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Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report Reveals Villains and Magic

Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report Reveals Villains and Magic

Written by Lauren — 30 Jan 2016

Another Active Time Report done and we are that much closer to the release of Final Fantasy XV. This ATR shined some light on the game's magic and stealth mechanics as well as some information on the villains including one very lovely looking dragoon.

"The Dragoon" is an antagonist named Aranea Highwind and apparently she's earned her nickname pretty convincingly. More antagonists have been revealed including Glauca, Iedolas (head of Niflheim), Ardyn, and more on the Magitek Infantry. This apparently is not the entire list of Niflheim baddies so stay tuned.

Final Fantasy XV ATR

Magic has been revealed (finally) with 3 types: fire, thunder, blizzard. It's taking a bit of a classic Final Fantasy route by making magic an inventory item. Some have thought perhaps this is similar to Final Fantasy VIII's draw system, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Final Fantasy XV ATR

After showing some new stealth gameplay footage, Director Hajime Tabata also discussed the camera and promises that all has been rectified movement wise for Final Fantasy XV also that the button configuration will be Attack, Defend, Jump, and Warp. There will also be an ally growth tree for a 4th combo. Many of these commands will be unlockable including one where Ignis can create a warp point for Noctis to warp to. There was also a new key art revealed which is based off of this gameplay footage.

Final Fantasy XV ATR

Tabata also discussed the lighting in the game stating that the Luminous Engine's lighting is not far off from the Unreal Engine 4. Fog will play a big part in the environment and will change depending on brightness, atmosphere, and time of day.

Finally the March event has been detailed and will be happening on March 30th at 7pm PST in Los Angeles in the Shrine Auditorium which is apparently where the Grammys are held. At this event they'll announce the release date for the game (yes, it's still this year!) along with a lot more information and a playable tech demo. For those of us in Europe unable to attend, Tabata promises a little special something after the stream at the event so there's something for everyone! For more information on this event you can head on over to the Official Site.

Final Fantasy XV ATR

That's pretty much it for today's Active Time Report! We'll keep you posted on anything else that gets revealed in the mean time. Check out stream and some screens from the Active Time Report below:



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