Square Enix has announced that it will host a worldwide, closed online test for its upcoming Final Fantasy XV multiplayer expansion, “Comrades,” from August 3 to 8.
Users who have purchased the Final Fantasy XV Season Pass or Digital Premium Edition will be able to participate in the closed online test. A download will be made available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store on August 2.
Here’s an overview of the closed online test:
|Closed Online Test||Full Release|
|Playable Characters||Create, control, and save up to eight avatars.||Develop avatars using experience gained from defeating enemies and completing quests. Updates will allow you to also play as Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis.|
|Avatars||Customize avatars with elements limited to the test version.||Unlock customization elements with item purchases at outposts and quest rewards. Updates will add even more elements.|
|Base||Begin at test version base camp and play through a custom tutorial.||Experience a city with much more than the test version base camp. Base functionality will significantly increase. (Please await further information.)|
|Weapons||Choose from katana, club, dagger, and shuriken weapons. Attack patterns vary from those of Noctis.||Enjoy an expanded arsenal featuring polearm, crossbow, and shield weapons as well, which also feature different attack patterns. Weapons come with preset abilities and experience points, and can be leveled up by meeting certain conditions. (Please await further information.)|
|Royal Sigils||Invoke the powers of sovereigns for your avatar with this new feature. Equip one of four default royal sigils in the test version.||Collect and equip royal sigils as you progress. The wide array of enhancements provided by the royal sigils will play a key role in cooperative multiplayer combat. (Please await further information.)|
|Quests||Choose from one of three quests, with up to three legs to each quest. All players will be matched online in the test version. You cannot take on quests on your own.||Explore quests with storylines as well as single-player quests. Join up to three other players online with a subscription to PlayStation Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership, or fight alongside three AI companions.|
|Meals||Retrieve one ingredient per person per quest, and have the camp cook prepare a meal afterward.||Encounter more cooks and enjoy a wider range of meal-based boosts.|
|Meteorshards||Receive meteorshards as quest rewards. Meteorshards cannot be used in the test version.||Gather meteorshards during quests to expand the scope of available activities or to unlock new quests. (Please await further information.)|
|Other Systems||Interact with other players using preset chat messages. Also supports voice chat.||Enjoy these additional features: Make Camps for Meetups with Friends, Expand/Customize Preset Chat Messages, Receive Quest Report Cards, Take New Photographs, and more! (Please await further information.)|
View a set of screenshots from the closed online test at the gallery.