'Final Fantasy XV' news: Game will blend original and "western" elements


“Final Fantasy XV” is expected to be launched this year in an unconventional battle set up.

According to Dual Shockers, the editorial portion of the magazine “Nikkei Tredy” featured the video game industry in Japan. It mentioned that the title is expected to rake in sales of one million units, along with the game “Dragon Quest XI.”

The same write-up also indicated that “Final Fantasy XV” will have a different battle system that will most likely be received with mixed reactions. According to Movie Pilot, “Final Fantasy XV” will infuse a combination of the original elements and other “western” RPG aspects such as those seen in “Skyrim.”

Given this, Dual Shockers explained that this is most likely the reason why the editorial article believed that “Final Fantasy XV” will have split reviews. The new game system may disappoint the Japanese population as they are more inclined to the traditional set up, while the western market may take it more positively.

Fans may get a glimpse and hear more details about the upcoming title during the Taipei Game Show 2016 on Jan. 28 to Feb. 2 in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Lead Game Designer Takizawa Masashi revealed through a question and answer forum how the difficulty modes will vary depending on different factors.

He said, “The equivalent to difficulty level settings in ‘FFXV’ is a system where you can switch between different battle modes. By having this ability to switch modes, we want to make it so that both players who like action oriented, technical gameplay and also those who want to fight at a slower, more relaxed pace can all enjoy the combat in their own style.”

“This switching system is a key part of the gameplay that we decided to introduce based on the feedback we received from the Episode Duscae demo,” he further explained. Masashi assured that more details will be revealed regarding this when they get closer to the launch date of “Final Fantasy XV.”

“Final Fantasy XV” is expected sometime this year on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.