Final Fantasy XV: 10 Perfect Fan Theories That Make Everything Better

One of the deepest Final Fantasies to date, provided you know where to look.

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FFXV has generally been favourably received, although many have questioned decisions to remove key plot points from the main game, as well as other areas where it has been substantially stripped down.

While the modern age of DLC is allowing Square to add new cutscenes and gameplay that will help explain some of the story, it is disappointing so much didn't make it in the game in time for it's initial release.

Fortunately for the theorists among us, Square left a lot of clues as to the lore and true plot of FFXV.

From numerous promotional videos, to exploring the early FF versus XIII intentions, to examining the clues within the game itself, fans around the world have pieced together some phenomenal theories which serve to expand the story of FFXV, and – crucially – offer much more meaning to the plot and the characters.

In the interest of keeping this article accessible, I won't go into a lot of the source detail, instead focusing on the theories themselves. If you'd like to know more, there are lots of fan videos and discussions which explore the evidence behind each main story point I'm about to elaborate on.

10. Pitioss Ruins Tell Ifrit's Story

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After noticing the substantial number of statues of Ifrit throughout Pitioss, husband and wife duo perona77 developed the theory that the site tells Ifrit's story – not only of how he came to go against the other Astrals – but his true motivations and the source of the Starscourge.

The statues aren't idols to Ifrit, but rather represent key moments in his tale.

Eos is both the name of FFXV's world, and the goddess of the dawn (she is the winged goddess depicted on the cover art). The theory states that after she sinned by having a romantic relationship with a human, the Astrals punished her by chaining her in the daemon-ridden underworld.

Ifrit, who loved her, resolved to break into the bowels of the planet and rescue her. Noctis' journey through Pitioss is our opportunity to follow the footsteps of Ifrit's great quest. Ifrit, who is described as being very flamboyant, uses the Solheim ruins at Pitioss as his mural to tell his tale.

The earthly parts of the story take place inside the old ruins, while his journey through the underworld (where the dungeon turns into an Escher painting and starts breaking the laws of Physics) is set within the caverns of the rock itself.

The name itself also offers a big hint – 'Pitioss' is the pit of Eos.


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