On March 30th, Square Enix held an event meant to “uncover” a number of previously unknown facts about Final Fantasy XV, including an actual release date (which GameSpot inadvertently pulled the trigger on early). While some of the reveals felt a bit forced, there was a substantial amount of information that came from the event. Here are some of the highlights:
1) Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV anime series announced.
The five episode series will detail the origins of the relationship between the main protagonists of Final Fantasy XV. The first episode is available for streaming right now, with the rest being released periodically until the launch of the game.
2) Kingsglaive, a full length CG film announced.
A feature length film intended to flesh out some of the characters in Final Fantasy XV is set to debut later this year. It’s being done by the same key figures responsible for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and includes notable voice talent such as Sean Bean, Lena Headey, and Aaron Paul.
3) Justice Monsters Five announced.
Most every modern Final Fantasy game has a minigame associated with it, and the fifteenth entry is no exception. Dubbed Justice Monsters Five, it looks to be a pinball style game that players can take on the go by way of Android, iPhone, and Windows apps. It looks… interesting.
4) New demo announced.
And this time you don’t have to buy another game to access it. You play as Young Noctis and experience prologue content not found in the main game. It can be downloaded now for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
5) Deluxe and Ultimate Collector’s Editions announced.
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of Final Fantasy XV will have a set of Deluxe and Ultimate Collector’s Editions. The Deluxe will retail at around $90 and includes a steelbook case, a Kingsglaive bluray, and some DLC in addition to the game. If you decide to upgrade to the Square Enix Store exclusive $270 (!!!) Ultimate Collector’s Edition, they’ll throw in a soundtrack, Brotherhood bluray, a 192 page hardcover art book, and a Play Arts figure of Noctis.
6) The release date is officially September 30th, 2016.
Officially making the time from announcement to release over ten years. I sure hope they made it a good one with all of the money they spent.
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