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Uncovered Final Fantasy XV Liveblog By Tony Garsow on March 30, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Uncovered Final Fantasy XV is almost upon us, and we’re planning on around-the-clock coverage! Stay tuned to Nova Crystallis as we bring you the latest from before, during, and after the show kicks off.

Newest updates are posted from the top:

UNCOVERED FINAL FANTASY XV

• The team planned the CGI movie and the game together right away since the start of the development. Some characters had to be redesigned for Kingsglaive.

• A final trailer with Japanese voice acting plays.
• Final Fantasy XV will release on September 30th 2016!
• The Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available to preorder at 9PM Pacific.
• The Platinum Demo is available tonight for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
• The Platinum Demo will feature Young Noctis in a dream state with Carbuncle. You’ll be able to control Noct’s Warp Strike in a brand new way.
• Justice Monsters Five will be a minigame inside Final Fantasy XV and will also release on iOS/Android/Windows. Pre-registration begins tonight.

• Sean Bean will voice King Regis in Kingsglaive.
• Kingsglaive revolves around the events in the royal city and King Regis.
• Lena Headey will be voicing Lunafreya.
• Square Enix collabs with Audi for an Audi R
• Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV is a feature-length CG movie revolving around the events of Final Fantasy XV.
• Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV is a new five-part anime revolving around the events of Final Fantasy XV.
• Rolling combat footage and a new World of Wonder trailer. Magic and cities are shown.
• You’ll be able to listen to series music on the car radio. Music from Final Fantasy I and XIII plays.
• Rolling new footage of a desert area, including chocobo riding.

• The “Stand By Me” cover is performed by Florence & The Machine. Video rolls of the recording process.
• Image illustrator Yoshitaka Amaon and composer Yoshitaka Amano. Series composer Nobuo Uematsu drops a video message. Although he isn’t working on any music for the game he puts his faith in director Tabata for the next direction in the series.
• The Yoshitaka Amano artwork was commissioned by Square Enix and is called “Big Bang”. Originally a 2D, Square Enix animated it into 3D.
• Hosts Greg Miller and Tim Getty take the stage.
• A new trailer with cutscene and cobat footage rolls. The music playing is a cover of Ben E King’s “Stand By Me”.
• Final Fantasy series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi takes the stage. He says that the series is like a child to him, and he wonders if the series is on the right path. He sat down with director Hajime Tabata, and they want to take the series back to its challenger roots. He feels Final Fantasy XV will do this.

UNCOVERED FINAL FANTASY XV PRE-SHOW

• Auditions for JP voicing took place 6 years ago, if not earlier, according to Prompto’s voice actor, Tetsuya Kakihara. Sounds like part of the main cast’s interactions were unscripted; the voice actors inserted their own one-liners sometimes. Suzuki talks about the theme of bonds (friends, family, parent and child). He wants us to remember this theme. Miyano (Ignis) talking about camping and the addition of various new systems in XV. Called Ignis the “Cooking Man.”
• Hajime Tabata via the Japanese pre-show: “I think you already know some things, but there’s a lot more to enjoy tonight.”
• Rolling video of fanart submissions under the “Unbreakable Bonds” category – showing off a fanart calendar. The cover is designed by Final Fantasy XV art director Isamu Kamikokuryou. The calendar will be available at future Square Enix events and online.
• Footage from fan events in Japan and London up now! Cosplayers galore!
• Takahara confirms that the clothes for Noctis and Prompto will be avilable to purchase worldwide today via ROEN.
• ROEN’s Hiromu Takahara appeared with models to show off his designs for Final Fantasy XV‘s clothing.
• The Uncovered Final Fantasy XV preshow is about to begin! Watch with us here.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 (PDT)

• We’re live chatting in our Discord channel here!
Final Fantasy XV-themed iPhone cases on display. (Via @churroz)
• Fans begin to line up outside the venue. (Via @FFXVEN)
• A Chinese teaser trailer on Amano’s Final Fantasy XV artwork leaked online (Via: YouTube, Re: Final Fantasy Union)
• Series illustrator Yoshitaka Amano is present (Via: @TheCake_News)
• Dave Fennoy officially confirms his involvement in the Final Fantasy XV US voice cast (Via @DaveFennoy, Re: @MoogleKupoCake)
• Art director Yusuke Naora is in town – he designed this iPhone case merchandise (Via: @SQEX_MD_NA)
• Images from the venu feature a CGI bird above Ignis. (Via: @MoogleKupoCake)
Think it’s all been revealed? Make sure to tune in! (Via: @FFXVEN)
Release date, demo footage leaks from GameSpot, other outlets corroborate info
Uncovered attendees get a calendar featuring new artwork
• ROEN’s Final Fantasy XV clothing designer Hiromu Takahara has arrived in LA for Uncovered
• Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia and Square Enix will premiere a TV commercial along with a “special” TV commercial for Final Fantasy XV in Japan, right after Uncovered Final Fantasy XV ends. The commercials will be uploaded to PlayStation Japan’s official YouTube channel after 9:00PM JST on March 31. [Via: Famitsu]

TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (PDT)

• The official Japanese blog updated with a set of images featuring assets from the game’s development: [Via: FFXV JP Blog] (Via: @ffworldcom)
• Final Fantasy XV composer Yoko Shimomura is now leaving Japan and heading to Los Angeles for the Uncovered Final Fantasy XV event. [Via: @midiplex]

MONDAY, MARCH 28 (PDT)

• Official Final Fantasy twitter profile tweets that the FFXV team are currently in the Square Enix LA offices. [Via: @FFXVJP]
• Famitsu opens its own official Final Fantasy XV twitter profile. [Via: @Fami_xv]
• Official Final Fantasy XV twitter profile tweets group image of Harley Morenstein and the crew of EpicMealTime for the Uncovered post-show. [Via: @FFXVEN]
• Famitsu opens a “Final Fantasy XV Special Site” [Via: Famitsu]
• A new artwork by Yoshitaka Amano appears as a banner for Uncovered Final Fantasy XV; the game’s pantheon of summons is featured (Video) [Via: VGtime] (Alternate shot/Via: @strhess138)

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  • Adam

    Hard to believe we’re 45 hours away from the event, but we are.

  • alexis

    I’m so freaking excited! I’m taking the train first thing wednesday morning to be there! <3

  • Wazi the pa

    We’ll be updating the liveblog with more tidbits! Stay tuned everyone and PLEASE BE EXCITED! :3

  • I’m hyped. But I know I’m gonna have to go to bed if they don’t post it by 2:30am EST.

  • Adam

    My body is so ready right now.

  • stevenm281

    So much excitement is coursing through my veins!!!

  • Why were there leaks before as rumors but not not less than a day away?

  • Jesus Christ

    I see Queen Serenity cat walking out of the elevator. Yaaaaaaas work it.

  • Amelia C.

    All aboard the hype train

    ‘I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide. I know, I know, I know that I want you, I want you!’

  • Miqote

    What’s that “10:30” i see in the banner’s corner? The rumored sept 30th release date?

  • Hiyori Nguyen

    i’m guessing the “10:30” is about time… as in 10:30am.

  • Wazi the pa

    It’s 10:30am for when the Uncovered Event commences in Japan on March 31st.

  • Noctis

    damn almost there….I feel so hyped….can someone come over and slap me?

  • Codes McGodes

    I’m actually more hype about that Amano art than anything else. That’s the first FFXV Amano piece since Etro way the hell back in 2006!

  • daveguitar

    Would be October anyway.. so I hope it’s just the hour xD

  • Miqote

    lol I hear ya man XD.

  • Miqote

    I’m an idiot, excuse me

  • daveguitar

    hahah it’s ok! it’s just the excitement before the show! 😀

  • Brock Charles

    Yoko Shimomura? Please let there be a live performance for a song or two.

  • Yuntu

    Well she is the composer so it`s not surprising she`s coming as well.

  • Brock Charles

    I thought she would end up appearing, this is just confirmation 🙂

  • CocaineCowboyFF7

    Agreed. Amano’s art always has so much context.

