Director Hajime Tabata told IGN that his upcoming game ‘Final Fantasy XV’ is now 60% complete.
This sounds good, but just last September Tabata told IGN that the game was 55% complete, meaning that by his own estimates progression has been slow over the past few months. However, Tabata says that once the demo is out (which will be released alongside pre-orders of ‘Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Remastered’ on March 17th), development of FFXV will rapidly increase.
In some ways Tabata says he’s being conservative on his estimate of 60%. “Developing big games on a large scale like this… it’s not very even in terms of each area of the game being created, so you have uneven development processes where some things are nearly done, and others are still at prototype stage.”
Since September Tabata claims that his team has been spending most of their time focusing on perfecting features that will appear in the demo. “But because of the way development works, now we’ve seen a solid milestone, and using that it means the end is in sight in some ways. After that’s released and we continue on with development there may be times where we move on with massive leaps and bounds, so the overall number shoots up by 10 percent at a time. I think we’re looking at a much faster development in the near future.”
Fans who are curious about what the upcoming demo features can check out the three gameplay trailers below. Each trailer shows a different aspect of what we can expect in the demo.
The first has over forty minutes of gameplay and exploration of the demo’s location, however it is only in Japanese so non-Japanese speakers will have to rely on visuals alone. IGN was nice enough to point out some features, which include:
1. Noctis can use the token Square Enix ability Jump to throw himself into the air and slam down upon his enemies
2. His teleportation ability can be used to dodge attacks, launch himself at distant enemies, and as a surveying technique by dangling off of high objects to look at the landscape below
3. A rarity in the Final Fantasy games, the environment can become a direct factor in battle, allowing Noctis to crouch behind trees or boulders in order to hide or sneak up on enemies
4. Not only can Noctis use multiple kinds of weapons, including regular swords, great swords, and lances, but he can summon all of these weapons in battle at once, switching from weapon to weapon at ease
5. That sword barrier that has been in the trailers since the game was called Final Fantasy XIII Versus? Noctis can call upon it in battle and use it to whale upon his enemies
The second trailer is a much shorter preview of the demo, but has the advantage of being in English. It also focuses a little more on the cave that will also appear in the demo, filled to the brim with all sorts of monsters.
The third trailer shows off the wildlife that’ll appear in the demo, including realistic animals like frogs or bald eagles, Square Enix familiars such as Chocobos and Behemoths, and new, unfamiliar monsters such as alligator-like creatures and grazing animals that look like elks.
Here they all are for your viewing pleasure: