Final Fantasy XV Free Updates Will "Delve Deeper Into The Story"

FFXV director Hajime Tabata wants to continue evolving Final Fantasy XV through free updates.

Prior to the launch of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix already had a Season Pass ready for the game, with six DLC episodes planned for your $24.99. The full episodes focus on Noctis' crew and add other content to the game proper. The Season Pass includes:

  • FFXV Holiday Pack
  • FFXV Booster Pack
  • FFXV Episode Gladiolus
  • FFXV Episode Ignis
  • FFXV Episode Prompto
  • FFXV Expansion Pack: Comrades

Square Enix isn't stopping with just paid updates to Final Fantasy XV though. In a post on the Square Enix blog, game director Hajime Tabata outlined what he wanted to add to the game via free updates. Tabata mentioned gameplay updates, including ring magic buffs, new playable characters, customizable avatars, a New Game+ mode, and surprisingly enough, more story additions.

"Our early plans are to enrich certain aspects of the game, adding gameplay enhancements for Chapter 13, buffing ring magic, etc. We'll have the specifics of what and when for you at a later date," wrote Tabata.

"After that, we're hoping to delve deeper into the story, adding scenes that will give you new insight into character motivations, such as why Ravus walked the path he did. We will need a little time with these, as they'll need to be localized and voiced in other languages, but we'll let you know the details once everything is set."

"For the long term, we are looking at making certain key characters playable, and even considering the possibility of customizable avatars, in addition to other features over time," he continued. "Other features we have in mind include letting you carry over stats from a previous playthrough, and adding items that introduce new playstyles, such as low-level runs and god mode. On top of that, we're looking at content you can enjoy in real-time, including new bosses with exclusive rewards and achievements, and limited-time hunts."

Tabata said that his team is also looking into readability tweaks, like changing font sizes for certain languages. The entire post paints a picture of a Final Fantasy XV that Square Enix wants to constantly evolve. The game is launched, but Tabata and crew don't really believe what you have installed on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One is the final destination. I'm sure there will be some disagreements about the planned updates, with some fans being happy while others are dismayed that Square Enix sold a game that wasn't finished.

There is no specific release date for the mentioned updates. Final Fantasy XV does have a planned December update, which will increase the game's framerate on PlayStation 4 Pro.

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