Final Fantasy XV Confirmed For 2016 Release

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Final Fantasy XV Confirmed For 2016 Release

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Happy New Year! Square promises that 2016 will see the release of Final Fantasy XV.

Final Fantasy XV was first announced almost ten years ago, and has been in development so long Square has had to periodically remind people that it is still, in fact, a thing. Today, it has made a bold announcement: the game will release in 2016.

"We will finally release FFXV this year, in 2016!" wrote Hajime Tabata, the game's developer. "In development, previous phases required wisdom and strength. However, moving forward the final phase will focus on effort and willpower."

"I vow to you all that every member in the team will do their best to the very last possible moment taking responsibility and pride in their craft."

So, Final Fantasy fans, it's been a long, long time coming but we can now finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Source: Square Enix

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Why is my response "no it won't"?

In any case Persona 5.

Taking Bets! Who thinks the plot will be Kojima level crazy?! I got $5 that voice actors will all be speak-n-spell robots!
And lets go crazy! $10 says there won't be just 1 quirky bubbly girl in either short shorts or miniskirt, but 2 entire bubbly girls in short shorts or miniskirts!

Oh yay, more prettied teenagers with cardboard personalities that seem to believe a good substitute for that is to cover themselves in scraps of broken fashion sense. It's almost like the creators are doll-making enthusiasts. Quite disconcerting to muse upon. Cannot muster the enthusiasm at the idea of another CGI-fest, but maybe this will be the one to change my mind? Not impossible. But highly doubtful, seeing any of these screenshots.

Considering that's practically the Duke Nukem Forever of the Final Fantasy franchise, put your money where your mouth is Square.

The demo looked neat, in any case. I just hope that with the whole road trip thing going on, the game is back to having an open world. What other point would there be to having a car? Probably not gonna risk a preorder though. While I don't think XIII was as bad as many say, I was still burned by how underwhelming it was.

I just wonder how much it cost to make in total and if it's even possible to make their money back if it doesn't sell as well as GTA 5 did.

I just don't see this being very good.

You'd think after FF:TSW they'd have learned NOT to sink so much money into ONE project.

Wonder who will bail out SE, maybe they'll become Square-EniXSEED?

We need Japanese Boy Band Sim NOOOW! Work harder! :)

Well this may be a repeat of Duke Nukem Forever.

Ehhhhh, yeah? I mean... I wouldn't hold my breath.

Silentpony:
Taking Bets! Who thinks the plot will be Kojima level crazy?! I got $5 that voice actors will all be speak-n-spell robots!
And lets go crazy! $10 says there won't be just 1 quirky bubbly girl in either short shorts or miniskirt, but 2 entire bubbly girls in short shorts or miniskirts!

I'll put $10 on them saying it's coming out in 2016 all the way up until the calendar year flips again.

So, I played an hour of J6/US3 , and three hours of 9 and 12 each. I like the concepts and worlds, but I hate playing FF games. But if the roadtrip is the whole game, or at least half, I'm super excited to watch it on Youtube. It looks like a great idea. I just find it weird I'm in the minority for a game series I know nothing about.

Oh I did almost beat Crystal Chronicles, I enjoyed that one.

When I was a teenager, I was hyped for this . But now I am almost 21 and lost interest in this. Not a fan of Boybands and spiky hair anymore I guess. However, the graphics looked amazing tho.

Silentpony:
Taking Bets! Who thinks the plot will be Kojima level crazy?! I got $5 that voice actors will all be speak-n-spell robots!
And lets go crazy! $10 says there won't be just 1 quirky bubbly girl in either short shorts or miniskirt, but 2 entire bubbly girls in short shorts or miniskirts!

Or bunny ears. Lets not forget the bunny ears.


And belts, so many buckles, it must be like wearing an iron throne.

I predict another anthromorphed animal type. Maybe a panda? A rodent would be tooo.... hyper, and entirely too OCD about shiny things. Most likely some sort of feline.

