Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

Last Tuesday, 19 November 2019, Google has launched Google Stadia, which is a cloud gaming service. One of the 22 launch games is Final Fantasy XV, which was released almost 3 years ago on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The Google Stadia version of Final Fantasy XV contains:

  • Final Fantasy XV (same contents as ROYAL EDITION) main game
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Pack DLC
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Prompto
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ignis
  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn
  • Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades *Matching will only be among Stadia users
  • Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack+
  • Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack+ *”Carnival Passport” will not be included with “Final Fantasy XV Holiday Pack+”
  • Minigame collection “Crazy Challenge” (New feature for Stadia Version)

At launch only Google Stadia Pro is available. If you want to play Final Fantasy XV you have to buy it in the Google Stadia store. The free base service will be available somewhere next year.

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The Final Fantasy XV journey has been concluded with the release of Episode Ardyn. For the first time, players take control of Noctis's greatest foe Ardyn Lucis Caelum with a brand new storyline taking place 35 years before the events of Final Fantasy XV and learn what drove the scorned savior to seek revenge against the line of Lucis.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn features:

  • Several new options and gameplay mechanics to explore, including the ability to control Ardyn himself
  • Exhilarating, action-packed battles where players can utilize powerful new attack moves and skills unique to Ardyn, including the “Rising Phantom” and “Dark Tornado”
  • The ability to warp to high platforms or across nearby buildings by way of “Phantasmal Leap”
  • Though a foe of Noctis, the summonable Ifrit is now an ally of Ardyn and may dispatch enemies with powerful fire magic
  • A photography mode allowing players to capture the captivating city of Insomnia
  • A “Hat Shop” offering a plethora of hats for players to purchase, which also appear in cutscenes
  • Rewards upon completion of the episode, including the new “Ardyn’s Ensemble” outfit and “Mutant Rakshasa Blade” for Noctis

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn is now available for $ 9.99 / € 9.99 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. You can dive deeper into Ardyn’s mysterious, forbidden past in Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn - Prologue, a short anime movie that offers a deeper understanding of the game’s world view and story.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix recently held a broadcast called Special Program containing the future of Final Fantasy XV. In that broadcast Square Enix has announced that of the 4 DLC's, together titled The Dawn of the Future, 3 DLC's will be cancelled. Only Episode Ardyn will be released.

The reason for the cancellation of Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya and Episode Noctis is that Square Enix has decided to focus the development of Luminous Productions to large-scale, high-quality AAA game titles, which best leverages the Luminous strengths. This has resulted in an extraordinary loss of 3,733 million yen (~33 million dollars / ~26 million euro).

Also Square Enix has announced that Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV, has left the company. Here's the full departure letter:

Hello, this is Tabata.

It’s almost going to be two whole years since the release of Final Fantasy XV. I honestly believe the reason we were able to get this far is because of all you loyal fans. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Today, I have a personal announcement to make to all of you. I, Hajime Tabata, will be resigning from Luminous Productions and the Square Enix Group as of October 31, 2018.

I was able to gain so much experience with my time at Square Enix. Every title I was able to be a part of means a lot to me. However, Final Fantasy XV stood out from that group as it was a special project for me which I went all-in on.

Therefore, I decided to take this opportunity to officially announce my departure from Final Fantasy XV to all the fans who have supported the title across the globe.

In regards to my next endeavors and near future, I have a project that I truly wish to solidify as my next challenge after Final Fantasy XV. For that reason, I have decided to leave my current position and start my own business in order to achieve my goal.

As production of “Episode Ardyn” continues and Luminous Productions works on new projects, I felt that it was time for me to hand over the torch to the next generation group of talented and trustworthy colleagues and believe that they will create something amazing.

From this day on, I will cheer on and support Square Enix and Luminous Productions together with all of you fans.

I would like to thank everyone who continue to support Final Fantasy XV and those who have also supported myself personally.

—Hajime Tabata

It's sad to see Hajime Tabata leaving Square Enix. We wish him all the best.

Episode Ardyn is set before the events of Final Fantasy XV and will learn players more about Ardyn’s backstory in a story of death and restoration.Episode Ardyn will be released in March 2019.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, the mobile retelling of Final Fantasy XV, is now available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will be coming soon.

In Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, fans and newcomers alike can follow the journey of crown prince Noctis and his brothers in arms, Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus, with fully voiced key event scenes and faithfully recreated battles. All of the treasured moments from Final Fantasy XV, like driving the Regalia across breathtaking landscapes, camping, Chocobo riding and more, can be experienced in a whole new way with the game’s creatively reimagined art style and in HD resolution.

With the mobile version it is free to play the first chapter. However if you want to play the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version you have to pay the full price of the game. PlayStation Plus members and Xbox One owners will receive a 40% discount till 13 September.

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Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition (for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) and Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition (for Steam, Origin and Windows 10) will both be released worrldwide on 6 March 2018.

The special editions will feature:

  • Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – all-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players will also take on the Rulers of Yore.
  • A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fishes and dishes.
  • A new accessory that can activate the new action “Armiger Unleashed” - players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed.
  • A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis’ perspective.
  • More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins and item sets
  • All season pass content including Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades and Episode Ignis
  • Archive – players can review the “Cosmogony” stories scattered throughout the Final Fantasy XV world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations, allowing players to obtain more information about the world.
  • Quest to obtain and Strengthen Regalia Type-D
  • New Trophies
  • The main game

A benchmark tool and instructions to help players optimize their PCs for the game’s launch will be available beginning 1 February. Please visit the official website for more information.

