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Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn arrives March 26th, Prologue animated film online By Tony Garsow on February 16, 2019 at 5:27 PM

Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn, set to be the final DLC episode for its mothership game, will arrive on March 26th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Following the game’s antagonist, Ardyn Izunia, we learn about the chancellor of Niflheim’s mysterious past and what events transpired in Eos’s early history.

A short animated film serves the episode’s prologue, which you can watch below, alongside a Q&A session with Director Takefumi Terada, Producer Yuji Shinoda and Scenario Director Toru Osanai regarding the development of Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue.

While other DLC episodes were abruptly canceled last year, Square Enix has announced a novel called “The Dawn of the Future” that will encapsulate the events that were set to appear in Episode Ardyn, Episode Aranea, Episode Luna, and Episode Noctis. It’s set to release on April 25th, 2019.

Square Enix has also revealed a ‘Celebration Box’ set that includes The Dawn of the Future novel, an Episode Ardyn Blu-ray, 48 page artbook, 4 postcards, and a coaster.

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  • •december

    A FŪCKING NOVEL?!

  • Iggy

    I bloody knew they were gonna turn it into a novel(la). It’s basically failed projects purgatory.

  • •december

    lolll its so cringe

  • Krijn van Alten

    And is it then finally over? Will they promis?

  • Patrick Bateman

    Know what else comes out March 26th on Switch and Xbox? Final Fantasy VII 😉 That game, in it’s broken translated glory still has a better story and Villain than any origins DLC or even Vanilla story FFXV has had since launch…I know where my money’s going LOL

  • Artemis Polara

    Well Episode Ardyn looks like it’ll be fun.

  • Randy Marsh

    LOL, a novela!? Come on guys, it would have been nice if they could’ve added some of the stuff as cutscenes before the certain chapters they occur in, the Arenea crap DLC story comes to mind. Since it is implied that the time she left occurred between Chapter 8 and 12.

  • stevenm281

    First… very disappointed with the novel, they don’t even have to bother with it honestly.

    As for this anime episode, it served nothing, we knew all of this already…. wasted resources…. again…. and making a bluray for a 10min episode is a waste of money…

    This team is a joke… 🙁

  • Mehmed

    Two things i would like to say.
    Yes, this prologue was really worthless, they should have made it the lengh of an normal Anime episode (22-30 minutes) or OVA.

    But if the Novel is at least 300 pages, i do think its good. I like it that they dont cancel the dlcs to 100%

  • stevenm281

    meh, I don’t like reading much.

  • Noctis

    Come another blonde died…..when will they stop to kill innocent hot girls? There you have it folks Ardyns back story and who cares anyway now after this hot mess!

  • Randy Marsh

    Ardyn looks freaking amazing to control, and he’s bombastically amazingly evil in a good way. I’m seriously confused atm. If Ardyn met Reggy back in the day and looked exactly the same, why didn’t Regis call out his bull in Kingsglaive?

  • Artemis Polara

    Given what Ardyn was capable of, probably was something unimportant at the time.

  • NoctLightCloud

    I still hope that Luminous Productions is working on a game in the XV universe with all the assets (visible and locked ones) used and a tone that continues what Ep Ignis & Ardyn have started. Everyone who doesn’t care about XV can move on, but after regularly watching The Game Awards, E3, Tokyo Game Show, and Nintendo Direct, I can honestly say that I have only been interested in 2~3 games besides XV. I just love the concept of XV too much. Other games bore me. Ofc if you aren’t interested, you still have the option to shift your attention to another game if you want.
    I still won’t read the novel though. I’ve read the novel for VII and XIII, that’s enough FF novels for me.

  • SNK

    But then that’s your problem.

  • •december

    Can only hope.

    When someone buys a game, they don’t necessarily want to read a novel, or read or comic… unless the actual video game is cohesive and makes you want to read more.

    Final Fantasy XV was probably my favourite game but it was not a self-contained or cohesive video game.

  • NoctLightCloud

    I agree! I also think that a novel is a bit of a far stretch in the case of XV.

  • Noctis Caelum

    Totally agree with you.
    I still hope that Luminous Productions is making a reboot of FF XV for PS5 with Nomuras original story.

    I just don’t like and accept the “game a as service”. That’s totally wrong. A Final Fantasy title has to be complete to the begin with and not something like the release version of FF XV.
    I mean, the game now is much more complete than ever, but it#s been over 2 years now since the launch.
    I just love the game, it has an epic, deep story, cool characters and this deserves a new “beginning”.
    I want a full new game, rather than a half complete one with several DLC’s over the years.

  • NoctLightCloud

    You’re reading my mind, I share the exact same opinion as you. I won’t even buy the Ep Ardyn, because I don’t want to support such a business strategy, no matter how much I like the XV universe. I haven’t bought any DLC for ANY game yet, except for the Season Pass 1 for XV. Because I thought they needed mercy for “not having enough time”. But since they put out DLC for Dissidia NT, WoFF, NieR Automata, and are even planning some for KH3 (God forbid, please not Kingdom Hearts…), I won’t tolerate it anymore.
    Honestly, at this point, I am surprised they didn’t put out DLC for the XII and X/X-2 remaster!