Last night, Greg Miller and Tim Gettys hosted a reveal event of sorts for Final Fantasy XV, a game first announced a decade ago as Final Fantasy Versus XIII. I still remember watching the first trailer for Final Fantasy Versus XIII ten years ago, a buddy and I watched it many times, swooning about how cool the focal character looked, the style, the music… it had it all. In fact, it is one of the reasons I bought and kept a PS3!
Fast forward to now, Square Enix is finally on the cusp of releasing the game! It has apparently grown in the time that it has been under development, so much so that it now will get it’s own proper enumerated entry to the Final Fantasy series.
The main event lasted about ninety minutes, and boasted 14 “reveals” throughout. Here’s a rundown:
- Opening address by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series
- New Trailer for Final Fantasy XV
- A dive into the art for the new title
- A Behind the scenes look at creating the theme song “Stand By Me,” a rendition by Florence + The Machine
- New gameplay video
- Environment videos
- Announcement and trailer for “Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV” – A five part anime series that will all be released online for free before the release of the game. Part one became streamable immediately after the announcement. (There will actually be a sixth part, more on that later.)
- Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a feature length animated CG movie! The story takes place at the same time as the game, but from a different perspective.
- Audi is making one car that resembles the car from the game
- Remember the Kingsglaive movie? It features the voice talent of Lena Headey, Sean Bean & Aaron Paul.
- Justice Monsters V, a minigame from Final Fantasy XV, will be released on mobile devices (Android, iOS & Windows 10) sometime before Final Fantasy XV’s release.
- Platinum Demo: Final Fantasy XV was announced and made available shortly after the event. It features a stand alone adventure as the young hero in one of his dreams. If you beat it, you get the demo’s companion creature as downloadable content for the main game.
- In addition to the standard release SKU, there will also be a Deluxe Edition that features a steelbook, DLC, and the Kingsglaive Blu Ray. An Ultimate Collector’s Edition was also announced that features all the Deluxe Edition’s content, plus more DLC, two exclusive steelbook cases, a 192 page hardcover art book, a special soundtrack, the Brotherhood anime (plus an exclusive sixth episode), and an exclusive Play Arts Kai Noctis figure. This Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be limited to 30,000 worldwide, and available exclusively from Square Enix’s online store.
- Release date: September 30, 2016
- (One last, “bonus announcement”) Another new trailer for Final Fantasy XV
Ok! So that was quite the list. Here’s my take on the event. I enjoyed it! I thought Greg and Tim kept it lively and had good interplay with each other and the announcer, Dave Fennoy. When Lena Headey was on stage, I felt like she didn’t know what was going on and didn’t jive well with the Kinda Mojo.
I was surprised by the announcement of the anime (Brotherhood), floored by the announcement of the CG movie (Kingsglaive), and was really impressed by the trailers and gameplay they showed. The mobile app announcement didn’t do anything for me, but I did go and download the Platinum Demo as soon as I could. The release date was already leaked prior to the event, so I was hoping they would move it up a week, or something, just to spite the leak. When they announced the Deluxe Edition, much like Tim, I had to have it! Then, when they announced the Ultimate Collector’s Edition, my inner fanboy cried out with joy!
Overall, it was a good event. I’d like to see more things like this happen for game releases. This really felt like a celebration, not only of Final Fantasy XV, but of Final Fantasy as a series. Check out the full event, including pre and post-show below.