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Final Fantasy XV Universe explained in new video By Erren Van Duine on July 7, 2016 at 11:25 AM

Square Enix has released a new video explaining the ins and outs of the massive Final Fantasy XV Universe project. Rather than multiple full-length games, the world of Final Fantasy XV has been built up across a film, an anime, a mobile companion game alongside the main video game release.

The video was screened at Japan Expo in France this morning, where Kingsglaive director Takeshi Nozue shared further insight into the films development. Unlike Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, where Nozue served as co-director, he was tasked with the entirety of Kingsglaive – a project which had a much bigger scale due to all of the studios involved.

In order to link the game and movie the team decided to use the same “core” between both. That is, they both used the same script. As for why they took so long to reveal the existence of Kingsglaive, Nozue admits they revealed Final Fantasy XV itself a bit too early.

As for a European release of the movie France will see a selected theatrical release early September, with a streaming and blu-ray version to follow. Details for other European screenings have yet to be announced.

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  • Yuntu

    Please come to Germany, please.

  • IS | 桂木

    This game is coming out worldwide lol you could’ve pre ordered since March

  • Jchill

    Imagine how much better brotherhood would be if it was in English

  • Yuntu

    The movie. In theaters.

  • Yuntu

    I have the UCE preordered.

  • Yuntu

    Not worth it for them to do it because they don`t really earn money on Brotherhood.

  • stevenm281

    I’m surprised King’s Tale wasn’t included.

  • Yuntu

    Its not part of the tagline “FFXV Universe”.

  • Ulises

    Are you serious? Most animes sound like crap in english

  • Mehmed

    where is KIngs Tale? It really should be a part of the Universe.

  • I disagree I think those English voice actors these days work hard to up hold the energy and emotion in JPN games and shows. As a person who watch dubs and sub’s I like both.

  • This I hope will be the most fun game of the year and the most enthralling story too. But KH2.8 might beat it in fun but not story.
    Right now I already like and respect Noctis. But I still even after the anime episodes don’t like his friends that much. They see so average. I like more larger than life characters. At least in personality. I don’t mean wacky but more like above generic average run the mill people.

  • Wazi the pa

    Music doesn’t disappoint. Not even close.

  • MHDRem

    I disagree with you regarding energy and emotions. No one will surpass Japanese voice actors in that specific skill

  • NoctisStrife87

    Well when it comes to dubbing, the brazilian voice actors where chosen as the best in the world for their capacity to interprete incredibly well dubbing. There are good examples in english too like Dragon Ball, but the brazilian dudes rocks! Saint Seiya, Dragon Ball and other 90’s classics made the name of the voice actors here, the japanese producers and voice actor of many animes come here to anime events, and promotion.
    Sometimes games voice actors do better than the ones who does anime in the US, but it’s only my opinion. And of course, you always prefer your mother language. I like both too, because i like the experience of both.

  • No one? Ever? That doesn’t seem reasonable.

  • stevenm281

    it still should, at least its story related to FF15, not the Justice Monster Five game.

  • stevenm281

    I loved Sword Art Online English cast, the fact that they didn’t include them in the games is the only reason I’m not playing.

  • MHDRem

    Not that strict. But they are the best in my opinion

  • Alice Campos

    They better screen it in Jaboatão dos Guararapes

  • Limbs4wings

    Amid all that chanting I found the music playing in the background to be quite similar to the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion theme.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0J5gN1DwNDE

  • I like English voice actors because the way I felt listening to the dubb of Outlaw Star, Cowboy Beebop and it’s movie, FMA both series, and Attack on Titan were some of the best acting I’ve heard in my life. I FELT IT! Like I was right there. No doubt the JPN actors are key but I think the English ones try hard.

  • Jchill

    HAHAHA weebs are dumb

  • Yuntu

    no.

    because its a pre-order boni and nothing else at this point, they shouldn`t include it.

  • Cubia

    Sie kommen zur Gamescom 😉

  • stevenm281

    it features similar singing, but its not the same lyrics and the music itself is different.

    Elder’s Scrolls aren’t the only ones using chanting in their music you know, and they weren’t the first either.

  • stevenm281

    I’m sure they’ll make it available to all at a later date as with most pre-order bonuses.

