The first megaton face-melting moment of Tokyo Game Show 2014 is upon us, as the first Final Fantasy XV trailer since E3 2013 has dropped today. It is a thing of beauty, and sure to generate a plethora of questions about the game – most of them concerning the what seems to be the new combat system. But enough with the small talk, dive into the trailer below and we’ll be on the other side to discuss what you just saw:
Okay, so are we in agreement when I say that Final Fantasy combat systems are the most important part of the series outside of the stories? As beautiful and majestic as the visuals appear to be in the trailer, the thing that stuck out the most to me was what seemed to be a real-time combat system, similar to that of Kingdom Hearts and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. Perhaps this is Square Enix taking another crack at adapting Final Fantasy to a wider Western audience? We knew Final Fantasy Versus XIII was supposed to include a real-time combat system, and since XV is basically the embodiment of Versus XIII, chances are that’s exactly what we’re seeing here. But of course, this is all speculative and there’s nothing official on what the combat system will be in the final version. That being said, my fingers are crossed for Square Enix taking the real-time route.
Another important thing worth noting: series veteran Tetsuya Nomura will not be directing Final Fantasy XV. Instead Nomura will be giving his full attention to the upcoming titles such as Kingdom Hearts III, while Hajime Tabata (of Final Fantasy Type-0 and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD fame) will be taking the helm on this one. Still no word on a release date for the game, but we’ll be sleuthing about for the remainder of the Tokyo Game Show for any details we can get our hands on.
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