  • Allan

    I really love Amano’s designs, but i cannot understand them sometimes haha.

    I know for sure I’ve seen Odin, Titan, Shiva, Leviathan… and that’s it o.o the rest doesn’t ring a bell for me
    There’s this yeti thingy, black devilish thingy, woman with spider legs thingy haha

  • Allan

    It was one the things I’ve put on that survey they made for what we expected from the next announcements *.* Needs more music!

  • Beautifully incomprehensible artwork from Amano, hahaha.

    Dude! It’s coming! We will finally when we will put our hands on this game.

  • Mehmed

    95% of the reason to buy a PS4 for me is FFXV, that’s exactly the reason i wanted to buy a PS3 but did not. So if this PS4K is a reality, and there might be a FF XVK, then, hell, i’m gonna love and buy it. Because, why wouldnt i buy FF XV in Full HD with High Details and 1080p.
    (For now it seems it will be a 30 fps 900p with middle details game)

  • Yuntu

    It`s probably 1080p PS4 and 900p X1.

  • alexis

    OH MY GOD YOKO IS GOING TO BE THERE?! *PREPARES EARS AND SOUL*

  • stevenm281

    Yoko!!!

  • Allan

    I remember they once said they were aiming for 1080p and 30fps for ps4 (reddit AMA if I’m not mistaken), but that was a difficult goal to achieve. Let’s hope for the best

  • Allan

    Those mountains and city pictures from the japanese blog update looks like Altissia *.*

  • Yuntu

    They will announce say something regarding the resulotion tomorrow, atleast Tabata hinted in that direction. Honestly I don’t see why 1080p on the PS4 wouldn’t work.

  • Allan

    Yeah! I think it’s totally feasible, but I it’s not confirmed yet haha. *fingers crossed for tomorrow*

  • When i play gonna have Noctis just use daggers, katana, swords, and magic. No heavy or slow weapons. In demo even the spears were powerful but not my style of weapon.

  • stevenm281

    I’m not a big fan of heavy weapon either, I always use them on a party member tho, but my main character needs to be fast!

  • Allan

    I was hoping the katana would play like type-0’s, way more tactical/slow weapon than a fast weapon. I really enjoyed playing as Jack there.

    One-handed swords in the demo were awesome *o*

  • Frederick Badguy

    Where is his sword of Versus XIII? We need her, don’t you agree?

  • stevenm281

    are you referring to the “mechanical” sword? If so, it was in the demo, its the sword he’s using to warp. You can look at it when he’s holding on to it at a high warp point.

  • I think its in the game just with different colors

  • Slowing down in a game like this would be hell agains Malboro or Behemoth. I want quick dash attacks especially with haste spells.

  • Same here.

  • Allan

    Yeah, I understand. It’s just because playing as Jack on Type-0 was awesome, and we have other weapons that can be faster (dual daggers, one-handed swords, etc). I think it would add more to the gameplay options.

    There’s always different approaches to monsters, as an example, in Monster Hunter you can play using any weapon and you still will be able to solo pretty much anything, with different ways of beating the same enemy. Of course some weapons/strategies benefits you against some monsters but that’s what I think make things more interesting, approaching the same enemy in different ways.

  • stevenm281

    I don’t share your enjoyment of playing as Jack in type-0, I was more of a Seven player, but I couldn’t agree more with the need of variety of weapons to cater to the variety of gamers out there.

  • Allan

    They did a splendid job in Type-0, you have many different options of gameplay *and character changing during combat* (‘-‘ *)

  • Well from the gif i saw of ignis and Noctis using katana maybe its a charge weapon. Holding down skill or attack bottons alters attacks and speed.

  • Allan

    Hmm, did not know we had katana’s gameplay already, nice!

  • stevenm281

    I loved that each character was very unique and had a different gameplay mechanic.

    But, on the other hand, while I did love Jack personality, him being slow prevented me from using in my team and that is unfortunate.

