Video Game / Final Fantasy XV

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O’er rotted Soil, under blighted Sky, A dread Plague the Wicked has wrought. In the Light of the Gods, Sword-Sworn at his Side, 'Gainst the Dark the King's Battle is fought. From the Heavens high, to the Blessed below, Shines the Beam of a Peace long besought. Long live thy Line and these Stones divine, For the Night When All comes to Naught.
Cosmogony 15:2, "Nadir"

Final Fantasy XV, formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII before its rebranding in 2013, is the fifteenth Numbered Sequel in the game-delayingly popular Final Fantasy series. It is the sixth entry in the Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series, sharing a common mythology with Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0, albeit with no direct connection.

Noctis Lucis Caelum is the Warrior Prince of Lucis, a kingdom whose royal family patterns themselves after The Mafia. For generations, his family has been tasked with protecting the Power Crystal which grants their kingdom prosperity. But now, Lucis is being invaded by its neighbouring countries, who lost their own Power Crystals to warfare and see Lucis's crystal as either the key to saving their own homelands...or a weapon that will conquer the others.

The gameplay of XV uses Action RPG mechanics along the lines of Kingdom Hearts, such as Implausible Fencing Powers, Spontaneous Weapon Creation, Weaponized Teleportation, taking cover and massive video game setpieces. This makes it the first main series Final Fantasy title to not have a turn-based battle system of any kind.note  It will also use Square Enix's next-generation development platform, Luminous, which is being developed alongside the game.

A Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty-esque demo, Episode Duscae, was released with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD in March 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. An update to the demo was released in June 2015 as Episode Duscae 2.0, and adds new gameplay features and tweaks to the game (notably, the update tells the player outright that a lock-on function exists; it was present in the original demo, but the game never told you about it).

A second demo known as Platinum Demo was released on March 30, 2016. This demo's story is separate from the main game, and focuses on a younger Noctis as he journeys through a fragmented dreamscape with his guide, Carbuncle, who communicates with him via smartphone. Completing the demo will give players access to the Carbuncle summon in the full game.

The game is set to be released on September 30, 2016. In addition, a CGI film called Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is also in the works, set to star Sean Bean, Lena Headey, and Aaron Paul, and an anime named Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is being released in five episodes on the game's official YouTube channel.

Previews: E3 2013 trailer, TGS 2014 trailer, Jump Festa 2015 trailer, 2015 "Dawn" Trailer, "Dawn 2.0" Trailer, "Reclaim Your Throne" Trailer.

This game provides examples of:

  • Actionized Sequel: Final Fantasy XV is an Action RPG, unlike the previous Final Fantasy games, which used turn based battle systems.
  • Action Girl: There's no female protagonist in an FF game that hasn't been badass in some way. Although the tone of the recent trailers, as well as the stinger at the end of Episode Duscae, do begin to throw some questions on just what form this will end up taking.
  • Affirmative Action Legacy: Cindy/Cidney, the mechanic who assists the protagonists, is this game's Cid. Maybe. There's also an actual Cid who is Cindy's granddad, but it seems likely that Cindy will be the "on the ground" character who helps with your mechanics throughout the game.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: The Japanese cover is fairly relaxed, sentimental, and emphasizes the road trip/brotherhood aspect of the game. Compare with the North American cover, which depicts Noctis and co. preparing for battle, weapons brandished, with three giant figures looming in the background.
  • Animal Motifs/Animal Theme Naming
  • Antagonist Title: In Kingsglaive, all but one of the titular guard turn out to be traitors to Lucis. Their commander Drautos is actually General Glauca, Supreme Commander of the Niflheim army, and also the one responsible for the deaths of King Regis and Nyx.
  • Anyone Can Die: Regis, Clarus, Nyx, and Crowe, for starters.
  • Arc Number/Numerological Motif: There are references to the numbers 13 and 15, alluding to the game's original and present titles.
    • Regis is the 113th King of Lucis.
    • The Regalia's license plate number is RHS-113.
    • Noct became The Chosen One fifteen years before the game's events.
  • Arranged Marriage: One is planned between Noctis and Luna.
    • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: They do seem to get along very well, having been friends since childhood.
    • Altar Diplomacy: Ultimately their nuptials are for primarily political reasons, meant as a peace offering towards Niflheim.
  • Art Evolution: Both character art and the model designs became cleaner and softer over the game's transition from Versus XIII to XV.
  • Badass Crew: No Final Fantasy game would be complete without one. Here, this trope takes the form of Prince Noctis and his True Companions Ignis, Gladiolus, and Prompto.
  • Badass Family: The Amicitias. Their bloodline's entire purpose is to guard and protect the royal family.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: At the end of Kingsglaive, Nyx, King Regis and most of the main cast are dead, while Niflheim has successfully invaded Lucis and stolen the Crystal.
  • BFS: As ever for Final Fantasy.
    • Gladiolus uses oversized greatswords.
    • Noctis also has access to greatswords through his Hyperspace Arsenal.
    • Monsters like Iron Giant carry 20-foot-tall swords bigger than they are; and as evidenced by the E3 2013 gameplay demo, the party can use these swords in finishing moves against the monsters carrying them.
  • Bishōnen:
    • Noctis, an attractive young man with a tall, slender figure and beautiful blue eyes. Gets lampshaded by Aranea Highwind.
    • The chocobo-blond-haired Prompto has a similarly svelte build and delicate features.
  • Blade Brake: Noctis has no problem stabbing his swords through concrete, and uses his warp powers to climb buildings this way.
  • Bloodier and Gorier:
    • You can draw blood from enemies in XV, something unseen in other Final Fantasy games.
    • Your party will similarly have cuts and other wounds on their body when their Hit Points are low.
  • Cool Car: The Regalia, Noctis's family ride, which he and his friends use. In game, you actually control that car as one of the modes of transportation. (Well, outside of the occasional breakdown and Cindy having to put it back together.) It later becomes the party's airship.
  • Cover Version: The game features a cover of "Stand By Me" performed by Florence + the Machine.
  • Crapsack World: The world of XV is posited as seeing a fair bit of conflict over resources, and being a Final Fantasy setting, the rural areas still have problems with monsters, which runs the gamut from the humorous (such as people complaining about thieving goblins) to the deadly serious (such as Deadeye the Behemoth causing substantial destruction and ecological disruption in Duscae). The stinger suggests things get far more crapsack as the game goes on, once Niflheim reduces much of Lucis's capital to a smoking ruin and plunges it, Lucis and other states into open warfare.
    • The earlier, 2007/2008-era trailers also made it appear as if much of the world outside Lucis's capital city had been laid waste. Even in the 2011 material, however, this appears to have been abandoned in favor of a more "standard" Final Fantasy setting with varied locales. Post-rebranding material, especially, has made the fact that you can visit these places freely, road-trip-style, a significant selling point.
  • Dark Action Girl: Aranea, very much so.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Noctis is dark-haired and wears all black, but is the friendly and affable hero of XV. Hell, all of Team Noct wears mostly black, and you're not likely to meet a friendlier set of bros, in a game or in reality.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    Tetsuya Nomura: The game's going to be more human than the science-fiction caricature... and will focus around current world events - in that sense it's darker.
    • The Jump Festa '15 trailer and Episode Duscae stinger, taken together, strongly suggest this will be the darkest Final Fantasy story yet, with the main thrust of the plot not about defeating the enemy utterly but just surviving and trying to claw some kind of victory out of the ruins of Noctis's old life and preventing Niflheim from doing anything too awful with Lucis's Crystal. It is perhaps most comparable to Final Fantasy VI in this regard.
  • Death from Above: In Platinum Demo, the spell Meteorain summons a bunch of orange, glowing balls that rain from the sky and One-Hit Kill everything on the field.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Some Summons can only be obtained by defeating them in a boss fight.
