Fans knew that Final Fantasy 15 was getting DLC eventually, but the details have been scarce – until now, as a Square Enix release unveils the return of an iconic villain.
Final Fantasy 15 might be one of the best in a franchise that has seen some of the RPG genre’s greatest, but it is also a game that suffers a somewhat scattershot narrative and gameplay experience thanks to its decade in development. The fact that Final Fantasy 15 is getting a patch to fix its story speaks volumes about a game that inevitably must have been rushed to the finish line after its most recent delay.
Final Fantasy 15‘s DLC plans extend well beyond fixing the main game’s few shortcomings, however, and details regarding a concrete DLC plan have been scarce at best. That has changed now, though, as VG 24/7 reports that Square Enix released a special edition book that was handed out to fans for the holidays which details the first paid DLC pack – Episode Gladiolus, as well as quotes from Final Fantasy 15 DLC producer Haruyoshi Sawatari:
“In Episode Gladio, you’re able to go into areas that cannot be entered in the main game…[the DLC will] bring the FF15 world closer to the player, in greater depth.”
So Final Fantasy 15‘s first DLC pack will inevitably place players in the shoes of Gladiolus, the game’s greatsword-swinging strong man, and offer new areas for players to explore that weren’t available over the course of Final Fantasy 15‘s core content. There is a moment in the main game where Gladiolus leaves the party temporarily to take care of business he never quite explains, coming back with a massive scar across his chest – it’s likely that Episode Gladiolus will explore what happened and how that scar was earned. Perhaps the biggest news, however, stems from another Sawatari quote about the return of an iconic villain:
“The player confronts an enemy called Gilgamesh, who can only be seen in Episode Gladio.”
Final Fantasy 15 already features a memorable cast of heroes and villains, but the addition of Gilgamesh is a big deal for long-time fans of the series, who have come to expect the villain to crop up in every title in some form or another. Gilgamesh is most often portrayed as a bumbling sword-collecting thief who can occasionally wield great power, and he has appeared in at least ten different Final Fantasy games and spin-offs so far. Gilgamesh has taken on many forms over the years, and it will be interesting to see how he is portrayed in a game as beautiful as Final Fantasy 15.
Sawatari concluded the special edition book by stating that “we’re also planning on content that will truly blow your mind”, and given how popular Final Fantasy 15 has been so far, there’s no reason fans shouldn’t be optimistic about that claim. That statement will be put to the test when Episode Gladiolus releases, and although there hasn’t been an announcement regarding the first DLC pack’s release date at this time, one thing is for sure – at least Final Fantasy 15‘s first DLC pack won’t make gamers wait as long as the main game did.
Final Fantasy 15 is available now for PS4 and Xbox One.