E3 2013: First Look At Final Fantasy XV Gameplay

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

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Final Fantasy XV Logo

At Sony’s E3 Press Conference, we got a good look at the work that Nomura and his team have done since the last time we have seen with Final Fantasy XV, originally Versus XIII. While it blew our minds, what, of course, everyone was waiting for was some juicy gameplay footage, and Square Enix has delivered on those goods.

We get to see the main character of the game, Noctis, use a variety of maneuvers and skills, most importantly, his teleportation ability that allows him to jump from one place to another in a flash. Another interesting key note is he ain’t fighting alone. His compatriots, Gladiolus, wielder of an oversized sword and melee fighter, along with the blonde-haired gunner Prompto, help out Noctis in more ways than one, and are not just simple party members. Their AI is unique in a sense, on how they interact in battle, and when all three combine their strengths to pull off amazing feats. Of course, the game is drop dead gorgeous, and the fluid animation is a sight to behold. We briefly see Noctis in one swimming section, and a stealth section at the very end. I’m curious to see how they’re handled and if there are any more surprises in store for us like them. Check out the trailer below on this crazy action RPG and be amazed.

From Neogaf, Nomura stated in a live stream the details about Final Fantasy XV and the trailers:

-They shifted the game to next-gen and made it a mainline title due to the scale/scope.
-The game is an action RPG, but there are command system elements in the game.
-Noctis is “not cool inside” and not a cool dude, but a quirky dude.
-Party members are a core part of Final Fantasy, so there is a party in this game.
-Noctis can teleport himself into the sky. Though he’s not a gravity wizard, Noctis does not fall at a Newtonian rate for gameplay purposes.
-The current generation console versions were canceled about a year ago. They’re still working to improve the graphics on the next-gen version.
-They are making games in DirectX 11 on PC and then porting them to the PS4 and Xbox One since they can handle that. They can consider any platform that support high end DirectX 11 level hardware functionality and horsepower.

Final Fantasy XV is heading to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, though no date has yet been specified. Thanks go out to Nirolak on Neogaf for the summary.

Final Fantasy XV, as well as many more upcoming titles in the franchise, are available for preorder on Amazon:


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  • Jesse

    What is this shit? This is NOT FInal Fantasy

    • Johnathan Katz

      And let me guess, you’re a wannabe Final Fantasy purist that thinks that anything new presented by Square-Enix will never be as good as the originals.

      The graphics are amazing, the combat looks fluid and it’s story involves crystals, something that’s been integral to the Final Fantasy mythos since it’s inception.

    • Johnson Cameron

      I agree, i love the look and the new combat system. I swear it’s fans like Jesse, who are trying to hold back the Final Fantasy series from trying something new and different. I think this is a fresh new breathe of air for the FF series, (especially since i love Kingdom Hearts).

      Two questions i have to ask: did anybody notice the guy with the black hair, looks a lot like Sasuke from Naruto? Also did anybody confirm that there will be 3 support characters in the game, instead of the usual 2 in the older FF games?

    • Johnathan Katz

      That’s Noctis the main protagonist.
      As for the number of support characters I didn’t see that at all.

    • Nicholas L. Clark

      I think he is joking

  • Pups

    Oh, it’s definitely Final Fantasy. If the series never tried to change then it would never have lasted as long as it has. The game looks amazing and refreshing. Final fantasies are open world stories that you can get lost in. The titles or little technicalities aren’t important.

  • mikey

    Does Wii U support DirectX 11?

  • An Tran

    I have a feeling they won’t announce a Wii U version, even if Wii U supports Direct X-equivalent features. Perhaps give us a PC version as well SE? Might as well since you’re already developing on PC hardware.

  • Clinton Nix

    Looks pretty amazing; first time I’ve been excited for a Final Fantasy game in a loooong time. XV is at the top of my most anticipated list.

  • Ghaerdon

    It looks amazing. Also, I have been really waiting for Final Fantasy series to reinvigorate itself, and this really seems to be that ‘reinvigoration’. I was astounded by the physics in this trailer, and how the three characters worked together. It really allowed for some rather dynamic moments during the battles. Definitely on lookout for this one, unfortunately Kingdom hearts 3 was a bit… Well, the series has to do a lot to redeem itself itself in my eyes.

  • Maura K

    I am so excited for this game, but I hope it isn’t too linear. For some reason the gameplay video here makes me feel like it’s going to be kind of linear, though I guess we’ll have to wait and see.