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Final Fantasy 15 “quite far into development” says Square

Thursday, 13 February 2014 10:54 GMT By Dave Cook

Final Fantasy 15 developer Square Enix has confirmed that the project is quite far into development and is being given the highest priority at the company.

It follows these official Final Fantasy 15 character bios, and this gameplay trailer showing off a high-level Noctis in acton.

Speaking with Videogamer, series producer Yoshinori Kitase said, “We can’t give too much information but certainly looking at Final Fantasy XV, it’s not as if it’s in competition with Kingdom Hearts 3 for resources or anything like that.

“It’s quite far into development now and it is being given a very high priority within the company itself, but that doesn’t mean Kingdom Hearts isn’t.”

Further on; Kitase added that while Final Fantasy 15 has had a name change from Final Fantasy 13 Versus, it is still underpinned by the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology.

He continued, “Right from the start when we first it announced it as Versus XIII, the game itself was backed up by the same Crystal legend: the Fabulla Nova Crystallis mythology that underpins the whole of the XIII series. So even though it’s not necessarily the same universe or the same game, they’re all linked and underpinned by the backdrop of that legend.

“Now it’s moved on – obviously the title’s been changed to Final Fantasy XV – but that hasn’t actually changed. The story and the world is still going to be linked and backed up by that. So yes, there is the link between XIII and XV, and they both share that mythology as a backdrop and a starting point.”

Are you looking forward to Final Fantasy 15? Let us know below.

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18 Comments

  1. KAP

    I’m super hyped by 15, specially because the last Final Fantasy I actually bought, played, enjoyed was X.
    Actually I bought FF12 but did’nt enjoy it, nor did I finish it I don’t think?

    What entices me on FFXV is the quote “This fantasy is based on reality”. Its got me hoping. no praying It has that real world feel mixed with fantasy like FF7 did. If they can pull that off, while having a more open seemless exploration feel like western RPGs then we got a winner on our hands boys!

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Legendaryboss

    Its never releasing, NEVER!

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Luciferous

    It wants to be far in to development, you’ve been working on it longer than it’s taken the whole XIII saga to come out.

    Stop tickling my balls, Square, I’m tired of the teasing.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. TERMINATOR-SSD

    i am hyped for this. I didn’t mind turn based games back on the PS1. but i cant stand them now. So i am happy this is a full blown controlled game and it looks amazing.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. jomac3db

    ( in my Daniel Bryant voice) yes yes yes yes yes

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fihar

    Does being the in same Fabula Nova Crystal thingy mean it’s still going to have ridiculous naming conventions and a slew of equally ridiculous mythological terms?

    Even I still have trouble saying things like Pulse l’cie with a straight face.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. BrokenSpline

    @Luciferous

    The thing is, it wasn’t being developed on. It was in pre-production for over 5 years and just little a year ago was it actually said to be worked on. For what ever reason they felt like announcing it when they announced FF13. Proof is right there with the Lightning series that was something that was just thrown out to the consumer.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. salarta

    This is the only thing left at Squeenix that I have any faith in.

    For my money’s worth, I refuse to accept the idea that FF15 is in any way connected to FF13. It may use names for things that FF13 used, but much like how FF13 isn’t a Final Fantasy game just for taking a motorcycle mech and naming it Shiva, FF15 isn’t tied to FF13 just for using the name Etro for a goddess of that world. If Squeenix is allowed to make stuff that has nothing to do with Final Fantasy and still call it Final Fantasy, then as a consumer I’m allowed to completely blow off their insistence that something that actually is Final Fantasy is related in any way to something that isn’t.

    @KAP FF12 was also the last main entry FF game I played as well. I enjoyed it and consider it the last actual Final Fantasy game Squeenix has made, though I never finished it. Even so, I think the game only felt like a Final Fantasy game because of Matsuno’s work; the further you get into the game, the more content you see hijacked by higher-ups at the company based on what they thought would sell more copies.

