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1* ActorAllusion:˛** Young Ignis in Episode 4 of ''Brotherhood'' resembles a bespectacled [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami]], one of Creator/MamoruMiyano's more famous roles.˛** [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Ardyn]] is very similar in appearance and demeanour to [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ali al-Saachez]].˛*** In addition, his [[spoiler:adopted]] surname, Izunia, is evocative of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0 Izana]].˛*** Ardyn's confusion at Ifrit's delayed appearance in his DLC Episode alludes to the Joker's reaction during his famous "delayed explosion" scene in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''; Keiji Fujiwara voiced the Joker in the film's Japanese dub.˛** [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Ravus's]] [[spoiler:final form and boss fight are very similar to [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Cid Raines']].]]˛* AllStarCast: Inverted, with Square Enix seeking out mostly promising and upcoming actors for the main characters instead of going for an all-star cast. They did consider carrying over the cast of ''Kingsglaive'' into the game at one point, but decided against it due to budgetary concerns. ˛* ApprovalOfGod:˛** Hajime Tabata, the director, approved of Photoshopped memes of a scene with Noctis and company in a car, which was first shown in the Tokyo Game Show 2014 trailer. [[ParodyAssistance With that, Square Enix rolled out transparent PNG files of that scene for everyone to poke fun at]].˛** Hironobu Sakaguchi, the series' original creator, has considered it his favorite game of 2016.˛* AscendedFanon: The name of Noctis's signature weapon, the Engine Blade, is a reference to the FanNickname coined following the sword's first appearance in ''Versus XIII''[='=]s debut trailer.˛* AuthorExistenceFailure: Shinji Ogawa, the original Japanese voice actor for Aldercapt, was hospitalized with pneumonia in the fall of 2014 and died in 2015; all of his dialogue was subsequently re-recorded by Creator/ShozoIizuka.˛* CastingGag: Ardyn [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII is]] [[Franchise/KingdomHearts not]] [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} the]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 first]] [[EvilRedhead red-haired antagonist]] voiced by Creator/KeijiFujiwara.˛** [[Manga/DeathNote It's]] [[Franchise/KingdomHearts also]] [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 not the]] [[{{Anime/Pokemon}} first time]] Fujiwara's and Creator/MamoruMiyano's characters [[RelationshipVoiceActor have been on opposing sides]].˛* ChristmasRushed: It's widely believed that the incomplete and rushed second half of the game upon its initial release, which the studio is attempting to remedy via patches and DLC, was due to heavy pressure to release by 2016 regardless of the state of the game.˛* CreatorsFavorite: Tabata [[http://goo.gl/3zerjP has stated]] that Regis is his favorite character.˛* CrossdressingVoices: {{Averted}} with Kid Noctis, Kid Talcott and Kid Prompto in the English dub, where they're voiced by [[ChildrenVoicingChildren actual young boys]] and (in Kid Prompto's case) a grown man.˛* DevelopmentGag: ˛** The promotional image of Noctis sitting on a dark throne mirrors similar art of Sora in ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' and Lightning in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''.˛** During the Armiger Chain Ignis will wield the Katana of the Warrior, a reference to how a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]] was meant to be his primary weapon in ''Versus XIII''. In ''XV'' he's more associated with daggers and spears, while Cor became the designated katana user.˛* {{Defictionalization}}:˛** If you live anywhere outside of Asia (or in Japan in Asia), ''Justice Monsters Five'' was available on your Android or [=iOS=] device.˛** ''King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon'' was also made available upon ''XV''[='=]s release. Again, those living outside Japan in Asia are given the short stick. ˛* DevelopmentHell: A new posterchild for the trope within ''Final Fantasy''. The game famously began production as "''Final Fantasy Versus XIII''" in 2005 and was revealed in 2006, planned as part of a trilogy with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0'' (then called ''Agito XIII''). However, for years after this reveal the development team was bare-bones and the game didn't really enter full production until 2011 -- at that time it got a new engine, it shifted to the [=PS4=] and Xbox One, Hajime Tabata came on as co-director and eventually became director when Tetsuya Nomura was taken off the project, and it was internally rebranded as ''Final Fantasy XV''. Until 2013 when this rebranding was made public, years almost nothing about the game was shown except for the ''very'' occasional trailer. Tabata has even said that, in hindsight, it was a mistake to reveal the game so early, when it was really just a few loose concepts and ideas and wouldn't be close to a finished game for years to come. When ''XV'' eventually released, it was on November 29th, 2016, more than ten full years since it was first shown to the public. At least it released to critical acclaim.