  • Yuntu

    Oh ich meinte den Film in deutschen Kinos 🙂

  • Yuntu

    i hope so, still if they would`ve included it people would`ve complained

    I mean I hate A Kings Tale. I ordered the UCE and ain`t getting it, now that`s som BS.

  • Cubia

    In allen Kinos bestimmt nicht, aber hoffentlich in ein paar ausgewählten. Kingsglaive auf großer Leinwand wäre schon toll 🙂

  • Limbs4wings

    nooo, I mean the tune playing at around 25:00

  • It is really good yeah.

  • All I ask is that they fill all the most important or dire scenes with great choreography. Its great to have the player in the driver seat but its also good to see the characters fight their way with their own style and personalities behind their movements. That’s why I hope other than Aryn there’s other agile fighters for Noctis to go up against.

  • stevenm281

    the UCE is now nothing more than a marketing ploy.

  • Cubia

    That’s what i like about FFXV. The Characters are Special with their Background but they feel like actual and normal People. It would be counterproductive for them to advertise humanity and companions who should feel like actual friends on an adventure and then make every single character crazy, unique and tragic. As with real people, you think everyone is the same but everyone has their own story and dreams and that’s the feeling i get from FFXV.

    And don’t forget that Square and especially Final Fantasy is known for the development of the Characters 🙂

  • Yuntu

    like all CEs

  • Why do people like “normal” so much?

  • stevenm281

    not all, some really provide exclusive items.

    This time, they just put an artbook, a weapon for the figurine, and a selection CD thats exclusive, for 300$ that’s bad.

  • Wowowow

    Normal is down to earth. Down to earth is relatable. Relatable is likable.

  • So why do people like One Piece with all its over the top larger than life characters?
    I don’t think a characters has to be down to earth or relatable to be likeable. I like characters with rarer personality traits. It might not be everyone but I think some people who want characters that act like them or they relate to their life come off as a little vain. Why does a character need to relate to you for you to sympathize with them. If they acted and thought in way completely foreign to someone does that make their life and struggle any less heart-felt?

  • •december

    August can’t come soon enough 😀
    Kingsglaive looks SICK!

  • Amelia C.

    Wanting characters with normal struggles and feelings isn’t the same at all as wanting a character who acts like me or that I can relate to in terms of life story. I don’t relate to any of the FFXV characters, but I enjoy their normality. With their normality and their clear emotions, it’s easier to understand and possibly sympathize with the characters when I can see how they’re affected by the events that happen around them. Bombastic and over-the-top characters are great, even next to normal characters. I have no problem with larger-than-life characters. But I don’t want them to all be that way. At that point, they feel less like people and more like set pieces. I like a good mix, just like in real life, because then it doesn’t feel fake.

  • Do you know what you want to work with most weapon wise? I still don’t know about the rare weapons but mainly I’m going with Katanga daggers shuriken shield and regular sword. And my main spells will be lightning and Meteor Rain.

  • How does a person with an eccentric personality feel fake? Or even a person with a over the top personality. I could if people found them annoying but that still wouldn’t make them fake.

  • Have you seen this games Biggs and Wedge?

  • Amelia C.

    I’m sorry, I must have done a bad job explaining that. Having an eccentric personality is not fake… not at all. That’s not what I meant. I meant that having a cast of all eccentric personalities is fake. I like having a real mix of personalities in casts because having just one type of personality is fake. If every person acted all the same way, then it feels fake, regardless of whether that personality is super eccentric or super normal. And normal is all relative, too. Like, take for instance Prompto in comparison to Ignus. Prompto has that eccentric personality, although I’m getting the impression that Prompto isn’t eccentric enough for what you’re saying. But compared to Ignus, who is extremely serious, Prompto is incredibly bombastic and almost child-like. In this way, he’s eccentric. However, Prompto can still be considered to have a normal personality, because his personality is relatable to plenty of people. In that way, the cast of characters feel real, because there are people like Prompto and people like Ignus. And even though I don’t relate to either of those characters myself in terms of personality, I can still enjoy both of them for how their differences bring depth to the story because they’ll have different views, takes, and thoughts on how everything proceeds in the story. I like the anime because with that backstory, it adds more life to the characters and how they are the way they are now and how where they came from is going to shape how they proceed in the story. Again, take Prompto. You can see that when he was overweight, he was withdrawn, unable to relate to others, and found solace in animals, who aren’t capable of judging based on weight. When he decided to lose the weight in order to be friends with Noctis, you can see how his personality did a complete one-eighty. But who he was is still a part of who he is. That’s clearly shown in how he still cares about animals. So, how is all of this going to affect his views of the what happens during the game? Compare that to Gladio, whose loyalty to Noctis stems from Noctis’ protecting Gladio’s sister, both physically and from punishment, at a cost to himself. That kind of loyalty goes even deeper than loyalty from being a generational guard. In his eyes, Noctis is pretty much family and that loyalty will shape how he thinks and feels in regards to what happens in the game. They’re all loyal to Noctis for different reasons which are related to who they are as a person and that is going to affect what they do in the game. If FFXV does it well, it should be really interesting to see what these characters go through and how their personalities are going to deal with it all. One Piece works with their really eccentric characters because that’s what the anime is going for and intends. FFXV has always marketed itself as more down-to-earth in terms of the characters. It wouldn’t work for all of the characters to be really out there because that’s now what FFXV is going for in terms of tone. But again, normal is all relative.

