Square Enix Will Still Be Releasing Final Fantasy XV DLC In 2019

This isn’t the end of the road.
This isn’t the end of the road.
Screenshot: Final Fantasy XV

Originally, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata said he wanted to add at least three more add-ons in 2018. That was the plan. Now Tabata is saying there are four more in-coming and all the DLC might not come out this year.

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In a recent 4Gamer interview (via Hachima), Tabata discussed the DLC, saying, “There is one thing I need to let everyone know, and that is perhaps it won’t all be out only this year.” (That’s right, the Royal Edition is not the complete version. There is more DLC coming!)

Tabata conceded that, yes, the original plan was 2018, but looking at the main game’s player survey satisfaction rate of 62.4 percent, Tabata thought more development time was necessary to finish up Final Fantasy XV.

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“Instead of fussing over ‘during 2018,’ it’s necessary to ensure a reasonable development period,” Tabata said. “We’ve decided to make four episodes through 2019,” he told Famitsu in much more concrete terms in a separate interview.

Final Fantasy XV was originally released in 2016. It was announced in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

You can read Kotaku’s Final Fantasy XV review right here.

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DISCUSSION

That satisfaction rate might—just might—have something to do with the fact that Final Fantasy XV’s core narrative stands out as one of the most poorly-executed, contrivance-laden, plot-holes-big-enough-to-drive-a-bus-through-riven experiences in the history of the franchise.

And that’s saying something.

I actually enjoyed XV from a mechanical perspective; as long as I ignored the nonsensical Fanfic.net-level writing, I was pretty damned happy with it (and will probably pick it up again on PC, because having it running at a steady 60FPS will make hunts a great deal more fun).

If Tabata really wants to improve this particular player’s satisfaction rating, he could try fixing the following ***SPOILERS FOR FF XV FOLLOW!!!!***:

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1.) Give me a reason to give a god damn about the connection between Noctis and Lunafreya. The base game only ever presented us with, “Yeah, they met once as kids, got engaged because royal reasons, and now they pass a notebook by means of mystical Shiba Inus.”

When Lunafreya is killed roughly halfway through the game, the player is supposed to feel something.

All I felt was, “Well, shit. That had about zero impact. Who was that again?”

2.) Do something about that whole “Oh, by the way, Prompto’s been an Imperial all along, and you probably should’ve sorted that out from the eye-bleedingly obvious tattoo on his hand that also works as a genetic gate key that he reveals at exactly the appropriate time in the game, and no one cares that he’s an Imperial or that he hid that fact because we need the plot to keep moving forward” mess.

Seriously, this is like high school-level creative writing class material.

3.) Maybe do something else with the Dragoon? She had some promise as a recurring villain/nemesis type character, but like most ideas in the game, she shows up a couple of times, and fuck-all happens with her in terms of plot/character development.

4.) Do something with the “World of Ruin” apart from having the player run down a single highway toward a camp, a cutscene, and then the final area. You’re referencing the second half of (what I think is the greatest entry in the franchise) Final Fantasy VI here; you owe it better than, “Oh, we called this area that, but you’re only going to spend about five minutes in it. SORRY!”

5.) As a general thing, maybe don’t expect players to engage with ancillary materials (the CGI movie, the anime, etc) in order to have a complete experience with the story of the game. Game narratives are self-contained for a reason; what you’ve done here is like asking me to read a book, but then telling me I need to read six others to get a full picture of what’s going on in the first.

That’s fine and well for academic research, but I get paid for that. I’m not interested in having to do that much legwork for an entertainment product.

6.) General narrative coherency fixes: We need a little more interaction with the principal villain, exposure to his motivations (that final monologue is a pretty poor excuse for character development), and a reason to either hate or feel bad for him. He’s basically a slightly more developed Kefka in a fedora at this point, and as much as I love Kefka (I find him to be a better villain than Sephiroth, as a point of reference—and yes, I know he’s flat; that’s part of the point), that just doesn’t fly in modern game design.

Maybe fill out some of the stuff with the Empire. Don’t kill major characters off-screen and then expect us to be wowed by the result (the shit you pulled with the Emperor was fucking sad).

TL;DR: Give me a compelling reason to care about the story and characters in the game beyond some vague sense of brotherhood between the big four. Then we can talk about that player satisfaction rating.