˛-->[[Creator/YoshitakaAmano Yoshitaka]] [[http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2016/04/27/the-art-that-shaped-final-fantasy-thoughts-from-famed-artist-yoshitaka-amano.aspx Amano]]: “[[LampshadeHanging Oh, it’s finally being realized after all this time]].”˛* ExecutiveMeddling: At one point Nomura thought of making the game a musical after he saw the 2012 film adaptation of ''Film/LesMiserables''. For better or worse, that was vetoed by Square's higher-ups.˛* FakeBrit: Regis, Biggs and Wedge, and Ardyn (American), and Luna (Irish). {{Averted}} with Ignis's voice actor, who is of British parentage.˛* FanNickname: ˛** The entire party - The Chocobros˛** Noctis - Storm [[labelnote:Explanation]]A {{Mondegreen}} from the TitleThemeTune, combined with ThemeNaming based on [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Lightning]].[[/labelnote]], [[Characters/{{NarutoSasukeUchiha}} Sasuke Uchiha]][[labelnote:Explanation]]His hairstyle makes him look a lot like an adult Sasuke. Was even more the case back when it was still ''Versus XIII''.[[/labelnote]], Film/JohnWick or [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV Punished Noctis]][[labelnote:Explanation]]a referenced to his [[spoiler: PlotRelevantAgeUp appearance in the last chapters of the game looking a lot like the titular character of the same name]].[[/labelnote]], 陛下/"Heika" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Literally "His Majesty", Japanese nickname for his older version, contrasted to 王子/"Ouji" or "Prince".[[/labelnote]]˛*** His powered-up form when [[spoiler:fighting Leviathan and Ardyn]] has been dubbed "[[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan Mode]]".˛*** Noctis's attack in the above-mentioned SuperMode and [[spoiler:Bahamut's Ultima Sword attack]] have been nicknamed "[[Anime/FateStayNightUnlimitedBladeWorks Gate of Babylon/Unlimited Blade Works]]".˛*** The Nomura-designed placeholder outfit from ''Versus XIII'' has been dubbed "The Trashbag Outfit".˛*** The Festive Ensemble is known as "[[GratuitousSpanish El Nocto]]".˛*** Japan often refers to Noctis as ブスティス/Bustis (literally "Ugly-tis") in photos taken by Prompto due to how ridiculously [[{{Gonk}} unphotogenic]] he looks, [[http://imgur.com/a/vywYs especially when smirking]]. ˛** Gladiolus - [[TestosteronePoisoning Manly Bearded Dude]], [[GoodScarsEvilScars Scar]], [[PerverseSexualLust Gladdy]] [[TeamDad Daddy]]˛** Ignis - [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes Glasses Touchdown]], [[{{Megane}} Glasses]]˛** Prompto - [[{{Bishonen}} Blondie]] (originally Blond Faggot-kun as a crude TakeThat against Square's perceived [[CastFullOfPrettyBoys approach]]), [[ShotgunsAreJustBetter Shotgun]]˛*** From the Japanese fanbase, there's Pupu/Puputamu (ププ/ププタム) taken from his name's katakana.˛*** Kid Prompto - [[FormerlyFat Plumpto]]˛*** Prompto's photography skill has been dubbed "Promptography".˛** King Regis - [[Film/DieHard Hans Gruber]], Creator/LiamNeeson (as of the "Dawn" trailer)˛** Leviathan - Levia-[[UsefulNotes/JapanesePronouns chan]] (due to the revelation of it [[http://www.siliconera.com/2015/08/29/final-fantasy-xvs-leviathan-revealed-to-be-female-and-concept-art-details/ being female]]), Perfect Leviathan/[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure Chaos]] [[labelnote:Explanation]]Due to similarities between how the battles are fought in a flooded city by a powered up protagonist.[[/labelnote]]˛** Gentiana - Himefu, [[UnfortunateName Genitalia]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Fran]] ˛** Aranea - Dragoon Lady, [[LikesOlderWomen Ara Ara]]˛** Ravus - [[InTheHood The Hooded Man]][[labelnote:Explanation]]Due to his wearing one in early trailers[[/labelnote]]˛** Magic spells (specifically, of the Elemancy branch) have been christened "[[{{Franchise/Pokemon}} Poke balls]]", due to them taking the form of colored orbs which are thrown at the enemy.˛** Ardyn - Trash Jesus ˛** First Secretary Camelia Claustra - Hillary Clinton˛** Sania - Frog Lady, [[Videogame/FinalFantasyIX Quina]]˛** Vyv - [[Series/{{Lost}} Hurley]]˛** The early designs for the Magitek Exosuits DLC have been dubbed "[[{{Film/PowerRangers2017}} Power Rangers suits]]".˛** Somnus - [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]], [[Videogame/WarcraftIII Arthas]] [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft Menethil]][[labelnote:Explanation]]Somnus's method of destroying victims of the Starscourge mirrors that of Arthas's purging of Stratholme.