Square Enix’s latest in the Final Fantasy series has been out for just over month now, treating us all to an excellent slice of action RPG adventure – learn more in our review. However, the experience wasn’t quite complete, and Square Enix are keen to remedy that.
The Season Pass will, of course, add additional elements to the game over the course of the year, including extra story content based on protagonist Noctis’ party of battle-brothers: Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis, as well as a multiplayer mode of some sorts. But, whether you have the Season Pass or not, there will also be additional, free tweaks, extra content and events to flesh out the story, making it more coherent and fun.
Back in December, FFXV Director Hajime Tabata released a press statement covering the short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals for adding additional content to the game on the Square Enix blog.
In the short-term the plan is to make enhancements to Chapter 13, such as increasing the strength of the Ring of Lucii. But Tabata has hinted there’ll be more to it than that, and yesterday’s tweet announcing an upcoming New Year broadcast – apparently, thanks to Nova Crystallis for translating – will hopefully fill in some more details very soon.
The mid-term plan is to apparently enhance the overall story, such as adding scene to better inform us of character’s motivations. But with voice-over work in multiple languages required, this may well be some time off.
The long-term plan is to add additional playable characters, or more specifically, more characters that can join your party. This may even include the avatar you’ll be able to create in the Season Passes multiplayer element, according to the press release. Additionally, other features, tweaks and additions are also on the table, such as limited time hunts and boss encounters with special rewards or achievements.
A couple of patches, and the Holiday Bonus Pack, have already been released, adding a New Game Plus that allows you to carry over your stats, a level limiting item that allows you to attempt a level 1 run-through of the game, items to help gain more AP, and multiple other items that can aid you in the adventure. However, the most intriguing items are the carnival passes, which comes in two flavours: a free pass from the patch and a paid pass from the Holiday Bonus Pack. These are prepping you for a limited time carnival event that’s due to kick off in Altissia on January 24th.
And if that’s not already enough Final Fantasy XV goodies to look forward to, there’s still more to come. At GDC in San Francisco late next month, there’ll be a panel featuring Dan Inoue, Lead Writer and Localization Director of FFXV. The panel will be called “Bringing Fantasy to Life in Final Fantasy XV” and will talk about the challenges of maintaining a cohesive narrative across companion projects and promotions, and strategies for turning the universe to your advantage.
Indeed, Square Enix are throwing a lot of support at Final Fantasy XV, and we here at TiX Towers are stoked to see how the already great game grows over time.