    Usually, during my first playthrough of a game, I like to select my main team according to their personality, so unless I can build them the way I want, there’s a lot of chance I won’t be able to use the character.

    Ex: I usually like having a tank, a caster, and a fighter.

    If it happens that my three favorite characters have a specific role, and at least two of them have the same one, I’ll have to let go of one of my favorite character. On the other hand, if I can make them the way I want, I can still use my three favorite characters.

    My first playthrough of XIII was rough because of that, my favorite characters are Lightning, Fang, and Snow. Lightning being the only healer of them and sucking at it, made it hard. But I had two SEN to make up for it. I had no way of buffing me as none of them have the SYN role, etc.

    Now take X as an example, Yuna is the healer, I hate Yuna, I despise her, too prude for me, so where does that leave me for healing? I’m forced to use her, and I don’t like being forced to do something.

    While in 12, I could decide who would be the healer, who would be a fighter, etc., and I could change my setup with every playthrough.

  • Its kinda like reaction commands or QTEs in KH2.

  • Mehmed

    30 hours to go.

  • Frederick Badguy

    Yep. I remember now

  • Jesus Christ

    Who’s that giraffe Pokemon? Isn’t that that deer fairy pokemon?

  • Girafferig

  • D.3ND

    That kinda Blows, how are gonna handle Mobs when you low on magic? And Spears happen to be my Favorite weapon.

  • Yuntu

    You mean Xerneas?

  • •december

    almost-there.jpg

  • D.3ND

    Speed is worth nothing when fighting an enemies with high defense.

  • Nick Greeley

    I think when he mentions “difficulties” with the resolution, he’s more than likely referring to the X1 version. The game would probably be closer to release had they not bothered with the X1 (especially considering it’s market in Japan is pretty much non-existent). He’s specifically pointed out difficulty with the system before lol

  • Erebos Tenebris

    I also was unable to play as Jack. Such a slow character in a game that really requires you to be quick just didn’t work for me. My favorite character was… crap I cant remember her name- there were too many characters so I always differentiated between them by weapons- the scythe wielding girl.

    Anyways, I am hoping there is a scythe weapon in this one, as I feel it tends to be a really unorthodox weapon that allows for interesting play styles.

  • Awato

    24 hours!!! The wait is killing me!!

  • So I guess it’s not gonna be in the morning of Wednesday, huh?

  • Allan

    I understand your pain! haha so many times I couldn’t stay with my favorite characters TT_TT

    FFXII had one of the best solutions for this, since Vaan was totally disposable after some time (seriously, I could not stand having him in the party), and we could totally customize our characters based on the license system

  • Awato

    Not for me, at least. According to YouTube, it’s going live in 23 hours and 53 minutes

  • I’m on the North American United States East Coast. So it’s gonna be a while for me too since it’s on the west coast.

  • Awato

    I feel you TT_TT I’m in Texas, so I’ll end up staying later than I would like to because of it, but anything for FFXV!! 😀

  • Handle swarms with skills that use Areas of Effect or splash damage. Or focus on 1 or 2 foes at a time like I did in the demo. God, I hate that theres no magic in the demo except Ignis’ cure. With 16 they better have much more characters all over the world with magic. No more of this “barely anyone can do it” shit.

  • Luke Watts

    Does anyone suspect (Like I do) that they will be annoucning a Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo with the release of this? I find it a little suspicious that the trailer from PSX was so polished with english voice acting etc. when the scenario hadn’t even been finished at this time. God I hope they say something about it tomorrow.

  • Erebos Tenebris

    Does anyone have an idea of what that thing in the first picture of the second set of pictures is? It looks like someone dropped a giant drop of dew, or put half a marble there. Then there is that light pattern that looks like it was projected off a smartphone’s screen there in the grass next to it.

  • D.3ND

    You should think less about the next installment and worry more about the high defense mobs with debuff skills that you’re planning to fight with daggers.

  • alexis

    I have no idea I have been looking at it for quite a few hours now lol

  • Erebos Tenebris

    I know right? It just makes so little sense that I can’t help but come back and look at it again.

