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All the Final Fantasy XV details from Famitsu By Red Makuzawa on September 22, 2015 at 12:07 AM

This week’s Famitsu has a new interview with Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata. While the hard copy is due out later this week, the interview in full has been posted on Famitsu’s website for all to read. We’ve summarized all the important bits below.

Meteor

Meteor of Lestallum is as old as the Genesis story of XV. It’s not something Noctis and his friends will investigate while on their journey. Because the meteor’s existence is already there since the “beginning of time” as it were.

Car Radio

About installing a car radio: Tabata is “looking into it.” He’s thinking of two things: playing your own MP3s, and playing Final Fantasy/Square Enix title music. Legal issues surround the first thing (playing your own MP3s). The team’s working on the latter. The car radio is definitely possible in Japan and the United States, but European laws are strict, says Tabata. A pop theme wouldn’t fit within the game’s world so they won’t be exploring that idea either.

Moogles

Tabata: “When I asked about Moogles, there wasn’t enough of a response from the audience [at TGS], so in the end we won’t be adding them in (laugh).” Famitsu: There was pretty big applause… how about we give RT numbers and show users’ real opinions? “I’ll reconsider,” says Tabata.

Music

There is a huge demand for a Shimomura arrangement of the main Final Fantasy theme. Tabata wants to hear it too. Other themes such as the chocobo theme are progressing well.

Fishing

In FFXV, there will be a record of what kinds of fish have been caught. You can catch fish that have lengths of up to one meter. You can fish in lakes, but currently the mini-game does not allow fishing in seas. Tataba thinks it’s cool to add the game while on the boat. How successful you are in fishing doesn’t depend on your level, but rather how well you use the lure.

Buddy Things

Prompto takes photos with his smartphone, and for a certain reason, he wants to save pictures of him and his friends while on the road trip. Gladiolus has been a fan of Coleman and the outdoors since he was a kid, and he’s collected various Coleman items since then. Gladio also likes fighting, so he researches techniques and skills. The skills he learns will be applied in friends’ linked attacks.

Chocobo Riding

Battles can start even if you’re riding on a Chocobo. You won’t fight while on a Chocobo, though. Should your chocobo not want to fight when the battle begins, he’ll run away. The chocobo’s stamina depends on the things you feed it. Good food means chocobos will avoid enemies while bad food allows them to betray you. Because black chocobos are wild, you won’t necessarily be able to ride them.

Lunafreya

Luna’s stern gaze is not a result of being surrounded by all of the soldiers. Rather, she’s gazing into the future that awaits. When Luna brushes aside the rifle, she’s not considering the present situation. The thing that awaits is rather intense. That’s a hint! Her assistant Gentiana is not just any assistant. Rather, she herself also is a special existence, you could say.

In order to prevent the Plague of the Star from advancing, Luna uses her powers. Because of this Plague, as the days go by, the nights also lengthen. Luna is preventing the world from plunging into complete darkness. The long nights will also affect game play. When you advance in the story, the nights get longer. According to Tabata, there is a very important meaning behind the word “dawn.”

Regarding the key visual of Noctis and Luna as children – the dog is delivering a message that connects Luna to Noctis. The dog is not a pet but perhaps is similar to Gentiana. The white dog will show up too. Noctis’ injury as a child allowed him to spend time with Luna and the arranged marriage and the promise that Noct and Luna made as children are completely unrelated. If you hadn’t guessed, Noctis’ injury in the image is a result of his near-death experience.

DLC

Airship as DLC is the more likely outcome at this point. Potential Gilgamesh DLC could contain a scenario. Tabata wants to prepare things for users who want to play even more of XV even after clearing the game. Gilgamesh is a good idea for that, according to him.

March Event

At the March event, Square Enix will announce not only the release date, but also the tech demo’s official name and specifications. At this time, the company will also announce other collaborations (besides Coleman) that are deeply involved with the game’s settings and “real-world” feeling. There will also be a bit of news that “no one is expecting.” It will probably be huge news, says Tabata.

Via: Rin.

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  • Nickkyy98

    this ‘Plague of the Star’ sounds really intriguing im so excited for this game.

  • Rin

    Thanks for putting this all together, Erren!

    One thing about chocobos “betraying” you: actually, that was my fun little way of translating, and chocobos don’t actually do that (at least, not exactly). Sorry about that!

    If you feed chocobos bad food, the next day, they won’t have much willpower. If they then run into an enemy, Noctis and his party will enter the battle, but the chocobo will run away. I presume that means that the chocobo will also leave the party members to fend for themselves.

    Next time I’ll be sure to use more accurate wording. Someone else (a native Japanese reader and speaker) is currently translating the Famitsu and Dengeki interviews, so if there are any discrepancies, I’ll be sure to let you and the NC team know. Thanks!

    -Rin

  • Michael Bincal

    I wonder what that “no one is expecting” news besides the release date would be. Maybe they’ll say that Agni’s Philosophy is in FFXV. Now that’s huge. Or maybe announce the next Final Fantasy game.

  • How would the playing of MP3’s work in the car radio though? On the PS4, you can’t store any kind of music files and the only way to play them is by using the built-in Media Player to stream MP3’s from your computer.

  • Jesus Christ

    Moogles

    Tabata: “When I asked about Moogles, there wasn’t enough of a response from the audience [at TGS], so in the end we won’t be adding them in (laugh).” Famitsu: There was pretty big applause… how about we give RT numbers and show users’ real opinions? “I’ll reconsider,” says Tabata.

    Key word: reconsider OK.

  • Disappointing to hear that Gladiolus enjoys collecting Coleman products. I was always against such in-game advertisements, but it’s even worse when they are not in the background but directly associated with the characters.

