Final Fantasy XV
1 day ago.
Square Enix highlights Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae in new trailer
Square Enix has released a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV which highlights the main parts of the demo. If you haven't played the demo and you do plan to play it eventually, you might want to hold off as it spoils a few key moments including the summon. The rest of it, however, is fairly harmless. After allowing fans to share their thoughts on the demo through recent surveys, the company is also set to hold a player feedback…
1 week ago.
Hexadrive are assisting with Final Fantasy XV development
In an interview by Famitsu with Hajime Tabata, Yusuke Noaora, Tomohiro Hasegawa and Masakazu Matsushita (CEO of Hexadrive), Tabata announced that Hexadrive has been helping develop Final Fantasy XV for around roughly 2 years. Speaking with Famitsu, Tabata confirmed Hexadrive's involvement with the game when it was still known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII and still running on its own custom engine called Ebony. Hexadrive and Square Enix started working together shortly before the timing of the E3 2013 re-branding. When…
2 weeks ago.
Don't think of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae as a finished product
Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae shouldn't be thought of as a finished product, according to director Hajime Tabata. There's much more to be seen in the final game, among other details shared at a recent PlayStation event in Hong Kong to celebrate the launch of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD which highlight some of the changes that might make it into the final game. We've collected the important bits below. In Episode Duscae, when your HP hits 0, the summon is available for…
2 weeks ago.
Final Fantasy XV could have female guest party members
Final Fantasy XV has an all-male cast and that's not going to change. The main characters have been set up that way to further the original story drawn up by Tetsuya Nomura and reasoning explained in detail dating back as far as 2008. This week's Famitsu touches base with director Hajime Tabata, who once again clarifies these intentions but says that female characters might not be out the window entirely - at least in a guest capacity. According to him, “It’s…
3 weeks ago.
The Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae feedback survey is now live
Square Enix hasn't exactly been shy about their intentions with the Final Fantasy XV demo - the first playable piece of a game that likely won't be out until some time next year. They're trying something new this time around and going full feedback mode, offering fans who played Episode Duscae to voice their concerns in a brief survey that's now available in both North America and Europe. The survey - which can be accessed here - is quite simple, but…
4 weeks ago.
Breaking down Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae
As many of you know the Final Fantasy XV first peek came out just a few days ago, packaged within the expertly remastered Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. I picked myself up a first print copy, and wasted no time in downloading the demo. I was excited to try it out, and for me that's a pretty big leap. From my days as a commenter on this and other sites, I've never really held interest in what was once known as Final…
4 weeks ago.
Recording for a New Generation: A chat with the studio behind the music of Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae
When news broke that an outside studio would be handling the music in-part of Final Fantasy XV, we were intrigued. It meant that Square Enix was becoming more comfortable again with others touching their work and a strong desire to see that work through to completion by adapting large-scale use of live music in their games. For that purpose, composers contracted to the company such as Masashi Hamauzu and more recently, Yoko Shimomura, have turned to the expertise of the…
1 month ago.
Final Fantasy XV outdoor goods collaboration with Coleman announced
Square Enix has announced its collaboration with Coleman, with various products set to appear in Final Fantasy XV. In Final Fantasy XV camping has become an important element to the hero's journey and so came about the adoption of Coleman branded camping equipment. In the game itself, camping allows the player to do activities such as eat meals for bonuses and level up with their accumulated experience points. According to Square Enix, it's become one of the most important foundations now…
1 month ago.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV in Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation this week
Both Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation have a bit to say on Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and Final Fantasy XV this week with the game's launch coming up quickly. Much of the information we already know - Famitsu gives readers another rundown of XV's controls, while having a look at the camping system and items you can collect during your play time. The Type-0 HD side of things largely focuses on the results of Famitsu's reader poll, which was conducted online quite…
1 month ago.
Here's a bunch of Final Fantasy XV videos from the demo
At PAX East this weekend, Square Enix kicked off a marketing blitz of media publications on Final Fantasy XV's upcoming demo Episode Duscae, wherein several sites from Japan, America and Europe were allowed to capture select footage from the playable build. These videos - while deliberately edited to avoid spoiler and story content - give fans a good way to enjoy several chunks of gameplay as they wait for the arrival of the full thing next week. Since these videos…
1 month ago.
Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae previews rounded up
This past week the games press had a chance to check out Final Fantasy XV's demo ahead of its release in a couple weeks. From written previews to captured footage, we've rounded up what we've seen from around the net. As for what we thought? Check out our special edition network podcast featuring a bit of Q&A on what Alex saw during his play session. If we missed any, feel free to let us know in the comments. IGN (includes new video…
1 month ago.
We've played Final Fantasy XV - here's what you need to know
Late last week, we got to go and get hands-on with Final Fantasy XV for the first time, getting a good chunk of time to experience Episode Duscae, the upcoming demo of the game that's set to ship as a download code with first-print copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD later this month. There's a lot to talk about - so rather than a regular article explaining what we played and what we thought, we've recorded a special edition of the TetraCast,…
1 month ago.
Behind the Game Designs of Final Fantasy XV panel summarized
Final Fantasy XV headed to PAX this year under the banner of a panel titled "Behind the Game Designs of Final Fantasy XV" featuring game designers Wan Hazmer and Prasert Prasertvithyakarn. The pair are currently working on the game as lead designers in their respective areas - Hazmer on the Culture team, and Prasertvithyakarn, or "Sun" as he's called, on the Buddy team in charge of character AI. Director Tabata was unable to make an appearance himself, but he did provide…
1 month ago.
New information and screenshots straight from Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae
Square Enix has released a batch of new media and information to coincide with a load of press previews covering the upcoming Final Fantasy XV demo, due out just 10 days from now. Have a look at Noctis and friends as they encounter various enemies, the shop system and the vast terrain of the Duscae region. As for the demo itself, here's what you can expect: A New Generation of Final Fantasy: The latest platform technology brings Duscae to life, rendering fast-paced…
1 month ago.
A look at the concept art behind Final Fantasy XV's modern city
During the first leg in Square Enix's planned lecture tours, Yusuke Naora sat down at SMU Guildhall to talk all things Final Fantasy art and his history with the series. Chief among them was an inside look into the development of Final Fantasy XV and the concept process involved in creating works for the Crown City of Insomnia, located in the modern kingdom of Lucis. With regards to Final Fantasy XV the artists had to deal with physically based rendering,…
1 month ago.
The dungeons and wildlife of Final Fantasy XV
During today's Active Time Report Square Enix let loose a couple of new videos focusing on Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae, it's dungeons and wildlife. Starting off with a bit of basic gameplay, the pre-recorded dungeon clip that follows takes Noctis and friends into a dark cavern where they face off against a horde of goblins. The team's goal is to create the dangerous feeling of dungeons from Final Fantasy's past. The wildlife video - said to be done in the style…
1 month ago.
All the details from today's London Active Time Report
Today's London Active Time Report went above and beyond expectations highlighting not only Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, but once again veering off into a show largely about Final Fantasy XV and its upcoming demo. Hajime Tabata took point along with UK Community Manager Dan Set to answer a few fan questions along with a few surprises as part of the team's European promotional tour. We've included a summary of everything shown following the video. Q&A Section Is it possible to disable the…
1 month ago.
Watch tomorrow's London Active Time Report right here
Starting tomorrow at 6AM EST Hajime Tabata will be leading the next Active Time Report broadcast from Square Enix's London offices following several rounds of media events. This time, we'll be hearing more about Final Fantasy Type-0 HD along with a few more bits of information on FFXV as we near closer to the demo's release. Unlike typical ATRs, however, this one will be available in English straight from the get-go with a slated appearance by Square Enix UK Community…
1 month ago.
Square Enix announces PAX East 2015 lineup
Square Enix is bringing just a handful of titles to PAX East this year, highlighted by several instances of Final Fantasy. At their booth, the company will be bringing along playable versions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, and Life is Strange. FFXIV in particular will see the return of the Battle Challenge, featuring the Lady of the Frost, Shiva. There fans will have a chance to win the exclusive "I Beat Shiva" t-shirt. Additionally, Square Enix…
1 month ago.
Final Fantasy XV screenshot update delves deeper into Episode Duscae
Square Enix has released a new set of Final Fantasy XV screenshots today, detailing more of what's to be expected in the upcoming demo release next month. The Final Fantasy XV screenshots show more of the game’s combat system. Noctis and pals are seen fighting at night, when enemies - such as goblins - become much more dangerous and capable of inflicting status debuffs such as poison. We've also a look at the gas station, the game's camping menu, Noctis' red…