If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy games you have been waiting rather impatiently for any news on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV. You might even say you’re clawing and scratching to find any new tidbits you can get your hands on. In rather dramatic showing, Square delivered the goods at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. We finally got an updated trailer to the formerly known as Versus XIII title. The trailer shows off the party feature Noctis and crew driving around in what looks to be an open world area with a big monster. Okay…did I say big? I meant huge. Regardless, it doesn’t look like this monster is going to take the party’s collective shit anytime soon.
After a nice conversation in a car with your buddies, we’re back to the big open world with big enemies. This is the first time we really get a look at the gameplay in the trailer. At the very first look, you’ll notice that the game is not contained in a battle area. This seems like a fully open battle world similar to Xenoblade: Chronicles. One of the interesting aspect is that Noctis has the ability to switch weapons with his teammates create an interesting take on an open world battle system. Gone seem to be the days of where one character is based solely on a single dependent weapon in action RPGs. Noctis also seems to have a power where we can teleport to different areas of a map and even attach his sword to different parts of the game so that he can climb up walls or structures.
Very little story is given away in the trailer however, but what is known is that Noctis’ father King Regis is set to conclude negotiations with Emporer Aldercapt, which I suspect to be a peace treaty of some sorts. We do get plenty of almost hysterical chatter with the party in this trailer including what seems to be a bro’s night out type of night. The coolest part of about the trailer was that you got to ride in a car. What’s very interesting about that is that it seemed to be being controlled by the person playing the game in the trailer. Camera movements were moving around the car similar to games like Grand Theft Auto and Saint’s Row. Many speculation has come abound as to if you can actually summon the car or if you can get out of the car at any time.
As the trailer comes to a close, we see Noctis looking toward the night sky and saying “It’s been a long time coming…” followed by “Almost there…”. This makes the trailer very special to a lot of Final Fantasy fans who have be dying to see more about this game and it shows. As someone who has been impatiently waiting for more tid bits since becoming Final Fantasy XV, it’s really nice to know that Square Enix is acknowledging that we have all been waiting quite some time. While at the same time teasing us at what’s to come.
Currently, Final Fantasy XV has no real release date or even a release window. There will be a demo coming in the early half of 2015 releasing with Final Fantasy: Type-0 which will ease the pain of waiting for many.