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First look at Final Fantasy XV’s avatar creation system By Erren Van Duine on February 8, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Square Enix is currently developing an avatar creation system for Final Fantasy XV‘s multiplayer component. A strange decision for a single-player Final Fantasy game, but yes, it’s happening and will be available sometime in the future.

Speaking with DualShockers, director Hajime Tabata shared the first look at the in-development system and some thoughts on how it’ll make its way into Final Fantasy XV proper.

“Right now, the current stage of development lets you change the character and morph it into another character that looks very different,” said Tabata. “We want to implement it so that you can use them in single player as well, although this is something usually made for multiplayer.”

DualShockers was then shown a video of the current stage of development (pictured below). It’s still early and a lot of features aren’t there but we can see adjustment tools for Height, Face Size and Muscle Definition.

For more on Final Fantasy XV, including our own review of the game, be sure to check out our hub page here.

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  • Martian Wong

    nfsw.

  • alef321

    NO ONE ASKED FOR THIS.

  • NoctLightCloud

    I’m not sure what to think about this. I’ll hold back any opinion until I see & get to experience the end result first hand.

  • sagermeister

    umm a lot of people asked for it sooooo boom 😛

  • CRIMSON-XIII

    interesting, still, cant wait for 7remake and 16. im done with 15, aside from the DLC episodes. at this point im more looking forward toward ff12HD more for its story

  • Jon Idoncair

    i never seen any comments asking for it

    i have seen a ton for character creation for witcher 3

  • neo_chimp

    I’m all for this but only if my avatar gets to ride shot gun in the Regalia

  • That’s cause no one really did ask for this. It was just brought up and people was just neutral about it or curious but no ever asked for it. People asked for a female party member than this.

  • Emorelle

    WHO the fuck asked for this lol? I have personally never seen anyone ask for this in numbers lol. I don’t care if its in the game or not but damn! Way to make shit up

  • Randy

    Sometimes ita really hard for me to defend tabata and the direction he’s taking ffxv… if i knew that this game would turned out to be like this. I personally would not care that much, ten years hyping up for something so mundane.

  • Invictus

    Irrelevant. I’m holding off for a year with this. I only care about the story-driven DLCs. After that, I’ll pack it up and put it on the shelf.

  • Kairo Fujima

    That’s cool and all, but seriously who the hell asked for this? If you want to create your own character in a FF setting, we have two MMOs and Explorers for that.

  • stevenm281

    Why are they wasting resources on this?

  • Invictus

    You know I’ll give this a chance if they give us players the full story we wanted on the game. Then I’ll gladly dig in to some avatar shit and stuff.

  • Invictus

    Agree! We all asked for Aranea/Luna/Iris to be playable not this avatar/ I’d gladly accept this if it was FF14 lol

  • Artemis_Polara

    I thought they would save this for later. Then again I guess it’s good to get the groundwork done sooner than later :/

  • Regal Judge of Wings

    This is a complete waste of time and resources. Besides being something literally nobody wanted in a mainline single player FF game, it completely ignores the real problems with FF15. How about you focus on making the original characters in the game likable and adding new cutscenes to their stories?

  • Artemis_Polara

    If we get two years of updates and DLC, I’ll be cool with this 😐
    I guess….

  • Pierrot.

    I did.

  • Pierrot.

    It’s clear Tabata is experimenting with FFXV for his new IP. You should check out his interview he did with Dualshockers.

  • Christopher Moore

    You’re kind of piece of shit, eh?

  • kirtanloorii

    I don’t have a problem with this. I think it could be cool to experiment with this. On a side note: I noticed that the avatar looks a little like Libertus. That’s pretty cool.

  • Artemis_Polara

    No need to for hostilities 🙁

  • Alexa Danielle Bresee

    look up “the mythical man-month”

    it isn’t the case that a software team can speed up production on all tasks by assigning more people. They *are* working the cutscene / story updates, and it’s almost certainly happening as fast as is feasible. these other people on the team are working on something else in parallel. there’s no conflict between the totally disparate features you’re discussing.

  • Bobby/Godless

    You forget that there are three regions in which they get feedback from.

  • Jamie Lynn Greenwood

    Can I be a girl???