Wow, I didn't expect so many people sharing my general line of thought.

To be fair, I never was hyped for the game. When it was still Versus XIII I just hoped for it to be better than XIII. Now I have a feeling that it's going to be kind of worst, to be honest. Unless there is a huge twist and the boys band dies somewhere at the end of a prologue, I cannot see myself playing through the whole game with them. 3 out of 4 shown party members annoy me. And there is also this "dark and gritty reboot" feeling about the game I can't shake off. Final Fantasy games (for the most part) always had a rather diverse bunch of characters and stories that could be both lighthearted and tragic and that is one of the endearing traits of the franchise. Remember what happened last time FF decided to be dark and gritty? FFVIII happened. There is also the fact that we don't actually know much about RPG aspect. Do party members actually level up anymore, or is it now full-blown action game?

Anyhow, I keep my hopes low. Either this game will turn out actually good and I'll be pleasantly surprised, or it will be bad, I won't feel dissapointed and maybe FF franchise will be fknally put to rest after 3 (4 with XV) complete failures.

Tanis:
I just don't see this being very good.

You'd think after FF:TSW they'd have learned NOT to sink so much money into ONE project.

Wonder who will bail out SE, maybe they'll become Square-EniXSEED?

Please don't let Square anywhere near XSeed, over the past year Trails in the Sky has become my favourite JRPG!

Thinking about it though I think it would be kind of awesome if Disney bought Square. They need to go back to the focus of actually releasing games, and maybe a nice touch would be to do what they did after FFVIII and 'go back to their roots', which is how we got an actual fantasy game with FFIX.

Remus:

Silentpony:
Taking Bets! Who thinks the plot will be Kojima level crazy?! I got $5 that voice actors will all be speak-n-spell robots!
And lets go crazy! $10 says there won't be just 1 quirky bubbly girl in either short shorts or miniskirt, but 2 entire bubbly girls in short shorts or miniskirts!

Or bunny ears. Lets not forget the bunny ears.


And belts, so many buckles, it must be like wearing an iron throne.

I predict another anthromorphed animal type. Maybe a panda? A rodent would be tooo.... hyper, and entirely too OCD about shiny things. Most likely some sort of feline.

The buckles/belts/zipper thing is a product of Tesuya Nomura being involved in a high level of design work, hence it's prevalence in the Kingdom Hearts games.

Whatever. They got a new title for which to promise a close, definite release date that they will keep pushing back for years, Kingdom Hearts 3. Anyways, I lost faith in new Final Fantasy titles years ago,[1] and nothing I've seen from FFXV restores any hope. I'm now more interested in seeing if they don't screw the FFVII remake up royally. (I can only hope they don't somehow jack up the PC release of IX.)

Mister K:
Unless there is a huge twist and the boys band dies somewhere at the end of a prologue, I cannot see myself playing through the whole game with them.

If that really happened, I'd scrape together my last few pennies to get a next gen console and a copy of the game. The party of XV looks so homogenized that I'd rather try to get through XIII again. There really needs to be a legal limit (or a bishie to female/gruff male ratio) on the amount of bishonens in a single JRPG party.

[1] Speciffically, after playing (but liking) X and XII, then hearing what XIII would be like, I realized Square was trying too hard to "inovate" after the PS1 era and lost sight of what makes Final Fantasy.

Hairless Mammoth:
Whatever. They got a new title for which to promise a close, definite release date that they will keep pushing back for years, Kingdom Hearts 3. Anyways, I lost faith in new Final Fantasy titles years ago,[1] and nothing I've seen from FFXV restores any hope. I'm now more interested in seeing if they don't screw the FFVII remake up royally. (I can only hope they don't somehow jack up the PC release of IX.)

Mister K:
Unless there is a huge twist and the boys band dies somewhere at the end of a prologue, I cannot see myself playing through the whole game with them.

