Final Fantasy XV Director Talks Game’s Story, Length And Making The Series More Accessible

Final Fantasy XV is coming at some point next year, though a solid release date has yet to be revealed. However, more information is expected to be dropping over the span of the next couple of months that will shed more light on this highly anticipated game. In the meantime, the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, had a talk with Game Central where answered some very interesting questions regarding the game.

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Several aspects of the game and the industry as a whole were discussed, but below I’ve highlighted a couple segments of the interview for you to check out.

First up the interviewer asked Tabata about the series’ barrier of entry and how it kind of keeps some people from avoiding the series entirely:

“I really am very aware, and very much focused, on that idea that we’ve got to cater to the existing Final Fantasy fans and please them, that’s a given, but we really want to make the game much more accessible. So it’s a system that people can get into and understand. There’s not as many barriers there, so it can really appeal to a wide audience… the whole design process of the game we really are aware of that idea.”

He also delves into the game’s story and how he, first and foremost, wants that aspect of the game to be excellent:

“More than anything I really want people to say about XV that it had a great story. So the way I look at implementing the story and telling the story through the game… that’s the first priority really: getting it so the story feels good and it’s a great experience to have. So regardless of length that’s more important, that it’s a great story.

My ultimate dream for this would be if people say, “It’s such a great world and a great story that I don’t want to see it end!” And if people can express that kind of feeling towards it then I’ll feel I’ve done my job and I’ll be very happy with that.”

Final Fantasy XV has a lot to live up to with the quality of the series’ past, like the golden years of Final Fantasy VI straight through to X. Ever since that point (which has been a while), the series has definitely lost its way in being able to offer both a cast of great characters and a great story for them to get wrapped up in. While the Operation Duscae demo didn’t give us any idea in terms of the story, I was already liking the cast more than what I had experienced with the most recent games in the series. Tabata really seems like he’s committed to making this another great Final Fantasy game, and I hope beyond belief that he succeeds.

You Might Not Want to EVER Delete Your ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Demo

Make sure you have plenty of space on the hard drive, as you won’t want to be deleting the demo anytime soon.

Next month Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will launch on current-gen consoles, and those who pre-order the game will be getting a demo of the highly-anticipated Final Fantasy XV. You can download the demo on launch day and play around in Final Fantasy XV‘s world, via Episode Duscae.

However, be very careful with how you handle that demo, as Square Enix has released some tidbits on how it works. One of them, and the most important, is that the demo is gone forever once it is deleted. That means if you are running out of space on the hard drive and you need to delete something, delete everything OTHER than Episode Duscae.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 17th, 2015. There currently is no release date for Final Fantasy XV.

New Trailer For Final ‘Fantasy XV’ Demo “Episode Duscae”

It may not be anything we haven’t seen or less of before, but it nevertheless gets me excited to try it out.

Square Enix has released a brand new trailer for the upcoming demo for Final Fantasy XV, titled Episode Duscae. The demo is named after the Duscae region for which the entirety of the demo takes place, though it is only a small section of the game’s entire map.

The trailer shows off some nice glimpses of gameplay, though not really anything we haven’t seen before. We see some driving scenes, a night time bonfire scene, some fighting and yet another look at Cidney. No matter how many times I see what is essentially the same footage, though, it nevertheless has me excited to try it out.

The developers have confirmed that it will take about 3 hours to finish the demo, giving the player a general idea of what to expect from the finished product. It goes without saying, but what you are able to do is severely limited compared to the full game, as even the always-prevalent car will no be controllable in the demo.

The Final Fantasy XV Episode Duscae demo will be available to those who pre-order next month’s Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, though quantities of it will be limited. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is set to launch on March 17th in the USA and March 20th in Europe for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

A release date has yet to have been confirmed for Final Fantasy XV, though development has reportedly picked up with outsourced development help. To tide you over, why not check out the trailer for the new demo below?