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Final Fantasy XV developers talk game world, new tech demo By Andrew Ip on October 31, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The latest Active Time Report from Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has provided a few new details about the long-awaited game. Alongside these peppered reveals are also a few burning questions people have been wanting to ask Tabata, starting off with a piping-hot confirmation that button presses (or ‘button mashing’) are still an option for XV’s combat system. Previously it was reported that the blocking button could be held down or tapped to evade continuously or with timing, but many fans were worried the same would not extend to the attack button.

Here’s a brief summary containing the most pertinent points from the report:

Walking the world

  • The first video shown is a portion of the Duscae region which will be on the demo
  • Events and enemy position removed/changed for this video to show just the walking
  • You can eat and gather information at gas stations
  • If you can see something in the background you can go to it
  • Depending on the shape of the ground Noct and friends walking animations will change
  • If you keep running you can see your friends tire and try to catch their breath
  • You can fish in streams, rivers, and the ocean!
  • You can fight the wildlife. As they are always active, be careful as they will attack if you get close
  • There are buildings in the forest with people living in them. You can enter some of these buildings
  • There are also animals that aren’t enemies like cats and dogs
  • In order to make the mountains the developers actually climbed one. They might show a video of them doing this one day
  • Demons like the Naga or the Goblins will come out of the caves at night
  • It’s dangerous at night and is safer to rest at a gas station or by other means
  • The party members dialogue will change in accordance to the time
  • A Chocobo was shown in the forest. Look forward to finding out more in the demo
  • The enemy airship patrols will sometimes land and fight you
  • Magitek Armor will make an appearance. (was not meant to have been said)
  • The Duscae region is as a large as 10% of the game

The Tech Demo!

  • Currently transferring the game from Ebony to Luminous.
  • The game is running on Luminous 1.4 now, will be on 1.5 when the demo comes out, and the goal is to have XV running on Luminous 2.0 upon release.
  • Engine transferring currently 80% complete and will be 100% done by the time the demo is out.
  • Working with Sony and MS to help push the hardware to its limits.
  • You can destroy most buildings (but not all), and damage/destroy the ground in places.
  • With the power of Luminous, FFXV will far surpass Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Another tech demo is planned to be shown at a later date

Your questions to Tabata

Q.What if I mash the attack button instead of holding it down?
A.Even if you mash the attack button the combo will still operate fine and connect together. It’s possible to counter while you button mash; if you hold the button down you have to be more careful of the enemies movements and it’s more strategic.

Q.Will Type0 HD be available digitally and will it come with the FFXV demo?
A.Of course

Q.Why doesn’t the MP show up on the UI?
A.The battle UI is still temporary. When it is complete, your MP will be clearly visible.

Q.I’m a little worried the game will only last 40 hours
A.The main story itself will take 40 hours. Beating dungeons and doing other activities will make the game last much longer than this.

 

Credits: NeoGAF

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  • stevenm281

    I’m ecstatic! It’s shaping up to become my favorite game!!

  • The Individual Eleven

    Sounda good!

  • Jesus Christ

    That snake looks so cartoonish kinda out of place in a realistic grassland. I don’t know why, it stood out that way to me.

  • NoctisNyx

    Before, we were in the dark. Now there’s so much information being released! Am I the only one who is not used to this? I mean, it feels weird to get so much info on the game after years of silence and waiting.

  • Xervath

    “With the power of Luminous FFXV will far surpase FF:AC”

    That is a very bold statement to make. I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing if this is truly the case or not :]

  • Alexis Crockett

    It’s so crazy that AC is nearly a decade old and yet it’s still the standard we hold future projects to. Shows how awesome it is *raises hands*

  • Alexis Crockett

    I HOPE GLADIOLUS CAN PET DOGS
    IN MY DREAMS GLADIOLUS CAN PET CUTE ANIMALS
    TABATA PLEASE

  • Alexis Crockett

    “If you keep running you can see your friends tire and try to catch their breath”
    imagining ignis living the true struggle trying to keep up in his suit

  • Jesus Christ

    Eww no, where’s Cor Leonis?

  • nivlek

    meh, Its not cartoonish it just looks out of place really compared to the other enemy designs

  • Ehren Rivers

    Looks like I missed all the fun. Good batch of information.

  • nivlek

    Indeed you did.

  • *gives high five* AC WAS THE SHIT!

  • Keep up the good work Square

  • Christian Kase

    Probablye he joins the party in like the mid/late-mid/late part of the game.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Real talk, Jesus, you know I prefer Cor, but Glad petting dogs is 2 cute
    Cor petting them would be even cuter though but we can’t have that because i might literally die from cute

  • Alexis Crockett

    Also yeah, where the hell is Cor? I’m starting to get mad WHERES THE HOT ONE

  • Protosin

    I bet the Magitek Armor was the surprise that Tabata had been hinting at. The dude who spoiled that is gon’ get fired lul. But seriously, this game is turning out to be amazing. All I can really hope for now is that the story will be decent.