  • adamswagem

    stop being a pussy. there are so many things this game could get in a patch to improve it, like an overhaul to the hunts system to you can have multiple, not have so much loading in between, make the menus less clunky, make quests that are less repetitive, etc.

    and instead they are patching in character creation.

  • D.3ND

    They have the funds to make whatever additional Content, DLC and expansion in the coming months but I would like to see the chocobros main weapons from the early trailers appearing in the game future DLC’s.

  • Pierrot.

    They are doing most of those stuff you moron.

  • Artemis_Polara

    Good point, they said only a third of the team left which means (if it’s still based on that number they said waaaay back) they have ~200 people still working on it.

  • adamswagem

    post source faggot

  • James Stine

    Don’t be so mad over a video game. If you want to be mad over a video game, please try to direct your anger somewhere else.

  • Randy Marsh

    Good thing I don’t care all too for this. I never been into multiplayer on single player titles. You all can enjoy it though, however I already pay 15 bucks a month to be yelled at by random people in Final Fantasy XIV. I’m not gonna pay an extra 60 for PSN plus to get more of that in Final Fantasy XV.

  • adamswagem

    not being mad over a video game but i do just like to call people faggots sometimes. i also asked him to post a source. also, kys.

  • Randy Marsh

    Yeah but faggot is still a pretty messed up word to use, makes you look like a pretty big immature asshat. You realize acting like an immature asshat does not make you likable correct?

  • adamswagem

    wheres my source doe

  • rockstarleopard

    I am genuinely looking forward to this, but only if we can use our characters in single player too.

  • Ulises

    Looks good actually, let us create / modify more stuff like the Regalia, maybe some weapons or even monsters!!!! Come on I wanna MOD!!!! (excited)

  • by ‘multiplayer’, I am assuming that they are referring to co-op

  • Randy Marsh

    They have said they are fixing some of these issues, the loading, the hunting, and some of the questing. A source is from the director’s mouth and the interviews stating so are on this site. Seriously, you have two hands and a brain, stop being a crying child, think, and do the searching on your own. This is not complicated, do stuff on your own and learn to respect people.

  • Randy Marsh

    Eh, you’ll be surprised how many people did want this. Hell so many people I met at places during the release of the game were excited for the multiplayer mode. However, not sure on why too much.

  • congratulations for throwing the first insult

  • Ulises

    Who would have thought we would call the map of EOS “small” isn’t it?

  • I remember a time when my mum said something like that back when I was a kid trying to beat Sonic the Hedgehog without losing all my lives and having to start over, as I would bust-out into tears, she would tell me “do not cry it is just a game”

    it is not just a ####### game goddamn!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqu-fPkqQao

  • ◎הÎsu

    Reported and Flagged.

  • ◎הÎsu

    Reported and Flagged..

  • ◎הÎsu

    Reported and Flagged… again.

  • highsky00

    You know why people were excited for the multiplayer mode? Because they announced it a month prior to the release date of the game. They didn’t ask for it, they just became excited when they had announced it.

  • ◎הÎsu

    Upvoted! Hopefully these people can get banned. Attacking and insulting is truly uncalled for.

  • Stonespear

    I might try it if it’s free. I won’t pay for something irrelevant though.

  • Armorwing01

    but the quartet is already likable

  • Armorwing01

    the ten year development is a misconception

  • Yuntu

    Yes. The last part of the season pass is a co-op feature … I think they mentioned something along the lines of 4 player co-op?

  • Yuntu

    But they are working on that. Why do people assume that when a feature gets made EVERYONE on the team works on it. That doesn´t make sense and is not how development of a videogame works.

  • Yuntu

    Outside of obviously being part of the promised multiplayer portion of the season pass, my guess is they are playing around with the feature for future purposes and maybe figured “why not put it in here as well if we do multiplayer?”

  • Yuntu

    Correction: You didn´t. Many people want multiplayer in games. Publishers don´t just add that stuff for fun, they do it because it brings people to the game.

  • Randy Marsh

    I guess it may be just the appeal and use of it in other big budget games and I guess the can get people to play it due to the fact some may be able to enjoy playing a Final Fantasy game online with friends in an non-mmo environment. I don’t know, hard to say for sure.

  • adamswagem

    u mad xD

  • stevenm281

    it is small.

