Final Fantasy XV
Square Enix's latest Active Time Report ran for over an an hour and revealed key details about Final Fantasy XV, including gameplay footage and an announcement for an event where the release date of the game will be unveiled.
The event is called Final Fantasy Uncovered and will be taking place in Los Angeles on March 30 at 7 p.m. Pacific. The event will be hosted by KindaFunny Games' Greg Miller and Tim Getty and it will be open to the public. Those who are interested in attending will need to access the promo site for Final Fantasy Uncovered to reserve tickets starting on February 5. Final Fantasy Uncovered will also be streamed on Square Enix's YouTube channel and Twitch.
The gameplay footage shown off during the report focused primarily on stealth, with our heroes infiltrating a military base, warping around the complex and taking out enemies with backstabs and takedowns. The action heats up shortly after, with the party becoming embroiled in a frantic, all-out battle against troops and a robot. At one point, protagonist Noctis grabs a gun turret and begins to mow down enemy troops. Here's the segment if you want to watch it separate from the Active Time Report:
Beyond the new footage, Square also shed some light on the antagonists of the game: the Niflheim empire, a kingdom with a mechanized military force. The military base in the video belongs to them. Key players in Niflheim's power structure were introduced, including Aldercapt, Niflheim's leader, and Aranea Highwind, who shows up at the tail end of the gameplay demonstration ready to pick a bone with Noctis.
The entire presentation is now available online and it touches on a wide range of subjects like detailing the progress of individual sectors of the game and discussing user interface enhancements. The video is in Japanese but has English subtitles. You can watch it here: