It's been a long time coming. After a 10 year development cycle,
countless months (or perhaps years) of speculation and even a complete
redesign, Final Fantasy XV will (finally) be released this November.
In turn, this is about the time when hardcore Final Fantasy fans will be getting nervous. After the less-than-stellar reception that the Final Fantasy XIII series received, XV is, for many, the game that has the reputation of Final Fantasy laid squarely on its shoulders.
Ostensibly meant to be the new generation of FF games; Final Fantasy XV is the game that says "Hardcore fans, we know and love you", while simultaneously also trying to pull in a new generation of RPG lovers. In short, it's got a lot to live up to.
From what we've seen so far, the gaming community is divided. In some ways, XV looks like a stark departure from classic Final Fantasy games, but on the other hand, many are looking forward to XV bringing new, fresh ideas to the gaming community (which, if you really think about, is what the Final Fantasy series has been doing for basically twenty years now).
These innovations are just the start; there are plenty of reasons to be excited about Final Fantasy XV, regardless of whether you're a fan of the series of not.
Dan Curtis is a gaming-obsessed writer who hails from the North East of England, where inexplicable, hard-to-understand accents reign supreme. Dan is also one quarter of the Factory Sealed retro gaming podcast!