    Overall, there is three regions only to explore, which compared to FF7 would be like:
    Leide = Midgar surroundings where Kalm is located
    Duscae = the area of Chocobo Ranch, the Grasslands I think its called
    Cleigne = Junon Area up until Fort Condor

    They cannot develop game worlds as big as the epic stories we used to get in the past, it would simply take too much work.

    Its obviously why they are separating the FF7 remake into possibly 3 installments (since they said to compare it to FF13 saga).

  • stevenm281

    Amen to that!

    I love creating characters, but this is a single-player FF with a predetermined story and characters, so creating a character that will have no impact on the story nor any presence or voice in cutscenes, seems kinda pointless to me.

    I’ll still give it a go on multiplayer, I’m just undecided for single-player because, they mention that the created character would have to be switched with a character… does that mean it replaces Noctis or one of his friends, but keep the same voice? Its just weird, I need to know more.

    I’d rather they would have made Iris, Cor, and Aranea become permanent party members and be able to switch them like a traditional FF.

  • stevenm281

    I totally like the idea for multiplayer, but for single-player… idk, this isnt Skyrim or Saints Row, or Dragon Age, etc., where your created character matters, so how much of an impact will that character have?

    Will he have a voice? Will he interact in cutscenes?

  • stevenm281

    he’s not talking of 10 years of development, but 10 years of hype, which it was, as the first announcement was in May 2006.

    Granted FF15 development started in 2012, but the hype started with Versus XIII in May 2006.

  • Staci Toner

    Too bad I have no friends

  • stevenm281

    This is so sad… are you on PS4?

  • Yuntu

    Probably not. Mainfocus for this will probably be: Have you own avatar in MP, walk around however you want doing sidecontent.

  • AznBcn

    the single player campaign only takes you to a small portion of the total world map. MAYBE 10%, there are whole continents we haven’t seen yet.

  • Regal Judge of Wings

    it certainly isn’t prioritized then. We just know that they’ll be adding new cutscenes and that’s it. We don’t know any logistics behind them. They should at least explain how the new cutscenes will play and fit into the game and the upcoming DLCs.

  • Regal Judge of Wings

    No, I don’t think I am.

  • Regal Judge of Wings

    That’s your opinion and I believe you’re the minority. We don’t know much about the party besides Noctis, which is a shame because they have great potential to be interesting, complex characters.

  • Regal Judge of Wings

    I don’t think they are going as fast as possible, not with the bunch DLCs and this being in the works.

  • Armorwing01

    thing is, its not the minority

  • Yuntu

    But the new cutscenes are out before this feature. They literally share one screenshot and people assume the feature is prioritized? Really?

  • Sorelle

    Well it does say that they might make your CC into single player which would be so cool. I hope you can make a female too. Pkus the character creation doesn’t look cheap either, looks detailed and very thought of.

  • highsky00

    Yeah, but i’m sure 99% of people that are saying they asked for a multiplayer mode for FFXV before FFXV was launched are liars. No one would ever think of an online mode in a single player game like FFXV.

  • Artemis_Polara

    I’ll at least join in and say (In support of your side here), it never crossed my mind until the rumors about it sprang forth with the season pass. I am looking forward to it though.

  • bakaneechan

    So, did you already made a poll for this? How could you know only a minor number likes the quartet? All of my friends who plays FFXV LOVE the quartet, fyi.

  • bakaneechan

    Would be nice for our CC to also have an impact in the story and cutscenes. But like you said, not enough info in this matter.

  • bakaneechan

    Amen to that female CC. Want some badass auntie. LOL

  • Artemis_Polara

    Interesting case scenario is that the CC could be justified in the game as a surviving member of the Kingsglaive. That’s just speculation though.

  • stevenm281

    Since 2011, I’ve been dreaming of coop Versus XIII.

  • Breathless

    The way I see it: it’s prioritized enough that they have people working on it. They spend time and energy on this, when it could (should!) be used elsewhere. (See for example the Carnival vs 1.05: first they give us several quests, in an event with an ending time, that requires us to take photos – THEN literally the day after the Carnival is gone, they increase the photo storage. At the very least, these two things should have come together, but I assume it couldn’t be done that way because resources.)
    This character creation, multiplayer, VR – they all go in the same bin: nobody asked for them. I also agree with those saying character creation and multiplayer are just being forced into a game they don’t fit. Different outfits for the party, with an ability to mix-and-match some pieces: that would have been the level of customization this game needed, but once again people have probably been doing other stuff instead.

