Final Fantasy 15 is one of the most anticipated games for the PS4, Xbox One, and possibly the PC platform. It has been in development since 2006, so there are a lot of expectations from a game under development for so long, and part of one of video games' biggest franchises. What we know is the story, some of the gameplay, but the release date is still foggy.
According to Giant Bomb, the game was originally going to be a PlayStation 3 exclusive entitled Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and then it was announced at E3 2013 that it would be the next game in the Final Fantasy franchise.
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, here is what we know about the story of Final Fantasy 15. It will focus on 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.
Game Rant says that Final Fantasy 15 could signal the end of console gaming in Japan. This is because the game has such a huge following, and will need to be everything that its fans have anticipated and more. Since it appears that Japanese gamers are shifting more toward portable consoles as well as smartphone games, they may not welcome a game where the player has to spend hours of time in front of a television set.
Still, Final Fantasy 15 will undoubtedly have great sales worldwide, and the game is planned to be released sometime this year. As mentioned in a previous article, Final Fantasy 15 can be pre-ordered on Amazon now for only the Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4 (not the PC). Hopefully, there will be no more delays with this game and a quality preview will show up at E3 2015 in Los Angeles in June. If it does, then the game will most certainly be on track for a holiday release date.