Well, what do you know? A year after the E3 reveal of Final Fantasy XV and a long period of silence, SquareEnix showed a new trailer yesterday at the Tokyo Game Show. Needless to say, the Internet is filled with buzz and fans have their hopes high. Again.
Me? I was very (and gladly) surprised with what I saw. Supposedly part of the demo that’s coming together with the Type-0 remake (March 2015), the trailer shows footage of what is being called “Episode Duscae“. Take a look at the video, and my thoughts on it afterwards:
First of all, it looks amazing – but that is to be expected. The lightning looks fantastic. There’s some exploration, some combat, different times of day… kinda makes you wonder if this is all a big, real (in-game) time open world (a la GTA). If you look closely it may even seem some shots/scenes are from different angles of the same area (using the Astral Shard as reference):
There’s a strong roadtrip feel from this trailer. From what little we know of the game it seems that after the invasion in the E3 2013 trailer Noctis escapes the city with his friends. This reminded me a bit of FFVIII, though I can’t seem to pinpoint exactly why.
Interlude: I’ve seen some negativity about the fact these characters are driving a car, as if it’s out of place in the series. Apparently this people never played FFVII or FFVIII; both have cars and other technologically advanced vehicles. Not to mention previous FFs had things like suplexable trains (VI) or even futuristic space-worthy ships (IV).
One thing that caught my attention is that, as good as this environment and areas look, some do look a bit… barren. However this and the repetitive enemies can be excused since this is probably a development build – which also explains the framerate drops (which could also be just Youtube being Youtube). Holding judgment.
The trailer ends with two important nods. First, Noctis talks about something being “a long time coming” and “almost there“. Whatever in-game event he’s talking about, we fans see it as an acknowledgement that this game is indeed taking way too long to come out. Hopefully this means a 2015 release isn’t out of the question.
The second nod is that around the 2:12 mark the music kicks up the unmistakable Prelude – the hymn of Final Fantasy and a song that in many ways symbolizes the franchise. It brings a sense of familiarity that, coupled with the appearance of the logo, reminds us that despite the differences, YES: this is Final Fantasy.
And we can’t wait to get our hands on it.