Kingsglaive, the feature film based on the story and setting of Final Fantasy XV, gets a new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 along with release details.
Announced at a Square Enix event back in March, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was a surprise to those in attendance who were simply expecting details on the upcoming game. Those who attended San Diego Comic-Con this year were treated to a new trailer and release dates.
The movie was already released theatrically earlier this month in Japan and will receive a limited release here in the states in select theaters on August 19. Folks who enjoy movies from the comfort of home can purchase the film digitally on August 30, with Blu-ray and DVD releases following shortly after on October 4. Furthermore, the film will also be bundled with different editions of Final Fantasy XV.
In a similar vein as the anime spin-off Brotherhood, which follows the adventures of Noctis and his friends, the events in Kingsglaive will parallel those in Final Fantasy XV. However, the film will instead focus on the events surrounding King Regis Lucis Caelum CSIII, voiced by Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), Noctis’ father and King of Lucis.
The bulk of the cast will consist of members of the Kingsglaive, an elite guard defending the realm from the invading kingdom of Niflheim, but will also include crossover characters from the game, as well as some new faces. One of the newest faces, and the main protagonist of the film, is Nyx Ulric. Nyx, voiced by Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), is a member of the Kingsglaive and is assigned the important task of protecting princess Lunafreya, voiced by Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), during the catastrophic events in the film.
Anyone eager to dive into the world of Final Fantasy XV ahead of its release on September 30 should check out Kingsglaive. While it is not necessary to watch the film to understand the game, the film will provide additional story details by showcasing events happening concurrently, but separate from the game. Those who enjoy a little extra narrative will find Kingsglaive to be a nice companion to the game’s main story, which is estimated to take somewhere between 40-50 hours to complete.
The film was made by the same team that created Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, which could say a lot for and against it, but Kingsglaive includes some very well-regarded actors, stunning action scenes and even sharper visuals, so it is expected to be a better movie. The trailer certainly makes an excellent case to at least give it a chance.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is out now in Japan and will release theatrically in the US on August 19, digitally on August 30, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on October 4.