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Final Fantasy XV: Everything there is to possibly know

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Square-Enix came and dropped a ton of Final Fantasy XV on us over the last few months.  Quite a bit of the info has been pretty hard to follow, but no need to worry, as we at TakuChat are here to keep all of this straight.

First things first, if you missed the re-reveal, you can see the trailer here and the gameplay here.

Now let us begin.

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Story

Here is the official release on the story:

- The only crystal left to the world lies in the Kingdom of Lucis. Upon striking a peace with the garrison state of Niflheim, Lucis rejoices in having at last brought the cold war to a close. Their celebrations, however, are premature. Under the guise of amity, Niflheim dispels the anti-armament runewall and launches a full-scale invasion of the kingdom. The peaceful lives Crown Prince Noctis and his entourage once knew are consumed by the flames of war as they struggle to mount a resistance.

Here are some small notes on the game-

  •  The tone of the game is serious and heavy, but will have light comedy throughout . The story is also said to be rather simple and is mainly about returning the Crystals to their rightful place.
  • The developers are focusing on in-game conversations. They are attempting to make them feel “natural and not game-like or lofty”.
  • The game will have interactive scenes where you will control the characters . (Think Batman: Arkham Asylum where you walk Joker to his cell)

Characters

While all of the main characters introduced so far are male,  there will also be main female characters, including Stella and a female knight.

Below are the official character synopses provided by Square-Enix, with additional character info where available.

 -Characters-

Noctis
Noctis Lucis Caelum

A childhood affliction endowed Noctis, heir apparent to the throne of Lucis, with the mystical power to see a heavenly light, through which he could sense others’ deaths. Noctis rejects rigid royal conventions and acts as somewhat of a renegade, much to the dismay of those who tend to him. Yet while “Noct” may act brash at times, he does so in defense of those loyal to him. (Playable)

Gladilous
Gladiolus Amicitia

As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown. “Gladio” shares a friendship with Noctis that transcends birth and title, and his loyalty to his liege is born not of duty, but of brotherhood. (Playable)

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Prompto Argentum

The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause. (Playable)

Ignis Scientia
Ignis Scientia

Ever the unwavering voice of reason, Ignis was weaned on shrewd logic and a classical education from boyhood so that he might one day counsel the would-be king, Noctis. He applies the deep mutual understanding and trust they have built over time to help smooth over Noctis’ brusqueness with others. (Playable)

Cor Leonis
Cor Leonis

A living legend of Lucian lore, Lord Commander Cor Leonis’s devotion to the art of war is surpassed only by that to his king. Little love is lost between the ill-starred stalwart and Noctis’s retinue, yet honor binds him to keep watch over the group all the same. (Playable)

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Stella Nox Fleuret

Stella is said to be the daughter of the Fleuret family from Tenebrae. Stella  is able to summon weapons in a fashion similar to Noctis, though hers appear to be golden rather than blue as Noctis’ are. Although Noctis and Stella have no desire to fight each other it seems they are being forced to by an outside party. (Unknown if playable)

Wears a hood,is obviously evil.
In a early trailer this man is shown in a stand off with Noctis; he also appears to have powers.

Was  leading troops.
This man was seen leading troops in the trailer and may be some sort of leader for the nation of Niflheim.
Wore a Fedora in the trailer.
Because he is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara,  they made the character’s hair reddish. Both Reno (Final Fantasy VII) and Axel (several Kingdom Hearts entries) are voiced by Fujiwara  and had red hair.
Attacked Nostis's Father,uses a gun.
Idola Eldercapt: All we know about this man is that he is trying to kill Noctis’s father.  He may also be the leader of Niflheim.

 

These men all appear to be part of the nation of Niflheim, which conquered SolheimTenebrae (Stella’s home), and the nation of Accordo before attacking Noctis’ nation of Lucis

The World

Not much about the world itself is known, but we do have some information on the development and size of the world. Check out what we know below:

  • Square-Enix wanted to make Final Fantasy XV the most seamless experience they could. This meant they needed a lot of memory space for all the action taking place in the game ( explaining the transition to next-gen).
  • The game will feature four countries with towns and villages scattered throughout them.
  • Making towns smaller has been discussed, but Square-Enix is doing its best to maintain the large scope of the project.
  • The car is likely to be the vehicle you’ll use most in the game. The other vehicle that has been confirmed is the Magitek armor (shown in previous trailer). More vehicles will be revealed later.

