Final Fantasy XV developers talk game world, new tech demo

The latest Active Time Report from Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has provided a few new details about the long-awaited game. Alongside these peppered reveals are also a few burning questions people have been wanting to ask Tabata, starting off with a piping-hot confirmation that button presses (or ‘button mashing’) are still an option for XV’s combat system. Previously it was reported that the blocking button could be held down or tapped to evade continuously or with timing, but many fans were worried the same would not extend to the attack button.

Here’s a brief summary containing the most pertinent points from the report:

Walking the world

  • The first video shown is a portion of the Duscae region which will be on the demo
  • Events and enemy position removed/changed for this video to show just the walking
  • You can eat and gather information at gas stations
  • If you can see something in the background you can go to it
  • Depending on the shape of the ground Noct and friends walking animations will change
  • If you keep running you can see your friends tire and try to catch their breath
  • You can fish in streams, rivers, and the ocean!
  • You can fight the wildlife. As they are always active, be careful as they will attack if you get close
  • There are buildings in the forest with people living in them. You can enter some of these buildings
  • There are also animals that aren’t enemies like cats and dogs
  • In order to make the mountains the developers actually climbed one. They might show a video of them doing this one day
  • Demons like the Naga or the Goblins will come out of the caves at night
  • It’s dangerous at night and is safer to rest at a gas station or by other means
  • The party members dialogue will change in accordance to the time
  • A Chocobo was shown in the forest. Look forward to finding out more in the demo
  • The enemy airship patrols will sometimes land and fight you
  • Magitek Armor will make an appearance. (was not meant to have been said)
  • The Duscae region is as a large as 10% of the game

The Tech Demo!

  • Currently transferring the game from Ebony to Luminous.
  • The game is running on Luminous 1.4 now, will be on 1.5 when the demo comes out, and the goal is to have XV running on Luminous 2.0 upon release.
  • Engine transferring currently 80% complete and will be 100% done by the time the demo is out.
  • Working with Sony and MS to help push the hardware to its limits.
  • You can destroy most buildings (but not all), and damage/destroy the ground in places.
  • With the power of Luminous, FFXV will far surpass Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
  • Another tech demo is planned to be shown at a later date

Your questions to Tabata

Q.What if I mash the attack button instead of holding it down?
A.Even if you mash the attack button the combo will still operate fine and connect together. It’s possible to counter while you button mash; if you hold the button down you have to be more careful of the enemies movements and it’s more strategic.

Q.Will Type0 HD be available digitally and will it come with the FFXV demo?
A.Of course

Q.Why doesn’t the MP show up on the UI?
A.The battle UI is still temporary. When it is complete, your MP will be clearly visible.

Q.I’m a little worried the game will only last 40 hours
A.The main story itself will take 40 hours. Beating dungeons and doing other activities will make the game last much longer than this.


Credits: NeoGAF

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