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Tabata talks Final Fantasy XV’s world map, says airships are still to be determined By Erren Van Duine on January 22, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Final Fantasy XV’s world is based on reality. “The towns and the cultural references that you see throughout the world, you’ll get a sense of realistic towns and cultures,” Tabata told GameSpot in a new interview. “That’s one aspect that has remained since the title was first named Versus XIII.”

Should you choose to walk it, ride a train or even drive through it – XV’s world is a connected one and based heavily on real-world influences. We’ve known Lucis to follow the themes of Shinjuku, Japan and now we’ve seen Lestallum, which is based on Havana in Cuba. Perhaps distancing itself from Final Fantasy XIII’s separate world experiences – Square Enix wanted XV’s map to be its own, whole thing. “The world is connected by continuous land,” Tabata said. “If those areas were disconnected, it would feel distant from reality. You’ll find that you’ll be able to walk or drive or take a train and travel through this world seamlessly. I feel you’ll be able to experience something similar to a real trip.”

It’s clear XV is aiming to thrive on a lot of classic Final Fantasy staples, but what about airships? “To be completely honest, that’s still to be determined,” Tabata said. “But the development team does understand that this is something everyone is looking forward to. It is a huge technical challenge; as mentioned earlier, all areas are connected. We are trying to tackle that challenge. So at the moment we can’t say yes, they will be included, but we do want to and we’re ready to take on that challenge and see what can be done.”

Still steeped in its Fabula Nova Crystallis roots, however, FFXV won’t be having its own version of l’Cie – the empowered beings present in both Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels. Instead, Tabata hints that summoned beasts will play a larger role this time. As guardians of the world, these massive creatures – from what we’ve seen so far – will be protecting parts of the planet from destruction.

Dungeons will also – unsurprisingly – be heavily featured in the game. “In the most classic Final Fantasy title category, for me, dungeons [were] very scary things that were chaotic and uncontrollable,” said Tabata. “In the dungeons, there is this kind of strangeness where something that shouldn’t necessarily be there in real life is existing. That kind of strangeness, the non-normal, that feeling you get in those circumstances, will be experienced in XV.”

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  • stevenm281

    Interesting! I love the concept of the game.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for controllable airships.

    The only thing that seems a little disapointing is that the land is continuous, which mean one continent, it would have been nice to have to cross an ocean or sea to reach another one, similar to other FF, either via airship (controllable or not) or ship/boat (controllable or not).

  • Wazi the pa

    You know, since that all areas are connected, I think the airship would just be a waste of their time implementing to the game.The car and other transportation seems like it’d be enough for the player to travel all around the game’s world.

    This is just a blind judgement & I don’t know exactly how big the game’s world.

    Also, the Summons that are acting the guardians of some parts of the world really reminds me of the guardians of Gaia from FFVII. I’m expecting loads colossal-sized & badass boss battles.

  • Wazi the pa

    Well not everything will be flat-land, I’m assuming because that’d be boring as hell. I expect there would be loads of terrains as well as mountains that separates the regions. Basically, some design into the lands whether flat, on an incline or even steep would be delighted to see.

  • stevenm281

    I know there will be mountains, we’ve seen some in the Duscae region already, I know the land wont be flat and there will be some lake as seen also in the Duscae and Accordo region. But I’d like to feel like I have to travel to the other side of the world seperated by vast water zone (ocean) to reach something, may it be related to story or just extra content (FF7, Knights of the Round as an example)

  • Wazi the pa

    I never said that you didn’t know anything. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. lol xD

    Anyway, I only care as to whether the world is either boring or not. They can put whatever so long it’s appealing and fits in the world design may it be seas, volcanoes, deserts and all that good stuff.

    It just depends on how we explore those lands that will affect our experience with the game’s exploration system.

  • stevenm281

    You didnt give me that impression either, I simply wanted to state what I’ve learned from trailers since you mentioned that you expected mountains and I wanted to confirm there will be.

