Final Fantasy XV: Noctis and Friends’ Black Clothes Explained; Developer’s Workstation and Shirts Shown

on October 22, 2015 4:53 AM

Now that Final Fantasy XV‘s promotion is in full swing, the development team has been communicating more and more with the fanbase, and today we got some more goodies directly from Square Enix.

First of all, Game Director Hajime Tabata explained the black outfits worn by Noctis and by his friends on the official forums:

This is Director Tabata.
The clothing worn by the four main characters is the official battle gear of the Kingdom of Lucis.
Noctis is a member of the royal family and the other three characters are parts of various Lucian national organisations and they are each wearing the specific battle dress relevant to their individual stations.
In the Kingdom of Lucis where our heroes reside, the colour black has historically been treated as a special colour. Because of this, the attire of the royal family and those in occupations closely tied to them are unified by having black as a base colouring. This part of the lore is the reason why the outfits of all four main characters are black. For the finished game we also intend on having their clothing having effects in battle and not just being a part of the world and its background. So watch out for that too!

Sooo… turns out that the party’s boy band-like outfits are actually traditional battle gear. And each outfit is actually the specific uniform corresponding to the character’s role.

The funny part, is that I can totally picture Tabata-san saying this with an absolutely straight face.

That said, it’s definitely not in any shape or form worse than the fanservice we see in many other games from Japan, so what’s not to love?

On top of this, we also get to see the workstation of Programmer Kitade-san, including a glimpse on the tools used to create the game and… a Famicom (the Japanese version of the NES).

Finally, we get to check out some shirts inspired to the game, that are going on sale at the Artnia Cafe in Shinjuku, Tokyo (also portrayed below), and at Square Enix’s own Store.

 /  Executive News Editor
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