Aside from the reveal trailer at last year’s E3 rechristening Final Fantasy Vs. XIII as Final Fantasy XV, details on the latest entry in Square Enix’s flagship franchise have been pretty scarce.
But finally NowGamer has some details on the story and the combat system for Final Fantasy XV revealed via the Japanese websites for the Xbox One and PS4:
"Final Fantasy 15 features a high action system unprecedented in the series. By taking advantage of the specs of next generation consoles, characters can move freely across the whole screen. In addition to that, the party battle system is now more advanced, allowing you to enjoy party battle by switching characters more strategically.As the royal heir of Lucis who has the last crystal in the world, the main character Noctis and his friends will suddenly be involved in the war."
"The battles featured in Final Fantasy XV have evolved greatly from the previous games of the series, as it’s created as an action game. The game switches seamlessly from the field to battle and the combat situation evolves rapidly. It goes on quickly with a sense of full realism.Also, it’s possible to fight not only with the hero Noctis, but also to switch with other characters. Furthermore, it’s also possible to perform a combination attack with a companion while enjoying the dynamic effect.Noctis can fight by making use of a variety of weapons and can move quickly within the areas by attacking enemies with stylish action!You can fight monsters by cooperating with an ally. The ability to fight in collaboration with unique companions is an important feature of this game."
This sounds like yet another drastic change in the battle system, so anybody hoping for a more traditional Final Fantasy in terms of gameplay will be disappointed — though with pretty much every entry featuring a vastly different system and setting, “traditional” is subjective at best.
For the record, I liked Final Fantasy XIII (and XIII-2 for that matter, haven’t played Lightning Returns yet) fine. For all the hate it gets, the battle system was pretty highly praised. You usually don’t have to worry about the battle system in a Final Fantasy game. Just make the characters better and don’t hold our hands the whole time and this should be another great Final Fantasy title.
What do you think, GameSided readers? Excited for the first Final Fantasy game of this generation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!