During a panel at PAX East today, Square Enix confirmed that four additional DLC episodes are coming to Final Fantasy XV in 2019.
The episodes will portray an “alternate grand finale” for the game, showing “a future everyone longed for,” meaning a possible outcome that could have existed for each of four characters:
- The first full episode will focus on Ardyn and is tentatively titled The Conflict of the Sage. The episode “portrays the struggles of Ardyn. Witness the resentment he harbored toward Lucis for over 2000 years, and his clashes with the Astrals”
- A smaller “side story” episode will focus on Aranea Highwind of the Niflheim Empire and will focus on the Starscourge disease. “The final day of the Empire turns out to be Aranea’s worst day,” Square Enix teased.
- A second full episode will let you play as Lunafreya and has the working title The Choice of Freedom. The story is “about Luna’s fate, which not even death can free her from. Her battle to save the one she loves overturns the destiny dealt to the Lucian King.”
- The final episode is titled The Final Strike and focuses on Noctis “parting way with the Astrals” as he “embarks upon his final battle in order to attain the ideal future for all his people.”
The episodes will all be released in 2019 and will also feature a new theme by composer Yoko Shimomura. Square Enix will release more details later this year.
Today’s announcement confirms previous reports that Final Fantasy XV DLC would continue into 2019. In the past, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata confirmed an episode focused on Ardyn, and previously told IGN that Lunafreya was another potential focus for a DLC episode.
The decision to make additional DLC follows a survey of players last year that asked which characters would make the best focus for future updates. Previously, Square Enix released DLC episodes focusing on the party members from the main campaign: Prompto, Gladio, and Ignis.
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