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.
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Final Fantasy XV UK release date: When is Final Fantasy XV coming out?
Final Fantasy XV UK release date: 29 November 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, in 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 begun a few months back with the promised release date of 30 September 2016, but as we now know, this isn't to be fulfilled. Why? According to game director Hajime Tabata, the game has reached 'master version' (ready to ship) and the team has started work on a major day one patch, which should "satisfy most players out there" - so why has it been pushed back? The team decided to postpone the launch so the game could feature the day one patch on the disk itself, allowing users to enjoy the game as soon as they recieve it and not have to download and install a huge update over the Internet.
"From the moment we joined this project, our vision was to create a level of freedom and realism previously unseen in the series. Regrettably, we need a little bit more time to deliver on this vision and are confident that this new release date will help us achieve this," said Tabata. "As the director and lead of this project, I wish to personally apologise for the additional wait. As a team, we want Final Fantasy 15 to achieve a level of perfection that our fans deserve. We kindly ask for your understanding."
With that being said, Final Fantasy 15 will now be released globally on 29 November 2016, two months after its original release date.
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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.
Final Fantasy XV gameplay: Free FFXV demo available for download on PS4 and Xbox One
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.
The latest Final Fantasy 15 video is a whopping 52 minutes in length, and showcases some of what gamers can expect from the upcoming game once it's released later this year.
Final Fantasy XV screenshots