September seems like such a long wait for the latest Final Fantasy as its been so long in the making. Not surprisingly, it’s shaping up to be a truly beautiful looking game maybe ever in the series to date. Here’s our take on the new trailer for Final Fantasy XV
The trailer (find it here if you haven’t seen it yet) starts off very much in the style of Final Fantasy, named “reclaim your throne” you can tell that’s just what Final Fantasy sets out to do.
Originally announced in 2006 (under the name Final Fantasy Versus XIII) the game takes place in Eos – a world very similar to our modern day Earth where an armistice has declared between Lucis and Niflheim, ending the cold war that has raged over possession of the world’s last crystal. Niflheim invades Lucis on the day of a peace treaty signing and takes the nation’s crystal for its own before launching attacks on Solheim, Tenebrae and Accordo. Noctis and his friends now journey to retrieve their kingdom’s crystal and defeat Niflheim’s forces.
Now the story doesn’t really grip me and I have to admit, I haven’t been a huge fan of the series (only having played Final Fantasy 7, X and XIII) yet this trailer has really sparked my interest – it looked very similar to Kingdom Hearts (which isn’t a bad thing) to me, with the elements of “light overcoming the dark” and even shots of characters sat on the roof of a building, that’s very much like Dream Drop Distance for the 3DS. And the similarities don’t end there as the new real time battle system shown is like the one in Kingdom Hearts such as in Final Fantasy Type 0 which may anger some fans used to turn based battles, but not me. Fans may not be impressed with the battle system, but will love the screens showing characters riding chocobos!
Music in the trailer starts just as any Final Fantasy game would, with fantastic urgent beats showcasing the beautiful scenery, scarce deserts and vibrant cities. Suddenly the music changes to ‘Stand by me’ being sung by Florence and the machine. The images change showing a huge car being driven at night and day along with the similar images like Kingdom Hearts as mentioned.
The graphics are looking jaw droppingly good – and so they should do, after such a long time in development this game needed to pull out all the stops. Many were worried the game reached development hell with the delay in release but fear no more, as all should be well thanks to this wonderful trailer.
With a worldwide release, September just can’t come soon enough!