Watch Noctis battle Magitek units in new Final Fantasy 15 battle footage

By Brenna Hillier, Monday, 1 February 2016 02:56 GMT

Final Fantasy 15 grows less vaporous by the day.

New Final Fantasy 15 footage was released in the wake of this weekend’s Final Fantasy 15 Active Time Report stream, which revealed new details of the RPG’s magic system and world.

There will be two types of magic. One, called Ring Magic, crops up later in the game and is only usable by whoever holds a hereditary artefact of the royal family. The more familiar Final Fantasy battle magic is called Elemental Magic.

There are only three elements – Thunder, Blizzard and Fire – which has alarmed some fans. But it’s kind of cool; magic can cause elemental effects depending on the environment your in. Thunder does more damage over a wider area in the rain, for example, while fire will set grass alight and Blizzard will freeze enemies in the wet. Elemental magic isn’t reliant on MP: players must collect it as items, which can then be equipped like a weapon in battle. It sounds (and looks) a bit like grenades; how very Destiny.

You’ll see it in action in the footage above, which shows the infiltration of a Niflheim base – a side activity. Presenting the footage, director Hajime Tabata drew attention to the improved camera, overhauled UI, new combo and squad commands.

Tabata also gave some more information regarding Niflheim, which serves as the major enemy force of Final Fantasy 15. A huge, militaristic state, at the start of Final Fantasy 15 Niflheim occupies most of the world. Noctis’s homeland of Lucis is the sole remaining holdout, thanks to its reliance on magic in battle; Niflheim prefers technology, and fields huge numbers of Magitek automata. The presentation introduced several new characters from Niflheim, including emperor Iedolas Aldercapt, éminence grise chancellor Ardyn Izunia, military head General Glauca and dragoon Aranea Highwind.

You can watch the full Active Time Report below; it goes for over an hour, and includes a progress report comparing older and newer builds, which is pretty inetresting. Below that you’ll see a couple of new screens Square Enix sent out to accompany the new footage.

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Final Fantasy 15 will be dated in late March, and is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

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