New Final Fantasy XV Screenshot and Artwork Show “Numb Blade” and Chocobos; Concepts Explained
Square Enix is keeping up its introduction of the creatures we’ll meet in Final Fantasy XV, and this time around we meet the “Numb Blade” and one of Final Fantasy’s most traditional critter, the Chocobo.
“Between the Goblin and tomorrow’s monster, we’re lightening up the mood a bit! Chihiro Hashi the Art Designer shares the art of the chocobo. The chocobo was designed to be a sweet, much loved partner on the player’s journey through FFXV. We would be so happy to see everyone out there showering him with affection.
One of the most difficult points in perfecting the design was getting the right level of stylization to give a realistic avian appearance but also have those loveable touches that stop it from just being a big bird.”
“With Halloween just one day away—the sinister look on this monster’s face sends chills down our spine. The design of the Numb Blade by Chihiro Hashi has a Japanese touch as this character is modeled after samurai. For instance, look at the tied knot of the waist string – this particular way of tying a knot called a “ronin (masterless samurai) knot” is a representation of his social status as a poor ronin. As kimono and swords are not imaginary but rather they are traditional elements of the Japanese culture, we took great pains to create assets that are true to traditional structures by researching specialized books and carefully observing real swords. What monsters will lurk in the shadows tonight?”