Final Fantasy XV’s hotly anticipated demo will be limited to the first distribution of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD purchases according to an announcement made by Square Enix. There are no immediate plans to release the demo in a stand-alone format so better get that pre-order for Type-0 ironed out.
Square had previously announced that FFXV’s demo would be released alongside Type-0 HD, the HD remaster of the Sony PSP title of the same name, so the tie-in should be no surprise. While the limited availability of FFXV demos may cause eyebrows to raise, it is not the first time that Square has toyed with exclusive first run offers to create incentive for pre-ordering titles in advance.
One thing to note is that Square Enix has been quick to point out that purchasers of Type-O’s Collector’s Edition will be guaranteed access to the FFXV demo. They don’t, however, mention whether standard edition early purchasers will also be given the demo. Thus far, major retailers including Amazon and GameStop are advertising pre-orders as including the demo, but with the stipulation that bonuses are subject to change.
Details of the Collector’s Edition included a soundtrack with selected tracks, a Type-0 manga, 80-page hardcover art book, five life size card replicas, and the bane of my existence, a steelbook case to hold the game.
To be fair, I wouldn’t purchase this game solely for the opportunity to get exclusive access to the Final Fantasy XV demo. Type-0 is a gorgeous game in its own right and has certainly earned its place in the world of JRPGs with its standout performance as a late PSP title in 2011, the fact that a English fan translation became one of the most popular titles on modified PSPs and that Type-0’s director, Hajime Tabata, has been promoted to director of Final Fantasy XV. Honestly, I’m looking forward to finally getting my hands on a proper release of Type-0, than a demo build of a game at least a year off.
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will release in North America on March 17, 2015 on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.