  • I guess I see what you’re saying. I was always thinking that deep down everyone seems strange to everyone else outside looking in. That’s why I often write about humans with odd personalities so they won’t be an average Joe. I want them to be a breath of fresh air to a reader or a tweak on a classic style character.

    But I guess you mean don’t set out only to fill a cast with a bunch of characters with random gimmicks to give off the illusion of personality or depth.

  • highsky00

    My opinion is it’s perfect in Japanese.

  • highsky00

    I just wonder why Diamond Weapon appears in FFXV universe.

  • Jchill

    I seriously doubt you even speak Japanese, so how would you know if it’s “perfect”?

  • highsky00

    Because i have watched anime since i was a kid .And everything is Japanese voice. So that’s why.

  • Marc Balgro

    I dont know but I see S-E resume more production for more UCE units after release to Q4 2016 or Q1 2017 regardless mostly because for the hype, heavy demmand and holidays and depending the success and reception of Kingsglaive now. They have done it with all of their CE at least once, it happened with Drakengard 3, same for Type-0, and for a limited and cheaper price, I dont see why not and always saying the first release is final or definitive batch.

    I dont say it will happen, but not impossible since I have witness many CE that I have managed have at some point re-released after a 4 to 6 months of release and with special discounts, and the DLC many retailers always reveal their DLC are exclusive but are just time exclusive, that content will always end up being released for later date, just wait for Kings Tale or to pit it simple just pre-order a standard day one copy at gamestop and return the copy unopened but download the DLC, that goes to Y***u.

  • Marc Balgro

    Its a sin and a bad way to think of someone but I envy you >.<, really wish/ed one, still and of course embracing my Deluxe Ed either way, on the record wish posses both Deluxe and Ultimate.

  • Dana West

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  • Jchill

    That doesn’t mean a god damn thing, that’s like saying I’ve been watching history movies since I was a kid therefore the history is perfect, which it isn’t

  • highsky00

    Yeah, that’s why it’s perfect for me. It’s personal reason, that why i said “My opinion it’s perfect in Japanese not ” It is perfect in Japanese” . And what’s the matter about Japanese voice and English voice? i have seen many agruments about these two, people are so weird, you have the option to choose the one you like.

  • highsky00

    And history is suck.

  • Justice V

    I want to see the video where they explain the ins and outs of the FFXV universe. I went searching and all I found was the older FFXV Universe video that came out around E3, but this was just a trailer for the Universe, with almost no dialogue in it so it doesn’t really explain anything. So I guess I’m just kind of confused.

  • Justice V

    Regular Sword, Great Sword, and probably daggers or Katana. Maaaaybe a throwing weapon, magic, or spears/lances as the 4th. It seems like the movement with Katana’s is really slow which kind of sucks, but makes sense. Once you get the ghosting ability that was shown in one of the development videos though it could be pretty cool.

  • Justice V

    Yep pretty much what Amelia said. Everyone is eccentric and/or normal to a degree it just depends on personal perspective, but making characters (especially all characters) weird/eccentric just to be weird and eccentric doesn’t really mean they’ll be more interesting or make for a good story. I personally don’t like One Piece mainly because the characters (and the art) are too annoying for me, similar to how I couldn’t stand Kill La Kill or Gurren Lagan. All widely popular shows, just none of those appealed to me based almost entirely on the execution of their characters and the art itself.

    Though I guess what I like in characters are people/things who have their traits, whatever they may be, mixed with other people and are stuck in crazy situations that they have to deal with and how those situations effect them. Even Superman who is for all intents and purposes a pretty normal character, just with the ability to do extraordinary things, is really interesting to me. Especially in the stories where he is pushed to the limit or thrown into situations that will either break him physically or psychologically. Likewise the series Monster was extremely exciting even though the main character was just a normal Doctor who was searching for a kid he saved once. But the situations and the character’s reactions to them are what make the story interesting. I don’t think being normal or overly eccentric is necessarily a bad thing either way, as long as the journey those characters take is interesting and well presented then it can be relatable and make for a really good experience as an audience.

  • Justice V

    Like others said that it’s not part of the Universe because it’s supposedly a fictitious world that Noctis makes up in his mind based on the stories his dad tells him. So none of it is technically canon and more the wild imagination of a kid. Though I agree if it doesn’t count I don’t reaaaaallly get why Justice Monsters V does heh.

  • Justice V

    Yeah no thanks. So far the voice cast for the game in English has been pretty horrible. While on the other hand the Japanese cast has been pretty great. Only difference being that Kingsglaive cast doesn’t seem too bad, but makes sense since they’re kind of basing a lot of it around the English cast.

  • Justice V

    I think the dubbing is definitely stepping up compared to years back where it was just atrocious, but there’s still a lot lost when dubbed. It’s no fault of the English cast (usually), but like I’ve mentioned in other posts I think it has a lot to do with the fact that the original director has no control really over the dubbing. And if they do they usually don’t have the same grasp on the other languages as they do their native one. So when the director has a say on “no you should feel more pained here” or “can you do that a little more angry” or whatever, differences in cultures often times show up. Not to mention subtitles in dialogue that don’t cross cultures quite as well either and cause parts of scripts to be changed. Though that gets lost in translation a lot of times when things are subtitled too, and only really noticeable if you speak/understand the language in the first place.

    So in conclusion the original is usually best because it generally portrays the original unadulterated version of the script acted the way the director originally intended.

    Same goes for games made in the US then dubbed for Japanese release. I’m pretty sure Uncharted in Japanese is nowhere near as good as it is in English because culturally and dialogue wise it was written and definitely directed for Americans.

  • Try seeing some vids of God Eater Resurrection’s dub or Gundam Iron Blood Brothers dub. I think they’re the most recent dubs that are done really well. A lot of energy. Good acting. Even the comedy.

  • I stopped reading OP because got so eccentric it seemed like the story wasn’t progressing. Rather it was just a parade of odd characters competing to see who could out weird each other. So I know, despite liking unconventional characters, I know when to say when and have some more serious down to earth characters. I just don’t think ONLY normal characters is as fun to write for.
    Watched some of Gurren Lagann and never touched Kill la Kill. The only thing I liked was the art style. Way too much psycho-sexual stuff in those. Still need to watch Monster.

  • I guess they’re going to make you slow like Jack was in Type-0. Though I did see a skill where Noctis rapidly dices 4 foes with a katana. Maybe you move fast but only if you charge up an attack.

  • Jchill

    Doesn’t speak Japanese, says Japanese cast is pretty great, totally makes sense

  • Average Afro

    You think Cindy is normal?

  • Average Afro

    This is what I thought.

  • Nick Greeley

    Figured I’d post this here for those who don’t frequent the forums.
    Canadian fans, I’ve started a petition to show Sony Pictures that there is demand for a Canadian theatrical release of Kingsglaive (too often we get shafted with these things).
    Sign and spread the word!

    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/kingsglaive-final-fantasy-xv-for-canadian

  • Average Afro

    So, I wasn’t going to reply to this, because I don’t want to hype myself up too much. I can’t help it though.

    I was thinking of going with a standard broadsword, any heavy weapon, and then daggers. Then in the Bottom slot (I like to go clockwise starting from left, so left being what I use most often) I’d either have a shield and a single hand weapon, or some sort of Fire or Blizzard spell, most as poke spells to either stun or get some initial high damage in on groups or large enemies respectively.