    This is also why I remain hesitant about FF15. I like what I’ve seen so far, it feels like we’re finally getting an actual Final Fantasy game for the first time in ten years, but this is also a company that’s ruined multiple franchises with “sequels” and “reboots” that force ideas for brand new games onto existing IPs. Squeenix has a horrible track record, and as I’ve said before, they tend to exceed my worst expectations of them.

    The last Squeenix game I ever played was Nier, which was an excellent game, worthy of the Squaresoft of old. It’s just too bad that Squaresoft quality is so far gone that it takes a developer not owned by Squeenix to get it right.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    “Nier, which was an excellent game, worthy of the Squaresoft of old.”

    Ell ooh ell.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. salarta

    @Ireland Michael I listen to dog whistles, I bet you haven’t heard them.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. hitnrun

    Oh yeah. This thing, from a year ago. I guess it’s a rite of adulthood to learn not to pay attention to Final Fantasy projects in development, as you’ll end up spending vast amounts of time and thought on…nothing.

    I enjoyed FF12 well enough but never got more than halfway into it. Watching a friend play FF13 was like being waterboarded, and thankfully his threshold for pain only lasted a little while past mine, and that was sheerly for the Giant-Bomb-Endurance-Run-Masochist hell of it.

    The problem with both of those games, I think, was that they spend far too much time and invest too much narrative and real estate in setting up a “franchise” and “mythology.” In 12 it was the horrible and unnecessary pillaging of the once-compelling Ivalice world from Final Fantasy Tactics; in 13 they decided to start over with the Nueva Crystally Fabulist thing.

    They would be better served ditching all that and making a fucking game, and then if they think there’s an audience, making another one. They’re just whipping up palatable nonsense from thrice-recycled pop mythology for a fantasy melodrama, not writing the Silmarillion from scratch. Taking a more focused approach would also allow for crazy narrative conventions like protagonists dying. As it stands, you know the main characters will survive and be successful because they need to market the sequel.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. salarta

    @hitnrun It’s actually kind of strange you mention characters dying, because that’s really one of the things that stuck out most about earlier games in the first place. FF4, Tellah dies. FF5, Galuf dies. FF6 has General Leo (even though he’s only temporary, he’s still playable), and FF7 had Aeris. They haven’t had a main playable character die since FF7.

    Also, I think Squeenix recognizes that it’s important to have a whole world and mythology and whatnot… but they’re doing it entirely wrong. Even with the Lord of the Rings example, Tolkien built his work based on existing mythology, and a lot of the things he did such as invented language came easier for him based on his profession. He also had a definite, genuine interest in those things, and that interest really built up Lord of the Rings.

    The guys at Squeenix right now do it more because they think of it as a necessity. It’s less about them making sure to tell a meaningful, compelling story, and more about having something to sell copies of a video game. When Final Fantasy games were made before, it didn’t involve some figurehead at the company coming out to spout how they “created a mythology” or any other grandiose claims, which is something other companies would call very simply “writing a story.” They simply let the game play out and players learn as expected. We didn’t need massive encyclopedia entries and years of pre-development to find out that Materia comes from the Lifestream or that Nibelheim got burned down and got set up again by Shinra covering their tracks. We learned that in the game, and it was part of the discovery.

    I think that’s also part of why FF15 looks so promising. For all the mockery it’s currently getting for taking so long to come out, the fact of the matter is, people on the project kept getting pulled off it to make crap like FF13 and 3rd Birthday. And yet, enough people behind FF15 are STILL interested in making the game that they want to see it through. That shows real commitment, and real commitment can only exist if they have a genuine personal interest. This game is obviously not just a paycheck for the people working on it.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    @salarta IX and X both have main character deaths. IX is vague, but X’s is pretty clear cut. XII had a very important character did as well, though not a playable one.

    “And yet, enough people behind FF15 are STILL interested in making the game that they want to see it through. That shows real commitment, and real commitment can only exist if they have a genuine personal interest. This game is obviously not just a paycheck for the people working on it.”

