Final Fantasy 15 multiplayer expansion detailed, closed beta coming in August

By Stephany Nunneley
26 July 2017 15:10 GMT

Closed beta testing for Final Fantasy 15’s multiplayer mode, Comrades, has been announced along with details on the DLC.

Square Enix announced a closed beta for the multiplayer DLC will be made available to those who own the Final Fantasy 15 Season Pass next week.

Toted as an “exclusive preview,” select elements of the multiplayer expansion will be available. Players will be able to experience multiplayer quests with up to three players using a custom avatar. Up to eight avatars can be created and saved.

Noctis and the rest of the gang will be made playable at a later date.

The closed beta is tentatively scheduled for August 3-8. Users must have a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold account in order to play the multiplayer portion.


Test Version

  • Requirements: Requires purchase of Season Pass and a subscription to PlayStation®Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership.
  • Available: August 3 to August 8, 2017 (projected)
  • Playable Characters: Create, control, and save up to eight avatars.
  • Avatars: Customize avatars with elements limited to the test version.
  • Outposts: Begin at test version base camp and play through a custom tutorial.
  • Weapons: Choose from katana, club, dagger, and shuriken weapons. Attack patterns vary from those of Noctis.
  • Royal Sigils: Invoke the powers of sovereigns for your avatar with this new feature. Equip one of four default royal sigils in the test version.
  • Quests: Choose from one of three quests, with up to three legs to each quest. All players will be matched online in the test version.
  • Meals: Retrieve one ingredient per person per quest, and have the camp cook prepare a meal afterward.
  • Meteorshards: Receive meteorshards as quest rewards. Meteorshards cannot be used in the test version.
  • Added Features: Interact with other players using preset chat messages. Also supports voice chat.

Full Version

  • Requirements: Requires Final Fantasy 15 and purchase of either Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades, or the Season Pass. Also requires a subscription to PlayStation Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership.
  • Available: TBD
  • Playable Characters: Develop avatars using experience gained from defeating enemies and completing quests.Updates will allow you to also play as Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis.
  • Avatars: Unlock customization elements with item purchases at outposts and quest rewards. Updates will add even more elements.
  • Outposts: Experience a city with much more than the test version base camp.
  • Weapons: Expanded arsenal featuring polearm, crossbow, and shield weapons as well, which also feature different attack patterns. Weapons come with preset abilities and experience points, and can be leveled up by meeting certain conditions.
  • Royal Sigils: Collect and equip royal sigils as you progress. The wide array of enhancements provided by the royal sigils will play a key role in cooperative multiplayer combat.
  • Quests: Explore quests with storylines as well as singleplayer quests. Join up to three other players online with a subscription to PlayStation®Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership, or fight alongside three AI companions.
  • Meals: Encounter more cooks and enjoy a wider range of meal-based boosts.
  • Meteorshards: Gather meteorshards during quests to expand the scope of available activities or to unlock new quests.
  • Added Features: Make Camps for Meetups with Friends, Expand/Customize Preset Chat Messages, Receive Quest Report Cards, Take New Photographs, more.

Additional details on availability, outposts, weapons, sigils, meteorshards and other features will be provided at a later date.

Square Enix will be attending gamescom in August, where according to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, “good news” will be forthcoming from the team.

Tabata didn’t elaborate on whether the news was related to Episode Ignis or the Comrades multiplayer expansion.

With the closed beta kicking off  four weeks before the show, it’s possible a release date could be provided. We’ll have to wait and see.

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