Final Fantasy XV video game, 10 years in the making, unveiled for pre-orders

September 30 global release of long-awaited new instalment of game franchise will be preceded by launch of feature-length film, Kingslaive, based on the game, maker Square Enix announces

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 March, 2016, 4:50pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 March, 2016, 4:57pm

The wait is over - well, almost. A decade in the making, Final Fantasy XV will be released worldwide on September 30, the video game’s maker, Square Enix, has announced.

The Japanese video game developer unveiled a free download demo and the first episode of Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV, available at the PlayStation Store and on YouTube respectively.

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The 90-minute “Uncovered” fans’ event at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles – attended by the game’s director, Hajime Tabata, and artist Yoshitaka Amano, the original illustrator for the popular franchise – was streamed live on Square Enix’s YouTube channel on Thursday morning (Hong Kong time) and was watched by close to 50,000 users.

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Actors Sean Bean (via video) from Game of Thrones and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad also put in an appearance at the event. Both will lend their voices to a feature-length Final Fantasy XV movie, called Kingslaive, which will be released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment before the game comes out in September.

Final Fantasy XV was first announced in 2006 as an exclusive title for PlayStation 3, and forms part of the “Fabula Nova Crystallis” subseries, which includes Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0. It was to have been called Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

Set in a world “where fantasy meets reality”, this darker tale follows Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades on an epic journey to reclaim his right to the throne in the Kingdom of Lucis by defeating the warmongering empire, Niflheim.

Pre-orders for five different package versions of the game are now available in Hong Kong, priced from HK$468 to HK$2,180. The title will be released on both the PlayStation 4 and XBox One.