[[/labelnote]]˛* FlipFlopOfGod: Hajime Tabata has become infamous for this concerning several contradictory statements he has made, such as the whole issue with the game's story remaining the same.˛** A recent example is over whether or not Luna would be a GuestStarPartyMember, with it first being claimed that "[Noctis and his friends] would fight alongside her". Now it has since been revealed that she will not be one.˛* GodNeverSaidThat:˛** For a long time, it was thought that "Archaean" was the term for the summons in ''XV'', due to the intro for ''Episode Duscae'' describing Titan as such. [[http://imgur.com/gallery/rKtj7 It turned out]] "Archaean" was actually the epithet specifically given to Titan, and the ''proper'' collective term is "Astrals".˛** A ''huge'' stink was raised when Square announced there was going to be a patch on the day the game came out following the two-month delay, with people accusing the director of lying to them and that the delay from September was now pointless. In reality, these are two very different patches; the patch responsible for the September delay was a substantial, practically required patch that people without good internet services would be pretty screwed without. There were always plans to make even more patches beyond that, the November patch being one of them. Tabata even said this in the ''very same'' press release that announced the delay. But evidently, many fans had overlooked that part.˛* IKnewIt:˛** Fans had been speculating ''Final Fantasy Versus XIII'' was going to become ''Final Fantasy XV'' since 2010. Funnily enough that's apparently when internal discussions began to formally change the game to ''XV'' too.˛** When the "Omen" trailer came out, many predicted that [[spoiler:Luna would be a SacrificialLion. They were right.]]˛** A 4Chan user made [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/932981-final-fantasy-xv/73784761 a massive info dump six months before the release of the game]] and turned out completely right. Double as a testimony of how troubled the production of the game was if his assertions about the state of the game at the time are as true as those on the game itself.˛** One of the loading screens for the ''Episode Gladiolus'' confirms that the Rock of Ravatogh is the site of [[spoiler:Ifrit's corpse]], which many people had speculated soon after the game came out due to the rock growths [[spoiler:resembling Ifrit's horns]].˛** A common theory about Ignis's [[spoiler:loss of eyesight]] after Chapter 9 was that it was caused by [[spoiler:him using the Ring of the Lucii to rescue Noctis in the aftermath of the fall of Altissia]]. ''Episode Ignis'' confirms that is indeed the case.˛* KillerApp: ''XV'' takes the top spot from ''XIII'' as being the fastest-selling ''Final Fantasy'' game ever, and managed to ship five million copies in ''two days''.˛* MemeAcknowledgment: ˛** For a little while, a meme involving photoshopping in various backgrounds for the guys to look at from the car went around the internet. [[http://www.siliconera.com/2014/10/02/final-fantasy-xv-director-encourages-fans-make-car-memes/ Director Tabata noticed this meme, found it pretty funny, and had official assets released so fans could continue making these memes.]]˛** Ignis' "That's it! I've come up with a new recipe!" spiel has been acknowledged by [[https://twitter.com/ACroasdell/status/811648030881484801 Adam Croasdell]] himself. The other Chocobro voice actors also acknowledged this in a stream where they played the game.˛*** And by the game itself. If the player ate something during the Moogle Chocobo Carnival or Assassin's Festival DLC, Noctis will say Ignis' phrase, complete with accent. This only happens the first time for each food when the player gets a recipe from eating it.˛*** ''Episode Ignis'' and Patch 1.20 of the main game, which allows you to play as every member of the party, gives Ignis an ability called "Quick Recipe''h''" that lets him cook meals on the spot. ˛* NamesTheSame:˛** The Carbuncle of ''XV'' is not to be confused with the Carbuncle found in the ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'' series.˛** Noctis's Engine Blade is not to be confused with [[Series/KamenRiderW Kamen Rider Accel's]] Engine Blade.˛* NoExportForYou:˛** Want to play the GameWithinAGame ''Justice Monsters Five''? If you live in Asia outside Japan, don't bother--the game was only available in the Japanese, European and American Google Play Stores and iOS App Stores. Rumors have it that the Japanese version is available in Asia, but good luck finding it due to the Kanji/Kana title (which is completely different from the English title) which many people can't even search for without having to install a Japanese keyboard on their devices or knowing what to look for. Not to mention that it's in Japanese.