Square Enix Talks Final Fantasy XV Battle Modes, Warp Points & the Big City of Altissia

January 11, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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Mentioning how it’s been quiet lately, the Final Fantasy XV community team kicked off 2016 by asking members of the development team some user-submitted questions.

Posting the responses on the forums, Lead Game Designer Takizawa Masashi was first up and talked about how the different battle modes in Final Fantasy XV will change how the game is played:

The equivalent to difficulty level settings in FFXV is a system where you can switch between different battle modes. By having this ability to switch modes, we want to make it so that both players who like action oriented, technical gameplay and also those who want to fight at a slower, more relaxed pace can all enjoy the combat in their own style. This switching system is a key part of the gameplay that we decided to introduce based on the feedback we received from the Episode Duscae demo. We will go into more detail about the system closer to the game’s launch so stay tuned for more information.

Next, Planner Ishikawa Tomonori discussed how much we’d be able to explore big cities like Alitissia:

I can tell everyone a little about Altissia at this time.

Altissia has many and varied locations, such as multiple cafes, ship-bourne market places, and parks etc. The city is of a considerable scale, to the extent that even the developers sometimes get lost there!

The player is free to take a leisurely walk around the complex maze of streets, or ride the gondola to see the sights and there is also added enjoyment to be had looking for restaurants to visit! You are bound to encounter some unique characters when exploring the city streets.

So we have created lots of different things to enjoy in Altissia and hope everyone is looking forward to visiting!

Finally, Lead Level Designer Terada Takefumi answered the question of whether or not large buildings would have multiple warp points allowing Noctis to scale and explore rooftops:

Why of course they will!

The warp ability that lets you teleport instantly to high up locations is a vital part of FFXV’s battle system. The ability to use multiple warp points in a strategic manner is especially prevalent in the game’s large scale battles over urban terrain. It is not just the buildings though, and we have also created exciting aerial battles with flying foes and gigantic boss enemies, so watch out for those.

Final Fantasy XV’s release date will be known at an event this March. More details about that event will be revealed later this month.

[Source: Final Fantasy XV Forums (1), (2), (3), FFXV (Twitter)]