If that really happened, I'd scrape together my last few pennies to get a next gen console and a copy of the game. The party of XV looks so homogenized that I'd rather try to get through XIII again. There really needs to be a legal limit (or a bishie to female/gruff male ratio) on the amount of bishonens in a single JRPG party.

Yea, the original trailer skipped over the part where a lumber truck screams by and "Highway to Hell" starts playing over the radio. BTW someone should absolutely make that mashup using FF characters.

[1] Speciffically, after playing (but liking) X and XII, then hearing what XIII would be like, I realized Square was trying too hard to "inovate" after the PS1 era and lost sight of what makes Final Fantasy.

Hairless Mammoth:
Whatever. They got a new title for which to promise a close, definite release date that they will keep pushing back for years, Kingdom Hearts 3. Anyways, I lost faith in new Final Fantasy titles years ago,[1] and nothing I've seen from FFXV restores any hope. I'm now more interested in seeing if they don't screw the FFVII remake up royally. (I can only hope they don't somehow jack up the PC release of IX.)

Mister K:
Unless there is a huge twist and the boys band dies somewhere at the end of a prologue, I cannot see myself playing through the whole game with them.

If that really happened, I'd scrape together my last few pennies to get a next gen console and a copy of the game. The party of XV looks so homogenized that I'd rather try to get through XIII again. There really needs to be a legal limit (or a bishie to female/gruff male ratio) on the amount of bishonens in a single JRPG party.

HOLD THAT THOUGHT!..

Lets take a look at the FF games I've played:
-V has Bartz, who is neither bish nor gruff, but someone inbetween and Galuf is rather old, so I remove him from equation.
-VI has Edgar, Setzer and Locke, who are pretty and Sabin, Cyan and Shadow who are gruff (Gau and Strago are removed).
-VII has Cloud and Vincent (bish) and Cid and Barret (gruff);
-VIII has 3 male party members and they are all pretty;
-IX has Zidane (pretty), Steiner and Amarant (gruff);
-X has Tidus (pretty), Wakka and Auron (gruff);
-XII has Vaan, Balthier (pretty) and Bash (gruff);
-XIII has Snow and Sazh (both being on a gruffier side).

To conclude, the successful bish-to-gruff rario is 50/50 or 33/66. See how VIII and XIII failed and have 100% ratio of either gruff or bish?
Which means, sadly, that if my theory is correct, if nobody does a "rockfall" to the XV's party, it will fail.

[1] Speciffically, after playing (but liking) X and XII, then hearing what XIII would be like, I realized Square was trying too hard to "inovate" after the PS1 era and lost sight of what makes Final Fantasy.

Ignore this post

Mister K:
Wow, I didn't expect so many people sharing my general line of thought.

To be fair, I never was hyped for the game. When it was still Versus XIII I just hoped for it to be better than XIII. Now I have a feeling that it's going to be kind of worst, to be honest. Unless there is a huge twist and the boys band dies somewhere at the end of a prologue, I cannot see myself playing through the whole game with them. 3 out of 4 shown party members annoy me. And there is also this "dark and gritty reboot" feeling about the game I can't shake off. Final Fantasy games (for the most part) always had a rather diverse bunch of characters and stories that could be both lighthearted and tragic and that is one of the endearing traits of the franchise. Remember what happened last time FF decided to be dark and gritty? FFVIII happened. There is also the fact that we don't actually know much about RPG aspect. Do party members actually level up anymore, or is it now full-blown action game?

Anyhow, I keep my hopes low. Either this game will turn out actually good and I'll be pleasantly surprised, or it will be bad, I won't feel dissapointed and maybe FF franchise will be fknally put to rest after 3 (4 with XV) complete failures.

I was hyped when it was vs 13 and cried when kotaku said it had been cancelled. Now I'm just afraid. The fact that they changed the storyline and completely got rid of Stella as the antagonist to Noctis which would have been actually interesting... I'm just very afraid.

Nazulu:
16? What the hell happened to 15? Was it really bad or something? Also, what light is he speaking of?

XV is 15.

Also, can't believe no-one has pointed this out yet but the link in the OP indicates this game was announced two and a half years ago rather than ten years ago as stated? Typo?

JoJo:

Nazulu:
16? What the hell happened to 15? Was it really bad or something? Also, what light is he speaking of?

XV is 15.

Also, can't believe no-one has pointed this out yet but the link in the OP indicates this game was announced two and a half years ago rather than ten years ago as stated? Typo?

For fucks sake! I confused it with 2016 :-P

That's enough posting for me tonight

I'll be honest, I was quite happy with the demo I got with Type 0 (which wasn't FF13 bad but wasn't great either). I'm actually looking forward to this. I don't complain much about the characters, have learned to see them as a form of Japanese B-game campness. I don't think thats what they're going for, not at all, but it makes it funny for me and I enjoy the games more because of that. Its either look at it that way or want to strangle at least 1/3 of the cast every time they speak.

Mister K:

Anyhow, I keep my hopes low. Either this game will turn out actually good and I'll be pleasantly surprised, or it will be bad, I won't feel dissapointed and maybe FF franchise will be fknally put to rest after 3 (4 with XV) complete failures.

XIII, XIV before Realm Reborn... What's the third complete failure?

I think XIII sold decently outside the west, too.

Silvanus:

Mister K:

Anyhow, I keep my hopes low. Either this game will turn out actually good and I'll be pleasantly surprised, or it will be bad, I won't feel dissapointed and maybe FF franchise will be fknally put to rest after 3 (4 with XV) complete failures.

XIII, XIV before Realm Reborn... What's the third complete failure?

I think XIII sold decently outside the west, too.

Oh, I forgot to say that I am not counting MMO's. I meant XIII, XIII-2, XIII-3 and (hopefully not) XV. And I didn't call them failures because of sales, but rather because of the general reception at the very least in the West (don't know what Japanese think about XIII and its sequels).

Now that I think about it, I should've included VIII aswell.

In other FF news, FF IX is apparently getting a PC launch in Japan in the next year or so. Which will probably end up in the west not to long after that.

Though the Primary source on this is Kotaku, which may be why it hasn't been mentioned here yet.

As for FFXV, don't really care. Pretty much all the games past IX have failed to excite me(Well, X did....about halfway through the game, when Tidus stopped being annoying as shit). I don't see anything in XV's trailer that makes me think this is the one that's gonna make me care again.

The demo for FF XV was pretty fun especially the combat. If the combat is more or less the same asbin the demo I am sure I will enjoy it.

Still no release date. My guess is it'll come out in 2020 as FFXVII.

I wonder what will Square's expectations be for this game, do they think it'll sell 20 million copies? FF XV has been in development for 10 freakin years now, lord knows how much they spent trying to make the damn thing. I bet they have such ridiculously high expectations on how many copies it sells, we shall see.

-Dragmire-:
I just wonder how much it cost to make in total and if it's even possible to make their money back

Oh don't worry about that, it doesn't matter how much money Nomura's vanity projects make back; they just pilfer their current-running MMOs to fund all their other overbudget dead-end projects instead of investing back in the thing people like! =D

drkchmst:
Why is my response "no it won't"?

In any case Persona 5.

Nailed it.

It's only taken them 10 years to finish it. But why should I care when there's Atlus?

You're all so fucking depressing.

Affordablequote:
You're all so fucking depressing.

I have to agree. People are quick to shit on this before we've even gotten our hands on it. People say the demo is good, if they keep up with that it should be at the very least a "good" game. I have confidence it will be "very good" to "great". People go on as though it shouldn't be finished because it was in development so long, and then what should Square do? They would be worse off NOT finishing it, and making no money off it, then releasing it to slightly depressing sales. For all we know it could still be a break through release. Especially if they added say... a demo for another upcoming title.I will be buying this day one, for sure.

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