˛** The third demo, ''Judgement Disc'', is exclusive only to Japan, though many have gotten around it via creating Japan PSN accounts or changing their system's region on their [=Xbox=] One.˛** The other GameWithinAGame, ''King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon'', has had the same fate- if you live in Asia outside Japan, don't bother. This one's a [[YankTheDogsChain real kick in the groin]] to many Asians outside Japan tho, since it was advertised in ''XV Pocket Edition'' (which ''is'' available worldwide) with the footnote "Only available in certain regions", and still insisting on installing it brings you to a Google Play Store or iOS App Store page telling you that you can't have it to rub your bad luck in your face.˛* TheOtherDarrin:˛** Due to budget constraints, several characters appearing in ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV'' do not carry over their respective voice actors to ''XV'': Creator/SeanBean (Regis) is replaced by Jim Pirri; Amy Shiels voices Luna instead of Creator/LenaHeadey; David Gant (Aldercapt) is replaced by Bob Joles; and Adrian Bouchet (Drautos) is replaced by Matthew Waterson.˛** In Japanese, Luna is voiced by Rina Kitagawa in ''XV'' and ''Brotherhood''; in ''[[Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV Kingsglaive]]'' proper, she is voiced by Shiori Kutsuna.˛* TheOtherMarty: During the game's production, Shinji Ogawa provided the voice for Aldercapt. With Ogawa's hospitalization from pneumonia in late 2014 and death in 2015, however, Creator/ShozoIizuka was brought in to re-record all of his dialogue.˛* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/TrevorDevall is usually well known for either two things, goofy sounding or very laid-back characters. Ravus is the complete opposite of being goofy or laid-back.˛* PortOverdosed: The Pocket Edition's appearance on UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows [[UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer PCs]], despite the platform already getting the proper edition of the game, was thinly justified with the fact that the port was meant for Windows Phone devices; the fact that [=PCs=] could run them because it was written using the Windows UWP API was a bonus and that it would be a boon to fans who want to play the game on the go without having them invest in a beefy gaming laptop, since the Pocket Edition was meant for mobile devices like iOS and Android. But then Square-Enix announces that said version will also see a UsefulNotes/PlayStation4, UsefulNotes/XboxOne and UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch release. The Switch release could also be thinly justified in that the Switch is partially a mobile device, and the Xbox One release could be justified in that it's the same UWP version as the Windows PC and Windows Phone version that was finally tweaked to also support the console. But a [=PS4=] release? ˛* RealSongThemeTune: Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" is featured prominently in the soundtrack.˛* RecursiveAdaptation: ''FFXV'' for consoles -> ''FFXV Pocket Edition'' for mobile devices -> ''FFXV Pocket Edition HD'' for consoles.˛* TheRedStapler: Noctis' clothes from the initial trailers were [[http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00469S6I4/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/177-7947328-7360615 for sale]] years before the game even came out!˛* RefittedForSequel: Or rather, "Refitted For Side Materials"; quite a number of scenes from trailers for ''Versus XIII'' were repurposed for scenes in ''Kingsglaive'' and ''Episode Ardyn''.˛* RelationshipVoiceActor:˛** ''Final Fantasy'' series:˛*** Eight of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyType0''[='=]s voice actors reunite in ''XV'': [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Izana (Ardyn)]], [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Trey (Ravus)]], [[Creator/HirokiTochi Zhuyu (Cor)]] and [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro Sice (Aranea)]] in Japanese, and [[Creator/RobbieDaymond Kurasame (Prompto)]], [[Creator/MatthewMercer Trey (Cor)]], [[Creator/SteveBlum Cid Aulstyne (Verstael)]] and [[Creator/JasonSpisak Izana (Loqi)]] in English.˛*** [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Ravus]] and [[Creator/HirokiTochi Cor]] are [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Cid Raines and Yaag Rosch]].˛*** In English, Aldercapt, [[Creator/SteveBlum Verstael]] and [[Creator/KariWahlgren Aranea]] are [[VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus Grimoire Valentine, his son Vincent, and Shelke the Transparent]].˛*** Julie Nathanson (Holly) and Creator/JasonSpisak (Loqi) previously starred in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' as [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Prishe]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV Bartz Klauser]].˛*** [[Creator/KariWahlgren Aranea]], [[Creator/SteveBlum Verstael]] and [[Creator/KeithFerguson Dave]] are [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Ashe, Ba'Gamnan and Basch]].˛** Six from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': [[Creator/MamoruMiyano Setsuna F. Seiei (Ignis)]], [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Ali al-Saachez (Ardyn)]], [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Graham Aker (Ravus)]], [[Creator/HirokiTochi Lasse Aeon (Cor)]], Aeolia Schenberg[[note]]'s [[TheOtherDarrin second voice]][[/note]] (Regis) and [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa Michael Trinity (Somnus)]].˛** From the Japanese dub of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', we have [[Creator/MamoruMiyano Shining Armor (Ignis)]], [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro Twilight Sparkle (Aranea)]], [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Garble (Ravus)]], [[Creator/KentaMiyake Fido (Gladio)]], [[Creator/ShozoIizuka Ahuizotl (Aldercapt)]], [[Creator/YuShimamura Adagio Dazzle (Cindy)]], [[Creator/MegumiHan Cheerilee and Sonata Dusk (Iris)]], and [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa Capper (Somnus)]].˛** From the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse (Japanese dub): [[Creator/KentaMiyake Gladio]], [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Ravus]] and [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Ardyn]] are [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]] and [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]].˛** [[Creator/MamoruMiyano Ignis]] and [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Ardyn]] are [[Franchise/KingdomHearts Riku and Axel]], [[Manga/DeathNote Light Yagami and Shuichi Aizawa]], and [[Anime/FullMetalAlchemistBrotherhood Ling Yao and Maes Hughes]].˛** Chris Parson (Gladio), Creator/DarinDePaul (Ardyn), Creator/FredTatasciore (Biggs), and Creator/MatthewMercer (Cor) previously starred in ''{{VideoGame/Overwatch}}'' as Junkrat, Reinhardt, Soldier: 76, and [=McCree=].˛** [[Creator/KariWahlgren Aranea]] and [[Creator/DarinDePaul Ardyn]] are [[VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic the female Jedi Knight and Emperor Valkorion]].˛** Jin Urayama (Verstael) and Creator/TetsuyaKakihara (Prompto) previously voiced [[spoiler:another father-son duo as]] [[Manga/MobileSuitGundamTheOrigin Degwin Sodo Zabi and Garma Zabi]].˛** From the Japanese dub of ''{{Manga/Fairy Tail}}'': [[Creator/TetsuyaKakihara Prompto (Natsu Dragneel)]], [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Ravus (Gray Fullbuster)]], [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Ardyn (Toma E. Fiore)]], [[Creator/HirokiTochi Cor (Pantherlily)]], [[Creator/TakayaKuroda Weskham (Capricorn)]], [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro Aranea (Ultear)]], [[Creator/AyumuMurase Adult Talcott (Uosuke)]], [[Creator/KazuhikoInoue Gilgamesh (Gildarts)]], [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa Somnus (Jellal)]], and Aera (Evergreen).˛** Tokusatsu series:˛*** [[Creator/TatsuhisaSuzuki Noctis]], [[Creator/KeijiFujiwara Ardyn]], [[Creator/YuuichiNakamura Ravus]] and [[Creator/KentaMiyake Gladio]] are [[Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters Usada Lettuce, Cheeda Nick, Beet J. Stag and Spanneroid]].˛*** [[Creator/MegumiHan Iris]], [[Creator/HirokiTochi Cor]] and [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro Aranea]] are [[Series/ShurikenSentaiNinninger Kyuemon, Juza and Futakuchi-onna]].˛*** Creator/TatsuhisaSuzuki (Noctis) and Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (Aranea) previously voiced Kit Taylor[[note]]along with [[spoiler:his other self, Adam]][[/note]] and Kase in the Japanese dub of ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.˛*** Regis and [[Creator/DaisukeNamikawa Somnus]] are [[Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger Wolzard and N Ma]].˛* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Originally named ''Final Fantasy Versus XIII'', the game was announced as a part of the eventually named ''Fabula Nova Crystallis'' saga alongside ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' at E3 2006, but changed enough over the years that it was made a separate title entirely. Actual discernible information on the game for a long time after 2006 was very sparse, and up until early 2010, trailers for it only contained CG and cutscene footage. The game languished for so long that the main character's costume hadn't even been finalized until some time in late 2009. Development picked up after the release of ''FF XIII'', and really got into gear after its team, also a part of the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise, fully switched over to it around 2011, though it also switched from the UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 to the UsefulNotes/PlayStation4. E3 2013 confirmed its name change to ''FF XV'', with a few [[BitingTheHandHumor subtle jabs to its own lengthy development cycle]]. The game was finally released on November 29, 2016, over ''a decade'' after its initial announcement, making it the most delayed ''Final Fantasy'' game ever. ˛* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The announcement on November 7th, 2018 that all the future DLC save for ''Epsiode Ardyn'', as well as the PC port of the ''Comrades'' standalone, was effectively cancelled, as well as the announcement that Hajime Tabata quit Square Enix, has left an enormous sour taste with people who were looking forward to said DLC (with the most vitriol generated over the cancellation of Lunafreya's episode). While the people on board the project promised to try and bring the intended stories, or at least the parts already done, to the audience in "some way, shape or form", the comments Square-Enix is receiving for this choice are overwhelmingly negative.˛* SerialNumbersFiledOff: ''XV''[='=]s mythos basically has the same thematic base and design elements as ''XIII''[='=]s and ''Type-0''[='=]s, but with completely original lore and without the specific terminology (e.g., "Fal'cie" and "L'cie"). According to Tabata, this was to ensure ''XV'' could stand on its own without being associated with ''XIII''.˛* TalkingToHimself: Creator/RayChase voices both Noctis and Wiz in the ''Episode Duscae'' demo.˛* TrollingCreator: Pre-release, Tabata made promises that were confirmed to be a matter of ExactWords. ˛** In regards to concerns regarding Luna, he promised that Luna was a heroine that wouldn't need saving. [[spoiler: Players found out this meant that they ''can't'' save her from her fate.]]˛** When asked about whether Nyx from ''Anime/KingsglaiveFinalFantasyXV'' would have a role, Tabata promised that Nyx's presence would be felt. [[spoiler:Nyx appears among Ardyn's [[CreepySouvenir lifeless replicas in the throne room at the end of the game.]]]]˛* TroubledProduction: Ooooh, boy. In 2006, Creator/SquareEnix announced ''Final Fantasy Versus XIII'', which was planned to be a [=PS3=] exclusive game. The game's development didn't really go anywhere for years to come, and the title was still in Pre-Production phase by 2011. News of its progress was sparse as ''Versus XIII'' consistently abstains from the game exhibitions, and rumours of its cancellation began to spread. In 2013, the production team announced that the game would be released in UsefulNotes/{{PS4}} and UsefulNotes/XboxOne (rather than the intended [=PS3=]), and it is retitled to ''Final Fantasy XV''. A year later, it was announced that Creator/TetsuyaNomura would stepped down as the game's director to instead full-time direct ''Kingdom Hears III'', and would be replaced by Hajime Tabata. Tabata, citing the game's decade long stay in DevelopmentHell, resolved to complete the project before the end of 2016, leading to a number of large changes to the game's established story, characters and gameplay. The game was then set to be released on September 30, 2016, but was later delayed again to November 29, 2016 in order to avoid a Day One patch (for bugs/technical issues/etc)... yet also releasing a Day One patch in order to enhance gameplay mechanics and add new moves. [[http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1233181&page=1 An early leak from June 2016]] (which has since been confirmed) indicates that the script was still undergoing major changes only months before the game was released.˛* UrbanLegendOfZelda: There's a slight change to the final scene of the ending, where [[spoiler:Luna will shed a tear before laying her head down on the arm of the throne]]. However, no one is quite sure ''what'' causes it -- the photo you take with you before the final boss, how you respond to Luna in the journals during the game, or possibly even that it was in an earlier version of the game and has been patched out. This has also sparked rumors over if there are other slightly different ending scenes that could be triggered by meeting unknown requirements.˛* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ˛** According to [[WordOfGod Director]] Creator/TetsuyaNomura, ''XV'' came from a discarded concept for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII.''˛** Nomura was dead-set on making it into a ''musical'' after seeing ''[[Film/LesMiserables2012 Les Misérables]]''. For better or worse, the higher-ups managed to sway him away from that idea. [[NoJustNoReaction The prospect of Nomura taking another eight years to uproot an already established game concept on a whim probably made a few Square suits shit bricks]].