Final Fantasy XV Has A Release Date!

It is finally here! After years of waiting, Final Fantasy XV finally has a release date!

At last night’s ‘Uncovered’ event it was revealed that the long-await RPG will be coming to consoles on September 30th, 2016. It is crazy to think that this game was first announced in 2006, back when it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XII. To help give you context of how long fans have had to wait: the first iPhone was still only a Steve Job’s dream, YouTube was still independent, and social media was only just starting to become part of our lives! For fans who can’t wait any longer: a new demo is available now on both PS4 and Xbox One. According to Square Enix, the demo will allow players to experience the game’s final visuals, as well as the combat and magic systems. Only 183 days to go…

It is however only five days until April’s PlayStation Plus games to live. Next month players will be able to pick up Dead Star and Zombi on the PS4, Savage Moon and I Am Alive on the PS3, and A Virus Named Tom and Shutshimi on the Vita. Dead Star is a twin-stick multiplayer shooter that definitely appears to have potential, and Zombi is a solid if not spectacular first-person survival horror. While the line-up is decent, it does still pale in comparison to the incredible line-up that Microsoft is offering for April’s Games with Gold. It will be interesting to see how Sony address this going forward as Microsoft has had the better offerings for most of 2016 so far.

Talking of Microsoft, let’s talk a little about one of my favourite franchises: Forza. It was announced recently that Forza Motorsport 6: Apex would be Turn 10 Studios’ first entry in the PC gaming market. This appears that this entry is just beginning for Forza on PC as Turn 10 has confirmed that all future Forza games will be coming to both Windows 10 and Xbox One. It was also confirmed that Apex will offer 4k / 60fps to the PC community, which is a first for the Forza franchise. I think this makes sense, especially as Microsoft has already expressed a desire to create more unity between its two platforms. As long as they are cross buy and cross save, I am all in!

Mass Effect: Andromeda may not be arriving until 2017, but that doesn’t mean we won’t learn potential new details about the game. In a reported marketing survey, which subsequently appeared on NeoGAF, certain overviews of the game were made. While I won’t quote all of the details here, I will say that it gives reference to a “seamless open-world galaxy.” We know that it will be an ambition project, it is a Mass Effect game after all, but this appears to suggest that Andromeda will be an open-world game. This wouldn’t surprise me, and actually makes sense, seeing as the majority of AAA titles nowadays appear to be open-world.

Another open-world experience was this year’s Far Cry: Primal. Ubisoft’s prehistoric twist on their FPS franchise was reasonably well received, and is a game I wish I had had more time for. However, players who are looking for more of a challenge may be interested to learn that a new Survival Mode will be arriving on April 12th. The free update will provide a “more realistic” experience, which removes the minimap and includes permadeath – if you die, its game over and you have to start again! A stamina gauge is also introduced, which will make you slower and weaker as it drains, and can only be replenished by sleeping. I don’t know if I could handle the idea of permadeath – imagine being 10 hours into the game and dying! Irrespective, this is a nice update which will provide gamers with a reason to revisit Oros Valley.

Until tomorrow,

Matt