  • I pick stuff I like and make it work. Spears and heavy weapons may do more damage, but I’ll be so fast with katana, swords, and daggers that I’ll get hit less.

  • It’s just the developer ways to show off their game engine.

  • D.3ND

    Suure, that could work in most games but that wont work if you encounter enemies that have debuffs that could stop you in your tracks or traits that makes you the weapons that you like deal 1/10 of damage then it normally do. What makes matters worse, an Imperial Airship comes in and shat 20+ Magitek troopers on top of you while Gladio got curb stomp from the debuffs or attack from the enemy you were fighting earlier.

  • stevenm281

    same!

    But I’m obsessively devoted, even when events for FF occur in the middle of the night and that I work in the morning, I still set up my alarm clock to watch it live.

  • stevenm281

    her name is Sice!

  • Nexi8

    So excited~! ( > w < )/ I haven't been following FFXV since years ago (maybe only since the demo came out 😛 ) but I can say I'm happy we're finally here with a main title game that will finally have a confirmed release date. It's a good year for JRPGs. ^_^ Gonna be playing Bravely Second, along with some other titles, so I'm good for the gamer in me that likes turn based battles. Would love to see new concept art for my desktop/tablet/cellphone wallpaper, features in the game (air ships, gameplay, etc), and a tidbit of story. Perhaps info on the tech demo they were saying about too? Oh, LE or CE info would be nice. That would totally make my day. 😀

  • Calling it now: Ignis secretly resents Noctis for him being bred to always act as his right handman, which he’s sees as being a lapdog. He feels like as the smartest, he’s being held back by this role that’s forced upon him. Cor dies, but Ignis is the traitor, maybe he comes back to the good side before the game ends.

  • Luckily no work tomorrow, and I have 3 movies to watch and a couple of SFV online tournaments to keep my attention all day. Already read manga too.

  • I guess it won’t be wise the whole game, but i’ll still try to make it work. I just don’t like spears and heavy weapons. I wish he had a scythe or hook and chains or brass knuckles.

  • stevenm281

    I’m going crazy at the moment, impatience is getting over me, my body and soul want it now lol.

    I’m gonna play Dragon Age 2, and Episode Duscae.

  • Yuntu

    It’s a test for the engine, the bubbles looks like skyboxes if you look closely.

  • Yuntu

    I doubt it. The VII gameplay looked just as “polished” as the XV gameplay in 2013 – just saying.

  • Luke Watts

    Man. Hope it is 🙂

  • Luke Watts

    Sorry if obvious.. but is the pre and post show entertainment on the Square channels as well?

  • Jesus Christ

    Yes ma’am! Bless your answer.

  • Jesus Christ

    Psh, he should publicly resent Noctis for being too skinny and nasty looking (yeah yeah simmer down fanboys, I have an opinion you have yours k??<– referring to online fanboys who may read my comment, not you KOKAY15). Now, he and Cor Leonis and that Seifer dude should team up together. That'll be a game I'd play.

  • Jesus Christ

    What’s so almost blessed about these images is that the backgrounds or those objects that are still looks very realistic. But those character/monster models have obvious signs that they look unrealistic. I wonder why.

  • Yuntu

    Please Jesus I’m guy and only represented by a girl.

  • Jesus Christ

    Uh… yes, I know that. But you see. I can call you a girl because I’m Jesus. I was not wrong. I was just adamant in calling you a girl.

    Bless! 😀 XD

  • Jesus Christ

    You know darn well you totally made that up LOL

  • Yuntu

    Looks like it.

  • And you wonder why they crucified you.

  • Jesus Christ

    LOL Don’t try me, boo. Don’t go for it. XD

  • Noctis is toned lean muscle. That’s not fanboying, it’s just plain obvious And Siefer was a brute with w weak will who wanted power so bad he was easily brainwashed into being a traitor and killing a beloved summon. You want a game starring that dick-muncher?

  • Erebos Tenebris

    the “deer” is the 7th picture in the second set. you have to click on the arrow on the bottom right corner under the picture to show it. Its still there, i am looking at it right now.

