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  • Acting for Two:
    • Amy Shiels voices both Luna and Kimya.
    • David Lodge voices both Vyv and Bahamut.
  • All-Star Cast: 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.
  • Approval of God:
  • Ascended Fanon: The name of Noctis's signature weapon, the Engine Blade, is a reference to the Fan Nickname coined following the sword's first appearance in Versus XIII's debut trailer.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Darin DePaul has gone on the record that he loves playing Ardyn and will be happy to return to the role any time Square Enix asks.
    DePaul: I will geek out about this character forever. Getting to visit him means the world for me... I thought I'd be doing one session, maybe two sessions. This is three years that I get to revisit this complex, wonderful character. That's a gift. (Episode Ardyn interview)
  • Casting Gag: Ardyn is not the first red-haired antagonist voiced by Keiji Fujiwara. It's also not the first time his and Mamoru Miyano's characters have been on opposing sides.
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  • Character Outlives Actor: 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 Shōzō Iizuka.
  • Christmas Rushed: It's widely speculated that the rushed latter half of the game upon its initial release, which the studio remedied via patches and DLC, was due to heavy pressure to release by 2016 regardless of the state of the game.
  • Creator's Favorite: Tabata has stated that Regis is his favorite character.
  • Crossdressing Voices: Averted with Kid Noctis, Kid Talcott and Kid Prompto, where they're voiced by actual young boys and (in Kid Prompto's case) a grown man.
  • Development Gag:
    • The promotional image of Noctis sitting on a dark throne mirrors similar art of Sora in Kingdom Hearts and Lightning in Final Fantasy XIII.
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    • During the Armiger Chain Ignis will wield the Katana of the Warrior, a reference to how a 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), 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.
  • Executive Veto: At one point Nomura thought of making the game a musical after he saw the 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables. For better or worse, that was vetoed by Square Enix's higher-ups.
  • Fake Brit: Regis, Biggs and Wedge, and Ardyn (American), and Luna (Irish). Averted with Ignis's voice actor, who is British (albeit raised in Zimbabwe), only less upper-class sounding in real life.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • The entire party - The Chocobros
    • Noctis - Storm Explanation , Sasuke UchihaExplanation , John Wick or Punished NoctisExplanation , 陛下/"Heika" Explanation 
      • His powered-up form when fighting Leviathan and Ardyn has been dubbed "Super Saiyan Mode".
      • Noctis's attack in the above-mentioned Super Mode and Bahamut's Ultima Sword attack have been nicknamed "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 "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 unphotogenic he looks, especially when smirking.
    • Gladiolus - Manly Bearded Dude, Scar, Gladdy Daddy
    • Ignis - Glasses Touchdown, Glasses
    • Prompto - Blondie, Shotgun
      • From the Japanese fanbase, there's Pupu/Puputamu (ププ/ププタム) taken from his name's katakana.
      • Kid Prompto - Plumpto
      • Prompto's photography skill has been dubbed "Promptography".
    • King Regis - Hans Gruber, Liam Neeson (as of the "Dawn" trailer)
    • Leviathan - Levia-chan (due to the reveal of her being female), Perfect Leviathan/Chaos Explanation 
    • Gentiana - Himefu, Genitalia, Fran
    • Aranea - Dragoon Lady, Ara Ara
    • Ravus - The Hooded ManExplanation 
    • Magic spells (specifically, of the Elemancy branch) have been christened "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, Quina
    • Vyv - Hurley
    • The early designs for the Magitek Exosuits DLC have been dubbed "Power Rangers suits".
  • Flip-Flop of God: Hajime Tabata has become infamous for this regarding some 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 Guest-Star Party Member, with it first being claimed that "[Noctis and his friends] would fight alongside her". It has since been revealed that she will not be one.
  • God Never Said That:
    • 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. 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 day-one patch 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.
  • I Knew It!:
    • Fans had been speculating Versus XIII was going to become XV since 2010. In 2012, it was decided development would shift to next-generation consoles, and the name was internally changed to XV, although this would not be revealed to the public until E3 of 2013.
    • When the "Omen" trailer came out, many predicted that Luna would be a Sacrificial Lion. They were right.
    • A 4Chan user posted a massive info leak six months before the release of the game that turned out to be completely right. Doubles as a testimony to how troubled the production of the game was if his claims about the state of the game at that time are as true as those of the game itself.
    • One of the loading screens for Episode Gladiolus confirms that the Rock of Ravatogh had been the site of Ifrit's corpse, which many people had speculated soon after the game came out due to the rock growths resembling Ifrit's horns.
    • A common theory about Ignis's loss of eyesight after Chapter 9 was that it was caused by 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.
