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Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV – Everything You Need to Know

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So, I think I speak for all gamers when I say there was a lot of things revealed and shown last night for Final Fantasy XV during the Uncovered event. A lot to take in. Yep. Of all the things premiered and unveiled, what do you need to know (i.e. what do we think you, our single player-loving readers, need to know)?

The biggest piece of awesomeness announced last night was a solid release date: September 30 of this year for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One (Square Enix has since said that a PC port won’t be forthcoming until after the console launch). Accompanying this big news was a sexy new trailer, entitled Reclaim Your Throne, which you can view below.

In said trailer, updated battle mechanics, story elements, magic, summons, chocobo riding, and the sheer magnitude of how open-world Final Fantasy XV is looking, just to name a few highlights, were shown off to spectacular effect. If this doesn’t at least pique your interest, considering how much of a departure it is from XIII and the franchise in general, then I don’t know what will.

An additional trailer exclusively shown at Uncovered, but which doesn’t have subtitles, was premiered at the event. Detailing much more of the game’s plot and gameplay than the above trailer, you can view it below. Just be prepared to not understand what they’re saying (unless you’re fluent in Japanese) and what the text on screen says.

Several different editions of the game were also unveiled. The three shown were: Day One Edition, Deluxe Edition, and Ultimate Collector’s Edition. You can probably guess that that list is in order of limited quantity, so the Ultimate Collector’s Edition is of course the most limited. It is worth mentioning that the Masamune, a staple in nearly all Final Fantasy titles, is included as bonus content in the Day One edition.

If story is something you like to dive deep into like me, then look into Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV. A brand-new anime series, Brotherhood is broken up into five episodes, each lending further backstory into the circle of friends that will journey with Noctis. You can view the announcement trailer below. The first episode of the series is available now, which you can view by clicking on this link.

CG-animated movies are commonplace now where Final Fantasy is concerned, and XV is certainly no different. Fully-CG and entitled Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy, the movie centers on Nyx, a member of the elite armed forces of the kingdom of Lucis, the Kingsglaive. The trailer, which you can view below, provides a pretty good summary of the story of the movie, which centers around the same characters and same kingdom as XV, but in more of a prequel nature like Brotherhood.

A final, but certainly not least, bit of news is the reveal of the availability of a brand-new demo for Final Fantasy XV. Entitled Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV, the demo gives players a glimpse of what to look forward to in the final game in the form of a young Noctis finding himself stuck in his dreams and needing the help of a magical guide named Carbuncle to break free of them. Look out for my impressions on it soon, but all I can say about it from what I’ve played is “wow.” Check out the trailer for the demo, as well as a screenshot I took of my playthrough, below.

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So, what do you guys think of all the new info and reveals? Are you more likely, less likely, or not influenced to buy Final Fantasy XV after seeing, watching, and reading the waterfall of news?

Again, Final Fantasy XV is due out on September 30, 2016 for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One worldwide. The Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV is available to download now from the Playstation Store for the Playstation 4 and the Xbox Marketplace for the Xbox One.

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