During a livestreamed stage event from Taipei Game Show, Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata introduced some new footage of the game. And boy, it’s good.
Firstly, we get the Progress Report 2.0, showing many new features that the development team is introducing in the game. The second video showcases stealth and battle gameplay during an infiltration portion of the game.
Interestingly, Noctis uses a turret and magic during the second video, and a new character (named Aranea Highwind. She isn’t “fully” new, but you could say she is for Final Fantasy XV‘s latest incarnation) gets introduced. You can check both clips out at the bottom of the post.
Among the elements described by Tabata-san, is the necessity to push the car when it runs out of fuel, in order to reach a gas station, and the “Face to Face” system, which will be active during conversations.
Magic like fire will affect the environment, and actually set items and fuel ablaze. Flames will gradually spread and ignite other flammable elements around them. A lot of the systems introduced in the game, according to Tabata-san, are thanks to the power of PS4 (it’s relevant to mention that it’s normal to mention only PS4 for multiplatform games in Japan and in Taiwan, as the presence of the Xbox One in those regions is very limited).
Tabata-san also teased more to come about the female character that appears at the end of the second video, but he said that while details about her are still secret, she might actually take off her mask during the game.
Last, but definitely not least, Square Enix will release a playable tech demo, starring Noctis during his younger years. They showcased a picture during the event, which you can see below the videos. The demo will be released for free at some time before the launch of the game, and more information will be provided down the line.
Update: changed the videos with a better quality upload in 1080p of the Progress Report 2.0, and with the official direct feed version of the battle footage. Square Enix still did not provide an official upload of the Progress Report at the moment of this writing.