Things are far from rosy in the Final Fantasy realm, what with the critical and commercial disappointments of recent mainline entries. Fortunately for fans of the brand, publisher Square Enix appears to be mounting something of a comeback.
Where Final Fantasy 14 failed, A Realm Reborn overcame its early setbacks to score an unexpected success. Likewise FF13, which turned off many a-fan of the franchise, eventually spawned two improved sequels. Next, the Japanese giant delivered a much-loved update of Final Fantasy X (and X-2), arguably the second most important title in the series’ 3D history.
With the triumph of recent ‘niche’ title Bravely Default reawakening the company’s fan-first ethos, the RPG powerhouse now appears primed for a major mainstream success — and no title looks better placed to achieve that victory than Final Fantasy 15. Announced back at E3 2013, the hotly anticipated title has barely re-surfaced since, aside from one-or-two encouraging tidbits on the game’s eventual release.
Now, that silence has been broken, with Square Enix releasing new blurbs for the title via the official Japanese PS4 and Xbox One websites. Interestingly, both detail drops – which players may have expected to prove identical — are not so, with Square instead focusing upon story elements for Xbox and gameplay with the PlayStation (both titles are actually identical). To check out the new info, scroll on down.
“Final Fantasy XV features a high action system unprecedented in the series. By taking advantage of the specs of next generation consoles, characters can move freely across the whole screen. In addition to that, the party battle system is now more advanced, allowing you to enjoy party battle by switching characters more strategically.”
“As the royal heir of Lucis who has the last crystal in the world, the main character Noctis and his friends will suddenly be involved in the war.”
“The battles featured in Final Fantasy XV have evolved greatly from the previous games of the series, as it’s created as an action game. The game switches seamlessly from the field to battle and the combat situation evolves rapidly. It goes on quickly with a sense of full realism.”
“Also, it’s possible to fight not only with the hero Noctis, but also to switch with other characters. Furthermore, it’s also possible to perform a combination attack with a companion while enjoying the dynamic effect.”
“Noctis can fight by making use of a variety of weapons and can move quickly within the areas by attacking enemies with stylish action!”
“You can fight monsters by cooperating with an ally. The ability to fight in collaboration with unique companions is an important feature of this game.”
While eager eyed gamers and Final Fantasy fans are likely to have observed or inferred most of these details aleady, the blurbs do make clear the developer’s heavy focus upon action elements, with the title appearing to have much more in common with the likes of Kingdom Hearts than any previous FF entry.
Are you excited to play Final Fantasy 15? What parts of the epic franchise require a retool? Will the series ever recapture the same mainstream appeal it enjoyed with FF7s through 10? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check in with all of the latest Square Enix news, right here on Game Rant.
Final Fantasy 15 has yet to receive an official release date. The game is scheduled to appear on PS4 and Xbox One consoles.
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