  • Shinobuden

    You’re throwing a lot of “believe” and “think” around, which is another way of saying you have no basis for any of the things you’re saying.

  • Noctis

    Wanna connect on ps4

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  • D†C

    I don’t like that. I like Noctis.

  • •december

    I won’t knock it til I’ve tried it.
    Still think this is silly, but a Grand Theft Fantasy XV?
    If this means we get a map of Eos in it’s entirety… why not!

  • Yuntu

    People are really ignorant just ignoring the fact how many people want MP in games and look at this just through their own perspective.

  • stevenm281

    It was confirmed to be 4 player coop in the DualShockers interview

  • stevenm281

    That I know, but we’re talking about the areas that are explorable as of this moment, so the rest is irrelevant.

    In 4 years of development, they only managed to have those three regions ready for exploration. Now let’s see how many new areas will be unlocked in the main game through the year.

  • Chris

    You know you won’t be forced to use it right?

  • D†C

    Sure I do. What I mean is I don’t even like the idea and decision to implement it in the regular game mode. It makes Noctis somehow unnecessary. It’s allright for that multiplayer nonsense though.

  • MULTIPLE JELLYBEAN

    I think they meant that they are going to try to implement them as NPCs/party members, not replacements to Noctis. That’s just my guess though

  • MULTIPLE JELLYBEAN

    Can I be a girl?? I can’t stand playing as a guy when you can design characters/choose who you want to be, I like playing as characters that are most like me as possible.

  • Noct

    Does anyone really want this?

  • Tom

    I don’t think this whole feature is necessary and fit into this game…

  • Invictus

    It seems that our demands won’t even come into fruition man. Such irrelevant updates from Tabata’s team. If their goal is an MMO game, they should have it so from the start.

  • Noctis

    We asked for versus since 2006, now we get one useless update after another.

    SE or Tabata sees only the money flowing djingdjing and we feed them. That is why they don`t stop producing bullshit

  • MULTIPLE JELLYBEAN

    I do. I have no intention of my character replacing Noctis (if thats what they meant by implementing them into the main game), but it’d be cool to play around with since me and my friends love FFXV and the theme of the game is friendship after all

  • So what’s the story on this? Are we making past Caelum descendants?

    Time to make a double G cup sexy warrior lady!!!!

  • I kinda want it to make sexy powerful female characters. But I still liked Noctis so im conflicted.

  • Breathless

    Right, because wanting XV to feel like a Final Fantasy game should (you know: a meaningful story that makes sense and isn’t full of plot holes, ample amount of cutscenes, better rounded characters and gods forbid maybe some character development, proper summons, more party members such as Aranea or Cor or Iris or whoever else, perhaps even multiple endings, etc) is totally just my own perspective.

    Look, I’d have no issues with contents such as character creation, multiplayer, or even VR (even if the first two are alien to traditional FF games, you can go play XI or XIV if you want multiplayer) – if the main game itself was as actually something more than a neutered “light” experience, especially for being the current numbered entry in the Final Fantasy series. But it isn’t, and instead of working full force on “fixing” that, they divide resources (the manpower part of which is reportedly already 30% less than what the main game had) to create several pieces of content that should be follow-up to a full game. Literally expansions, instead of the fill-ins XV actually needs. Excuse me for not finding this particular prioritization right, but this triumvirate ain’t even the only parts of it that feel wrong.

  • kingneko

    you have no idea what you’re talking about lol. Much of what you’ve said is opinion and hearsay. I’m glad that you can speak for the whole world and decide what “nobody asked for”, you don’t know what they have in the works or how many devs they have working on what. Just calm down and enjoy the game. You didn’t like it, then fine, millions did. You don’t want multiplayer? Don’t play it, millions will.

  • Which is funny that it’s taking them so long you get it done when the 14 team is in the same building. Why not just hook 15 up with a similar base build and just go off there. Idk, all I know is the outfits better be cool

  • Yuntu

    But they are at the backburner. They focus on exactly what you want them to focus. Instead of being happy that the Ch. 13 Additions come in March already we complain about a Screenshot from a feature FAR from finished. Putting all Men at the same task doesnt make sense in game development.