  • Doomed Hometown: Exaggerated. It's not often that this trope is applied to a major metropolitan area, with all the horror and conflict that implies.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Fire spells work best in hot weather and in a dry environment, but are weakened in rainy weather/damp environments. Conversely, Blizzard and Thunder spells are more effective in wet weather/surroundings.
  • Empathic Weapon:
    • Noctis's powers partially respond to his emotional state.
    • The Ring of the Lucii, which violently rejects those it deems unworthy of wielding it.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The lyrics of the main theme, "Somnus", talk about a sleeping god in a city of eternal night guarded by children, and how even if tragedy destroys everything, eventually the dawn will come. Weirdly, more recent material hasn't used the vocal version at all (although a instrumental version serves as the title theme for Episode Duscae and Platinum Demo).
    • It's especially odd since the shift to a much more blatant War Is Hell footing, as shown in the Jump Festa '15 trailer and Episode Duscae stinger, along with the seeming plot focus on trying to achieve some kind of victory out of enormous tragedy and loss, makes "Somnus" even more thematically appropriate, if anything. Hell, from what can be inferred from the stinger and trailer, at this point the song practically narrates the game's opening act, with the "children" (mankind) lighting the "inextinguishable fire" (war) and tragedy separating those who hold each other dear (Noct losing track of his loved ones in the conquest of Insomnia).
    • The song becomes even more appropriate with the revelation that the world is slowly being enveloped in literal darkness.
    • The lyrics of "Stand by Me", according to Tabata, sum up Noct's feelings towards his True Companions.
  • Faceless Mooks: The Former All-Purpose Model Magitek troops wear armored helmets that cover their faces.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Prompto, one of your party members, is wearing a darkened patch on his jacket that reads, 'It's a beautiful day. Now watch some bastard fuck it up.'
  • Good Bad Translation: One of the earlier trailers had random, amusingly nonsensical Italian phrases flash on the screen.
  • The Grim Reaper: The patron deity of Lucis, if the kingdom's emblem and Color Motif of black are any indication. In an early trailer for Versus XIII, a stone carving of the Reaper is holding Etro's portrait.
  • Guide Dang It: In Platinum Demo, there is a huge plethora of moves that your weapons are capable of. However, since the game never runs you through a combat tutorial beyond the basic controls, figuring out that any of the other moves exist is up to Trial-and-Error Gameplay.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Much like its stablemate, Final Fantasy XIV, the English version features a fair bit of this. Titan is invoked as part of a joke at one point, and Cindy makes reference to Ramuh at one point.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: All four party members, in fact; everyone can manifest and de-manifest their weapons. The trick is that, while the others are limited to a single primary weapon (like Gladio with his greatsword, Prompto's pistol, etc), and possibly-various sub-weapons/shields, Noctis can draw from an enormous pile of weaponry, often all at once. He can manifest so many it essentially shields him, switch weapons at will for special attacks, and so forth, especially during Armiger Arsenal.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: In spades, if the 2013 E3 Trailer is to be believed. Though some of it is Noctis applying Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me through his Armiger powers.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Noctis and his friends wear boots with glowing red soles for some reason. And despite getting attacked by sabertusks, goblins, garulas and a behemoth, their clothes never get so much as torn. Possibly justified as according to Tabata, those clothes are part of Lucis's battle gear.
    • The Duscae stinger tears this trope down savagely, however, for Luna. It depicts her in the cool, beautiful white outfit she's been seen in previously...but in the apparent chaos of Niflheim's invasion, it's been so thoroughly soiled, ripped apart, and undone that it barely qualifies as clothing anymore. Even her shoes look ready to slip off at any moment.
  • Jump Scare: In the Episode Duscae Demo, Noctis and the party have to explore a cave. Right when you go through a crevice, hordes of angry goblins will come out and attack you.
  • Just for Pun: In the 2015 trailer, Cindy says she'll service your car. In Japanese, she uses the English word "service", which usually refers to Fanservice. Guess what half of Cindy's role is going to be...
