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Final Fantasy 15’s DLC plan appears to be pretty bold contemplating the sequence hasn’t performed that a lot downloadable content material previously, and can culminate with a primary for a numbered FF sport – an non-MMO on-line multiplayer mode.
We’ve recognized for some time that Final Fantasy 15 would have downloadable content material. Back in August and earlier than the sport was delayed the season pass unceremoniously popped up on the PlayStation Store. Square Enix has now confirmed particulars on the season move contents and DLC plan for the sport, and it’s some fascinating stuff.
“We had a very solid plan right from the start that after we finished the main game we’d move on and expand the game and extend it in different directions.”
“It all goes back to when we started development on FF15,” DLC Producer Haruyoshi Sawatari defined to us over the cellphone. “We had a very solid plan right from the start that after we finished the main game we’d move on and expand the game and extend it in different directions.”
Sawatari is a brand new face in FF15’s aggressive promotional machine. He hung out at Sony engaged on merchandise like Folklore, Rain and Bloodborne, however now finds himself accountable for the DLC plan for Square Enix’s most necessary launch. Part of that, he explains, is all the way down to the sport’s delay. He’s eager to elucidate why we’re chatting to him and not Hajime Tabata, FF15’s director.
“Earlier this year in the late summer when we made the decision that we were going to delay the release of the game by two months we formed a special team within the development team to oversee the downloadable content expansions,” he says. “The idea there being is that Mr. Tabata can concentrate on getting the main game finished while I’m in charge of the team that’s going to make the DLC plan a reality.”
So, simply what’s Final Fantasy 15’s DLC plan?
At a primary degree, there’ll be 4 ‘big’ DLCs, at the least initially. Three of those shall be all-new single-player adventures, every specializing in one of many most important members of the occasion that accompany FF15 protagonist Noctis all through the principle sport. FF15 is the primary sport within the sequence the place you received’t have the ability to assume direct management of anyone besides the lead character, however by way of DLC followers will thus get an opportunity to play as Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto.
“Each of the character-based episodes we’re doing are going to add new gameplay elements and systems and change the way the gameplay works,” Sawatari explains. “Each of those is based very much around the personality and the style of character that stars in them.”
“When we’ve released all three of those character expansion DLCs and we’ve got all the comrades from the main game as playable characters, we’ll bring Noctis back in as the fourth member of the party and then add an online multiplayer expansion to bring them all together.”
Gladiolus is the hench tattooed bloke within the group. The one with the gruff voice. His gameplay matches: in comparison with vanilla FF15, Sawatari tells us that ‘Episode Gladiolus’ will play extra like a full-blown motion sport. He’ll be the primary to launch, and I’ve seen some screenshots from that episode. You’ll discover idea artwork from every of the character episodes on the finish of this text.
Ignis is the bespectacled chap that’s at all times ready, the neatest of the group. His gameplay will play out extra tactically. Prompto would be the final within the set to launch. He makes use of weapons, and so his DLC will play out in what Sawatari calls a “shooter style”, although he wouldn’t be drawn on if this meant full-on first or third particular person shooter fashion controls.
“Each of these episodes is going to contain new story scenarios and new locations to explore as well,” Sawatari provides.
These expansions will apparently all be story-driven and inform tales that’ll flesh out every of those characters. They’re additionally tales that Sawatari expresses a confidence gamers who’ve seen the principle sport begin to end will nonetheless need to see. “They’re very closely related and entwined with the main story of FF15,” he hints, although retains additional particulars below his hat.
“When we’ve released all three of those character expansion DLCs and we’ve got all the comrades from the main game as playable characters, we’ll bring Noctis back in as the fourth member of the party and then add an online multiplayer expansion to bring them all together,” he concludes.
I see some idea art work for all three of the episodes. You can see a couple of of these right here – they’re fairly intriguing. It’s possibly true that Square’s hand has been pressured right here – likelihood is if it hadn’t already obtained out on the PlayStation Store they most likely would’ve waited to speak in regards to the DLC till later, particularly in gentle of the delay.
While Gladio’s story episode seems to be fairly properly underway, I see nothing of the opposite three episodes. When requested in regards to the nature of the web multiplayer and if it’ll be one thing much like the multiplayer modes included with current Bioware releases like Mass Effect three and Dragon Age Inquisition, Sawatari chuckles and stays coy however apologetic.
“It’s still very early days there! We only really formed the DLC team late this summer, and we’re still very much looking into how we can work out what we can do with it. There’s really not too much we can say about it – it’s all really very much in the air at the moment,” he says.
“We are very much in the middle of planning the very things you ask in terms of how it’s going to work… we just need a little more time to flesh out and finalize our ideas. We’ll be able to present them really, really soon.”
“It has to feel like a worthwhile experience regardless of how long it is – it’s more about the experience than the actual play time.”
It’s comparatively secure to imagine it’ll take the type of a four-player co-operative mode with every participant taking management of one of many crew, thus leveraging work performed on the earlier character episodes – however past that it’s a little bit of a thriller. Square is a type of corporations the place you get significantly used to interviews stuffed with ‘we can’t speak about that but’, so I think about we’ll meet up with Sawatari once more as soon as the principle sport has been launched.
He does detour into extra common areas, although. When I ask in regards to the size of the deliberate DLC, he questions me on what I believe the best size for an RPG DLC is (I inform him that The Witcher three’s expansions set the excessive bar, however the three-hour Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC for Mass Effect 2 stays my favorite RPG DLC ever) and makes some extent of claiming his staff is extra within the high quality of expertise than the hour rely.
“It has to feel like a worthwhile experience regardless of how long it is – it’s more about the experience than the actual play time,” he concludes.
Final Fantasy 15 is out on November 29. The DLC will value £19.99 / €24.99.