Square Enix Reveals Omitted Features from Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix Reveals Omitted Features from Final Fantasy XV

Much has changed throughout the development of Final Fantasy XV , including the shedding of its previous title, Final Fantasy Versus XIII . Now Square Enix has released their latest Active Time Battle video, which reveals more details about how the game has changed since its original incarnation.

In a video called Active Time , the team states that it wants Final Fantasy XV to be a coherent, standalone story, and to do that they had to rewrite major portions from Final Fantasy Versus XIII ; however, the team doesn’t want to stray too far from writer Kazushige Nojima’s vision.

In the end, we decided to be as faithful as possible to Mr. Nojima’s story for Versus and focus on realising the original story as much as we could,”  It goes without saying that I consulted with him on this. And he said that if I valued his original story, then it would still fulfill his vision, even if not every single element he came up with included in the end. So that gave us the confidence to set our goal, which was to create a narrative that utilises Mr. Nojima’s original story as fully as possible.

Most of the changes seem to be revisions rather than changes. For instance, there’s a sequence in which an attack occurs after a party, but that scene has been replaced, although the city it takes place in is still present. Some are more drastic, such as the omission of Stella, who was present in early trailers of Final Fantasy Versus XIII . The team has replaced her with a new character named Luna.

Last year, producer Yoshinori Kitase revealed that Final Fantasy XV will still be part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis mythology, so the game will still have common ground with Final Fantasy XIII . Since XV is now a standalone title, I can understand their reasoning behind the revisions, although I’m more curious than ever to know what Stella’s role would have been.

Check out the full video for an elaborate explanation behind the revisions.

Source: Eurogamer , SquareEnixPresents , Gamespot

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