Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV for the 2014 Tokyo Game Show. While Noctis still refuses to show much personality, we are given a glimpse of FFXV’s open world nature, combat with soldiers, beasts, Noctis’ cool teleporting sword and a black convertible with suicide doors.
All in all it is a well produced trailer, that provides just enough substance to pique my interest a tad. I’ll be honest, I had almost zero faith in Final Fantasy XV being a game I would be interested in. The terrible development time coupled with the awkward shift from Versus XIII to XV had cast a lot of doubt on the product being any good. The fact that it exists in a mostly playable state and looks pretty spectacular at that is enough for me to put it back on the radar.
In addition to the trailer, Square Enix announced that Tetsuya Nomura would no longer be serving as director of FFXV. Nomura is already one of Square Enix’s highest profile directors and he will be refocusing his efforts on his other major game, Kingdom Hearts III, among other projects.
Hajime Tabata, the director of Final Fantasy Type-0, will assume the role of director for FFXV. Tabata’s work on the 2011 PSP relese of FF Type-0 was well received, even on a portable handheld that was essentially dead. The game was so well received (and subsequently not released internationally) that it will be getting an HD remaster for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in March of 2015 (March 17 for North America).
Oh, and to bring things full circle, a demo of Final Fantasy XV will be included with Type-o HD.