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New Final Fantasy XV details emerge from Japan

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Final Fantasy XIII was quite a divisive entry in the franchise. The Marmite of JRPGs, fans either loved or hated it. Now details are coming out on Final Fantasy XV, and this may just be the game that fans have been waiting for.

Unfortunately, I’m not fluent in Japanese, so I have to rely on the details translated by the cunning linguists at DualShockers. The Xbox One’s Japanese website explains that, taking advantage of new generation consoles’ specs, characters can move freely across the whole screen. The party battle system is more advanced, allowing players to switch characters “more strategically”. However, over on the PS4 page, there’s a different (and complementary) description of the game’s mechanics:

The battles featured in Final Fantasy XV have evolved greatly from the previous games of the series, as it’s created as an action game. The game switches seamlessly from the field to battle and the combat situation evolves rapidly. It goes on quickly with a sense of full realism.

Also, it’s possible to fight not only with the hero Noctis, but also to switch with other characters. Furthermore, it’s also possible to perform a combination attack with a companion while enjoying the dynamic effect.

Noctis can fight by making use of a variety of weapons and can move quickly within the areas by attacking enemies with stylish action!

You can fight monsters by cooperating with an ally. The ability to fight in collaboration with unique companions is an important feature of this game.

Each Final Fantasy game has featured a new combat system. Even Final Fantasy XIII used different combat in each installment of the trilogy. I’m curious to see what is meant by the battle system “created as an action game” – will it be more hack and slash this time around? Perhaps some Diablo influences getting into the JRPG? It remains to be seen, but it will ge interesting to see what strange and new experience Square Enix is creating for this beloved franchise.

Last Updated: April 29, 2014


  1. Umar's Sin

    April 29, 2014 at 18:14

    DAY ONE BOOOOIIII…lol Jk, pretty excited to see how this is going to turn out, battles seems very KH-ish with real time action and menu commands. Look forward to seeing more, hopefully at E3 or TGS


    • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

      April 29, 2014 at 18:47

      No No noo nooooooo…… XIII caught me like that, will give it some few weeks, read reviews, watch videos first


      • King Chibi

        April 30, 2014 at 12:43

        FF13 was never an action game from the get go…. -__-‘. FF15 plays legit like KH but far more complex. FF13 never did, even when MT described its gameplay. However, if you bought FF13 without doing any research then that was your fault. If you did you would know it was never 100% real time


        • GalacticLordCaptainAwesomeness

          April 30, 2014 at 14:57

          As a long time FF fan, one would not need to do research, as ALL the previous games were magnificent. The characters were weak, the story was terrible…


    • Hammersteyn

      April 30, 2014 at 08:17

      FF13 burned me on a third degree level. Will sit back and watch for now.


  2. Ottokie

    April 29, 2014 at 19:30

    “The battles featured in Final Fantasy XV have evolved greatly from the previous games of the series, as it’s created as an action game.”

    Yeaaaaaaa about that…

    No turn based battle model means NO too buying this “action game” that is supposed to be an JRPG (IM LOOKING AT YOU FF 13!!!)


  3. Grant [_G_] Hancock

    April 30, 2014 at 08:00

    Saw “cunning linguists” … expected to scroll down and see Darryn’s face on the article … lol 😛


  4. oVg Errorist

    April 30, 2014 at 08:51

    “have evolved greatly from the previous games”?
    I beg to differ. Back to basics SQUARE. Less is more, nothing wrong with TURN based combat. The 4.4million PS2 sales prove that.


  5. King Chibi

    April 30, 2014 at 12:46

    The comments here really tell me that people are clueless about what 15 is overall. Please read http://marcush108.wix.com/bimpygamenation#!final-fantasy-xv/cuvf


  6. Viktor Kateliev

    April 30, 2014 at 13:59

    there supposed to be a promotional event sometime soon just for ff15, where there will be a 10ish min gameplay video, according to an official/unoffical twitter account that has email ties to square enix, they post random ff15 info every few days. officalffxv .. just the other day they confirmed that 6 things returning for ff15 are moogles, chocobos, cid, airships, job classes/enemy, and etro but different from ff13, and also that you have control of noctis for everything you do


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