  • Erebos Tenebris

    nah, this event is all about ff15. they won’t want to take away from the hype by talking about another game, especially one as high profile as ff7 remake

  • Yuntu

    Those bubbles look like tests for skyboxes or general things regarding testing the engine.

  • dklassic

    Those bubbles are used to represent the environment texture, namely the sky’s color and the environment’s lighting(and shadow).
    You’ll see how it works if you try out some commercial engine like Unreal Engine or 3ds max.

  • Noctis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z54aMGpPvNw

    final fantasy xv fan game trailer

  • D.3ND

    Or worse, a He-man/Conan ripoff.

  • Yuntu
  • Jordan

    Jesus, can you make them stream right now? please…

  • No. It’s a giraffe with the snake on it’s tail.

  • still 11 hrs

  • Yuntu

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CezRQAaW8AA7oSA.jpg

    So apparantly the demo is coming out today, if this image is real.

  • stevenm281

    holy fuck balls, I did think the new demo might be released at Uncovered but I never thought it would really happen… OMG if this is true!!!! So cool!

  • Miqote

    what does it say? and is this talking about the small demo with Noctis as a kid or something?

  • Yuntu

    I can’t speak chinese but it clearly say 31.3.2016 as release and that it’s 4.5GB big – keep in mind someone might just be shitting us. And yes it looks like it’s going to be the demo with child Noctis.

  • R. Kane

    “Carbuncle Story” – FF15 (Demo)

  • Yuntu

    So it is Carbuncle.

  • chosen105

    Oh how I pray this is true

  • Oh god yes! I got nothing to play. PLEAE SQUARE. That would be groin-grabbingly-scrotum- scratchingly-dick-drippingly good!

  • Why no gem on the forehead? Why a horn? Maybe it’s a new familiar or summon of the Carbuncle’s race.

  • Calm down, calm down Square. My heart will faint. That demo with Young Noctis! Is that official or not?

  • Mehmed

    you wrote this 15 hours ago, that means 9 hours to go, right?

  • Mehmed

    oh no, it’s 10,5 hours for me here.

  • Yuntu

    Obviously no confirmation as of yet, we gotta wait.

  • So I’m guessing the SO5 thing is an April Fools trolling? That’s why no one’s in that article?

  • chosen105

    When does the event start?

  • Miqote

    9 CST

  • chosen105

    Thanks! Hoping the release date is soon. I dont know how much longer I can wait XD

  • Jesus Christ

    I’m not seeing it on Chrome >_<

  • Yuntu
  • chosen105

    This was also in Gematsu, pretty sure they had it there first.
    http://gematsu.com/2016/03/final-fantasy-xv-launches-september-30

  • Yuntu

    Gematsu was just a leak, this is an official video being put out too soon.

  • chosen105

    holy crap thats awesome!! And now I know I won the free copy from this website so that works for me XD…Nice find dude

  • Yuntu

    Tons of people said September 30th, so you still need the luck :p Go on Gematsu they have a proper article for it (though I think NC will put one up as well in a bit).

  • I like the charcoal style group pic there.

  • chosen105

    The sad truth XD…Well good luck to everyone then!

  • –ZERO–

    I need a full HD pic of the art on the case too the far left
    http://www.novacrystallis.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/merch.jpg

    I’m not sure if its a skull or not but it looks badass

  • Jordan

    lowkey wish i was there:( that’s what happens when you’re on a college budget…

  • Jordan

    good thing they’re streaming it:)

  • Shami

    I freaked a little when I saw those 4 obnoxious staff members from SE
    Just start with the show already it’s 3 am here in Serbia

  • Breaking bad level actors seems unnecessary but its fine i guess they will ip the voice acting value.

  • stevenm281

    I wonder if Kingsglaive voice actors also voice their character in the game.

  • Krijn van Alten

    If they are in the game, its very likely.

  • Krijn van Alten

    Serbia is still central European time right? Been there once, and can’t remember that I needed to change time on my mobile by arrival.

  • Yuntu

    VERY likely.