 Speculation/thoughts/things that may be/things you didn’t know

Now, none of the details in this section are certain, so take everything here with a grain of salt.

  •    Succession of kings: In a previous trailer the line, “An act of love by the last king,” goes across the screen. This implies the death of Regis (Noctis’s father, the king of the Nation Lucis).  Couple that with the fact that Lucis’ crystal gets stolen and that the primary focus of the plot is getting it back: this all just goes to further imply this death. While most people who follow the game have probably assumed this already, what most people seem to overlook is the impact the game seems to be trying  to make with this: by making a meaningful relationship between Noctis and his father ( see flash backs in any of the trailers ), Final Fantasy XV could be doing something that could be very moving and is for the most part rather rare in the gaming industry and if doe right could leave a lasting impact.
  • Speculation: In the “Cloud” preview for the game, and later in the 2011 trailer (click here to see), there is a scene where an odd light appears in the sky, and Stella stares up at it. This light seems to be the “light of expiring souls” that she and Noctis can see; the significance of this particular scene is still unknown.

Gameplay

The ins and outs of the gameplay aren’t fully known yet, but we do know quite a bit.  In this section we will dissect the trailer to show off some of the game’s new features.

  • Noctis in the E3 trailer has a high character level and has access at that point to the various weapons and warp techniques shown. You will not be able to use all of these techniques from the start of the game.
  • The warping ability that Noctis uses in the trailer will have in-game limits. Only Noctis has this ability. While we only saw Noctis’s short warp ability, long warping will also be possible. We will release more information on this later.
  • Deeper interactions with monsters will also be possible. You will be able to ride monsters and weaken specific areas of an enemy.
  • You can switch weapons during combat (see bottom left of screens for weapon icons).

Summons

The summon monsters in this game will be divided into something like a class system. Within this class system there will be a ranking system (such as High, Medium, and Low). The Leviathan, the monster that appeared in the E3 trailer is qualified as a high-rank summon, and other summons of this size will be rare. Like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, in order to gain a summon, you must defeat them in battle.

Some enemies have multiple areas you can lock onto.
Some enemies have multiple areas you can lock onto.
Climb you fool!
You can climb on vehicles, objects, and buildings.
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If the monster is large enough, it seems you can climb on it as well.

Where's Snake when you need him.
It seems as if Final Fantasy XV will have the ability to use stealth to some degree.

a href=”http://www.takuchat.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/sd.png”>Noctis,getting high.

By throwing his sword and teleporting to it, Noctis can easily and quickly travel great distances and heights, like this towering building.

Noctis does a terrible job at cleaning windows.

It seems that location can affect certain combat moves (or if not, this could be another in-game scene).

 

That will be expensive
Parts of the environment are destructible and can be used as ways to slow down the enemy. The game also has object physics: see that car flying? The Behemoth did that.
Cap that fool
Some scenes happen in-game during battles or other gameplay.
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In game Phone calls seem to be done via pop up screen. ( E3 re-reveal trailer)

 

water
You can now swim, and the water deforms realistically. ( unless they go the odd route and auto teleport you to shore )

When doing magic it seems one of Noctis's swords will appear by the target,how this affects spell casting is unknown.
When doing magic it seems one of Noctis’ swords will appear by the target; how this affects spell casting is unknown.
That blue glimmer seems to be areas noctis can "warp" to0(non-enemy)
Those blue glimmers seem to be areas that Noctis can warp to.

 Monsters

Final Fantasy has some pretty iconic beasts, so with the monsters of Final Fantasy XV, I will post pictures of some of the old versions compared to the new ones.
Leviathan
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Behemoth

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Iron Golem/Iron Giant

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While Final Fantasy XV might be a long way off, the promise of a huge new world brimming with epic creatures that you can destroy in fun and creative ways, all tied together with a cast that will have meaningful relationships that could leave a lasting effect like Final Fantasy used to, makes it seem like Final Fantasy XV will be worth the wait.

With the 2013 Jump Festa  coming in the near future and the possibility of Final Fantasy XV being there in some manner or another, there’s a lot to look forward to with Final Fantasy XV and its ambitious re-imagining of the Final Fantasy series. As usual Takuchat will keep you up to date with all the new info on this glorious new game.

 Extra Sources, links and other information

  • Images are screen captures from the E3 trailers (done by myself): link, link
  • Final Fantasy XV official site: link
  • Final Fantasy XV wiki: link
  • Tetsuya Nomura FF-Reunion interview: link
  • Japan Expo interview: link, link
  • Character bios: link
  • Character images: link