Find out everything you need to know about Final Fantasy XV for PS4 and Xbox One - and soon PC. It's one of the most exciting games of the series yet. Here's everything you need to know about Final Fantasy 15, including its DLC, gameplay features and UK price and deals.
Interested in finding out more about the game? Take a look at our Final Fantasy 15 review and our Final Fantasy 15 tips and tricks. There's also a new Pocket Edition of the game launching in autumn 2017.
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When is Final Fantasy 15 release date for Windows?
Final Fantasy XV release date (Windows Edition): Early 2018
Great news, PC gamers! FF 15 is coming to Windows next year, and it's going to look even more epic (if you have a high-end PC, that is). Nvidia and Square Enix have teamed up to bring support for 4K, 8K and HDR10, plus Dolby Atmos so if you have hardware that supports those resolutions and technologies, you're going to be in for a treat.
It will also support ShadowPlay Highlights and Ansel so you can take great in-game screenshots and easily share them.
Plus, as it says on the game's Steam page (and in the trailer above), it will have a first-person mode along with "a wealth of bonus content, including content contained in free updates to the console versions as well as paid downloadable content originally available through the Season Pass."#
Will there be a sequel?
Not according to director Hajime Tabata who told Polygon during an interview at Gamescom that Square Enix will continue to update FF15 instead.
“If you do that full sequel model of expanding on an IP or a series, it’s good in certain ways,” said Tabata. “The negative of that is there’s a very large open period where you’re not releasing anything. In that period, you get people to move away, and their attachment to the franchise dissipates a little bit.”
How much does Final Fantasy 15 cost in the UK?
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Which platforms is Final Fantasy 15 available on?
So, which platforms is Final Fantasy XV available on? Just the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but in 2018 it will also be on Windows 10.
What are the 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.
The latest is a collaboration with Ubisoft that will bring a taste of Assassin's Creed to Final Fantasy XV. Crazy, eh? DLC called Assassin’s Festival will be released 31 August and will be free, which is always nice.
Here's a trailer showing what to expect:
As part of the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary celebrations, Square Enix released a few major pieces of DLC.
First up is the Booster Pack, which includes a few powerful new items including the Magitek Exosuit. That makes you invincible for 30 minutes, while looking suspiciously like a Power Rangers suit. That came out on 21 February 2017, the same day an update for PS4 players will enable 60fps support.
The next DLC was slightly more substantial. Episode: Gladiolus is an extra story section playable as one of your teammates from the main game, who will play differently to normal protagonist Noctis. That was released on 28 March 2017 alongside the update to the negatively received Chapter 13.
Hajime Tabata, game director said: "The direction of chapter 13's content was a deliberate decision made by the development team. That said, the amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated. We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience."
Episode: Prompto was released on 27 June, letting you play as Prompto (see the trailer below), leading to the obvious conclusion that there must be an Episode: Ignis on the way later this year. And indeed, the official teaser trailer is now out and confirms it will be released in December 2017.
Videos and trailers
The original Final Fantasy 15 gameplay video is a whopping 52 minutes in length:
Final Fantasy XV history
Final Fantasy XV was 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.
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 before the promised release date of 30 September 2016, but as we now know, this wasn't fulfilled. Why? According to game director Hajime Tabata, the game reached 'master version' (ready to ship) and the team started work on a major day one patch, which should "satisfy most players out there" - so why was it 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 receive 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."
Final Fantasy 15 was released globally on 29 November 2016, two months after its expected release date.
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