  • King Chibi

    MA was already confirkmed by Nomura and shown twice in 2011 and 2013

  • Protosin

    Right, but we never had confirmation that it would be included in the demo.

  • King Chibi

    well it will be in the game i know that

  • Wazi the pa

    Now this is revolutionary design choices. Definitely impossible if this were made in previous generations. Looks like I’ve been diagnosed with excitement. Be cautious, it’s contagious if you are already reading this comment.

    Square Enix really hasn’t even abandoned us. They wanted to impress us the most unimaginable way possible: The revolutionary design choices in Final Fantasy XV. This is why we have been living through the many months without even an ounce of information before and all of that waiting has led up to this: A miracle.

    Square Enix has got this one. Like how everyone thinks of Nintendo, Square Enix is back.

  • Wazi the pa

    They were dealing with some really huge ideas which took them so much time to design and developed from scratch. Imagine the bugs and glitches they had to go through whilst programming the game to even fix to show at least minutes of footage to the public.

    At the least, you and I know that Square Enix cares about us, the fans. They did an amazing job at it.

  • Wazi the pa

    I gotta see Prompto though! I bet he might be overreacting. xD

  • Wazi the pa

    Like Stella’s position, Cor will appear in due time….. IN DUE TIME….!

  • Jesus Christ

    Looking at Luna’s hairstyle from the back is nice. They reduce the flyaways and frizz in-game, but it’s still realistic. #conditioner #siliconeserum

  • Alexis Crockett

    knowing prompto, he’d probably get on all floors screaming like “OH GOD I’M DYING PLEASE STOP” after they’ve been running for like 3 minutes

  • nivlek

    If this game has hunts like in FF12 in which some of the marks only appear at certains times of the day then I am sold really.

  • Alexis Crockett

    Does anyone have the video separated between Type-0 and XV so it’s shorter? My internet connection is too atrocious to skip 30 minutes and still load the video correctly (it always gives an error if I skip more than 10 minutes), and quite frankly I’m not that interested in Type-0 anymore, anyways. I just wanna see them running around, dammit

  • Fajnal Fantasi

    I guess there’s a little chance that the “Phantom Sword” ability will be in the Demo?

  • Alexis Crockett

    Nevermind, found it.

  • Alexis Crockett

    HAHAH he’s actually in the video!! and he actually does get down on all fours for a second omg
    I’m going to bully him by running until he tired, and then stopping, and then running again before he can calm down

  • Limbs4wings

    Eight character gameplay looks awesome *o*

  • Wazi the pa

    Wonderful. Glad I’m not the only one thinking this. >:3

  • Wazi the pa

    The hunting system in XII was so damn addicting. The moment I defeated the Rogue Tomato and claimed the hunt reward, I was just like “There’s gotta be more”. It’s just an easy excuse to grind to get items & level up! I really need FFXII to be remastered…..

  • Only 40h?

  • nivlek

    Dude! When I first played XII I couldnt understand the story very well, so I never followed it up and I always spent my time doing the hunts and side quests simply because they were addictive! I mean ff12 had over 300 monsters/enemies and thats what made the hunts always something to look forward to they would always have some sort of story behind them and before I knew it I had spent over 100 hours playing this wonderful game.

  • Seed

    You know that i can`t fucking wait anymore to play this?

  • Wazi the pa

    You DO know that I feel the fucking same way? I’m LITERALLY jumping with joy. I haven’t been this excited since Final Fantasy XIII!

  • Seed

    Hahaha just laughed a bit

  • Seed

    Me too man me too

  • Ehren Rivers

    Let’s see, in the Duscae region we’ve now seen…

    Adamantoise, Chocobos, Nagas, Goblins, those big shambling boar things, the tusked creatures modeled after brachiosaurus/brontosaurus/diplodicus/whatever, and what appeared to be rhino creatures running through the trees in a downright horde at the party. Hrm.

  • Alexis Crockett

    I wanna get attacked by giant next-gen cactuars come on square

  • Alexis Crockett

    tbh it only being around 40 hours is perfect for me, I can’t stand longer games omg

    like he said, you still will have stuff to do (obviously you more dedicated brothers and sisters will be 100%ing it anyways), and it’s already been implied that there’s going to be sequels, if the issue for people is that the story might get cut short.

  • ADAMJENSEN13

    It would be better if Noctis would have his costume from E3 2006. Maybe it will be in DLC. Its really cool that you can eat but we will see how this will look in the game. I hope not like in gta or other games. Buy hamburger and 40 HP will add. I hope they will seat and eat everything they order. I hope that airship you can control is still in the game. It would be awesome to fly in airship and maybe some airship battles would be awesome too.