FI­NAL FAN­TASY XV

Square Enix isn’t fin­ished with Fi­nal Fan­tasy XV just yet and a load of con­tent is on its way

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With the re­cent re­lease of the ‘Royal Edi­tion’, which col­lects all of the DLC re­leased to date, some may have un­der­stand­ably thought that Fi­nal

Fan­tasy XV was com­ing to a close, but if you’re one of those peo­ple, we’ve got some news for you. It was al­ready men­tioned last year by direc­tor Ha­jime Ta­bata that fol­low­ing the pos­i­tive player feed­back for the pre­vi­ous three episodes they would re­lease more con­tent for this al­ready enor­mous fan­tasy RPG, and dur­ing this year’s PAX East we got a small glimpse and a few de­tails that are quite tan­ta­lis­ing.

This DLC will come in the form of four new episodes, sim­i­lar to the three pre­vi­ous ones that each cen­tred around one of Noc­tis’s best pals and trav­el­ling com­pan­ions. Episode one will fo­cus on Ar­dyn, and will sur­prise many given that this chap is the an­tag­o­nist of the main game. Its de­scrip­tion, shown dur­ing the panel, reads, “This story por­trays the strug­gles of Ar­dyn. Wit­ness the re­sent­ment he har­boured to­ward Lu­cis for over 2,000 years, and his clashes with the As­trals”. The next episode will be a side story “about the Starscourge de­picted from the Ni­fl­heim’s per­spec­tive. The fi­nal day of the Em­pire turns out to be Aranea’s worst day”. Episode two sees the re­turn of Lu­nafreya and is de­scribed as, “This story’s about Luna’s fate, which not even death can save her from. Her bat­tle to save the one she loves over­turns the des­tiny dealt to the Lu­cian King.” The fi­nal chap­ter (but is it re­ally go­ing to be the fi­nal one?) will fea­ture Noc­tis once again. “Part­ing ways with the As­trals, Noc­tis em­barks upon his fi­nal bat­tle in or­der to at­tain the ideal fu­ture for all his peo­ple.” From the sounds of things, maybe this will be the ‘fi­nal’ piece of con­tent for FFXV.

Each of these episodes sound just as in­trigu­ing as the next and given that Square Enix has de­scribed them as “A fu­ture ev­ery­one longed for,” along with some con­cept art that shows Ar­dyn hav­ing a pic­nic with Noc­tis and crew, this gives cre­dence to the idea that we may be deal­ing with al­ter­nate events and get an op­por­tu­nity to see how things could have been dif­fer­ent. We didn’t know how much we wanted ex­tra FFXV con­tent un­til the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment and now all we can think about is jump­ing back into the shoes of Noc­tis and tear­ing it up in Eos.

Al­ter­na­tive fan­tasy

The mul­ti­player seg­ment of FFXV, Com­rades, also got some at­ten­tion dur­ing the de­vel­op­ers’ panel as it looks to be get­ting its own stand­alone re­lease this sum­mer. We’re un­sure if this will be avail­able for free or not, but it’s cer­tainly an in­ter­est­ing move from the de­vel­op­ers who must have big­ger plans for its fu­ture. It’s pos­si­ble that they’ll want to con­tinue work­ing on the mul­ti­player seg­ment long af­ter work on the main game has fin­ished. Okay, maybe this isn’t the end, af­ter all. Keep an eye on OXM for all the lat­est news about FFXV.

“We didn’t know how much we wanted ex­tra con­tent un­til the an­nounce­ment”

The new DL C will give an­other rea­son for one more day out with the best boys. Above

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