For those who just can’t get enough of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix have recently discussed their plans to release another four episodes for the game which will end its run in 2019. This is certainly a reason to get excited, seeing as how the Final Fantasy XV gaming universe had already expanded on Promto, Gladio, and Ignis’ stories in the season pass release. On top of this include a feature film, anime series, VR chapter, online multiplayer mode, as well as an upcoming PC release, and a mobile version Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, this is by far one of Square Enix’s most ambitious gaming series projects.
In an interview with Final Fantasy XV’s director, Hajime Tabata, he mentioned that the satisfactory rating of the game’s general scenario was 62.4%. When queried if this result meant more satisfactory downloadable content would be coming in 2018, he explained that the DLC planned would not be able to fit into 2018, and would actually extend into next year.
His reasoning behind this was the fact that the development team would require more time to release a better quality product, and not focus on pushing it all out in 2018. He went on to explain that while the content itself was originally planned to be completed by 2018, they wanted to ensure that what was being put out was done correctly, as to deliver content that fans would appreciate. This meant that they had to extand their development time and push some content release in 2019.
The director for Episode: Ignis, Rakeshi Terada, also made note that the next set of DLC is being developed with the completion of the “Final Fantasy XV Universe” in mind. That said, Square Enix is working on the new DLC episodes and planning to present them as an “additional series”, as opposed to “additional content” in game.
With the confirmation that Final Fantasy XV’s 2018 DLC’s first chapter will follow the story of Ardyn Izunia, one of the series more whimsical antagonists, speculation of who else will feature is rife. Personally I would love to see either Lunafreya or Aranea Highwind take center stage. Both of these women had less screen time than I would have liked, any excuse to expand their stories would be welcomed. Which characters do you want to see get the royal treatment with their own chapter?
Final Fantasy XV is available for play on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as the PC from March 6, 2018. It’s also available in miniature for smart phone users on iOS and Android.