  • Wazi the pa

    Ohhhohhhh I see. Whoopsie. 😛

  • Seed

    I love to hear every day new news of the game 😀

  • Noctis Caelum

    I bet the summons are guarding the astral shards , and i bet titan is hiding right under one.aside from that i hope there will be a snowy country where u need to wear more heavy clothing, fire magic gets a debuff while ice magic gets a buff or lightning magic.Now about gameplay my only worry is movement and AI enemies , they need to fight realistically and not do stupid things like run around and not attack me for more than five seconds.For the behemoth which is something we’ve seen for a while i hope its stronger than wat weve seen in gameplay , like if you try running away it would charge at you very fast or after damaging it a certain amount it goes into a rage mode making him overall stronger and faster with different attacks. Sorry made this so long to whoever reads it.one last thing HOT SPRING BATHING AREAS and yes i do want ignis to wash my back .im the prince .#thuglife

  • Jaylen Lightbourn-Levine

    There could be islands that require sailing to

  • stevenm281

    I’m all for watching these boys taking a bath naked or in their undies lol!

    I think there will be a snow area if the train in the Jump Festa trailer is any indication, unless its being attacked by Shiva. But never characters in FF or other JRPGs alter their clothing due to weather, it would be a nice feature but I doubt it unfortunately. It would go well with the fantasy based on reality concept.

  • stevenm281

    That’s what I want!

  • Nick Greeley

    Even if airships aren’t controllable, we should have them at least as a gimmick for fast-travel, if the world is really that huge.

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    airships are related to nifliehem. so thats the country who controls and makes them. airships play a role in the story as a result, so tabata has to give a reason for noctis to use one

  • stevenm281

    in the TGS 2013 trailer, Noctis has to jump on an airship to get to Ignis and Gladiolus so will probably ride one, plus we can see Noctis warping on one while flying above Accordo.

  • Felipe Medeiros

    I wonder aside from Etro, what other parts of the FNC will appear in this first game.

  • Wazi the pa

    Or maybe that could have been story related.

  • stevenm281

    that’s what I mean for the riding part. But the warping is done for gameplay, Noctis however does not control the airship he just stand on it, while its flying on its own.

  • Daniel Masterson

    ya if they could do it like they did in FF XII that would be good nuff for me.

  • Noctis Caelum

    Yea that true but lightning could change her clothes in returns.And lets not forget this is a revolution in ff , this game will transcend all video games , it will break barriers and will godown as one of the best video games of all time……i hope.the story better be good .when i say good i mean people better die , people better betray each other and Stella better be the final boss .

  • stevenm281

    Lightning changed her outfits for battle not due to weather like in Tomb Raider or Uncharted.

    Serah and Noel too could changed their clothes in XIII-2 but again, it was for gameplay not due to weather.

  • I’m so glad the summons are an important part of the story! This thing of “protecting parts of the planet from destruction” reminds me of the Craymels on Tales of Eternia (my favorite on the franchise, so far), which were like guardians for some areas of the game. Speaking of ToE I remember the events were they have to climb an icy mountain to get to the ice craymel and they all have to experiment and buy winter clothes. That was heavy related to the story and I hope to see something like that in super HD graphics on FFXV 😀

  • Noctis Caelum

    Have some faith bruh.that was something very little i thought about , a simple idea.But the other stuff i mentioned was what i really wanted .especially my hot springs. (Laughter)

  • stevenm281

    As I mentioned above, I’m all for that feature since it would go with the concept fantasy based on reality. I’m just not hoping too much about it because I don’t want to be disapointed, but it would be a nice touch to add to the game.

  • anon

    Could be the same reason we can use Magitek armor, they steal it from Niflheim soldiers.

  • Felipe Medeiros

    Well in FFXIV they do add snow cloths to all npcs for the main history when they go to coerthas.

  • anon

    I’ve been thinking that maybe the Titan was actually hit by the Astral Shard, maybe some time ago in the games story someone cast Meteor and the Titan fulfilling it’s duty to protecting part of the planet from annihilation was struck by it, which is why parts of the Astral Shard look like their are pierced right through the Titan, we can see parts sticking into and even broken off in the Titan’s arms around the wrists, through the left collar and even through it’s left eye, so maybe it took a head on collision with the Meteor, trying to catch it, and it stayed unconscious buried under the Astral Shard for years, that was until Niflheim tried to awaken it.

    I think Niflheim may be trying to obtain all the summons to fuel their Magitek technology, in FF6 Magitek is powered by magic powers drained from Espers, so maybe Niflheim is going around trying to get all the summons to extract their powers, we saw Niflheim attacking the Leviathan in Accordo and we can see that there are soldiers around the Titan too, so to fuel their Magitek, to make their military force stronger they are trying to defeat and gain control of the summons to then extract their magic powers, them stealing the crystal of Lucis may also serve some purpose in this.