    I would love to see more invented brands for the FFXV game world, which just exist there and are unique to that game.

  • Great new info and I’m kinda frustrated with the absence of Moogles… They are nice!
    About the unexpected revelation it would be hilarious if it something like Lightining having a cameo in the game, hahaha. I wonder what it is.

  • I love how the Astrals (summons) are their own beings and don’t really care much about the world of the humans. That only leads me to assume that once they DO decide to become involved, things will become epic!

    The car radio seems to be a nice touch, either way they go, although I do not want to see YouTubers posting Noct & co. driving down the road to the sounds of “I Want It That A-Way” by the Backstreet Boys. I would much prefer they used the rich soundtracks of the FF games that have already been. I listen to them everyday to and from work anyways.

    I also like that they’re giving the bros some character depth. Prompto likes selfies, Gladio likes camping goods and fighting and Ignis likes to cook and study. They’re becoming a lot more 3 dimensional now and believable as human beings.

    The chocobos-moogles-fishing don’t really interest me that much, I would rather we get to see some more areas (Accordo and wasn’t there a place called Solheim?) and learn more about the Nifleheim Empire -who’s running it, what they’re after, how they became so great, etc. Also, I wonder how many of the characters we saw in that trailer back in E3 2013 made it in the final cut.

  • Krijn van Alten

    At a ATR? Sure it should be huge news, but from a commercial point of view not such a good idea.

  • Chrono Break

    Well, to be honest, at least the product placement in FFXV is weaved into the story for the world to expand. A lot of franchises did that in blatant fashion but somehow failed to integrate the placement properly.

    http://kotaku.com/5513122/metal-gear-solid-peace-walker-product-placement-explained

  • Allan

    You can always use spotify ^^

  • Noctis Caelum

    After I read this “Luna is preventing the world from plunging into complete darkness. The
    long nights will also affect game play. When you advance in the story,
    the nights get longer.”
    It’s so cool and exciting that the nights are getting longer. I very like the nights in the game, because sometimes it is so dark and creepy, it has something horror-like feeling.
    All in all very good 🙂

  • Noctis Caelum

    I think this means that several meteorites are impact the whole planet.
    One of these are in Lestallum, Duscae and perhaps the one in the distant in the driving video.

    But I’m pretty sure that the moon itself (Luna) plays also a big role in the game.

  • Xervath

    – I also want to hear the Main theme version of Shinomura
    – “Pop music won’t fit, so we won’t do that.” *Tears of joy*
    – Airship DLC –> take all the time you need…just hurry up.
    – Gilgamesh DLC –> Sure thing…’long as Odin is in by default.
    – Moogles –> …make it happen regardless
    – I also really like that your team mates have their own “thing” to do (like snapping pics and collecting stuff) it makes them more of a ‘person’ and less of a ‘party member’.

  • Budgiecat

    When does Stella show up and what about the character switching….

  • Budgiecat

    Stella is the Plague of the Star because Stella means star and Tabata hates Stella

    *runs*

  • Budgiecat
  • Zenobia Joyner

    Hearing something about prompto makes me happy 🙂

  • D.3ND

    *Pulls out laser point and points it at a wall*

  • stevenm281

    Both information have been confirmed for a while now, Character Switching is out, Noctis is the only playable character. Stella is out as well, she’s been replaced by Luna.

  • Syul

    Ok the story is getting sooooooo good with every information that’s given.

    Also gotta say that I find cute that Prompto takes lots of photos of him and his friends, I don’t know why but somehow it fits him and I find it cute xD

  • Preston Ray

    As soon as half life 3 comes out

  • Preston Ray

    Man this game is gonna be amazing, I still can’t understand all the hate for this game

  • Preston Ray

    Please be excited

  • Budgiecat

    Please tell them to change it back youre our only hope : (

  • Red Makuzawa

    Thanks for the translation, Rin. 🙂

  • Noctis

    Yeah they will change it for you

  • grapes9h5

    Wow there are some juicy story details given here. I like the sound of them.

  • Budgiecat

    t-they w-will?? : 0

  • stevenm281

    I’m not gonna cause further delay to this title, I accept that FF15 is not Versus XIII, and I will enjoy the game for what it is, rather than complain about what it isn’t.

  • Noctis

    Well if you want to hear backstreet boys just play the music with your phone. This is the stupidest thing i ever heard in my entire life. Thank gods none is giving you voice.

  • stevenm281

    he said “I do not want”…

  • Noctis

    lol youre right

  • You missed the point of what I said but I won’t bother trying to explain it to you.

  • Octavio Valdez

    PC version for FFXV maybe?

  • stevenm281

    its something people are expecting, and Tabata said that what will be announced is something nobody expect.

  • Aulix Indragonz

    yeah, they will also change the release date for you

  • Justice V

    Would probably be Xbox exclusive thing. They had that a bunch when the original Xbox came out. Certain games would be able to play your own music that you had stored on the Xbox, but on the Playstation it wasn’t an option.

  • SOMEONEWHOSDISSAPOINTED

    I want the story to give protagonism to Prompto, Gladio and Ignis, not just Luna, Noct and Regis, cause in every good FF title(IV, VI,VII, X, XII) the story focuses on ALL the main chars, so far im seeing them as just companions, who help and everything, but are plainly one-dimensional, i want backstories, climatic solo moments, their fears, their hopes, etc, not just their personalities and traits

  • oNionKnight08

    That’s funny considering that back when Nomura was the director he did not like Stella and just warmed up to her as time passed by.

  • Budgiecat

    He didnt say he didnt like her; he said he made a character that he normally would not make and over time he realized that she was great.

    Then Tabata came and killed her! That bastard!