    However I get the feeling that we’ll start with the most basic of basic weapons, nothing special, and gradually find weapons as we go. This way we get a chance to try everything and find a play style that suits. In my first run through, I’m going to make sure I try all the weapon types.

    And to go even further, we saw how the magic can be crafted with little bits of elements all into one. I wonder if there will be a weapon upgrade system of any sorts? Ala XIII, or if it’ll be XII style, and you can just find different weapons with different stats for each class.

  • I hope they sell weapons in shops too.
    I wonder for spells is it possible to get meteor rain or was it just for that demo?

  • stevenm281

    its not something Noctis makes up in his mind, the game is narrated by Regis as he is telling the tale of his past war experiences to Noctis.

  • Just a regular woman who works out and stays toned up

  • Average Afro

    There may be something similar, but I’m betting it was just for the demo.

    I think they’ll sell stuff in shops, they always have.

  • NoctisStrife87

    Cor was far from slow when he used his katana in all footage we saw him in action. I don’t think it’ll be slow like Jack from Type-0. The recent video showing the Masamune, you can clearly see that it uses the Great Sword attacks based on its size.

  • NoctisStrife87

    It got my attention for the moment i saw that “thing” that resambles the Weapon on Kingsglaive trailler. I bet it is Diamond Weapon, and that we will see more of them on the game, like the 3 gigantic figures on dawn trailler on on the cover art of the game, which is different from the ones from dawn trailler.

  • NoctisStrife87

    I want to apply fire in the weapon, that would be nice.

  • I was hoping they let you move like a ninja with Masamune. But yeah some katana skills seem a decent speed.

  • NoctisStrife87

    An ATR showed Cor moving around at normal speed like Nocits normal speed. I was hoping to move like a ninja with masamune too, but i think it have some special attack. The dlc weapons will have for sure.

  • NoctisStrife87

    If i didn’t bought the DE, i’d buy on one of the sites that grants the Gae Bolg lance.

  • I want masamune but it’ll likely be the only great sword I get.
    I like speed more than slow power. Daggers sword shield and shuriken are for me.

  • I heard it moves like a great sword in swings.

  • stevenm281

    what do you mean by ins and outs?

  • stevenm281

    The three figures are the three gods that Regis made a pact with.

  • highsky00

    It’s like Weapons only appear when something dangerous happened to the planet of that FF universe. In FF7 , it’s because of Jenova.

  • Justice V

    Yeah but if you read the description for it it says “Taking place in a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV…” And “Restless before bed young Noctis asks his father, King Regis, to tell a fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure instead of just another generic bedtime story.” as well as

  • Justice V

    I speak Japanese. Not fluently and nowhere near as well as I used to, or when I went to high school in Japan, but still comprehend well enough.

  • Justice V

    I’l check those out. Only seen them in Japanese so far.

  • Justice V

    Hmm didn’t pay attention to the attacks enough to see that they were greatsword skills. If that’s the case then cool (but weird). I’d rather and hope with a Katana we move more like Cor, though it would also make sense to be slower since Cor is vastly more seasoned than Noctis so it would visually and stylistically make them pretty different even when using same weapons.

  • Justice V

    Can’t say for certain you’d like it but Monster is pretty awesome. But I’m a pretty big fan of psychological thrillers. And even though the main characters are pretty normal a lot of the auxillary characters and villains are pretty out there heh. But yeah overall I get what you mean too.

  • Justice V

    Well the first line says “Square Enix has released a new video explaining the ins and outs of the massive Final Fantasy XV Universe project.” but it’s just a trailer and has no actual infirmation nor does it explain anything. A while back they had a universe of ffxv video that had a little info, but that first line makes it sound like there is another newer one out now and not just the trailer.

  • IRL people told me to get into that too. Once I finish God Eater Red I’ll watch it in bulk.

  • There’s good acting all around

  • NoctisStrife87

    I believe that xv and 7 universes will be linked somehow.

  • Justice V
  • stevenm281

    but its in Japanese, can’t really understand

  • Justice V

    Yeah lots of technical stuff in there too. Needs to have an official upload with some subs heh. There was also a niconico cgworld live stream a couple days ago going in depth behind the scenes of Kingsglaive I wish someone would upload too.

  • TheFounderUtopia

    Think it through before responding. Soldier Blue is obviously not talking about the chanting, when the MELODY is clearly identical to Oblivion.