Final Fantasy XV Niflheim Details & Battle Footage
Square Enix’s director Hajime Tabata and global marketing director, Akio Ofuji shared new Final Fantasy XV details & footage during January 2016 Active Time report.
January 2016 Active Time Report (courtesy of gematsu):
There are two different disciplines of magic: elemental magic and ring magic. Ring magic only becomes usable after a certain point in the story, and can only be used by the bearer of the royal ring of Lucis, which is passed down the royal line.
Elemental magic consists of Fire, Blizzard, and Thunder. These magic attacks have different effects based on the weather and environment. For example, certain objects, including grassy fields, are flammable when casting Fire. Or, if you’re using Thunder while it’s raining, it will deal more damage. If there is water in a Blizzard attack’s initial area of effect, then it will freeze for a bit.
Elemental magic is described as an item of sorts, but not the kind you can purchase. Elements are present in various locations around the world, and are a type of energy you can gather. The energy you gather can be used to create magic and stored as an important part of your inventory. You can then can equip that item in place of a weapon to use in battle. In the footage that follows below, we see Noctis use Fire like he’s tossing a grenade.
Progress Report 2.0
Square Enix released the second (and final) progress report video showing the progress of development of certain sections in the game. The build in today’s progress report is from August and September last year.
The Niflheim Empire is the opposing force in Final Fantasy XV. It has a staggering number of military troops at its disposal. Square Enix detailed a bit about the empire’s condition just after the game begins.
The Niflheim Empire has already conquered and occupied a vast majority of the world at the start of the story. The Kingdom of Lucis, however, still maintains its independence, and is the last bastion against Niflheim, but is being pressured.
Niflheim and Lucis rely on different things as a source of military might. Lucis’ major power comes from magic. They have the crystal and can use its power to erect magic barriers and such to prevent enemy invasions. Niflheim, on the other hand, is a mechanized civilization. Their regular infantry units are non-human, magitek troopers available in overwhelming numbers.
Niflheim Empire characters description
Iedolas Aldercapt is Niflheim’s ruthless supremacist. His politics are dedicated to territorial expansion. Though, he’s not actually leading the empire personally at the start of the game.
Chancellor Ardyn Izunia is the slightly humorous character at the center of the Niflehim empire. He is incredibly shrewd and plays a very important role in the story. He’s also the one really holding the reigns of power and controlling the empire.
General Glauca is head of the imperial military.
The magitek infantry consists of the former all-purpose model and the current combat prototype. All of Niflheim’s soldiers are magitek troopers, but the officers above them are human. Out in the field it’s all robots, but human beings are the ones controlling them.
Aranea Highwind is the fan-favorite “dragoon” we’ve been seeing since the Final Fantasy Versus XIII days. She’s captain of the Niflheim Empire’s Third Army Corps 86th Airborne Unit. She’s skilled in aerial combat, so people in the army refer to her as the “dragoon.” It wasn’t just a fan saying after all.
Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV (March 2016)
Square Enix’s March 2016 event titled “Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV” will be take place at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on March 30, 2016.
The event hosted by Kinda Funny’s Tim Gettys and Greg Miller, it kicks off at 7:00pm PDT.