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Final Fantasy 15 Release Date for PS4, Xbox One; Characters and Story

( [email protected] ) Apr 23, 2015 07:41 PM EDT

Final Fantasy XV
(Photo: Final Fantasy XV is finally coming in May 2016.)

One of the biggest gaming franchises ever is Final Fantasy, and its fans have been waiting for the next game in the series since before its announcement back in 2013. Final Fantasy XV is finally going to have a release date for the PS4 and Xbox One, but it is set for next year. In the meantime, a demo can be played, and there is a lot of news for this particular game.

According to Venture Capital Post, the long-awaited release date for Final Fantasy XV is finally available, and it should be out this May 2016. It would appear that the demo of Final Fantasy XV that appeared on Final Fantasy Type 0-HD was met with a lot of praise with over 70 percent "satisfied" or "very satisfied". According to the Final Fantasy Twitter Page: "Cumulative shipments of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD has surpassed over one million units worldwide."

In fact, EuroGamer announced that the Final Fantasy XV publisher Square Enix has announced its own E3 press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). E3 is a huge video game conference held every summer in Los Angeles, and Square Enix's press conference will take place on Tuesday, June 16 2015 at 5 PM UK Time. No doubt they will most certainly highlight more about Final Fantasy XV as well as other titles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Just Cause 3, and another long-awaited game, Kingdom Hearts 3.

So far, this is what the demo on Final Fantasy Type 0-HD tells us about Final Fantasy XV: Apparently, Noctis, who is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy XV, will end up stranded with his group of assistants after their car, the Regalia, gets broken down on backroads. Noctis and his crew will then have to get the help from a girl mechanic before getting back on the road. From there, it is a lot of fast-paced action and real-time scenes in the enigmatic world of Final Fantasy.

The Final Fantasy gaming franchise has its own mythology, and it would be very complicated to even begin explaining it all. The world of Final Fantasy takes place on some modern-day setting, yet there is this medieval influence to it. According to IGN.com, the story of Final Fantasy 15 will have Noctis Lucis Caelum, a prince of a dynasty that rules a city state, with the last remaining crystal. This crystal is stolen by an invading nation known as Niflheim, and this starts a world war as every nation wants this crystal for themselves.

Final Fantasy is known for its characters, and in addition to Noctis, there will be some interesting ones joining Noctis on his mission. There will be a military tactician Ignis Scienta, who fights with a katana blade. Another is melee fighter Gladiolus Amicitia, gun-wielding Prompto Argentum, and head of the Royal Family Guards Cor Leonis. Noctis and his friends will be joined by another character who is shrouded in mystery named Stella Nox Fleuret, who fights with her rapier. There have been a lot of rumors that classic Final Fantasy characters could be making a comeback in this version of the game.

As far as the gameplay is concerned, it will focus more on action rather than the traditional turn-based or active time battle system that is associated with Final Fantasy. Instead, it will be comparable to the fighting in Kingdom Hearts. Characters will have an open world map and can travel in vehicles.

Too bad that Final Fantasy XV is not available for release this year, as we have reported that Amazon had a release date of sometime before December 31, 2015. Granted, that is a holding date for most video games, but it is good to see that May 2016 will be the day it comes out. I wouldn't be surprised if the long-awaited The Legend of Zelda Wii U game comes out at the same time for some friendly competition.