Final Fantasy XV is a “fantasy based on reality”, our reality supposedly. But what if Final Fantasy XV was the reality to the series’ fantasy? Perhaps all of the references made by Prompto indicates that Final Fantasy is a popular game within Eos’ universe.
I first noticed when Prompto sang the victory theme song. If this is a fantasy based on reality, they don’t have time to celebrate with a victory pose after every successful battle.
Even so, the victory fanfare isn’t going to play each time. But when you’re in the moment, you do feel elation. You would want to celebrate winning a battle, being grateful you’re alive. You might give a fist bump. Prompto sings a familiar tune.
Where does he get such a specific song? It could just be a coincidence. Maybe it’s something he made up that happens to sound like the victory fanfare we’re all familiar with. But no one ever comments that he made it up. He comes up with an awesome theme song, no one mentions the cool them. This would suggest they’ve heard it before.
Where did he get it from? I think from video games. As DangerMcD writes:
I believe the in-universe game he keeps bringing up is called King’s Knight, which is probably like you said, their Final Fantasy. Also, I love when he sings the victory music after a fight!
I love it too, but King’s Knight doesn’t have the victory fanfare. Final Fantasy XV does have a soundtrack of select Final Fantasy songs from across the franchise. Maybe popular musicians just happened to create these pieces independent of a game. Prompto doesn’t get the victory fanfare from this soundtrack. Perhaps he gets it from the game he plays?
They also have other homages, like Kingdom Hearts III.
Noctis: No dice, won’t buldge.
Ignis: For every lock, there exists a key.
Prompto: Or a magical key that can unlock any door – like from the video games!
Gladio: Or that.
Another coincidence? Kingdom Hearts isn’t the only game with a concept like this. But at this point, Prompto’s interjections match Square Enix’s most profitable games. Of course, Final Fantasy XV is a Square Enix game, so why wouldn’t there be references. But we know at least one thing from this: