When Final Fantasy XV was just a spin-off of Final Fantasy XIII, fans seemed less than enthusiastic. Final Fantasy XIII is one of the most derided titles in the franchise, and it’s already gotten a number of sequels.
But when Square Enix turned Final Fantasy Versus XIII into Final Fantasy XV, turning the game into a stand-alone title (with a great trailer), everything changed. Screenshots and additional bits of information followed, and eventually Square Enix released a full-on demo, allowing gamers to get their hands on the hotly anticipated title. And while an updated demo is forthcoming, fans will have to wait a little longer to learn anything else about the game.
While Square Enix planned to show off a new Final Fantasy XV trailer at this year’s E3, the company recently announced that new footage won’t appear. This news comes after Square Enix decided to skipped Gamescom, intending to show off Final Fantasy XV in the States.
Square Enix marketing manager Akio Ofuji and Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata broke the news, and Ofuji offered an apology to disappointed fans: “After internal discussions, we have decided not to create an E3 trailer. Sorry for lying.”
Ofuji promised fans they weren’t missing much; according to the marketing manager, the trailer would have consisted primarily of footage from previous trailers.
While new footage won’t be shown at E3, Final Fantasy fans won’t have to wait long to see more of the game. Ofuji and Tabata revealed that an updated Final Fantasy XV demo will arrive on June 9th for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The demo, entitled Episode Duscae 2.0, will feature numerous changes based on fan input. Final Fantasy XV’s developers previously said that fan feedback from Episode Duscae‘s first iteration, such as characters being “too sexy” and camera and frame rate issues, would be addressed by the team.
While an updated demo will help tide over Final Fantasy superfans, the lack of a proper E3 trailer is bound to leave many disappointed. However, while the game may not have an E3 presence, this move gives Tabata and his team more time to improve the game before its hotly anticipated launch.
Final Fantasy 15 is in development for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.