    People work on what they’re told to work on. Square is only prioritising this one over other. That observation makes absolutely no sense.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. salarta

    @Ireland Michael I don’t remember FF9 or FF10′s deaths, then. I remember Queen Brahne dying in FF9, but she wasn’t a main playable character. Blank doesn’t count; he’s brought back before the end. For FF10, there’s Seymour but he became a villain and didn’t truly die until the very end, and Tidus and Auron dying at the end is more wrapped up in game completion material… and if someone actually accepts later stuff as canon, then Tidus comes back to life.

    Past FF games from FF4 to FF7 (but notably, not FF1-3, at least as far as I’m aware for FF2 which I never finished) had someone in the main playable party sacrifice themselves to help everyone else. Though I’ll admit that General Leo’s sacrifice is iffy since he’s only playable for the point where he dies.

    Saying “people work on what they’re told to work on” doesn’t work when you have a project that’s still underway after 8 years. With that much time come and gone, to where the project would have to be completely restarted when it comes to game assets, it would be very easy to scrap the whole project as a lost cause and put resources into something brand new. Enough people believe in the project that they’re willing to see it through, rather than drop the whole thing and run.

    If we were talking about a game that took two or even three years longer than expected, then I might be able to say the situation boils down to people merely doing what they’re paid to do. This long? Hell no. They’re committed to this.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Ireland Michael

    @salarta Vivi, Tidus and Auron are all considered death. You can argue as many semantics as you want, they’re still deaths. The series has never been afraid of killing its characters. Even XIII has them.

    “Saying “people work on what they’re told to work on” doesn’t work when you have a project that’s still underway after 8 years. With that much time come and gone, to where the project would have to be completely restarted when it comes to game assets, it would be very easy to scrap the whole project as a lost cause and put resources into something brand new. Enough people believe in the project that they’re willing to see it through, rather than drop the whole thing and run.”

    No.

    1) There is no reason for them to scrap most of the the assets.

    2) Most of Square’s title this gen have taken forever to develop. Even FFXIII had a stupidly long development cycle. Staff on this game have changed, and just recently some of the core staff has been shifted around. Thankfuly its people with positive associations with the franchise, not negative ones.

    3) They needed a number titles. They simply changed the name to make it one.

    Unfortunately, as good as the Kingdom Hearts like combat looks, the design is some of the most tediously derivative anime-esque crap I’ve ever seen. It looks as uninspired as hell.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Djoenz

    Sigh……….

    #16 1 year ago
  17. salarta

    @Ireland Michael Okay, whatever you say.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. AbigailHolt29

    First time i trusted an online job ad and managed to make 90$ in 5 hours…Have you looked at this? CashStoredcom

    #18 1 year ago

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    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]

  • Neverwinter MMO can now be pre-downloaded on Xbox One

    You can now pre-download the free-to-play Neverwinter MMO on Xbox One. The game launches on March 31, but you will still need an Xbox Live Gold account to play it. Based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, the game can be downloaded from the Xbox Store.

  • Destiny of Spirits will go offline starting next month

    Sony will be ending service for Destiny of Spirits starting next month, Sony has announced. The free-to-play Destiny of Spirits was released in late March 2014 on Vita, and tasked players with collecting supernatural forces appropriate to their geographical location, and then trading them with others online. Gravity Rush spirits were added to the game […]

  • MotoGP 15 is out this spring on PC, last and current-gen consoles

    MotoGP 15 will be released in June on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Milestone has announced. Bike, rider and team customization are part of the latest release in the franchise, along with time-trials and enhanced career options. The game features over 20 bike models divided into three classes: MotoGP, Moto 2 […]

  • Cities: Skylines players should check out Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises

    Nakatomi Plaza and Wayne Enterprises can now be yours in Cities: Skylines. Die Hard fans will be familiar with Nakatomi Plaza. Those who have never watched the first film and live in Los Angeles know it by its real-life name, FOX Plaza. It was created by Enos Shenk and is available through Steamworks. Those who […]