    • Noctis's Japanese VA Tatsuhisa Suzuki confirmed what most already suspected, that Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was conceived by reinventing what was left of the game's original plans to have Noctis and friends present during the invasion of Insomnia, but that had been forced to cut due to difficulties getting the engine to handle it properly.
  • Killer App: XV took the top spot from XIII as being the fastest-selling Final Fantasy game ever, and managed to ship five million copies in two days.
  • Meme Acknowledgment:
    • For a little while, a meme involving photoshopping in various backgrounds for the guys to look at from the car went around the internet. 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!" quote has been acknowledged by Adam Croasdell himself. The other Chocobro voice actors have also acknowledged this in livestreams where they played the game.
      • And later by the game itself - if the player ate something during the Moogle Chocobo Carnival or Assassin's Festival DLC, Noctis will say Ignis' line, complete with the accent. This only happens the first time for each food when the player obtains 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 Recipeh" that lets him cook meals on the spot.
  • Name's the Same:
    • The Carbuncle of XV is not to be confused with the Carbuncle found in the Puyo Puyo series.
    • Noctis's Engine Blade is not to be confused with Kamen Rider Accel's Engine Blade.
  • No Export for You:
    • Want to play the Game Within a Game Justice Monsters Five? If you live in Asia and outside of 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 (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, of course, in Japanese.
    • The final demo, Judgement Disc, is Japan exclusive, though many have gotten around it via creating Japan PSN accounts or changing their system's region on the Xbox One version.
    • The other Game Within a Game, King's Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon, has had the same fate - if you live in Asia and outside of Japan, don't bother. This one's a real kick in the groin to many Asians outside Japan, since it was advertised in XV Pocket Edition (which is available worldwide) with the footnote "Only available in certain regions", and trying to install it only brings you to a Google Play Store/iOS App Store page telling you that it's not available.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Due to budget constraints, several characters appearing in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV do not carry over their respective voice actors to XV: Sean Bean (Regis) is replaced by Jim Pirri; Amy Shiels voices Luna instead of Lena Headey; 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 Kingsglaive proper, she is voiced by Shiori Kutsuna.
  • The Other Marty: 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, Shōzō Iizuka was brought in to re-record all of his dialogue.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Trevor Devall 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.
    • While Darin De Paul has played plenty of villains, they're usually deep-voiced, calm and imposing figures. Ardyn, by contrast, is a suave and dramatic schemer.
  • Port Overdosed: The Pocket Edition's appearance on Microsoft Windows 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 PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch 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?
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Florence + the Machine's rendition of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" is featured prominently in the soundtrack.
  • Recursive Adaptation: FFXV for consoles -> FFXV Pocket Edition for mobile devices -> FFXV Pocket Edition HD for consoles.
  • The Red Stapler: As they were designed by the fashion brand Roen, Noctis' clothes from earlier trailers were for sale years before the game even came out!
  • Refitted for Sequel: 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.
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  • Saved from Development Hell: Originally named Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the game was announced as a part of the eventually named Fabula Nova Crystallis saga alongside Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy Type-0 (then called Agito XIII) 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 FFXIII, and really shifted into gear after its team, also a part of the Kingdom Hearts franchise, fully switched over to it around 2011, where it got a new engine, transitioned from the PlayStation 3 to the PlayStation 4, and Hajime Tabata came on as co-director and eventually sole director when Tetsuya Nomura was taken off the project. E3 2013 confirmed its name change to FFXV, with a few subtle jabs to its own lengthy development cycle. The game was finally released on November 29, 2016, over a decade after its initial announcement.
  • Screwed by the Network: The announcement on November 7th, 2018 that all future DLC save for Episode Ardyn, as well as the PC port of Comrades standalone, was effectively cancelled, as well as the announcement that Hajime Tabata quit Square Enix, has left a 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. These DLC ended up being reformatted into a novel, titled Dawn of the Future.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: 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.
  • Talking to Himself: Ray Chase voices both Noctis and Wiz in the Episode Duscae demo.
  • Trolling Creator: Pre-release, Tabata made promises that were confirmed to be a matter of Exact Words.
  • Troubled Production: Ooooh, boy. In 2006, Square Enix announced Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which was planned to be a PS3 exclusive game. The game's development didn't really get very far in the years to come, and the title was still in the pre-production phase by 2011. News of its progress was sparse as Versus XIII consistently abstained from game exhibitions, and rumours of its cancellation began to spread. In 2013, the production team announced that the game would now be developed for the PS4 and Xbox One (rather than the originally intended PS3), and was to be retitled as Final Fantasy XV. A year later, it was announced that Tetsuya Nomura would be stepping down as the game's director to instead direct Kingdom Hears III, and would be replaced by Hajime Tabata. Tabata, citing the game's decade-long stay in Development Hell, resolved to complete the project before the end of 2016, leading to a number of 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. An early leak from June 2016 indicates that the script was still undergoing significant changes only months before the game was released.
  • Uplifted Side Story: XV began life as a Spin-Off game under the Fabula Nova Crystallis banner, originally named Final Fantasy Versus XIII and sharing its mythos with Final Fantasy XIII. However, Versus XIII went through a lot of Development Hell. The rebooting of the project and transition into a mainline installment was basically an attempt to salvage it.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: There's a slight change to the final scene of the ending, where 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.
    • Most of these rumors have been debunked for a long time, yet they still float around the fanbase. It's been confirmed that the tear scene is simply something that was changed in the very first patch, and so can only be seen from having an completely unpatched version of the game - no choices/dialogue options bear any sort of influence on this.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to Director Tetsuya Nomura, XV came from a discarded concept for Final Fantasy VII.
    • Nomura was at one point considering making it into a musical after seeing Les Misérables. For better or worse, the higher-ups managed to sway him away from that idea.
    • 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) seen in the older trailers 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 seemed as though she was going to play a very prominent and active role throughout the game, being what appeared to be a combined Love Interest and Rival to Noctis. In the final version of the game she has been reimagined as Lunafreya Nox Fleuret, arguably a Minor Major Character, having only a handful of appearances through the game, some of them being in flashbacks. That and the fact that every piece of post-rebranding media, including the Episode Duscae stinger, portrays the character as much more of a hero in the story's conflicts than the active antagonist and fighter seen in the early trailers, a notion that Tabata's comments essentially confirm.
    • The 2011 TGS trailer (when the game was still intended for 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, which provided a number of action set-pieces. Post-rebranding material, particularly the 2014 TGS trailer, the 2015 Jump Festa trailer and the Episode Duscae stinger, all posit that the crew has instead already left the city when the invasion goes down, which Tabata later confirmed, meaning that a lot of the sequences in the 2011 trailer have been scrapped or possibly re-purposed - even the "party scene", featured so prominently in earlier material, is no longer in the game.
      • 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 something out of tragedy and disaster.
    • Lucis's worshipping of The Grim Reaper 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 
    • Ray Chase almost lost the role of Noctis after the Duscae demo, but managed to keep it after being allowed to 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  and used an updated version of his 2013 design as the picture representing him. The same chart also appears to reveal that Weskham got a Race Lift sometime during development, as in the chart he is depicted as a Caucasian man.
    • There are quite a few noticeable differences between Versus XIII and the final product. 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 invasion of Insomnia, and Emperor Aldercapt appeared to have a more significant presence. 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 Neck Snap on an Imperial soldier.
      • In addition to the different outfits, there were some physical differences too. Noctis and Prompto's Anime Hair was downplayed, and Gladiolus was less buff and 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 just be messing with him 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 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 added in players being able to take their own photos as well.
    • Noctis's eye color was supposed to turn red when he "sees the light of expiring souls". In the final game, this happens when he summons an Astral.
    • Some weapons were heavily redesigned, e.g. the ones used in Episode Duscae had an Arthurian naming motif to them.
    • In Versus XIII, 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 range and had a history with each other, and dialed Cor back to a mentor-like role. In addition, his age was originally 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 character designer 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 ninja-type characters.
    • There are still some remnants of Versus XIII in the final game, primarily in the form of references to a one-winged Goddess. The Genesis Painting depicts a one-winged divine woman standing above all other figures, 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 a skull with a wing. With Word of God 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 begs the question of why someone whose role is in communicating with the Astrals, be placed above them and not alongside a Lucian King?
    • Ignis's episode of the Brotherhood anime originally would've involved him discovering Noctis and Prompto hanging out downtown during exam season and telling them off, before beating down a group of delinquents who had threatened the two, shocking them.
    • Three DLC episodes were announced only to be scrapped, focusing on Aranea, Lunafreya, and Noctis. One remnant of these projects is a concept design for a new outfit & weapon for Aranea in her planned episode. These DLC have since been reformatted into a novel, titled Dawn of the Future.
    • The production crew tried to run the game's Luminous Engine on the Nintendo Switch, but the system couldn't handle it well enough.
    • The PC port was going to have an expanded suite of modding tools along with the other DLCs. Unfortunately, along with the DLCs, the expansions to the modding tools were scrapped.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Final Fantasy Wiki and Final Fantasy XV Wiki.
  • Word of God: The English cast stated that they had two main takes for the Cup Noodles sidequest, a serious one, and a satirical one. To add to the Narm Charm of going beyond the call of duty for the perfect cup of Instant Ramen, they went with the satirical, sarcastic take.
  • Working Title: Technically speaking, Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

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