Find out everything you need to know about the upcoming Final Fantasy XV game for PS4 and Xbox One, which looks like it could be the most exciting of the series yet. Here's everything we know about Final Fantasy 15, including its UK release date, gameplay features and UK price and pre-order information. Also re-watch the Uncovered:Final Fantasy XV launch video stream here. You'll also like: 26 games you should be most excited about for 2016
Last updated 15 June 2016 to include the announcement of a new Final Fantasy 15 demo and the inclusion of Wait Mode.
Final Fantasy XV UK release date: When is Final Fantasy XV coming out?
Final Fantasy XV UK release date: 30 September 2016
Final Fantasy XV was actually first unveiled back in 2006, and its lack of public development announcements since led to speculation that the game might not launch after all. However, during E3 2013, the developers showed off the game once more, which had been renamed from Final Fantasy Versus XIII to Final Fantasy XV. It was announced that the game would be coming to PS4 and Xbox One, and the first gameplay trailer for the game was released, which you can watch below.
Then, lin 2014, Square Enix released a Final Fantasy XV demo called Episode Duscae, designed to give players an idea of what the game will be like to play. It's set during the opening sequence of the game, and the free download code comes with every day-one edition of Final Fantasy Type-0HD, which arrived on 20 March 2015.
Pre-orders have begun, and we now know that the game will go on sale on 30 September 2016.
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Re-watch the Final Fantasy XV launch video stream: Final Fantasy 15 final reveal video
Square Enix held an 'Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV' launch event on 31 March 2016, during which it announced the UK release date and other news about the game. You can re-watch that video at the top of this page.
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Final Fantasy XV gameplay features
This instalment of Final Fantasy is an open world role-playing game that will appeal to lovers of Kingdom Hearts thanks to its action-based battle system. Much of the development was directed by Kingdom Hearts' Tetsuya Nomura, but he left to work on Kingdom Hearts III in 2014.
There's a variety of different weapons available to use, too, and you can drive a car or ride a Chocobo to get around the environment that is completely free to roam as you please.
There's also a day and night system that cycles throughout gameplay. One in-game day is one hour of play time, and players will need to sleep in a hotel or by camping in order to maintain their combat strengths. The monsters you'll encounter change depending on the in-game time of day, and there's also a weather system.
On 14 June 2016, Kotaku noticed through Hajime Tabata's (director at Square Enix) livestream at E3 2016, that you can play in Wait Mode which traditional Final Fantasy gamers will be happy to see included.
A new teaser called Platinum Demo is available to download now on PS4 and Xbox One - gamers that complete the demo will be rewarded with exclusive in-game content when Final Fantasy XV is released later this year. What does the demo entail? Cast your mind back to the original Final Fantasy 15 reveal three years ago where developers showcased a battle between the hero of the game, Noctis, and a final fantasy boss, the Iron Giant.
After three years of teasers, we finally have the opportunity to take control of Noctis and battle the giant for ourselves - although the gameplay is a little disappointing (it is a demo of an unfinished game after all). The frame rate takes a hit whenever you use magic, and the camera angles are a complete nightmare at times. The fighting system still feels a little off too - especially as FFXV developers decided to change the attack button from X to O, meaning we kept dodging non-existant incoming attacks when we were meant to be attacking.
For all the issues it has, the 30-minute demo is fun to play and the environments are unique and definitely fun to explore. If the demo was a standalone experience it'd be pretty bad, but as a teaser for what's to come, it does the job well.
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