Final Fantasy XV gets new trailer and director

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I know it’s still a while away with a demo only coming next year, but Final Fantasy XV is coming. After silence from Sony about the beloved JRPG franchise at E3 and Gamescom, they’ve finally revealed some new stuff at the Tokyo Games Show. This includes a new trailer, as well as some details about who is running the show.

Here is the sausage-fest Maserati-fuelled trailer:

Did anyone else notice the suicide doors on the car? That’s insane. I know there has been quite some backlash about the more modern feel of the game, but I’m sure that they will make it work, weaving together the realism with the supernatural in fantastical way. The combat is looking all new, a tradition for Final Fantasy games – they always change the way combat works in each new iteration.

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In a press statement, Square Enix stated that Tetsuya Nomura is no longer directing the project. Nomura is best known for his work on Kingdom Hearts and his character designs for various Final Fantasy games. He has been replaced with Hajime Tabata, known for his work on Final Fantasy Type O and Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII. Squeenix CEO Yosuke Matsuda explains:

Hereafter, [Nomura] will be focusing his efforts on the production of titles that can only be made possible by Nomura, himself, and delivering products that exceed the quality of past titles, starting with another one of his representative projects, Kingdom Hearts III. Square Enix will continue to work on these titles with the best staff formation in an effort to deliver them to everyone as soon as possible and appreciates your continued support.

So, Nomura has served his purpose, working on the character designs and other features of FFXV. Now Tabata can finish the game off and ensure it escapes from development hell. At least Nomura fans know that his touch on the game will be significant, but I have more faith that Tabata can helm the project and ensure its release. Besides, Nomura is needed on Kingdom Hearts III.

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Last Updated: September 18, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • TGS Babay (Umar)

    I just…..I can’t help but get hype man…Fuckit….Fuck….Yoko Shimomura’s music is seriously giving me goosebumps…That trailer was the hypest things I’ve seen in a while, and you can say whatever you want about the series…there is no denying that this game looks amazing

    • Hammersteyn

      It does, I’m overly hyped!

      • TGS Babay (Umar)

        Same here buddy…..same here

  • TGS Babay (Umar)

    Did you see that sword teleportation. Like WHAT? That shit is gangsta……….

    • Hammersteyn

      I thought the driver was pretty gansta, a huge monster you say? Doesn’t matter I’m cruising at 25KM/h

      • TGS Babay (Umar)

        Hahaha, makes no sense at all but hey, looks completely swagtastic. Noctis just sleeping in the car like he dont care

  • TGS Babay (Umar)

    Oh man, those outdoor environments….What is going on here

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      FF12 in a modded Skyrim.

  • TGS Babay (Umar)
  • Hammersteyn

    The game looks rather normal, no over the top summons or spells as of yet, this could be a good thing if the tone it down a bit. But it will definitely stand apart from other FF games then

    • TGS Babay (Umar)

      What do you think?

      • OVGrounded new game+++

        Reminds me of this. Dirge of Cerberus

        • TGS Babay (Umar)

          LOOOOOL Its not that bad actually (Though I liked Dirge somewhat). PLayed the J demo for Type-0 , it was awesome, it’s much more involved than 13 though

      • Hammersteyn

        That’s more like it

  • Hammersteyn

    Also I assume that driving a car means you can freely explore (after leveling up a bit) and not be guided from point A to B or having to use time travel to create the illusion of free roaming.

    • TGS Babay (Umar)

      BOOM!

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      Knowing SQUARE these days that will be added DLC. One can only HOPE (No pun) that they do not make a DLC ending again.

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    WTF did I just watch?

  • Jac7

    Holy schnitzel…

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    I have a feeling that the FF12 MMO type formula is back with 4 player co-op.
    Social social social.

    Also, why has J-POP become so GOOFY? Gone are the old serious undertones.

    It should be called Final Poptasy.

    I bet you all a Pink muffin that Lightning appears in it.

  • Jedi Consular Kromas

    I put the motion forward to rename the whole series.

    My vote is Continuous Fantasy.

    • OVGrounded new game+++

      People would buy a Brick if it had the Final Fantasy logo on it.

      • Jedi Consular Kromas

        I take offense . People would buy a Nokia 3310 cause it always works!

        😛

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    4 David Bowies in 1 car.

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    Yuna owns these PUNKS.

  • OVGrounded new game+++

    The new script for Final Fantasy new age kids.

    Scene: Driving in car with big monsters all around.

    David Bowie 1 ” You gonna be late for your date Dude”

    David Bowie 2 ” Step on the gas you virgin”

    David Bowie 2 ” Grunt grunt sigh sigh”

    • WolfyZA

      One thing is for sure, Japan sure likes to write these emo too cool for school characters. Kinda gets irritating after a while.

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    Ok seriously what? This is what Square releases as a trailer to get us hype? Noctis and J-pop fan club cruising around in a nice car beating up random enemies and wild life?

    SERIOUSLY SQUARE!? what the actual hell are you doing. They are succeeding in making this look painfully boring, I am not trying to troll here. Im saying this with all my fanboy love that trailer is pretty but other than that painfully freaking dull.

    Seeing that has made me worry about this game again.

  • WolfyZA

    Please dont be another FF XIII.

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