Final Fantasy XV[b] is an action role-playing game developed and published by Square Enix. The fifteenth main installment of the Final Fantasy series, was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016, Microsoft Windows in 2018, and Stadia as a launch title in 2019. The game features an open world environment and action-based battle system, incorporating quick-switching weapons, elemental magic, and other features such as vehicle travel and camping. The base campaign was later expanded with downloadable content (DLC), adding further gameplay options such as additional playable characters and multiplayer.
Final Fantasy XV takes place in the fictional world of Eos; aside from Insomnia, the capital of Lucis, all the world is dominated by the empire of Niflheim, who seek control of the magical Crystal protected by the Lucian royal family. On the eve of peace negotiations, Niflheim attacks the capital and steals the Crystal. Noctis Lucis Caelum, the heir to the Lucian throne, goes on a quest to rescue the Crystal and defeat Niflheim. He later learns his full role as the “True King”, destined to use Crystal’s powers to save Eos from eternal darkness. The game shares a thematic connection with Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy, a subseries of games linked by common mythos which includes Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0.
The game’s development began in 2006 as a PlayStation 3 spin-off titled Final Fantasy Versus XIII.[c] Tetsuya Nomura served as the original director and character designer. After a development period of six years, it was changed to the next mainline title in the series in 2012; Nomura was replaced as director by Hajime Tabata, and the game shifted to eighth-generation platforms. Due to the changes, the story needed to be rewritten and some scenes and characters were repurposed or removed. The setting of Final Fantasy XV was “a fantasy based on reality”, with locations and creatures based on elements from the real world.
To supplement the game, Square Enix created a multimedia project called the “Final Fantasy XV Universe”, which includes a few spin-off games, as well as an anime series and feature film. Gameplay and story-based DLC were released between 2017 and 2019. Upon release, Final Fantasy XV was well received by critics. Widespread praise was given for its gameplay and visuals, while reception towards its story and presentation was mixed. By October 2019, the game had sold over 8.9 million copies worldwide.
|Released||November 29, 2016|