The automatic weapon switching battle system of Final Fantasy XV has been replaced with real-time weapon switching, director Hajime Tabata announced on the game’s official forums.
The real-time weapon change feature is a system that lets users switch between four “main weapons” set in advance. Each weapon is allocated to the up, down, left, and right buttons on the d-pad, and you should be able to switch between them in real-time.
As a result of this system change, the “Break -> Rush -> Slash” system from the Episode Duscae demo has been changed to prevent against weapons unintentionally switching automatically during normal, consecutive attacks. It’s now been designed so that you can attack consecutively while switching between the main weapons you pre-set in real-time.
As for attacks like the “Counter” and “Raid (Jump Attack),” or attacks that the player can unleash at specific times, you can use main weapons if nothing is set, but can also automatically switch to weapons intentionally used for these attacks like the demo, as well.
Final Fantasy XV is due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016.