Update to Final Fantasy 15’s Controversial Chapter 13 Hits March 28

Update to Final Fantasy 15’s Controversial Chapter 13 Hits March 28

Square Enix confirms that the previously announced tweaks to a particularly divisive chapter of Final Fantasy 15 will be distributed via an update on March 28.

Several weeks after its release, it seems that the consensus is that Final Fantasy 15 is a good game — and its sales performance certainly backs up its critical reception. However, there’s one section that many critics and fans didn’t enjoy too much; Chapter 13.

If you’re still working your way through Final Fantasy 15, be warned, as it’s difficult to discuss why Square Enix is making changes to the sequence without straying into spoiler territory. Chapter 13 is something of a departure from the bulk of the game, and many would argue that it detracts from the overall experience.

This particular section of Final Fantasy 15 sees protagonist Noctis separated from his party, trapped in a maze, and stripped of many of his most useful abilities. Rather than the role-playing road trip they were previously enjoying, players are forced to stealthily evade robots in a labyrinth of darkened corridors.

The game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has stated that Chapter 13 was intended to offer a jarring contrast to the rest of the game. However, he’s also admitted that his ideas weren’t executed perfectly, confirming that plans were in motion to tweak this particular section in a future update.

“The amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated,” Tabata explained while speaking to US Gamer earlier this month. “We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience.”

Now, we now exactly when the update to Chapter 13 is scheduled to be released. During an Active Time Report livestream that took place yesterday, Square Enix confirmed that the update will drop on March 28, according to a report from Gematsu.

The company also revealed a major component of the changes being made to Chapter 13. Apparently, there will be a short section where Gladiolus Amicitia serves as the playable character — although it’s not completely clear whether this is actually part of Chapter 13, as the update is set to bring “enhancements” to various sections of the final stages of Final Fantasy 15.

It’s good to see Tabata and Square Enix responding to one of the sections of Final Fantasy 15 that has garnered the most criticism. Here’s hoping that next month’s update can remove some of its frustrating aspects while still retaining its larger role in the game’s narrative.


[Source:- GR]


Final Fantasy 15 Director Promises to ‘Give Back’ With DLC and Updates

Final Fantasy 15 Director Promises to ‘Give Back’ With DLC and Updates

Square Enix and Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata wish players a happy new year with a promise to give back for helping make the long awaited sequel a success.

After around 10 years of development, Final Fantasy 15 finally graced consoles this year and garnered some very positive reviews, despite criticism for its convoluted story. The plot will be getting some of its holes patched, which is a testament to director Hajime Tabata’s commitment to continue improving player experience.

Tabata-san doesn’t believe development on Final Fantasy 15 ends with its release, which is evident by its copious amounts of DLC releasing over the course of the next year and possibly beyond. This spirit of continued progress is reflected in a New Years post on the Square Enix official blog where Tabata-san thanked the Final Fantasy 15 community and promised to give back for their continued support.

In the post, a list of achievements for the game are listed. Among them are the release of the CG movie Kingsglaive, and the many efforts to translate the game for a wider audience; all of which took significant amounts of work, surely.

Tabata-san then proclaims 2017 a year, “of giving back to everyone for their kindness.” He suggests this be done by providing more enjoyable experiences and by continuing to release updates and DLC. Given that this has always been the development team’s intent, it’s not quite clear what Tabata-san intends to give to players that isn’t already planned and/or expected. It could be something along the lines of the recent “Holiday Pack” DLC that gave out a few freebies to players in light of the season.

Perhaps his statement was simply a reiteration of the Final Fantasy 15 team’s commitment to players and less of a tease of surprises to come. Fans of the game will just have to wait and see what the team has cooking up for them in the new year.

Until then, Final Fantasy 15 continues to sell well, making it onto Amazon’s best seller list over the holidays. Additionally, the game’s first DLC, which features musclehead Gladiolus, should be releasing in the near future and the recently added “new game plus” option will allow players to experience the game again in new ways.

Regardless of what Tabata-san is hinting at in his message, it is a nice gesture for players to be thanked personally by the game’s director. The crew who helped develop Final Fantasy 15 appear genuinely committed to making it better by adding gobs of new content and fixing some of the game’s more prominent issues. This in itself should be enough to keep players optimistic going into 2017.


[Source:- Gamerant]