‘Final Fantasy XV’ Director Clears Concerns On Game’s Combat System

It’s not that simple!

We got our first in-depth look at Final Fantasy XV at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, witnessing the game’s gorgeous visuals and getting a look at many of the characters in the game. One area of concern that many had was the game’s combat system, though, as it all looked very basic from the trailers. The concerns were then elevated when game’s director, Hajima Tabata, claimed that he’s going for a more simple and casual approach to the combat.

Tabata said the following during the Extended Talk Show in regards to concerns about overly simple combat (transcript via Gematsu):

It’s not that simple! (Laughs.) Yes, when you continue to hold down the guard button, you can basically auto-guard and evade, but it consumes MP. You can’t infinitely evade. You have to think about timing, when it’s a good idea to attack or evade. Also, you aren’t invincible. There are attacks you can’t avoid. In those cases, there are also essential technical evasion methods.

 

When you push the attack button, you invoke the standard combo. You can change the actions by using it in coordination with the directional buttons. The actions change depending on your circumstances—things like whether you’re guarding and whether the timing is right, (imagine in this circumstance: when you’re guarding, you might get a chance to counterattack or something), or if your companions are nearby.

Final Fantasy XV is currently set to release sometime in 2015, though a demo will be coming with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD when it releases in March, 2015.

New ‘Final Fantasy XV’ & ‘Final Fantasy Type-0 HD’ Screenshots

Some sweet new screenshots from the future of Final Fantasy.

Next year gamers will be getting two new Final Fantasy games to play around with, and to keep the hype train rolling Square Enix has released some gorgeous new screenshots for both games.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is a remaster of the popular PSP game that only released in Japan in 2011. The game looks really good, though considering that it’s a PSP game there is only so much they can do to make it stand on its own with next-gen games. It definitely isn’t as jaw-dropping as the next Final Fantasy game we’ll be talking about, but it will certainly do. Check out the gallery for Final Fantasy Type-0 HD below.

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Now for the game that everyone has been waiting many years for, Final Fantasy XV. We saw from the TGS trailer that this game was gorgeous, and these screenshots taken from the trailer further solidifies that fact. This game is shaping up to be one of the most visually-striking games ever, which is something that Square Enix is known for delivering. I’m just hoping they can back up the visuals with good characters and story this time around. Check out the gallery for Final Fantasy XV below.

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‘Final Fantasy XV’ To Feature “More Casual” Gameplay

This isn’t to say the game is simple, though.

Final Fantasy XV news has been the hot topic lately thanks to the Tokyo Game Show, and series director Hajime Tabata has said some interesting things about the game’s combat system.

He said the following to Eurogamer about the combat:

“With Final Fantasy 15, I do want to make it more casual. Of course the depth of the game is going to be there, but I want to make it so players can easily experience the satisfaction of the depth of the game. It’ll basically be a one-button action, and the AI intuitively outputs an action that kind of satisfies, gives you that instant gratification, and it connects with the simple touch of a button. I myself am not getting any younger. I don’t want to be frantically pushing buttons. I also want to utilize the intelligence of the hardware spec, and not have to go through too much hassle or trouble in order to execute moves.”

You could tell from the new trailer that the game has a much more instant sort of battle system compared to those of the series’ past. Everything that was going on on-screen seemed to be completely action based, resembling the combat that is more along the lines of a Kingdom Hearts game. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to hear about the depth that is hidden beneath the simple mechanics soon, but as long as it isn’t anything like the snooze fest that was Final Fantasy XII then I’ll be OK.

Final Fantasy XV is releasing on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox One sometime in 2015, though a demo for the game will be shipping with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in March 205.

‘Final Fantasy XV’ TGS Trailer Looks Very Promising

It won’t be long now.

We keep waiting for more info on Final Fantasy XV to come, but it just keeps slipping through the cracks. However, the Tokyo Game Show has opened the floodgates by releasing a 2 and a half minute trailer for the game that shows us a lot.

In the trailer we’re first witness to the game’s gorgeous visuals, showing off what next-gen hardware is truly capable of. The group of protagonists are on the road a lot as they battle various monsters and explore new locales, all the while we get to check out the game’s action-oriented combat. Check out the trailer below. 

Final Fantasy XV is developed by Square Enix and is set to release for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime next year.

‘Final Fantasy XV’ Demo Coming With ‘Type-0 HD’ Next Year?

The return of Final Fantasy may be sooner than we think.

Final Fantasy XV has been eagerly anticipated by fans for years now, as it is coined to be the game that may finally get the series back on the right track after a series of lack-luster installments. We still have very little information on the game, but now there are rumors that a demo could be released as soon as next Spring.

It’s not going to be released as a free download on PSN or XBL, though, as reports are saying that it will be bundled with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. Type-0 HD is a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One port of the PSP game that only released in Japan in 2011. Apparently, this game will release on a reported date of March 17th.

Now, all of this information needs to be taken with a grain of salt as nothing is official yet, but this is one of those cases where the information in question seems like it isn’t far off the mark. Perhaps the Tokyo Game Show will pull the curtain on this mystery and truly give Final Fantasy fans something to anticipate next year.

Square Enix’s Sales Forecast Hints At ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Not Coming Before March 2015

Square Enix has just revealed their financial report for the fiscal year that ends on March 31st, 2014, and in it they reduced their sales forecast from 17.23 million to 12 million. While this isn’t set in stone, it has lead some to believe that Final Fantasy XV will not be coming out this year.

Research analyst David Gibson posted the following on twitter:

“Square Enix forecast of game units falling to 12m implies no FF15 in the year ending Mar 2015.”

This all makes sense, in my opinion, because I never really expected Final Fantasy XV to release this year in the first place. When the developers showed off both that and Kingdom Hearts III I got the impression that both would be coming mid-to-late 2015, at the earliest.

‘Final Fantasy XV’ Character Bios

Meet some major characters from the upcoming Final Fantasy sequel, and get some insight on what the story will consist of.

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shhNews has been slowly coming out for the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy XV, and now we are getting a big chunk of info by way of character biographies. These short bits of info not only shed light on the characters in the game, but give nice hints on the type of game we can expect for this latest iteration of Final Fantasy. They already sound far more interesting than anything the series has churned out in recent years. Continue reading “‘Final Fantasy XV’ Character Bios”