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Characters who fall to 0 HP have their HP display replaced by a draining red gauge, where they are given a chance to heal themselves back out of the red. If the gauge empties completely in this state, the character dies. It's also the condition for summoning Ramuh once you get him in Episode Duscae.
  • Let There Be Snow: Done in the cruelest way imaginable in the Episode Duscae stinger. There's something like "snow" falling in the second image of the stinger, where the crew learns that Insomnia has been sacked by Niflheim and we see Luna wandering the streets in a daze...but the fires in the background suggest that's ash, not snow.
  • Light Is Not Good/Man in White: Aldercapt and some of the other antagonists wear white clothing, in opposition to the heroes' black outfits.
  • Limit Break: Armiger is akin to this, allowing Noctis to output gigantic damage by hammering the attack button while it's active. In Episode Duscae, Armiger was only limited by how much MP you had and chewed through your Mana Meter at about 5 MP per second. In Platinum Demo, Armiger received a new gauge that recharges much slower than MP and was divided into four quarters; you could use Armiger as long as one quarter was full, and it cost no MP, but the gauge depleted very quickly.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: The first half of "Somnus", which is a single melancholy piano melody playing slowly and softly.
  • Low Level Run: Invoked with the game's unique leveling mechanic, which only allows characters to level up when they take a break, which allows them to collect the EXP earned in combat. Word of God states that this was specifically designed so that players could play the game at a low level.
  • Magic Versus Science: Lucis' society revolves around magic, while Niflheim focuses more on technology.
  • Mana: Unusually, not used to cast actual magic, like Fire. It is instead consumed when dodging or guarding, when using Techniques such as Tempest, and in Episode Duscae, casting Armiger.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Noctis Lucis Caelum is an incorrectly translated Latin phrase for "light of the night sky." He's actually supposed to contrast both Sora and Cloud.
    • Lunafreya Nox Fleuret: Luna means "moon" and Freya is a Norse Goddess associated with love, beauty, war, and death. Nox means "night" and Fleuret is French for "foil", a type of rapier—this being the preferred weapon of Luna's "predecessor", Stella.
    • Ignis Scientia means "fire of knowledge", since he's The Smart Guy who specializes in fire magic.
    • Gladiolus Amicitia means "little sword of friendship", ironically referencing his use of greatswords and his position as Noct's best friend.
    • Prompto Argentum means "quicksilver", befitting the gunman of the group.
    • King Regis' name is Latin for, well, "king".
    • Iedolas is derived from Idola, the Latin for "phantoms", befitting his eerie quality and white clothing, as well as the game's overall theme of death. It's also related to the Greek word Eidolon.
    • Gentiana is the name of a species of flower named after King Gentius of Illyria.
    • Aranea is the name of a species of spider.
    • Nyx Ulric: Nyx is the Greek goddess of the night, while Ulric is a variation of the Old English name Wulfric ("Wolf ruler").
    • Cindy's surname, Aurum, is Latin for "gold", while Cid's surname Sophiar is derived from Sophia, Greek for "wisdom".
    • Ravus is Latin for "gray".
    • Glauca is derived from Glaucus, a Greek word for "glimmering".
    • Iris was the Greek goddess of the rainbow.
    • Eos (the world XV takes place in) is the Greek goddess of the dawn.
    • Insomnia (the capital of Lucis) is a modern metropolis, perhaps echoing the phrase "the city never sleeps".
    • Tenebrae (Luna's home country) is Latin for "darkness", and Lucis (Noctis's home country) means "light."
    • Other countries mentioned are Niflheim (The Empire) and Solheim, which are Old Norse for "home of mist" and "home of sun"; Accordo is Italian for "agreement", while Altissia is Latin for "most high".
    • Kingsglaive means "King's Sword". "Glaive" is a French word that derives from either the Latin word for sword (gladius) or the Gaelic word for claymore (cladivos). The Kingsglaive is an elite fighting unit who operate directly under the King’s command and wield his powers, making them the King's weapon.
  • Meaningful Rename: The title's re-branding is presented as this in the trailer shown at E3 2013. When the logo of Final Fantasy Versus XIII appears, the following quote is spoken, and then it shatters and is replaced with the new letters of Final Fantasy XV.
    "The legend meets its match. But, the world is ever changing...For the fifteenth coming."
  • Mini-Mecha: 12-foot-tall robots serve both as enemies and rides you can steal.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Gladiolus, a muscular and attractive Walking Shirtless Scene.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The scantily clad mechanic, Cindy. Tabata however explained that she is not meant to be an erotic character, but outgoing and energetic, so they're going to try and moderate the way she is presented rather than change the concept.
  • Mythology Gag: Some astute viewers of the game's work-in-progress trailers have noticed that some of the soldiers Noctis' party fights are robots or cyborgs, named Magitek Troops. This mix of human soldiers fighting alongside cybernetic lookalikes is reminiscent of Final Fantasy VIII's Estharian army, which also had gun-axe wielding cyborgs battling the heroes
  • Neck Snap: Noctis memorably breaks one soldier's neck with his legs in some of the original trailers.
  • The Night That Never Ends: The Plague of the Stars, which causes the world to steadily approach eternal darkness. This is even reflected in the gameplay, where the nights slowly grow longer.
  • Non Standard Game Over: Besides Noctis dying, crashing the Flying Car during takeoff or landing also results in a Game Over.
  • Noodle Incident: In Episode Duscae 2.0 during Gladiolus's second Tour, after being teased over a scared face he made, Noctis's comeback mentions that Gladio once made a similar face when Ignis ran over his foot with the Regalia. No further information is given.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: As ever for a Final Fantasy game. At the moment, it is currently used in boss battle music.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Only those of the royal bloodline of Lucis can wield the Ring of the Lucii and its powers, as Ravus and Luche found out the hard way. The sole exception, Nyx, has to make a deal with the gods to be allowed a one-time use of its power, which costs him his life.
  • The Planet's Power Did It: The in-game explanation as to how the environment goes back to normal after being damaged by magic and Archaean attacks.
  • Power Trio: Regis, Cor and Cid, back in their youth.
  • Power-Up Food: On the occasion Noctis and the gang drive by a gas station, they can go to the nearby diner and munch on a meal while the car gets gas. This in turn grants status buffs in combat. You also get to chow down when camping, as Ignis is a pretty dapper cook...assuming you have the ingredients.
  • Power Walk: An early promotional image of Noctis and his friends walking away from a smoking building.
  • Product Placement:
    • Gladio is apparently a fan of Coleman outdoors gear. In the Platinum Demo, two Coleman forks can be spotted in the second area (the living room).
    • A customized Audi R8 serves as Regis's transport in Kingsglaive.
  • Promoted to Playable: Prompto is playable in a VR game.
  • Random Encounters: Being an Action RPG, all battles take place on the field, which means the lack of a signature Fight Woosh for this game. How close you are to one is denoted by a red "Encounter Gauge" that appears when you approach an enemy; when it's full, the fight starts and the battle music starts playing.
    • Also, in Episode Duscae, small squads of Niflheim Magitek Troops will airdrop on you every now and then, more or less at random, if you're in an open area. It's a bit unclear how much this'll happen in the full game. "Normal" monsters also spawn in from time to time.
  • Reality Ensues: This is a "fantasy based on reality", after all. Various gameplay elements are designed to simulate the limits of actual human beings. For example, running for an extended period of time causes Noctis to run out of breath and get tired, and going for days without sleep causes sleep deprivation and incurs status ailments, while getting regular rest and eating properly gives you long-lasting, often potent, buffs and allows you to level up.
    • You want to avoid Imperials air-dropping on you, as mentioned above? Just get into a wooded area. They aren't going to air-drop into trees.
    • Magic now works more realistically; aside from damaging targets, spells have residual effects dependent on the environment (e.g., Fire sets the surrounding area ablaze on a clear day but is extinguished during rainy weather, Blizzard freezes all water within the area, etc.). Unlike in previous games, however, you and your allies aren't immune to those effects, and will take damage if you're not careful. Also, depending on the spell cast, your party and enemies will have different reactions (e.g., running from the flames after a Fire spell, movements becoming sluggish after a Blizzard spell, etc.).
    • This applies to the Archaeans as well; Leviathan can only be summoned if there's a body of water nearby, and massive ones like Titan can't be summoned underground or in caves. In addition, any enemies killed by them don't give the party EXP, because that's kill-stealing.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Platinum Demo gives us Carbuncle, who is rather vulpine in appearance.
  • Ring of Power: The Ring of the Lucii, which holds the accumulated wisdom and power of the previous kings of Lucis. Gameplay-wise, it is the key to unlocking the branch of magic exclusive to Noctis.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Another staple of Final Fantasy.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Noctis and Luna contrast each other at Faux Symbolism levels: male and female, black and white clothing, dark-haired and blond-haired, and so on.
  • Scenery Gorn: The empty and ruined landscapes outside the cities, such as crumbling desert highways that have sunk into the sea. Though it is worth noting that this only appeared in early trailers; more recent trailers, and Episode Duscae, suggest the "ruined landscapes" element will be heavily downplayed in the final game. The gorn is much more likely to come from devastated, war-blasted cities, if the Duscae stinger is anything to go by.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • Altissia features gorgeous Renaissance-style architecture based off Venice, and Insomnia is a haunting neon cityscape based on the Shibuya district of Tokyo.
    • There are more than 5 million polygons per frame, 100 thousand for each character, 20 thousand of that for the hair alone.
    • The "World of Wonder: Environment Footage" trailer (released May 2016) consists entirely of Scenery Porn money shots.
  • Serial Escalation: One of the main reasons why the game was moved over to the next generation of consoles? The game was too big. Set pieces now involve fighting giant sea serpents, dozens of airships and entire armies, a far cry from self-contained turn based battles of earlier Final Fantasy titles. In addition, the "Luminous" next-gen rendering engine has made in-engine gameplay indistinguishable from the pre-rendered CG of earlier FF games.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Soundtrack Dissonance:
    • The first trailer was dark, violent and bloody, but set to a beautiful piece of music.
    • Another trailer plays "Stand by Me" as monsters attack the heroes.
  • Stance System: Word of God states that the different weapons are roughly equivalent to stances in other video games. This is reflected in Platinum Demo, which replaces the Techniques of Episode Duscae with a four-way wheel manipulated by the D-pad that allows Noctis to switch his on-hand weapon on the fly, granting the player access to seamless combo variety and damage options.
  • Star Power: According to a Q&A session about the game, the Summons in this game are astral-based. Though when actually invoked, they briefly manifest as building-sized beings who lay waste to the target area. Or at least Ramuh does.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Although he'll initially dangle helplessly after warping halfway up a building and stabbing his blade into the concrete, Noctis can also swing himself onto the sword and continue throwing weapons to create a sort of ladder.
  • The Stinger: Episode Duscae has what is perhaps the single cruelest stinger Square-Enix has ever produced, and in some ways turns a number of the previously-discussed concepts of the game completely on their ears. It begins with a passage from the scriptures of one of this world's religions which seems to discuss the place of the Lucis line in the world which is paired with an illustration similar to a medieval illuminated manuscript, and then leads into a shocked, disbelieving Noct hearing from Gladio and Iggy that the Crown City's been invaded while Noct and the crew were away and that the city's been laid waste, and a radio broadcast stating that any and all peace negotiations are in the dumpster with Regis, Luna and Noct all reported dead - with a paired visual of Luna wandering the ruined streets of the Crown City in a daze, her clothes torn and charred and a ring barely held in her hand, while Niflheim troops assert control of the still-flaming, ruined city in the background and ash rains down on the scene like snow. Square then literally tells viewers to look forward to the full game, which seems almost excessively cruel.
    • To emphasize/explain the ear-turning: up to the release of Duscae, the trailers and whatnot seemed to imply that Noct And Friends would be defending their city and kingdom against an encroaching enemy (and would feature a bit of the horror of war, but nothing to really conclusively say that "war is hell"), that the conflict was generally all secular and would be somewhat "gangland-style" in execution, and that Stella and Noct would be severely at odds. Now there's a major religious bent being implied, the only way the War Is Hell element could be any more pronounced is a pile of dead babies, the gang-war elements have disappeared entirely in favor of almost world-war-scale conflict and devastation, it seems like the villains are basically going to win right out of the gate and the thrust of the plot will be attempting to claw some kind, any kind, of victory out of this near-total disaster, and Stella has been replaced by Luna, whose role may be vastly different than what was originally pitched.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The gameplay has as much of this as it does actual fighting.
  • Suicide Attack/Taking You with Me: The Magitek troops' final attack at low HP; if you're not fast enough, they will latch onto you and self-destruct, taking a good chunk of your HP.
  • Tagline: "This is a fantasy based on reality"—a tagline the title has carried since when it was still Versus XIII.
  • Take Over the World: Niflheim has all but accomplished this; Lucis is the only independent nation left, due to its crystal's protection.
  • Technology Porn: By the Goddess and all the Archaeans, the cars. Every single motor vehicle has stylings harkening back to the 1940s or so, with lots of chrome trim, wide rounded bodywork and impressive grills. While Noct's Regalia looks cool, to be sure, even the humblest of trucks or family cars look like a retro-motorhead's sweetest dream.
    • Of course, the Regalia, being the party's Cool Car, deserves special mention, and it's given lots of loving camera attention in cutscenes, even in the Episode Duscae demo.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: The blades Noctis throws, no matter how unwieldy, always land pointy side in.
  • True Companions: Prompto is stated to be an "old school friend" of Noctis, while Ignis and Gladiolus are his childhood friends. They have such a close friendship that they informally advise Noctis that he's not strong enough to handle himself in a proper fight.
  • Urban Fantasy: The essential concept of the game is that it's a "Final Fantasy setting", but with civilizations that have all reached basically equal levels of development to the real world. The game has metropolitan cityscapes based on modern Shibuya, gorgeous 40s-styled cars and paved roads, modern-style clothing, cellular telecommunications and modern forms of media (such as radio, newspapers and television), and convenience stores even in rural areas...right alongside power crystals, magitek, sword fighting with weapons conjured out of pure magic, chocobo rental stops just down the road from the fuel station, government-posted signs notifying you of Garulas in the area, the aforementioned newspapers reporting people's demands that the local government do something about the hideouts of goblin thieves, and hunting a Behemoth in a marshland to pay off your auto repair bill.
  • War Is Hell: A fair number of the trailers seem to run with the theme of warfare being a terrible, brutal thing. The Duscae stinger is utterly blatant about this.
  • Weaponized Teleportation: Noctis has the ability warp to weapons he's thrown at walls and enemies, allowing him to dodge gunfire or surprise opponents on the fly. Episode Duscae 2.0 gives him a significant expansion in way of options for this ability, including but not limited to natural rock formations and open stretches. Platinum Demo adds a tactical edge by granting you a damage multiplier to a Warp Strike depending on how far you warp when you hit the target, as well as adding a stagger mechanic that enables you to disable targets with a Warp Strike if the multiplier is high enough.
  • We Cannot Go On Without You: As the only controllable character, it's game over when Noctis dies.
  • Wham Line: From the E3 trailer:
    The legend meets its match. But, the world is ever changing...For the fifteenth coming.
  • X Meets Y: Final Fantasy meets The Lion King, with a dash of Stand by Me.
  • Zerg Rush: The Niflheim army's modus operandi.

Alternative Title(s): Final Fantasy Versus XIII

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