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Final Fantasy XV Info Blowout

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Square Enix announced at the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event in Los Angeles that Final Fantasy XV will release on 30 September 2016. With the release date announcement comes a plethora of exciting Final Fantasy franchise details, including a new demo, Collector’s Edition details, an animated series, a CGI movie, a mobile game, new screenshots and two trailers featuring never-before-seen gameplay.

Final Fantasy Platinum Demo

Final Fantasy XV has a new demo Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) players can enjoy right now, called the “Platinum Demo”. The demo lets players take control of the game’s protagonist Noctis in his childhood years as he traverses a “fragmented dreamscape”. The demo’s content won’t be in the final version of the game.

"PLATINUM DEMO - FINAL FANTASY XV offers a glimpse into the final game as it whisks players away to a fragmented dreamscape of Noctis as a child. This storyline is unique to the demo and will not be available in the final version of the main game.  Players can take control of young Noctis as he masters various weapons, magic skills and driving.  To overcome the many monsters within this fantastical dream world, young Noctis will have Carbuncle as is his magical guide. Players who complete the demo will unlock the exclusive Carbuncle summon DLC for the full game at launch." Square Enix

You can download the Platinum Demo from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store now. While you download the 4.5GB demo, watch the Platinum Demo trailer below.

Anime prequel series “Brotherhood”

An anime series, called Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV has been announced and the first episode is already available on YouTube right now. Brotherhood consists of five 10-minute long episodes, the first of which is available right now on YouTube.

"BROTHERHOOD FINAL FANTASY XV is a new anime series that consists of five standalone episodes that delve into the extraordinary friendships between crown prince Noctis and his three comrades, setting the stage for the adventure players will set out upon in the action-packed RPG. The first episode is available now to stream on YouTube. Subsequent episodes will be released before the game’s launch.  All episodes will be free." Square Enix 

Episode one and five of the anime will tie directly into the Platinum Demo’s story, explaining a “major injury” to Noctis when he was still a child. There will also be a sixth, bonus episode available as part of the “Ultimate Collector’s Edition” which you can read about in the last section of this article.

CGI Feature Film “Kingsglaive”

Square Enix also announced a “feature-length CGI film called Kingsglaive”, which has been in the works for three years. Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was directed by Takeshi Nozue (the co-director of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children) and “longtime cinematic director at Square Enix.”

"KINGSGLAIVE: FINAL FANTASY XV is a CG movie, presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Square Enix. The animated feature weaves together the complexities of kingdoms at war, royal relationships and epic battles in a tale that will set the stage for the main FINAL FANTASY XV narrative. The CG movie features an all-star cast with Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) voicing Regis, the King of Lucis who has sworn to protect his kingdom, Lena Headey (300, Game of Thrones), voicing Luna, the princess who has been entrusted to deliver the royal ring of Lucis to Prince Noctis, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), voicing Nyx. The title will be released digitally worldwide before the game’s launch.  Square Enix

KINGSGLAIVE features an all-star cast, including Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) as King Regis, Lena Headey (300, Game of Thrones) as Princess Luna and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) as Kingsglaive soldier Nyx." Square Enix

SYNOPSIS
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the hallowed Crystal, but the menacing empire of Niflheim will stop at nothing to make it theirs. War has raged between the two for as long as most can remember.

King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers dubbed the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx Ulric and his fellow glaives stand before the crown city of Insomnia, fighting to stay the inexorable advance of Niflheim’s imperial army.

Before the overwhelming military might of the empire, King Regis can only salvage his kingdom by accepting anultimatum—he must cede all lands outside the crown city, and see his son, Prince Noctis, wed to Lady Lunafreya, the former princess of Tenebrae now captive of Niflheim. As the war of wills rages, the machinations of Niflheim transform Insomnia into an awe-inspiring battleground, pulling Nyx into a struggle for the very survival of the kingdom. Square Enix

The film will be released worldwide to stream or download before Final Fantasy XV launches and will be distributed by Sony Pictures.

New Final Fantasy XV trailers

During the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event, brand new trailers where shown featuring gameplay, character backstory and open world driving as well as a montage of locations you will be able to explore. Feast your eyes on the new trailers below as well as a video featuring vocalist Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, who created “her own rendition of Ben E. King’s classic 'Stand by Me' with Square Enix to soundtrack the new trailer."

You can check out the "Reclaim Your Throne trailer" at the end of the article.

Final Fantasy XV (PS4 XO) screenshots

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Final Fantasy XV mobile game

Justice Monsters Five is a brand new pinball game for mobile devices combining role-playing elements with some of the Final Fantasy franchise's most iconic monsters.  

Square Enix states that: “This game will also be available to play in Final Fantasy XV when it launches this September. The mobile version will be coming soon, and players can download the game for free on Google Play for Android devices, on the App Store for iOS devices, or on Windows mobile and tablet devices.”  

Justice Monsters Five will have an in-game currency called “Golden Orbs”. Everyone who pre-registers will receive Golden Orbs. The more people who register, the bigger the gift. You can pre-register for the game now on Android and iOS. At the time of writing we do not know how / if progress will be carried over into the main game or if the game will have microtrasnactions.

Final Fantasy XV Special Editions 

Pre-orders for the Deluxe and Ultimate Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XV is now live. Although there seems to be no limit on Deluxe Edition copies, there are only 30,000 Ultimate Collector’s Edition available. Please note that the price in Rand is converted at the current exchange rate, so the price might fluctuate depending on the value of the Rand.

The Deluxe Edition, priced at $89.99 (R1334.28) includes:

  • Final Fantasy XV game
  • Steelbook case with Yoshitaka Amano art
  • Final Fantasy: Kingslaive feature film
  • Royal Raiment outfit
  • Masamune weapon
  • Platinum Leviathan recolor for the in-game car

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The Ultimate Collector’s Edition, priced at $269.99 (R4003.13) includes:

  • Hardcover 192-page artbook
  • A separate set of exclusive steelbook cases featuring the cast of the game
  • The Brotherhood anime on disk
  • In-game travel pack
  • In-game camera kit
  • In-game angler kit
  • In-game gourmand set
  • Exclusive Play Arts
  • Noctis figurine

Day One Edition

  • Price: $59.99
  • FINAL FANTASY series Masamune DLC weapon
  • Xbox Store Pre-order Incentives: Two Xbox One Avatars including Noctis Special Outfit and Carbuncle pet
  • PlayStation Store Pre-order Incentives: Dynamic PS4 theme for PlayStation 4 players

Pre-order Final Fantasy XV:

The Day One Edition is by far the cheapest, at the price of $59.99 (R887.54), All pre-orders from the Square Enix store will come with a postcard set (five in total). Further, if you pre-order the Day One Edition, you will receive an “exclusive Final Fantasy series weapon, the Masamune”

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