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Final Fantasy 15’s coveted Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which only saw 30 thousand copies printed, disappeared from the Square Enix store just minutes after its listing went live. Evidently, plenty of the edition’s copies went to scalpers, who have already begun reselling with steep mark-ups.
Several Ultimate Collector’s Editions have sold for as much as £420 (plus £30 shipping) in the UK. That’s about $650 U.S, approximately a 240 percent markup on the edition’s original $270 price tag.
One eBay seller has sold three editions for this price, which suggests scalpers were able to purchase multiple copies of the edition to resell. This led many outraged fans to fire on the Square Enix store’s regulations, and to demand action from Square itself.
In a statement to Eurogamer, Square Enix Europe provided a summary of tweets from FF15 Director Hajime Tabata addressing the shortage and scalpers.
“The people placing abnormal orders that suggest possible purchases for the purpose of reselling will be told that they will be dealt with severely in conformity with the agreement,” Tabata said.
Tabata added that Square is “currently investigating if there are ways we can somehow increase production.” Printing and selling additional copies of the edition would stunt its rarity, but also allow fans to pick up a copy of their own, not to mention dodge scalpers.
FF15’s Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes blu-ray versions of the newly announced Brotherhood anime and Kingsglaive movie, a steelbook case, large Play Arts Kai Noctis statue, 192-page art book, original OST and more.
The game’s $90 Deluxe Edition, meanwhile, includes the Kingslaive blu-ray, decorative case and in-game content. At the time of writing, PS4 and Xbox One Deluxe Editions are available for pre-order.
With all of the information from the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event the hype train has started going real fast. Unfortunately, for some the train came to a sudden stop.
At the event, a new demo for FFXV, the Platinum Demo, was revealed and is available for download for both Xbox and Playstation, but not for PC. Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata told Engadget that there currently is no PC version in development, but he acknowledges that many PC gamers wants FFXV on PC. Hajime Tabata said:
"Unfortunately we weren't able to do simultaneous development on a PC and console version for XV," he said. "We had to focus on the console version and our goal was to maximize, optimize everything for the HD consoles. Once that's done, then we will definitely take a good, hard look at PC and what we need to do, and consider all our options. But right now we aren't decided, we're still considering a lot of things."
The FFXV team focused really hard on making a high quality game for consoles that will both look and feel good, and for all we know, making a PC version could have delayed the game a few more years.
Final Fantasy XV comes out on consoles on September 30 worldwide.
Final Fantasy XV has been a long (LONG) time coming. After being announced at E3 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the game was notoriously absent from E3 after E3 until finally in 2013 when Square Enix unveiled that the game had been rebranded into an official entry as Final Fantasy XV.
Game Informer is currently running a series of exclusive coverage this month on Final Fantasy XV and they recently sat down with Art Director, Yusuke Naora to talk about what has changed artistically from Versus XIII until now.
"With FF XV, rather than the specific character designs, the focus is more on the character's art direction…We had existing characters from Versus XIII like Noctis and his friends…that's when they were 'born' in essence…our fans showed a liking to them…that was something that we needed to carry over," said Naora.
Naora then details three specific themes that he and his art team focused in on for Final Fantasy XV.
- Storyline- the changes from Versus XIII
- Technology – needed to refresh characters to meet technological advancement
- Global perspective of the characters – how they are perceived by a global audience
He also says that the characters were originally designed by Tetsuya Nomura with the PS2 in mind due to the current (at the time) technological limitations. With how technology has evolved, he says that the level of reality that they can achieve has significantly improved, not just through what they put on the characters, but through mannerisms and expressions.
Final Fantasy XV has a lot riding on it as the game needs to sell REALLY well just for Square Enix to break even. In fact, the game might very well decide the future of the franchise itself. You can catch the game's next Active Time Report at E3 where hopefully we will get even more awesome footage.
Source: [Game Informer]
Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata feels “quite positive” about a PC version of FF15.
In an interview with French gaming site JeuxVideo (translated by Nova Crystallis), Tabata outlined his thoughts on a potential PC port, affirming that he would want FF15 PC to be “more technically developed” should it happen at all. The goal would be to incorporate elements that were off-limits on PS4 and Xbox One due to technical limitations, he said, and to offer something far beyond “a simple port of the console version.”
Notably, neither Square Enix nor Tabata himself have officially confirmed a PC version of FF15. With that said, there is clearly interest in the idea, and in the past Tabata has stated he would like to work with Steam at some point. Still, take everything with a grain of salt.
Tabata’s teaser regarding FF15 DLC was more concrete. According to JeuxVideo, the game’s DLC plans will be announced “later this summer.” Evidently, Tabata and his team are planning to deliver more than “basic downloadable content” with add-ons that “extend the gaming experience and ensure that players continue to play.
The claim echoes what we heard in our interview with Tabata, namely that the team behind FF15 is looking to create opportunities for people to play and replay the game in new ways. FF15’s new game plus mode is a solid start on that front, but it seems there’s more in store.
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.
In a press conference this morning, Final Fantasy XV's Game Director Hajime Tabata announced that the game will need to sell 10 million copies worldwide over the lifespan of the game, just to recoup the massive amounts of money that Square Enix has invested in the project.
For some 10 million may not seem like a lot, but think about it this way; that's twice as many units as both The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt AND Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, arguably the two best games from last year, have sold individually. Also, in the history of the Final Fantasy franchise, only Final Fantasy VII has matched that number.
Clearly, Square Enix has got a lot riding on Final Fantasy XV, and with all of the announcements made over the last 24-48 hours, the company is clearly all in. One also has to wonder if all the Hollywood talent that signed on for Kingslaive (who aren't doing anything but the movie) factors highly into this as well.
Time will tell.
Source: [Kotaku UK]
Square Enix is going full force when it comes to promoting Final Fantasy XV, and for good reason. It was announced today in a Japanese broadcast, that the company will continue to do so by hosting their next Active Time Report during E3 2016.
No official date for the event has been confirmed, but E3 2016 runs from June 14th-16th with a couple of events planned for June 12th and 13th. Though you can reasonably assume that the Active Time Report will likely come during the time span of the 14th-16th
Square Enix has a lot riding on Final Fantasy XV. To say the least, it's success (or failure) could very well decide the future of the franchise. Financially the game is already a massive investment for the company as the game has to sell 10 million copies of the game just to break even.
Final Fantasy XV is just around the corner and Square Enix has already revealed a few different versions available for pre-order, and now they are adding even more physical items to the pre-orders.
When Square Enix revealed everything people needed to know during their Uncovered event they showed three different versions of the game available for pre-order, all with their own unique items. Now more items are available for those who pre-order via the Square Enix online store.
The items that will be added to all pre-order versions are 5 postcards inspired by Final Fantasy XV. They can only be obtained via the Square Enix store, and like mentioned earlier, they will come with all three versions of the pre-ordered game.
Final Fantasy XV releases September 30 worldwide for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately the game won't come to PC anytime soon.
Final Fantasy 15 director looking to 'make something even bigger' with another company in the future
Square Enix's game director Hajime Tabata is best known for his work on a number of Final Fantasy games, including Final Fantasy XV which is set to release on September 30th. As we approach the release date of the highly anticipated game, the community can't help but wonder where the development team will go after FF15 releases.
Apparently, Tabata is already getting offers from various individuals, including companies other than Square Enix, for the next project from the esteemed director.
“I’m really honored about this, but even before we’ve released the game, I’m currently now getting a lot of offers from various bodies and companies about what we want to do next and what we want to work on after [FF15],” Tabata told us.
As for what Tabata would like to do, he's considering moving away from Square Enix and partnering up with an even bigger company to create an even bigger project.
“I think what I want to bring into my line of vision, what I’m considering for my next project, I’d really like to maybe do something that we couldn’t do as a complete project alone just inside Square Enix, and move out and cooperate with someone to make something even bigger with another company somewhere.
“But obviously, what opens that door for me is how well [FF15] does as a game. So for the time being, until we get the game out, I’m going to concentrate on my work and keep listening to that music in my car.”
Of course, how well FF15 does depends on where Tabata goes, if he goes anywhere at all. As for which company Tabata is eyeing, he didn't give us any hint, but my bets are on Sony.
You can catch our full interview with Tabata here.
Big name actors appearing in Final Fantasy XV movie, Kingslaive will not reprise their roles in the game
In a recent tweet from the official Twitter account of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix has officially confirmed that Sean Bean, Lena Headey and Aaron Paul who will be playing King Regis, Princess Luna and the soldier Nyx will not be lending their voices to the game. The actors made the announcement official from the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event according to the tweet.
The actors for #KingsglaiveFFXV announced at #UncoveredFFXV will not be reprising their roles in the full FFXV game
— Final Fantasy XV (@FFXVEN) March 31, 2016
While this may sound disappointing, it's not all that surprising given that the english voices for the characters were long established before the announcement of Kingslaive last night.
It's been a major 24 hours for the long-in-development JRPG with leaks, a new demo and (unfortunately) a lack of PC support.
Come September 30, long time fans of the series will finally have something new celebrate.