  • Noctis Caelum

    Letting us drive airships would be a huge challenge because it would probably be very restricted, unless theyre okay with us crashing it into other airships (awsome) or npc’s , enemies, or buildings .same thing goes for the car whats stopping us from running over everyone and going tokyo drift mode on soldiers. Hey we could get a Jurassic park feel from this.crash a behemoth then drive the hell away fast.hehe.

  • Noctis Caelum

    THAT’S THE STUPIDEST THING I EVER HEARD…..just kidding (laughter) that sounds about right , and maybe after we beat titan we absord a new power/ability from astral shard….oh man im nerding out right now .just one more year and all will be revealed

  • Noctis Caelum

    Oh snap! Here comes a new challenger!!

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    Should dungeons contain a bit of realism?

    When you lay it out, don’t just slap down square rooms and doors. Think about how it came it exist. Is it ruins? Caves? An abandoned mine? Tunneling is fantastic work, and people don’t do it because they’re bored. This location was built or dug for a reason. I start by imagining how this place would be designed. If it’s a natural cave then it doesn’t have interior doors and square rooms. If it’s an old mine, then it’s probably not going to have secret “doors” or hidden compartments all over the place. If it’s an old monastery then there probably aren’t trap doors and spiked pits built into the stonework. (Stuff like that might be added later, by subsequent inhabitants, but people don’t normally design places to live where they’ll have to worry about setting off their own deathtraps every time they go out to take a piss.)

    Once you have the place designed, then you can start filling it with detail by imagining how you might arrange things if you lived there. Start with the who, what, where, why, when, and how.

    Randomly-generated spaces don’t have the level of detail to allow for this sort of cunning. There is no water supply. The place might have beds, but the inhabitants probably just stand in place 24/7 and stare at the walls, or wander aimlessly. The place is shallow and static. I think dungeons like this are poison to a group, because it teaches players that they can’t be too clever.

    However, Tabata is bent on making dungeons fantastical so they can be weird and funky. Nothing wrong with that though deconstruction, aka fantasy based on reality, should be just about everywhere or else he didn’t reach its true potential. I still except Noctis to respond dumbfoundly at their weirdness.

    Noctis: WOW, SOMEONE WHY ARE THESE WALLS FLOATING!!!

    Ingis: They aren’t. Your just feeling the effects of the mushrooms I told you not to eat.

    Prompto: Ingis stop messing with Noc!

    Gladious: Because that’s what gravity magic does.

  • LukesAlike

    Really enjoying these synopses.

  • Seed

    what are you talking about???

  • Jesus Christ

    Not gonna lie, I really misread for a second you were trying to say, “Really ANNOYING these synopses”

    LOL XD

  • Jesus Christ

    Ah, I love the open-world feel in this size and magnitude! I just need to find a cliff so i can kick Noctis down. Oops.

    And I’d like to know, so if the gang is strolling from one extreme to the other… how long would it take?

    And is there far off island? You know like in FFVIII to fight Bahamut and Ultima Weapon? I wanna be able to swim.

    Well for me, I just walk on water but y’all get the idea.

  • LukesAlike

    Of course not! You silly Savior, you.

  • alexis

    Gold Chocobos can go on water = problem solved

  • alexis

    Even though I really like airships, I think the car is enough…

  • Jesus Christ

    Oooooooooorrr… just pray for a miracle and I’ll teleport.

  • stevenm281

    When its about traveling on ground in RPG, I always walk, unless theres an obstacle that requires another mean of transportation. So for me, the car does not mean much.

    Airships and boat offers a variety since you get to see another perspective, traveling on water is my favorite, I think I may have been a sailor in a previous life. And airships in game is so much fun, flying across the sky, looking down on the world…

  • Jesus Christ

    Who thinks gliding and flying yourself is a great idea in this game?

    #KH

  • alexis

    The issue with this though is that it looks like there will be other airships in the sky, from NPCs and whatnot. It’s would probably require some work to fix the issue of colliding into them (unless they make that the point lol)

    A boat is a different story but it doesn’t look like (from the map we’ve seen so far) that there’s too much water to travel on, except in Accordo, which is just one city (and the water drops like waterfalls there — not really boat-safe).

  • stevenm281

    We shall see, Type-0 features airship battles, I don’t see how it cannot be implemented in this game now that Type-0 works on PS4, its not the same engine but still, it could be done.

    Since Accordo is built similar to Venice, I don’t see why we couldnt use little boats to get around the city, its not ships on ocean, but it would definitely be a nice compensation.

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    On how to make your standard, run of the mill dungeon and one that reflects the game’s main theme, fantasy based on reality.

