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Final Fantasy XV Gets New Director, Trailer and Demo

Finally, some real news for Final Fantasy XV.

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Final Fantasy XV has suffered a long development cycle since its 2006 announcement, and at times it seems like there will be no end in sight. Every now and then, Square Enix has released a stylized trailer to help fans rekindle their interest for the game, but these videos usually aren’t packed with bombshells of information. At this year’s TGS, however, Square Enix announced three new developments that should make things interesting for fans of Final Fantasy XV: a new director, an upcoming demo and  a new trailer.

According to Kotaku, Square Enix decided it was time for a new director because Nomura was juggling two ambitious projects at once: Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III. Since Square Enix claims it wants Final Fantasy XV to be “the highest quality Final Fantasy title to date”, and both franchises are considerably popular, the company decided to hand the directorial reigns over to Hajime Tabata. This is good news considering Nomura had originally put off development for Kingdom Hearts III until he finished Final Fantasy XV.

Next, Square Enix announced that players will soon be able to play a demo for Final Fantasy XV (about time). The catch is that players can only download the demo if they purchase the upcoming PSP title, Final Fantasy Type-0. Interestingly enough, both Final Fantasy XV and Final Fantasy Type-0, originally called Final Fantasy Verus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII respectively, were announced alongside Final Fantasy XIII as part of the Fabula Nova Crystalis series; it seems like a fitting way to introduce players to the demo. According to DualShockers, who pulled the info from the long-since deleted Gameinformer post, players will be able to get their hands on Final Fantasy Type-0, as well as the demo for Final Fantasy XV, on March 17, 2015.

Finally, Square Enix released a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy XV. No words are required for this one; just sit back and enjoy the polished visuals that you’ve probably come to expect from Square Enix’s trailers. Square Enix plans to release Final Fantasy XV in 2015 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sources: Kotaku, DualShockers

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