˛** Because of the change in directors and platforms, many gameplay elements (such as switching between characters, riding mechs, etc) and potential plot points (e.g Noctis being the only character capable of using magic, Prompto being a new friend of Noctis') seen in the older trailers [[http://www.siliconera.com/2015/06/04/final-fantasy-xv-is-not-final-fantasy-versus-xiii-any-more-says-director/ have been changed]]; Hajime Tabata, the game's current director, goes so far as to state that ''XV'' ultimately isn't the same game as ''Versus XIII'', because so much has changed compared to the original concept. The biggest example is "Stella Nox Fleuret". Stella was by all appearances going to play a very prominent and active role throughout the game, being what appeared to be a combined LoveInterest ''and'' [[TheRival Rival]] to Noctis. In the finished version of the game she has been reimagined as Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, who is essentially a MinorMajorCharacter, with only a handful of appearances through the game, with most of these being in flashbacks. That and the fact that every piece of post-rebranding media, [[spoiler:including the ''Episode Duscae'' [[TheStinger stinger]],]] portrays the character as much more of a ''victim'' of the story's conflicts than the active antagonist and fighter seen in the first trailers, a notion Tabata's comments essentially confirm.˛** Relatedly, the 2011 Tokyo Game Show gameplay trailer (when the game was still on the [=PS3=] and called ''Versus XIII'') placed a large focus on Noct & company being caught in the middle of Niflheim's invasion of Insomnia, the Crown City of Lucis, and the invasion provided a number of the action set-pieces they showed off. Post-rebranding material, particularly the 2014 TGS trailer, the 2015 Jump Festa trailer and the ''Episode Duscae'' stinger, all posit that the crew is instead out of town when the invasion goes down, a fact that Tabata later confirmed, meaning that a lot of the sequences in the 2011 trailer have been scrapped or possibly re-purposed for other locales - even the "party scene", featured so prominently in earlier material for so long, is no longer in the game.˛*** [[spoiler:And, of course, the full content of the ''Duscae'' stinger, when taken together with the other material, suggests this change greatly affects the tone of the wider story - from the personal, "gangland"-esque conflict of the early trailers, to a story more about trying to salvage some kind of victory out of tragedy and disaster.]]˛** Lucis's worshipping of TheGrimReaper was originally ''much'' more explicit (to the point of it being a ''theme'' in the game). However, Tabata had to tone it down due to age-rating concerns in certain countries.˛** Ignis originally had a middle name, ''Stupeo'' (Latin for "to amaze"), but it was dropped for unknown reasons.[[note]]Presumably the staff realized how the hatedom could easily pervert said middle name to something along the lines of "Stupido", and wanted to avoid that.[[/note]]˛** Creator/RayChase almost lost the role of Noctis after the ''Duscae'' demo, but managed to keep it thanks to a re-audition.˛** A character relationship chart in the collector's edition of the official strategy guide reveals that Clarus Amicitia was originally named "Cralias" [[note]]It's also possible that this is a butchered translation of "Clarus"[[/note]] and used an updated version of [[https://i.redditmedia.com/zsSV2RFA_Yoh32eUaUwn3taynfPjss4MAD5E7UsPeyg.jpg?w=320&s=f0016193947ad96c4d214a13d0c43514 his 2013 design]] as the picture representing him. The same chart also appears to reveal that Weskham got a RaceLift sometime during development, as he depicted as a Caucasian man.˛** There are quite a few noticeable differences between ''Versus XIII'' and the final product. [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/e/e7/Prince_gang.JPG/revision/latest?cb=20130611094713 Noctis and the gang had different outfits]], Prompto originally had a shotgun instead of dual wielding pistols, Noctis and the gang were present during the attack of Insomnia, and Aldercapt was originally the BigBad instead of [[spoiler: Ardyn]]. The game was also going to have been much more violent, with blood spraying from enemies whenever struck, and one shot in an early trailer had Noctis perform a NeckSnap on an Imperial soldier.˛*** In addition to the different outfits, there were some physical differences too. Noctis and Prompto's AnimeHair was downplayed, and Gladiolus was less buff and he didn't didn't have his tattoos.˛** In the ''Episode Duscae'' demo, Gladiolus shared Prompto's interest in Cindy. In the final game, it's only ever brought up once, and Gladio could very well be trolling Prompto anyway.˛--->'''Prompto''': Man, I love how passionate Cindy gets when she talks about cars.\˛'''Gladio''': Yeah, it's actually pretty cute.\˛'''Prompto''': What? Dude, could you ''not''?\˛'''Gladio''': Not ''what''?˛** Ignis's secondary weapon was originally a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]. In the final game, the katana was given to Cor while Ignis was given a lance.˛** The "SAF" markings seen on imperial dropships are a reference to "Safay Roth", a prototype of Ardyn who was dropped during development. They kept the markings, though "to honor the famous generals that existed".˛** The photos in the game were originally going to have been taken by the player manually, with Noctis using his phone for it. In the final game, Prompto took the role of the photographer. Patch 1.04 finally allowed players to take photos manually.˛** Noctis's hair and eye colors were supposed to change depending on his mood.˛** Some weapons were heavily redesigned or dropped completely from the final product.˛** In ''Versus XIII'', [[http://www.usgamer.net/articles/hajime-tabata-making-prompto-a-photographer-made-him-seem-more-likable Cor was originally intended to be a permanent party member]]. However, they decided to focus on the relationship between the four friends, as they were all in the same age group and had a history with each other, and relegated Cor to a mentor role. In addition, his age was originally [[JustForFun/FortyTwo 42]]--an unlucky number in Japan, perhaps hinting that he would meet a tragic end. In the final game, his age is given as 45.˛** Prompto initially had a patch on his jacket with the words "It's a beautiful day. Now watch some bastard fuck it up". In the final product, "fuck" was replaced with "mess".˛** And of course, had the game been released as ''Final Fantasy Versus XIII'', one may be wondering what game might have been called ''Final Fantasy XV'' instead.˛** According to Robert Ferrari, Gentiana, Umbra, and Pryna changed concepts during the plot's transition. Gentiana was originally Stella's messenger, serving as the connection point between Tenebrae and Niflheim. Umbra and Pryna would've been able to transform between human and dog forms, appearing as ninjas.˛** There are still some telltale remnants of the plot to ''Versus XIII'' in the final game, primarily in the form of references to a one winged Goddess. The [[http://i.picpar.com/xQ2b.jpg Genesis Painting]] depicts a one-winged divine woman standing above all other figures, [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/finalfantasy/images/e/e1/Regis.jpg/revision/latest/zoom-crop/width/240/height/240?cb=20160526040246 Regis's crown]] seems to be a similarly shaped wing, and all of the Glaives' hoods have a similar headpiece; the official crest of the Lucian royal family is [[https://img.etsystatic.com/il/fd7941/1181643803/il_570xN.1181643803_1x6d.jpg?version=0 a skull with a wing.]] With WordOfGod having confirmed that Lucians were originally going to worship the Grim Reaper, many fans have concluded that in early versions of the game's story, Etro, the goddess of death from the ''Fabula Nova Crystallis'' mythos was going to play a big role. While the official current story is that the woman in the painting is the Oracle, it's easy to see how this doesn't make sense: why would the Oracle, who relies upon the Astrals be placed about them and not alongside a Lucian King? ˛** Early descriptions of Prompto said that he was the "new guy" of Noctis's group, implying that he wasn't in the party at the beginning of the game. Regis wouldn't have been fond of him, seeing him as a ToxicFriendInfluence on Noctis. Guns were also illegal in Insomnia, implying that he wasn't part of the Royal Guard.˛** An early draft for Ignis's episode of the ''Brotherhood'' anime involved him brutally beating up a group of thugs who had threatened Noctis and Prompto, only being merciful to avoid disturbing Noctis too much.˛** Three DLC episodes were announced only to be scrapped, focusing on Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis. The only remnant of these projects is a concept design for [[https://i.imgur.com/YMFX2Mw.png a new outfit & weapon for Aranea]] in her planned episode.˛** The production crew tried to run the game's Luminous Engine on the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch, but the system couldn't handle it well enough. Tellingly, they revealed that the ''Pocket Edition'' was coming to the Switch later on, along [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII with]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX a]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX plethora]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 of]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII other]] ''[[VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy Final]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChronicles Fantasy]]'' games.˛* TheWikiRule: The [[http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_Wiki Final Fantasy Wiki]], [[https://finalfantasyxv.wiki.fextralife.com/Final+Fantasy+XV+Wiki Final Fantasy XV Wiki]], Wikia [[http://ffxv.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_XV_Wiki Final Fantasy XV Wiki]], and Gamepedia [[https://finalfantasyxv.gamepedia.com/Final_Fantasy_XV_Wiki Final Fantasy XV Wiki]].˛* WorkingTitle: Technically speaking, ''Final Fantasy Versus XIII''.˛----

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