Though some content is questionable, Square Enix laid out their plans for an upcoming flood of free updates to Final Fantasy XV.
After 10 long years in development, 2006’s “Final Fantasy Versus XIII” is finally available as Final Fantasy XV for the Xbox One and PS4. The epic tale follows Noctis and his band of friends/advisers on their journey to reunite with his future arranged-spouse Lunafreya. The quest brashly veers from a rite of passage towards revenge, as a peace treaty between kingdoms is violently shattered, resulting in the death of Noctis’s father, King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII. The expansive open-world journey is a stark departure from the traditional Final Fantasy formula; the elements of a lengthy JRPG are still intact, though turn-based gameplay has been axed in favor of tactical real-time action. Alternatively, players can approach the game at a slower pace courtesy of the “Wait Mode” option, switching the game to that of an action-strategy title roughly similar to Supergiant Games’s Transistor.
Earlier today, Final Fantasy XV developer and publisher Square Enix detailed their plan for a series of content updates through their official blog. While the future updates will all come as free downloads, some of the proposed content suggests that key story and gameplay elements failed to meet the launch deadline. According to Square Enix, future updates will elaborate on the plot, including additional gameplay sections for cutscene-heavy Chapter 13, and include additional scenes to “provide insight into character motivations”. These larger portions of content may come later than others due to localization:
“After that, we’re hoping to delve deeper into the story, adding scenes that will give you new insight into character motivations, such as why Ravus walked the path he did. We will need a little time with these, as they’ll need to be localized and voiced in other languages, but we’ll let you know the details once everything is set.”
Additional gameplay mechanics to be added include a New Game+ equivalent, extra playable characters, custom avatars, and balance tweaks for some items. The development team will also look into accessibility options for some languages, granting players an option to increase or decrease the font as necessary.
The six DLC packs included in the FFXV Season Pass have been tentatively labeled, albeit lacking further explanation and release dates. Three of the future add-ons suggest players will receive Chapters with Prompto, Ignis and Gladiolus as playable characters:
- FFXV Holiday Pack (tentative name)
- FFXV Booster Pack (tentative name)
- FFXV Episode Gladiolus (tentative name)
- FFXV Episode Ignis (tentative name)
- FFXV Episode Prompto (tentative name)
- FFXV Expansion Pack: Comrades (tentative name)
Final Fantasy XV is currently available for Xbox One and PS4. The possibility of a PC version has been thrown around by Square Enix, but nothing past the point of consideration.