Square Enix has confirmed details about its Final Fantasy XV season pass, revealing its four main pieces of DLC including an online multiplayer expansion.
The first three pieces of DLC released for the game will follow members of the game’s core cast, finally giving players a chance to play as party members Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto. The final piece will bring them together in an online multiplayer mode.
“The first intention is to take the three comrade characters we have in supporting roles in the main story, Gladio, Ignis and Prompto, and to make them each playable characters in their own right,” DLC Producer Haruyoshi Sawatari explained to us in a short interview for the announcement.
“We had a philosophy that the expansions that we’d release would be content that’d be valuable to the player and satisfying in its own right,” Sawatari added.
The first media for the first DLC, Episode Gladiolus, is out now. It’ll be the first DLC to release and will set the template for the others, significantly adjusting FF15’s gameplay to better fit each of the main cast while also including a new story chapter centered around that character with all-new locations.
“I can’t go into too much detail at the moment, but for Gladio we’re very much going to take him for a more full action game type feel,” Sawatari explains. “There’s a more hardcore action in the way he’s played. Ignis will be much more tactical – it’ll be a much more strategic approach to battle that you have to take with him. Prompto’s gameplay is going to be a lot closer to shooting game mechanics. That’s the rough direction you can expect.”
Sawatari took control of the DLC late in the summer when it became clear that the game wasn’t going to make its original release date. While director Hajime Tabata worked to polish the game with the main team, Sawatari and a special team splintered off to begin crafting the DLC chapters.
He couldn’t go into further detail on the multiplayer expansion or the format it would take, saying that the team was only just now figuring out exactly how to make it work. He also wouldn’t yet comment on the length of the single-player DLCs in detail.
“The way we look at creating the content and how much to create isn’t really about the length of time or creating so many hours of gameplay because of that wide user-base,” he said. “We really look at it from the perspective of making sure that we’ve got something that’s satisfying and an enjoyable experience for anyone who plays the game.”
Final Fantasy XV is out on November 29th. The Season Pass will be available right away, and will cost £19.99 / €24.99.