Back in March, Final Fantasy XV finally set a course for release. After years and years of development, Square Enix’s vaporware project is finally out on September 30. And with that release date, comes a lot of responsibility to the franchise. You think of the best Final Fantasy games ever made, and the Lightning saga probably won’t be on your top ten list. It’s been a generation of mostly dull games in a trilogy whose greatest achievement was that it managed to at least look pretty.
Final Fantasy XV has a lot riding on it then. Not only does it need to justify the cost of all that time spent in development, it needs to bring back lapsed fans as well. And maybe having an absolutely massive world to explore in a sandbox fashion, is a write step into the past and future of the series. Here’s the World of Wonder trailer that shows off all those new locales:
And if your IP is busy being strict and all like “nuh uh you can’t look videos you’re supposed to be working brah I’m going to go tell the boss,” then here’s a gallery of images to gawk at that includes some of that fine concept art from Yoshitaka Amano:
Exploration has always been the best part of Final Fantasy, Whether it led to you battling Diablos in Final Fantasy 8, visiting the Shuma village in Final Fantasy 8 or flying to the Deep Sea Research Facility to encounter Bahamut and draw the Eden Guardian Force from the Ultima Weapon in Final Fantasy 8 (I may have played this particular game way too much), going off the beaten path was a blast.
And that’s what I’m really looking forward to in Final Fantasy XV. Brotherhood, magic and seeing the world. I can show you the woooooorld, shining, shimmering, spleeeeeeeendid!
Last Updated: May 19, 2016