  • Call of Duty franchise has sold 175M copies, players have thrown 300B grenades

    With the Call of Duty Championship kicking off tomorrow, Activision has sent over a series infographic full of interesting figures such as the number of copies sold over 10 years and how many grenades players have tossed. According to the stats below, the Call of Duty franchise has sold 175 million copies across all platforms […]

  • Save up to 75% on select SEGA games on Steam this weekend

    SEGA has put many of its games on sale through Steam this weekend and the firm has also announced Eastside Hockey Manager is now available through Early Access. The sale runs through March 30. The entire Total War, Company of Heroes and Dawn of War back catalogs are discounted 75% and all associated DLC is […]

  • Batman: Arkham Knight PC confirmed as digital download-only in UK

    Batman: Arkham Knight will indeed be a download-only title on PC in the UK, Warner Bros. has confirmed to VG247. Batman: Arkham Knight will be available as both a physical and digital release for PS4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe. Again, in the UK, the PC version will be “available as […]

  • Rainbow Six Siege release date set for October per GameStop Italy – report

    GameStop Italy may have let the release date for Rainbow Six Siege slip if a recent listing is accurate. According to the listing, the game will release on October 16. While this could be a placeholder date, October 16 is a Friday in the UK, the usual day new releases land at retail. The release […]

  • Watch the $1 million Call of Duty Championship right here

    The The Call of Duty Championship takes place this weekend, and you can watch all the action as it unfolds right here. The event takes place in Los Angeles tomorrow March 27 and runs through March 29, and the livestreams are below. 32 teams from five continents and 11 countries will be competing in Call […]

  • Battlefield Hardline: Battlefest kicks off this weekend with Double XP

    A new season of Battlefest kicks off this weekend, and starting today, you will earn Double XP in Battlefield Hardline. Battlefest for Hardline is similar to the event held for Battlefield 4 last year. For the entire month of April and into May, in-game events and competitions will be held by the developers and player […]

  • Don’t forget: the GTA 5 PC pre-order bonus cutoff is March 31

    Just a friendly reminder to those planning on purchasing GTA 5 for PC: you have until March 31 to pre-order if you want all the bonuses on offer. Those who pre-order will be handed $1 million in-game cash plus a bonus $300,000. It is split between GTA 5 and GTA Online: $500,000 for Grand Theft […]

  • Games with Gold offers doubled for April – six games instead of three

    Microsoft’s April Games with Gold collection is being doubled. For the month Xbox Live Gold members will receive six instead of three games free. Here’s what’s on offer: Pool Nation FX: Available all month on Xbox One Child of Light: Available all month on Xbox One Gears of War: Judgment: Available from April 1-15 on […]

  • Pokemon players can grab a code for Shiny Charizard at GAME in April

    Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire players along with Pokemon X and Y owners can grab a free, rare Shiny Charizard from April 3 at one of GAME’s 320 stores in the UK. The redeemable codes for the character will be made available upon request and no purchase is necessary. Those who pop into one […]

  • F1 2015 will arrive on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in June, includes Mexico circuit

    Codemasters has announced its F1 franchise will make its series debut on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this June with the release of F1 2015. The game was developed using a new engine and contains improved handling and physics for all vehicles and parts attached. This includes: engine, transmission, aerodynamics, fuel tank, force feedback, suspension […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video confirms Liu Kang as playable character

    Liu Kang has been confirmed as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X in the latest video. You’ll also notice Bo’ Rai Cho in there as well. In the Shaolin trailer above you also get a look at Kung Lao and Kung Jin who is new to the series. Apparently, Raiden’s past champions of the […]

  • Short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront shows the Battle of Hoth

    A short teaser for Star Wars: Battlefront has been posted by EA on Twitter. Well, that speeder isn't going anywhere. Can someone give us a lift to @SW_Celebration http://t.co/srEVrAA0zl #SWCA https://t.co/4W4LG8myke — EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) March 25, 2015 The teaser shows vehicles which we could be using in the game, but it mainly shows the snowy landscape […]

