evading, youre not attacking so you won’t win.

  • Scoob

    And then what? Elaborate if you will.

  • NoctX85

    haha

  • Scoob

    >_> I suspect what you might be trying to imply, but I’ll let you fill in the blanks. 😛

  • Alexis Crockett

    They’re talking about the typo…

  • Poltergeist1

    Are you from Brazil? I know the embargo there makes a PS4 go for upwards of $3000….

  • Christopher

    I’m definitely signing this, one of the most interesting things about playing Noctis as a character was being able to switch through your weapons on the fly and being able to perform aerial attacks so you won’t be stuck to the ground when fighting like… a behemoth which just looks really dumb seeing as you’ll be attack it’s legs and feels restricted because you’re still just only able to attack it’s legs. The battle system could be perfect if you could just jump and attack and being able to switch weapons manually. That’s really it.

  • NoctX85

    yes lol thats what im telling to everyone, but it seems none is reacting about this^^

  • Christopher

    Really? I’ve been seing tons of forums on Neogaf, gamefaqs, ign and most likely more. It’s starting to become more and more known about this new battle system, who knows it could be a mistranslation and I hope it is but what sucks is just a few changes to this new battle system could save it and most people would be satisfied. The whole thing about holding down a button seems like it’s most likely optional since I’ve seen a patent by SE about their new battle system also stating that if players wanted they could manually press a plurality of buttons. Have hope though, things could change as they did from last year to now.

  • NoctX85

    yes i hope so too