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.

Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae 2.0 Coming Next Month To Original Demo Owners

The devs are addressing all of the feedback they got from the survey with an updated version of last month’s Episode Duscae.

When Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae came bundled with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD last month, fans were finally given their first taste of one of the most highly-anticipated games in years. They were also able to provide feedback to the developers by way of a survey, and the devs have taken that criticism to heart and will be releasing a new version of the demo next month.

During the latest Active Time Event broadcast, Final Fantasy XV‘s director Hajime Tabata addressed many of the complaints that fans had with the demo. He even shared several graphs that accurately and thoroughly conveyed results of the survey that many took part in, which you can check out at the bottom of this post.

The most interesting of these graphs are the average score that people gave this demo, with statistics being broken into North American, European and Japanese categories. North American gamers were the most generous of the 3 nations with an average score of 8.6, European gamers were in the middle with an average score of 8.3, and Japanese gamers were the most critical with an average score of 8.0.

Along with this information, Tabata also revealed that an updated demo of Episode Duscae (called Episode Duscae 2.0) will address many of the complaint received in the feedback survey. This demo will only be available to those who purchased Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and will include improvements like better targeting and camera systems, improved combat and the addition of a dodge roll move. They are also looking to improve the game’s framerate, though they are unsure if that will be addressed in the upcoming update. This new version of the demo will be available next month.

Be sure to check out the lengthy and funny video of Hajime Tabata and Akio Ofuji discussing Final Fantasy XV as well as the aforementioned graphs below. Final Fantasy XV is developed by Square Enix 1st Production Department and XPEC Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

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The ‘Final Fantasy Type-0 HD’ Launch Trailer Has Arrived

God dammit this looks so much better than Final Fantasy XIII.

This week Final Fantasy fans will hopefully be getting a console Final Fantasy game that can finally remove the bad taste in their mouths left by the Final Fantasy XIII series. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD marks a new direction for the series, with a more mature story and pretty gruesome combat.

This launch trailer shows us much of what we have already seen (which is damn impressive, if you ask me!), but this one definitely gives you the full package. Give it a watch below. 

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is developed by HexaDrive and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It launches in the USA on 3/17/15, in Japan on 3/19/15 and in Europe on 3/20/15.

A New Livestream For ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Demo Airing Next Week

You’ll have another chance to check out Episode Duscae next week.

While gamers will be able to check out the Episode Duscae demo for Final Fantasy XV next month if they pre-order Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, they’ll also be able to see it in action thanks to a livestream that will be airing next week.

The livestream will take place on February 20th on YouTube, and will feature game director Hajime Tabata playing the game. During the stream Tabata will also be detailing more aspects of the demo while also going more in-depth with the overall game’s mechanics.

Final Fantasy XV is developed by Square Enix for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While it currently does not have a release date, it is expected to release later this year or early next year.

New Details Emerge On ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Demo

Episode Duscae will utilize a cover system inspired by The Third Birthday.

While the official release date for Final Fantasy XV is still unknown, we do know that a demo for the game is in the works that will be bundled with pre-orders for the upcoming Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

A recent interview with Hajime Tabata reveals that the demo is called Episode Duscae and will let players utilize a cover system that was inspired by mechanics from The Third Birthday. Much of what has been shown of the game will make it into the demo in some shape or form, though specific length and missions remain unknown.

There’s also some great news for people who won’t be able to try out the upcoming demo bundled with Type-0 HD, as Tabata also revealed that they are working on a technical demo for the game. They are still planning this demo, however, so information on a release window for it is still a while off.

Final Fantasy XV is being developed for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by Square Enix. An official release date has yet to be revealed, though Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will be released on March 17th, 2015.