Last year, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said during an “Active Time Report” live stream that three additional “Episode” downloadable contents were planned for the game in 2018. Speaking during a newly published interviews with Japanese media, Tabata confirmed that the plan has changed to four “Episodes” and that they may not all launch in 2018.
Here are all the notable tidbits:
From 4Gamer.net‘s Interview
- Based on the user survey put out, the average satisfaction rate of the scenario as a whole was 62.4 percent, so Tabata thought it was necessary to ensure a suitable development period for the upcoming downloadable content without being concerned about releasing them in 2018. For that reason, the content will likely spill into 2019.
- The downloadable content planned from this point on is being made with the mindset of completing the “Final Fantasy XV Universe” (the general term for the main game and its related works). For that reason, they are laying the content out as an “additional series” rather than “additional content.”
From Famitsu‘s Interview
- Tabata does not think users want them to fill in the gaps of the main story anymore, and since Final Fantasy XV cannot be completed even on the creative side, new developments different from the current Episode add-ons are being considered.
- The first new Episode add-on will be “Episode Ardyn,” which was the one most requested in the user survey. After that, there may even be an “Episode Luna,” as Tabata mentioned during the “Active Time Report” official news broadcast.
- Including “Episode Ardyn,” four new “Episodes” are being produced into 2019.
- Regarding original elements in Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, Tabata could not say anything at the moment, but there are mods and multiplayer quests may be improved. However, there are no differences in the story.
- Total worldwide sales for Final Fantasy XV have topped seven million.
Regarding Mods in Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition
- Square Enix will release an official mod creation tool after the release of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition.
- Tabata said that rather than just play the game how developers assume users will play, it is better to have users play the game on a broader basis. He thinks the ways that users overcome what the developers conceived is interesting.
- Mods will even support surreal ways of playing, like changing all of the character models to Kenny Crow.
- Model data is being prepared on the user side, which will allow players to freely change models.
- There are plans in place to later on be able to create maps, quests, and scenarios with the tool.
Final Fantasy XV is available now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition for PC will launch on March 6, which will include all of the downloadable content released for the base game, as well as a number of new features.
Thanks, Games Talk.