Last night, a huge event hosted by Square Enix in preparation for the launch of Final Fantasy XV was held. Suffice it to say, a whole lot of information came out.
Maybe most important: a release date was confirmed after being rumored for some time now. It's almost surreal but Final Fantasy XV will come out worldwide September 30, 2016.
And it won't be just the game that we'll be getting, there will be a movie and an anime along with it.
A CG movie presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Square Enix by the name of Kingsglavie: Final Fantasy XV will be released digitally worldwide before the game's launch. The film will mainly be from the King's perspective after Noctis, the prince, leaves, and a lot of the focus will be on the royal conflict in the world of FFXV.
Many big names have lended their voices to this CG film. Sean Nean from Lord of the Rings voices Regis, the King of Lucis "who has sworn to protect the kingdom". Lena Headey from 300 voices Luna "the princess who has been entrusted to deliver the royal ring of Lucis to Prince Noctis", and Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad voicing Nyx. It is clear that Sony and Square Enix spared no expense on this film.
As if a full length movie wasn't enough an anime by the name of Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV will be released before the game's launch. The anime is being made by A-1 Pictures, the makers of Sword Art Online, Grimgar, Working, and the Persona 4 Golden anime. Now Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV will be added to their list of high quality animes.
The FFXV anime will consist of five standalone episodes that focuses on the friendship between the crown prince Noctis and his three friends, setting both tone and stage for the FFXV game. The first episode is already out on YouTube while the rest will be released before the game launches. All of the episodes will also be free, just like Halo Forward unto Dawn was.
A new demo was also both announced and released. Titled, Platinum Demo, this segment will let players take control of a young prince Noctis in a unique storyline that won't be in the final version of the game. Players gets to see the young prince growing up, master various skills such as weapons, magic, and driving.
The big part will be in Noctis' dream world where he has to use what he has learned to fight off the monsters of his dreams. To help him, Noctis has Carbuncle as a companion who helps and guides him. This demo will further give gamers a chance to get a feel for the mechanics and story of FFXV. Those who complete the demo will unlock the Carbuncle Summon DLC when the game launches. The demo is available for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 right now.