  • Pillars of Eternity releases today – get all the review scores here

    Pillars of Eternity, which still stands as the second most-funded video game on Kickstarter, finally releases today. It’s also getting some rather positive reviews scores, which we’ve rounded up for you. The isometric, party-based RPG from Obsidian Entertainment was one of the first video game projects to take to Kickstarter, and hit its $1.1 million […]

  • Take an in-depth look at Evolve’s Behemoth monster and four new hunters

    Evolve’s fourth monster, the Behemoth, as well as the four new hunters are shown off in new gameplay video. Evolve’s latest gameplay trailer gives everyone a good look at each of the four new hunters and the massive Behemoth monster. The hunters can be bought either separately or though the hunting pass, while the monster […]

  • PS4 firmware update 2.50 causing issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall

    The suspend/resume feature in PlayStation 4′s 2.50 firmware update is causing some issues with Killzone: Shadow Fall. Killzone: Shadow Fall developer Guerrilla has said that the game is experiencing some issues in some instance where the suspend/resume feature is used. The timing of when players put the game in suspend mode does have an effect, […]

  • Bungie on Destiny matchmaking: “We believe there’s no substitute for a pre-made team”

    Crazy though this may seem, it’s possible that Destiny shipped according to plan. History points to community as a crucial component, far from the contingency that many now suspect. Paul Davies spoke to Bungie for clarity. “The community always engineers the best solutions for bringing players together. While Matchmaking is a great resource for introducing […]

  • Bloodborne works with suspend/resume, but only offline

    PlayStation 4′s newly-added suspend/resume feature works with Bloodborne as you’d expect, but only while offline. PlayStation 4 received the long-awaited suspend/resume feature today as part of firmware 2.50, and people are starting to test it out with various games. Bloodborne does work with the feature, but only if you play offline. Playing online is arguably […]

  • This is what Crossy Road looks like in first-person

    Crossy Road is fun and addictive. But in first-person, it’s mostly frightening. YouTube user Andy Front Films likes Crossy Road so much he decided to show off what it would look like in first-person. If crossing roads quickly and watching around for cars and trains, all of this as the camera chases you felt intense […]

  • Take a small behind-the-scenes peek at Mass Effect 4

    BioWare cinematic director Ken Thain has given us a very slim look behind the scenes at some motion capture work from the upcoming Mass Effect game. The upcoming Mass Effect game, whether it ends up being called Mass Effect 4 or not, will most definitely incorporate some form of motion capture work. How do we […]

  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 8GB day one patch on PS4, 16GB on Xbox One

    Day one patches for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection are pretty hefty. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection require players to download lots of gigabytes to make the experience as smooth as possible. The PlayStation 4 version has an 8.31GB day one patch. The Xbox One version however has […]

  • Get a PlayStation 4 with Bloodborne and The Last of Us for $435

    If you’ve been waiting for the perfect game to get to buy a PlayStation 4, there’s no better time than the present. Amazon is offering a good PlayStation 4 bundle at the moment. For $434.99, you get a PlayStation 4 console, The Last of Us, and Bloodborne. The Last of Us is of course the […]

  • Upcoming Battlefield Hardline patch to nerf the K10, buff battle rifles

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch will focus on weapon balance and a few changes have been proposed. Battlefield Hardline lead multiplayer designer Thaddeus Sasser posted a few of the balance changes that the team is considering for the next patch. K10: reduce bullet damage to 33 Saiga and PTR: reduce recoil to bring more in line […]

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and a new Resident Evil game coming this year, according to research firm

    According to digital games analyst SuperData, a new Resident Evil game is due this fall and that this year’s Call of Duty is Black Ops 3. In its latest report on digital console games, research and analytics firm SuperData revealed that a new Resident Evil is coming this fall. “We anticipate this month’s downturn to […]

  • Bloodborne: you can add gestures to your messages

    As players get deeper into Bloodborne, they keep uncovering so many of its little new additions, including this one. Bloodborne, like all of the Souls games before it, allows players to leave messages for other players. These messages could be used to point players towards impending doom, treasure, or just be sarcastic and witty. What […]