Final Fantasy XV Demo Limited to First Run of Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

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.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector's EditionDetails 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.

PlayStation Blog – Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition Revealed

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Final Fantasy XV Opens TGS with new trailer, new director

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.

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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.

Kotaku – The New Final Fantasy XV Trailer Has Renewed My Faith

Polygon – Final Fantasy Type-0 coming March 2015 with Final Fantasy XV demo