Find out everything you need to know about Final Fantasy XV for PS4 and Xbox One, which is one of the most exciting of the series yet. Here's everything we know about Final Fantasy 15, including its DLC, gameplay features and UK price and deals.
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When is Final Fantasy 15 release date?
Final Fantasy XV UK release date: 29 November 2016
The latest DLC, Episode: Prompto, comes out on 27 June. The trailer is above.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
As part of the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary celebrations, Square Enix announced release dates and details for a few major pieces of Final Fantasy XV 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."
There's more on the way too. Episode: Prompto will be out on 27 June, letting you play as Prompto (see the trailer at the top of this article), leading to the obvious conclusion that there must be an Episode: Ignis on the way later this year, though Square didn't make any official announcement of that.
Videos and trailers
The original Final Fantasy 15 gameplay video is a whopping 52 minutes in length: