Final Fantasy XV Is Coming Your Way
Fans of the Final Fantasy franchise are going to have a good year. Square-Enix is putting together some awesome companion material for Final Fantasy XV, their latest offering in the storied franchise. Want some more Final Fantasy anime? You’re in luck. How about a feature length CG movie to go along with the game? Check. More on those in a second, but first, let’s get a few other details out of the way.
Final Fantasy XV Release Date
So, first up, the Final Fantasy XV release date was recently, definitively confirmed as September 30th. Which might not seem like a big deal, until you consider that this game has now been in development for a decade. First announced in May of 2006 as Final Fantasy XIII, the continuing, secretive process of making this game has led to persistent rumors that it would never be finished, was about to be canceled or was jumping platforms. That last one, as it turns out, was the only true one. In June 2013, it was announced that the game was jumping from the PS3 to the PS4 and XBox One, and it would now be Final Fantasy XV, as Square-Enix had released the actual Final Fantasy XIII (and two sequels) and the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV in the intervening decade.
Kingsglaive, the Feature Length CG Final Fantasy XV Movie
Square-Enix debuted the trailer for their upcoming movie during the recent Final Fantasy XV Uncovered event. This feature length CG Final Fantasy XV movie, Kingsglaive, is expected to be released, in partnership with Sony Picture Entertainment, later in 2016, before the game’s September 30th street date. Kingsglaive will be available digitally, as well as on Blu-ray, but won’t be shown in cinemas.
The synopsis for the movie is as follows: The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the world’s last remaining Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, they fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae, captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to Niflheim rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.
Pros: It’s Final Fantasy, it looks beautiful, and it’s got the voice talents of Game of Thrones actors Lena Headey (Queen Cersei) as Princess Luna and Sean Bean (Eddard Stark) as King Regis, as well as Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as a soldier named Nyx.
Con: Anyone remember Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within?
Con Counter: Yeah, but what about Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children?
The Final Fantasy XV Platimum Demo
Also recently released is the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo. Haven’t had a chance to get on this yet, but it’s been receiving generally positive reviews from around the net. If you want to spend some time to see for yourself, hit the PS4 and XBOX stores:
Final Fantasy XV Anime Brotherhood
Still want some more Final Fantasy XV goodness? Check out the first episode of the anime prequel Brotherhood.
There will be four more episodes before the Final Fantasy XV release date of September 30th.
Final Fantasy XV Action Figures
STILL not enough FFXV goodness for you? Well, check out these sweet action figures coming from Play Arts Kai, for Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis:
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11 inches tall, fully articulated, super detailed: these aren’t your average action figure. These are the only three confirmed figures so far, but rumors say that at least a Noctis figure is also in development. If you’re interested in picking one up, you can pre-order them at a variety of sites:
The Ignis figure is set to come out on September 9th, Prompto on the 30th and Gladiolus on October 21st.
And if that doesn’t whet your whistle for Final Fantasy XV, well then, uh, you need to consider getting a new whistle.