  • Jon Idoncair

    female party member yeah ive seen tons of requests even more than FFX-2 asking for a male party member….oh wait

    they did say they’ll have luna and iris be playable some where down the road

  • Matthew Barnes

    Ah to be 20 years old and creating OCs again. . . . .

  • Matthew Barnes

    Yeah, I like Noctis too. It would be a shame if something bad happened to him-

  • stevenm281

    Iris yes, Luna maybe not, Tabata said they hear our demands for her, but as of now, nothing is planned, but they might look into it once all of their plans are done.

  • Alexandria Ellison

    So glad they’re trying to make it for single player as well. I don’t want to buy a Plus subscription.

  • NoctLightCloud

    By way of exception, I have bought the season pass for XV. I usually never pay for DLCs, and I wouldn’t for this here too tbh, just like you.

  • Christopher

    So basically what WRPG’s and xenoblade chronicles X did, way to scrape the bottom of the barrel square enix

  • Artemis_Polara

    I’m guessing (again based on my comment below) a member of the Kingsglaive and they can tap into Noctis’s powers like his friends can. That would allow the magic and warping but with likely only 1 or 2 weapons like the others.

  • Vallen

    This whole multiplayer thing is a giant waste of time and resources. Should’ve put this effort into improving the story and adding back world map chunks that were cut from the game.

  • Regal Judge of Wings

    That’s because I’m replying to a statement that too have no basis.

  • CallMeGod

    Dude don’t you know multiplayer is such a great idea for FF15, an an unfinish game that I won’t even jumping back into it.

  • Jesiah Grant

    why…surely there time and resources could be put to better use, sure multiplayer is probably what this is for but what wrong with using already existing cast members ._.

  • Exile_Sky

    You could make a “large” world like FF7 faithful using current gen. The work load is only as big because they appear to shunning the tricks of the past for a more Star Ocean style of combat. (Corridors with stunning visuals vs exploration zones with active battles). Folks my knock it hard, but FF13 was a like like FF7 up until leaving Midgard where they “opened the world” but only a section.

  • Stonespear

    Which is fair enough, it’s a package of bigger DLC and smaller stuff. It’s a mixed bag for everyone.

  • RaeNoxxi

    If this is good.. I hope the females will look like Aranea Highwind, if you’re able to have a female avatar.

  • Deax Nox Fleuret

    This Character creation will be cool and im glad that they’re making it for single player, I Like it and im really excited

  • CallMeGod

    I think you might be right about character creation being cool since I can create a character to look like Tabata and then just watch him get kill over and over again because how bad he ruin FF15.

  • John Jones

    Why…? Just why? This is so unnecessary, the game itself doesn’t even feel complete and still has bugs yet they’re trying to add stuff like this which is completely unimportant. Don’t get me wrong, I loved nearly every minute of my time with FFXV, but there was always a feeling in the back of my mind that it could’ve been so much better and that they were overly ambitious with the amount of ideas they tried to cram in and then had to change that it ended up not feeling complete. Adding shit like this won’t help though, they should focus on what matters!

  • So… is it before Noctis dies? Like before they go to Altissa?

  • I just being real. The urges don’t go away just because you get older.

  • Artemis Polara

    Yep. There’s plenty of room there for additional story segments.

  • I just don’t get how they’re gonna work that in.

  • Baeshin

    lv12 here… wasn’t aware Noctis dies. Well no reason to keep playing I guess

  • Baeshin

    He is unnecessary if it means I can create my own character.

  • Well there’s still a story there. You could play for that. And gameplay.

  • Baeshin

    Still seems kinda pointless now. I guess I’ll pass. Always other games to play I guess. Unfortunate as it was a good game up until it was ruined haha. Hopefully no one ruins Yakuza zero or Nioh…

  • Oh well. Do what you gotta do.

  • Baeshin

    It’s all good. Already uninstalled haha

  • JZ Zaranka

    Check out the small print for FFXV season pass. You’ll find the word FEE regarding multi-player. Trying to Squenix every penny out of us.