You can tell a lot of a game by what the trailers omit. Think about that. Final Fantasy XV was so incomplete, with such a lack of focus, the game trailers didn’t accurately describe this game. Take a look at the first Final Fantasy XV trailer.
Hard to believe that this was in 2013. That’s seven years.
Notice how, at this time, Final Fantasy XV was still apart of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series. Really. This trailer announces Final Fantasy Versus XIII transformation into Final Fantasy XV. But they never officially broke from Fabula Nova Crystallis. That would be later when they quietly distanced themselves from Toriyama’s vision. But looking at this trailer, you’d have reason to assume this was still in the same universe. If it wasn’t clear, this is not about the same confusion mythos that spawned Fal’cies, l’Cies, and Ceith, Well, there’s no connection, but at the same time there is. Final Fantasy XV still incorporates many of these elements, only they ditched the terms.
Then we see Luna and Noctis running through the fields as children. I don’t remember this scene in the game. “A meeting predestined by the divine”? “Eyes that see the light of expiring souls”? Very wordy. We saw none of these things in the
finished game. I think the original lore alluded to Noctis seeing people die. He would just know by looking at them. This is probably why he slept so often; he wanted to avoid seeing death. And ironically, his sleeping state would be as if dead. Awesome theme! We got none of this.
Otherwise, this trailer is impressive. We see the Leviathan in Altissia. Only, this fight is slightly different. And by that, I mean we received a downgraded version of this fight in the game. Sure, Noctis warps around houses while water washes enemy soldiers away. But for whatever reason, we never got this game. I remember hearing it was too hard for the team to program. So then, we saw something beyond the developer’s capabilities.
Imagine for a second, you talk yourself up as this impressive weightlifter. You psyche up the crowd pumping weights, with a giant dumbbell in the background. You even pump reps on a bar. Then, when it finally comes to the time for you to prove yourself, you back down and do something lesser.
DON’T DO THAT. DON’T BE THAT GUY.
But it wasn’t just the level design. Also, note how boggy the footage became when so many things came on screen. It slows down to 12 frames per second. This is what they showed at E3?! We were probably all amazed to notice, but this is terrible. Still, we saw a couple of good scenes. Verstael Besithia walks with military entourage behind him. We only see what he’s capable of in Episode: Prompto, a DLC. Ah, and the infamous scene with Yakuza Regis and Aldercapt did make it over…to Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV.
At this point, it’s clear that Tabata’s team showed trailers with reckless abandon. The only things from Final Fantasy Versus XIII are the characters. In a way, this is like the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. We have two separate games with nothing between them but characters. Just like the Fabula Nova Crystallis series.