Final Fantasy XV: PC and Royal Edition Release Dates
FINAL FANTASY XV PC RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED, ROYAL EDITION REVEALED FOR XBOX ONE AND PS4
Square Enix has announced the release date for Final Fantasy XV's Windows Edition, as well as confirming the existence of the previously-rumoured Royal Edition for consoles. Both versions will launch March 6 with a sizable amount of additional content.
In addition to the base game and all current Season Pass content - which includes character-specific Episodes Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis, as well asthe multiplayer Comrades expansion - both editions will feature all updates to the game, such as the recently added ability to switch between playable characters.
The game's already-sprawling world map receives an upgrade as well, with the addition of two new all-new areas. The Insomnia City Ruins are expanding, with new side quests and enemies (series stalwarts Cerberus and Omega are name-dropped), as well as the chance to take on the Rulers of Yore, which seems to imply we'll be taking a deeper dive into the history of the city and the royal family.
As well as the expanded city, players will also have access to a fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, which will allow exploration of the area between Cape Caem and Altissia for the first time (rather than just travelling between the two in a cutscene as in the base game). Fishing will be available while on the boat, and there are new fish and dishes to be discovered.
Players who are able to track down all of Noctis' Royal Arms (powerful weapons which beef up Noctis' Limit Break, Armiger), will have access to a new accessory, which activated a new ability called Armiger Unleashed. This ability appears to expand the Armiger options, allowing for powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned.
For lore lovers, the new editions include an Archive option, which stores the various Cosmogony stories that are littered throughout the game, as well as providing additional "local myths and legends" at various locations, adding an extra layer of world-building to the game.
There's also a new first-person mode, as well as new Trophies/Achievements and "more than a dozen" pieces of DLC, including weapons, car skins and item sets.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will retail for $49.99 in the US, with various preorder incentives. Preordering through the Windows Store, players receive the Powerup Pack, which is designed to improve combat performance, while Steam preorders net the Fashion Collection, which provides a range of additional outfits for the boys. Origin preorders get the Decal Collection, which provides decals for the team's trusty car/airship the Regalia.
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition will retail for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at $49.99, and the physical version will feature new box art from the series' legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano. For console players who don't want to shell out on a whole new game, the Final Fantasy XV Royal Pack will be available March 6 on the Xbox and PlayStation Stores for $19.99. This downloadable pack will upgrade the base game to match the Royal Edition.
This isn't the end of the road for Final Fantasy XV, as Square Enix has confirmed there are at least three more downloadable episodes coming this year, one of which will feature antagonist Ardyn. For more on the future beyond Final Fantasy XV, check out our interview with game director Hajime Tabata, where we talk about what might come next. Or if you're yet to play the base game, take a look at our review.
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition (for PC), Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition and the Final Fantasy XV Royal Pack (both for Xbox One and PlayStation 4) launch on March 6.