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    instead of airships lets ride bemoeths

  • Noctis Caelum

    No, no superman flying .it makes everything else useless and escaping enemies more easier. I dont want this game to be easy.plus it takes away some realism pluuus we already got teleport baby.thats good enough. I hope boss battles are long and epicly cinematic oh and challenging enough to make the turn based “fans” pull their hair out and eat it.#IcantHoldBackMyEmotionsMuchLonger#MaHype#MyFeels#Anohana.

  • Seed

    i hope so aswell

  • Eidolons are creatures sent by Etro to help l’cie to accomplish its mission. Wonder if there will be any eidolons here

  • Xervath

    You strike an interesting point. Perhaps they will use the old-skool system where, when you choose to land your ship on a city, you simply can’t (you have to land it on the “overworld”)
    And back in the day you could get away with simply “glitching” people aside to *make* space for whatever contraption you felt necessary to park in the middle of town.

    But this time around…tricky; the car even more so, no doubt people will want to test their road rage.

    Perhaps you CAN actually hit pedestrians and animals, but you automatically cause…whatever overpowered AI’s to swarm you ye ‘olde GTA-style.

    Food for thought indeed.

  • Patrick Balmes

    Yes there will be Eidolons in xv

  • Patrick Balmes

    But i’m not sure about L’cie Beacuse Tetsuya Nomura
    said that because he designed this game to have a modern setting and a
    story focused on human drama, he chose not to use the names in the
    mythos, such as L’cie, instead using the concepts behind the terms and not directly referring to the mythos as Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0 did.

  • James Stine

    If a wall is floating it’s not a wall by definition.

  • They confirmed summons, not eidolons

  • stevenm281

    they confirmed that summons will be called Eidolons since they’re from the FNC

  • Jedihillis

    There damn well better be airships!

  • Hiyori Nguyen

    if we can drive a dragon that gonna be epic

  • I believe the game came to a point that the wait and expectation around the title is so huge that getting frustrated is gonna be kinda of inevitable. Maybe talking about every single detail is not something good for them. With the feedback they get they might want to change this and that because of the reaction of the fans and at the end we will have a game full of stuff thorwn into a massive world with no meaning.

    I like Chocobos, cars and airships but I like to walk around to level up you know? No problem at all.

  • ADAMJENSEN13

    Final Fantasy versus XIII was announced in 2006. Now we have 2015 and there are still no airships?
    So what they were doing these past 9 years? Grand theft auto 5 have so many different vehicels. Cars, bikes, motrbikes, planes, a little submarine(I saw one in gameplay trailer) and Rockstar didnt announced gta5 in 2006. They have many mini games too like golf and tennis.
    So why making an airship in FFXV is so big problem?

    I hope they will make first playable airships and next they will think about releasing the game.

  • ALL HAIL KING BIMPY

    2008-late 2012 the game wasn’t being developed for PS4/xB1 nor is the data from PS3 being sent over to 8th gen like Type 0 did with PSP. btw Nomura also said there were air ships but technical difficulties with the hardware

  • In Fabula Nova Crystallis, Eidolons are entities sent by Etro to help l’cie. If in XV we won’t have l’cie, how can they summom them? And if we assume that the game comes after XIII trilogy (Etro is dead), how can she send them? What’s the explanation that they will give us?

  • stevenm281

    XIII and XV dont happen in the same timeline, both Type-0 and XV reboots in their own way the mythology.

  • Oh, I didn’t know that! Thank you!

  • stevenm281

    Initially, all three developpers (Toriyama, Nomura and Tabata) were given the mythology so that their games share certain themes, but it was open for interpretation so that they can all feel different and similar at the same time.

  • HalfLucan

    Grab the popcorn… Expect comments of utter disappointment and loyal fans promising to never partake in giving SE another cent again. (Seriously tho, i don’t understand the hardon for airships. Epic story’s and complete freedom just doesn’t mix… If thats your thing, play FFXIV (in a few years))

  • Keithisonfire

    If they could give us one of these, I’d be happy:
    -playable female characters
    -manually piloted airship
    -triple triad or tetra master
    -materia (or crystals in place of materia but working in the same way)
    -Agni from Agni’s Philosophy

  • EcLaIr90

    Still No Playable Female Character tho :/

  • stevenm281

    only Noctis is playable, the 3 others are the main party members but its been announced that there will be guest characters and some will be female.

  • EcLaIr90

    oh