The Final Fantasy XV: Royal Pack, which includes all new DLC in Final Fantasy XV: Royal Edition, will also be available separately in the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store on 6 March. The price will be announced at a later time.

Below you can watch the announcement trailer. Please keep in mind that it contains end-game spoilers!

Final Fantasy XV

Today Square Enix has released a new update for Final Fantasy XV; the March 2017 update. Together with the update a teaser video was reavealed showing footage from the March 2017 update and Episode Gladiolus, which will be available tomorrow.

Version 1.06 and 1.07 contains these patch notes:

Version 1.07

  • Various bug fixes

Version 1.06

  • Addition of Chapter 13, Verse 2 (alternate route featuring Gladiolus)
  • Enhancement of Arcana spells (Alterna, Holy, Death)
  • Announcement of winning snapshots from first photo contest (viewable at Takka’s Pit Stop in Hammerhead)
  • Temporary conclusion of Timed Quests (will resume at a later date)
  • Addition of two pieces from “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable content to music player tracklist
  • Addition of compatibility with “Episode Gladiolus” downloadable content
  • Various gameplay enhancements
  • Various bug fixes

Chapter 13, Verse 2 can be started from the main screen and you'll take control over Gladiolus (together with Ignis) searching for Noctis. The alternative chapter features gameplay elements from Episode Gladiolus, which will be available tomorrow for € 4.99 / $ 4.99. A season pass can also be bought for € 24.99 / $ 24.99.

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During a presentation at the PAX East convention, Square Enix has released a trailer for Episode Gladiolus showing the first gameplay footage of the DLC that will be available on 28 March.

Final Fantasy XV

On 2 February Square Enix has streamed a new issue of the Active Time Report and this week an English version was streamed. This issue revealed new updates and downloadable content coming to Final Fantasy XV. They also revealed that the game has sold more than 6 million units.

Update v1.05
On 21 February update v1.05 will be available for download which will feature the following:

  • PlayStation 4 Pro Full HD 60fps;
  • Increased level cap from 99 to 120;
  • Increased photo storage from 150 to 200;
  • You can listen the portable MP3 player while riding a chocobo;
  • Timed Quests (can only be available for a specific duration).

Booster Pack (free DLC)
The Booster Pack has been delayed due to the Magitek Exosuit which will be changed. They got a complaint that it looks to much like the Power Rangers.

Booster Pack + (DLC for Season Pass owners)
On 21 February the Booster Pack + will also be available for download which will feature the following:

  • Resplendent Glave (sword)
  • Dragon Drain (fishing rod)
  • Avior (fishing reel)

Episode Gladiolus (DLC)
On 28 March the first character episode is available about Gladiolus.

Update with various enhancements to chapter 13
A lot of players didn't enjoy chapter 13 and Square Enix has listened to them and will bring various enchancements in a later to be announced update.

Episode Prompto (DLC)
The second character episode about Prompto will be available in June.

Off-road
In a later to be announced update the Regalia can also be used off-road.

Square Enix

Today, on Final Fantasy VII 20th Anniversary, Square Enix held the Opening Ceremony in Tokyo to commence a year-long of celebration for the ranchise’s 30-year legacy.

Like with the previous 25th Anniversary, this Anniversary comes with a new logo (drawn by Yoshitaka Amano) and website (www.finalfantasy30.com) where fans can use the hashtag #FF30th to share their favorite experiences and stay up to date on the various events planned for the rest of the year.

During the event several announcements were made.

Final Fantasy VII Remake
Brand-new key art for Final Fantasy VII Remake was unveiled, depicting the game’s protagonist and mercenary Cloud and his iconic Buster Sword set to the background of Midgar, base of the Shinra™ Electric Power Company.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
The release date has been announced: 11 July in North America and Europe. Japan 13 July.

Final Fantasy XV DLC
The first sneak peek at some of the upcoming DLC for Final Fantasy XV was showcased on-stage, highlighting the brand-new perspective players will experience in the coming months. The Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack (Free Version) and Final Fantasy XV Booster Pack + are scheduled for release on 21 February, and will be available for all players or Season Pass holders, respectively. The DLC content will include powerful items such as the invincible outfit, “Magitek Exosuit” that give players an advantage during battles.
 
Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus releases on 28 March, and will be available to players who purchased the Premium Edition or Season Pass and can also be purchased separately via the Xbox Marketplace or the PlayStation Store. Through this DLC, players can enjoy an episode depicted from Gladio’s perspective. Gilgamesh, one of the franchise’s fan-favorite characters will also be making an appearance in the episode.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the full-scale Final Fantasy adventure for mobile devices that has achieved over 20 million downloads worldwide, recently began an in-game collaboration event with internationally renowned artist and actress Ariana Grande. All players will be able to acquire “Dangerous Ariana,” the Ariana Grande-inspired character exclusively designed for the game until 2 February by completing the first stage of the special in-game event, "Dangerous Woman Tour."
 
Mobius Final Fantasy
Mobius Final Fantasy, will be making its way to Steam next month on 6 February. The title offers an all-new RPG adventure featuring a deep story, stunning visuals, in-depth character customization and a refined turn-based RPG battle system. To celebrate over 10 million registered users worldwide and the 20th anniversary of Final Fantasy VII, various in-game bonuses and a special Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration event will begin on February 7 for a limited time.

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Recently Square Enix has uploaded a trailer of the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a limited time event which is coming to Final Fantasy XV on 24 January (North America 23 January).

The Moogle Chocobo Carnival is held in Altissia and contains new side quests, mini-games like chocobo racing, a new outfit for Noctis and a spectacular fireworks show. The event will be available for a limited time only and can be playable with the latest Holiday Pack patch which was released previous month.

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