Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata responds to a post regarding the clothing worn by the game’s protagonists, revealing it isn’t just to look stylish while saving the world.
A lot has been said about the aesthetic choices going into Final Fantasy 15‘s production. The game represents the evolution of a lot of gameplay mechanics that have only been faintly present in prior installments, like the fully immersive driving in Final Fantasy 15. One thing keen-eyed fans have noticed about Noctis and friends is their affinity for black, a stylistic choice that hearkens back to Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. Tabata felt that enough had been made of the clothing that he needed to address it, stating:
“In the Kingdom of Lucis where our heroes reside, the color black has historically been treated as a special color. Because of this, the attire of the royal family and those in occupations closely tied to them are unified by having black as a base coloring.”
Noctis is the prince of the royal family of Lucis, so given the way Tabata has crafted the world of Final Fantasty 15, it suddenly makes a lot of sense that Noctis and his entourage would be decked out looking like they were heading to a funeral. It is interesting to note that the Final Fantasy 15 Dawn 2.0 trailer that debuted at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this year showed Luna, another main character, dressed entirely in white – perhaps there will be some tension regarding class or nationality over the course of the narrative.
Tabata also notes that the clothing is more than just minimalist chic, claiming that Square Enix plans on making clothing a very real part of the game’s new take on RPG battle systems:
“For the finished game we also intend on having their clothing having effects in battle and not just being a part of the world and its background. So watch out for that too!”
Of course, fans would find it easier to look forward to the many promising aspects of the newest Final Fantasy if it had a release date. Square Enix has been coy about giving the game a set time frame given its history of delay so far, but it appears that Square Enix is still on track to announce the release date of Final Fantasy 15 in March next year. More importantly, Final Fantasy 15 is set to have a simultaneous worldwide release whenever it’s ready, so North American fans won’t have to wait any longer than their Japanese brethren.
Tabata and the rest of the development team’s commitment to answering fan questions ranging from the way the game tackles gender to the clothes its main characters are wearing shows that they really want people to understand what Final Fantasy 15 is all about. There’s obviously been a lot of thought put into this game, and Tabata and fans alike hope it ends in a product well worth the wait.
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Final Fantasy 15 is estimated for release in 2016 for PS4 and Xbox One.