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Square Enix Delivered Way More Than Anyone Expected For “Final Fantasy XV”

Square Enix Delivered Way More Than Anyone Expected For “Final Fantasy XV”

Yesterday was the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event in Los Angeles. Here is everything Square Enix — wait for it — uncovered at the big event. The sheer amount of info that came out of the event is staggering. I was not expecting some of these.

The New Trailer

Of course there’s a new trailer! It wouldn’t be a Final Fantasy event without a new trailer. This one is called “Reclaim Your Throne.” The narration is from Noctis’ father King Regis. The world is going through some darkness, and Noctis is the key to bringing back the light. Figuratively I assume. It also features a brand new cover of “Stand By Me” by Florence + The Machine. Ya know, because the graphics weren’t mind-blowing enough on their own? Check it out.

The Anime

Surprise! There’s a five-episode anime prequel titled Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV. The mini-series will be available in its entirety for free via YouTube. The Verge reports that the episodes were made by Black Butler and Sword Art Online studio A-1 pictures. We recommend watching it if you plan to play the game, because if it’s anything like Final Fantasy XIII, a prologue would be super useful. And guess what? The first episode is already available. I won’t even make you leave this page to watch it because Geek & Sundry loves you.

The Demo

A free demo is now available on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Unlike demos for pretty much every other video game ever made, this one, titled the “Platinum” demo, is a standalone story that takes place in young Noctis’ mind. It’s rumored that players who complete it will receive an exclusive summon for Noctis. News around the internet is saying that it’s going to be the Carbuncle summons, but I haven’t played it yet myself, so I can’t confirm this.

The Minigame

It wouldn’t be Final Fantasy without some kind of mini-game, now would it? The new game will be Justice Monsters Five, a pinball game you can access via an arcade within the game. But this time around, Square Enix is putting the game within the game outside of the game. Did you get all that? Allow me to rephrase: The minigame will be available as a standalone on mobile devices in addition to being a part of Final Fantasy XV. Here’s the trailer.

One last surprise

During the event, Square Enix announced Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV, a feature length CG film staring Game of Thrones’ Sean Bean and Lena Headey as well as Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul. The film will feature a story that runs concurrent with the event of the game and follows King Regis after Noctis leaves on his epic journey. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children director Takeshi Nozue will helm the project. The movie does not have a release date yet, but should arrive before the game launch. Just shut up and take my money. Here’s the trailer.

Oh yeah, the release date!

Final Fantasy XV will arrive on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 30.

If you missed the live stream of the event, don’t worry, you can watch the entire thing right here. Overwhelmed yet, or have you gladly eaten up all this info? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Image credits: Square Enix

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