2017 Will Be A Big Year For Final Fantasy XV

news by Eric Brackett

In a blog post, game director Hajime Tabata has announced that there will be several updates coming  to Final Fantasy XV throughout 2017. Tabatha said the goal of these updates would be to increase the game’s longevity and replay value.

“We want you to enjoy Final Fantasy XV for a long time to come.” Tabatha said. “We have been listening to your ideas on how to make the game experience even better, and so in addition to the previously announced content, we’ll be providing free updates to the game throughout the coming year.”

The company hasn’t given us too many details about their plans, but we know their first series of updates will consist of improvements to basic gameplay features such as adding new features to chapter 13 and increasing the viability of certain items.

 

Story Content:

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Beyond those updates, the team will be making improvements to the game’s story-telling by adding new cutscenes.

These updates will come a bit later in the year as they will require additional work such as localization. More story content is always welcome, but we do have one problem.

It sounds like some of these features should have been included at launch. As far as we know, these aren’t brand new stories, but simply a way to flesh out existing content. It’s a welcome addition, but we worry that it won’t add much in terms of replay value.

 

New Features:

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That being said, some of the features Tabatha mentioned will likely have many players looking forward to a second play through. One of the most exciting new features is the option to carry your stats over to a new game.

Hopefully, the difficulty will be increased to compensate. Beyond that Tabatha mentioned god mode, low-level runs, and new items to mix up gameplay.

 

New Hunts:

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In a move that might have been inspired by the success of XV’s online cousin, Tabatha mentioned the team wanted to add new content to the game. This content would include bosses, achievements, and limited time hunts. The blog made no mention of how these hunts would be scheduled, but there are a few ways to go about it. The most obvious would be a set rotation of hunts that pop up every week or so. However, that could become a bit too predictable.

One interesting way to do it might be to add seasonal themed hunts. WoW’s Headless Horseman event comes to mind. In addition to adding new hunts, this would give players a chance to learn a bit more about the game’s world.

What would you like to see added to Final Fantasy XV? Let us know below.

 

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Eric Brackett

Eric is an avid fan of RPGs in both tabletop and video game form. For all my gaming and comic book-related rants, feel free to follow me on Twitter.

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