Final Fantasy XV details game flow, battle system

New screenshots of the September 30-due RPG.

Square Enix has released new Final Fantasy XV information and screenshots, introducing the game’s flow and battle system.

Get the information below.

■ Titan and Niflheim Army Battle (Playable at E3)

In the world of Final Fantasy XV, there are large beings known as “Astrals.” By exhibiting to them your strength, they’ll lend you their power to use in battle.

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The Titan Astral, which carries a huge rock on its back, lives quietly somewhere in the world. But the Niflheim army plots to use its military might to kill the Titan. Noctis and crew will rush into this battle between the Niflheim army and the rampaging Titan. And if the group exhibits their strength to the Titan as expected, they’ll be able to borrow its power.

■ Game Flow

(1) Take on a Quest

Go to the area designated on the map.

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(2) Carry Out the Quest

By carrying out the game’s main quests, the story will advance.

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(3) Take a Detour

While following the story directly is all well and good, there are sub-quests and monster subjugation missions all over. The player has total freedom.

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(4) Camp and Level Up

In the world of Final Fantasy XV, the time and weather change in real time. Since it’s dangerous during the nighttime, you should camp when after sunset. When camping, you’ll be able to see all the experience points you earned during the day and level up.

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(5) Make Meals to Gain the Edge in Battle

You’ll gain status buffs by eating the food Ignis cooks while camping. The effects granted will vary based on the food.

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(6) Travel by Various Means

There are a variety of methods of travel in the massive world of Final Fantasy XV, including on foot, by car, chocobo, boat, and so on.

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■ Battle / Shift

The Lucis royal family have an exclusive ability called “Shift” that allows them to move by warping. While this ability can be freely utilized in battle, it will consume MP.

Map Shift

During battle you can throw your weapon and instantly Shift to where it lands. Places you can Shift to are indicated with an icon, and a Shift can be performed instantly with the single press of a button. You can use Shift to take cover in high places to quickly restore HP and MP, which will prove effective when outnumbered.

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Shift Break

You can also Shift to attack enemies that you’re locked on to.

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■ Battle / Assault

You can automatically assault (attack) the enemy with the single press and hold of a button. A speedy battle will unfold as you switch between weapons in real time.

Assault

Press and hold the attack button to continue attacking.

Weapon Summon

You can set a variety of weapons in advance that will switch in and out while fighting.

D-Pad Weapon Switch

There are dozens of weapons in Final Fantasy XV. You can instantly switch between weapons based on the enemy and situation. There are also mysterious weapons that still haven’t been revealed.

Weapon Types

—One-handed Sword

Its quick movement allows you to continuously attack the enemy. The one-handed sword is an extremely easy to handle weapon made for maneuverability.

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—Great Sword

A really heavy sword. Its movement is slow due to its size, but it can mow down several enemies in a single swing and deal great damage.

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—Daggers

Wield daggers in both hands to quickly attack and damage the enemy. While daggers do less damage than other weapons, you’re lighter on your feet so you can quickly move around the enemy.

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—Spear

Damage the enemy with the long, pointed spear. The power from a Shift Break spear attack might make you think you’re a Dragoon.

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—Shield

A shield can be equipped with a one-handed sword. By equipping a shield and guarding against enemy attacks, it’s possible to break the enemy’s stance.

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—Magic

Magic attacks, like “Fire,” are treated as weapons in Final Fantasy XV. By throwing the spherical magic weapon in the direction of the enemy, its associated magic attack will be triggered.

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—Phantom Sword / Shuriken

You can equip a large, two-handed shuriken, which can be used to attack enemies at a distance. These attacks consume MP, however.

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■ Battle / Guard Mode and Dodge Roll

You can automatically guard with the single press and hold of a button.

Guard

When holding the guard button, you’ll automatically enter Guard Mode. Though you may still receive damage when defending against a strong attack.

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Evasion

If you have acquired the “Evade” ability, you’ll automatically evade attacks when in Guard Mode, which will consume MP. Additionally, if you evade the enemy’s attack with proper timing, you’ll be able to avoid the attack without consuming MP and trigger a “Just Guard.”

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Dodge Roll

With a quick press of the guard button, you can perform a dodge roll to leap away and avoid an attack.

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■ Battle / Parry

When you successfully guard against an attack, an indication to parry the attack will immediately follow. By triggering the parry with proper timing, you can perform a powerful counter attack, which could deal great damage.

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■ Battle / Link

Depending on the situation, you can perform cooperative “Link” attacks with your allies.

Link Attack

By successfully parrying an attack and performing a parry counter, a Link Attack can also be triggered. There are various conditions to trigger a Link Attack.

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Back Attack Link

When you successfully strike the enemy from behind, which deals 1.5 times the normal damage, you may be able to trigger a “Back Attack Link” with your allies to deal even greater damage.

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Final Fantasy XV is due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 30,

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