As the reviews come in for Final Fantasy XV and players delve deeper into the world of possibilities with Prince Noctis and his really, really, ridiculously good-looking crew, it’s easy to get lost in the hype and buzz of the usual cycle of game industry and not delve into the significance of it.
Particularly for outsiders to the series, it does sound as though it sits in the same yearly cycle that sees a sequel slew of sports, shooters and ‘ssassins. It’s right there in the name, with this being the fifteen (not including any peripheral titles around the Final Fantasy series), but the first game stretches all the way back to 1987 – that’s older than the median youtuber!
Much in the same way that it’s easy to lose one’s self in the myriad of possibilities that go with an Open World, or even with a modern AAA littered with activities, the variation of things to do tie into a setting built up over decades, and in such a way, are provided with a necessity of being, their presence perhaps not crucial to the story, but a component vital to a true realisation of that detailed setting.
If you’re not so familiar with the series, it can be a little disarming. Some of you might have memories of an earlier Final Fantasy on the original Playstation, delving into cutscene after cutscene between brief spurts of interactivity, or know naught beyond what modicums of lore made its way into the animated movies that bore the franchise name (discounting the panned yet still influential Spirits Within). Others might know none of this, merely seeing a social timeline around Final Fantasy XV spreading a bare eight-pack, impossibly kempt hair, and a confusing memetic indulgence of Cup Noodles.
Square Enix revealed that the game had more than five million copies of the game spread around the world to people in many regions on day one of its global launch on Xbox One and Playstation 4, with plenty more on the way – additional updates to provide more story content, and changes to chapters.
We don’t have anything more on the game itself right now, but since we’re fans of the use of Live Action trailers for games, we thought we’d share this one that definitely engages in the spirit within the game itself. Yes, we’re horrible. Enjoy.
Final Fantasy XV was released globally in November 2016.