Today Square Enix opened the beta of the Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer expansion “Comrades,” and we finally get the answer to a question that many have been asking. Yes, you can play a female character in the game’s multiplayer.
That answer wasn’t even that obvious, considering how bro-centric the original single player game is.
Funnily, when I interviewed Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata back in February, he allowed me to capture the very first glimpse at the character creation, and when I asked him whether ladies would be playable or not, he laughed and jokingly answered “what do you think?”
Of course, I thought it would be possible, and in fact it is. Not only it’s possible, but the character creation suite is impressively deep and extensive.
You start by selecting two ancestors (in the beta only two are available, but it’s likely that more will come) for your character to create a general appearance. Then you can customize pretty much everything via sliders, from the proportions of basically every relevant body part, to each facial feature.
Colors can also be personalized with a ton of options, both for the character herself and multiple areas of her clothes. Some elements go into rather crazy detail: You can color a pair of sandals in seven different areas separately.
To that you can add tattoos in various locations, scars and different hairstyles, and you get one of the deepest character customization suites that I’ve seen in a while. It’s kind of mindboggling (and very impresisve) that this multiplayer feature is simply a DLC added to a single player JRPG.
Of course, this goes without saying really, the male character customization is just as extensive.
In order to show you what I mean, I recorded the character creation on PS4 Pro, trying to show you all the details and options. You can check out the video below.
What’s even more impressive is that the character actually translates really well to actual gameplay, which is normally the weak spots of games with deep character customization. To give you a glimpse, I added a screenshot of the same character displayed in game, under the video.
If you want to know how to download the beta client, you can find it here, and you can also read the information provided by Square Enix, explaining the differences with the final product that will be released some time down the line.
Final Fantasy XV is currently available for PS4 and Xbox One, and the development team is continuing to push the game with free updates (version 1.13 was released just a few days ago) and DLC, including the recently-launched Episode Prompto, and Episode Ignis, that will come in December. Major announcements are also expected to come at Gamescom in August.
The beta will end on August 8th on both platforms, so there is plenty of time to enjoy it, before the servers are taken down.