Square Enix has announced its DLC plans for Final Fantasy XV, which includes a series of single-player episodes that focus on Noctis’ companions. The company has also announced it will be providing “gameplay enhancements” that address chapter 13 specifically.
In a recent interview with US Gamer, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata went into more detail about changes that will come to the game, and that fans should be excited instead of concerned. “The reason it sparked debate was probably because we announced that we will continue to update a single-player game,” he says. “This model has not been fully established yet.”
“The fans who have grown accustomed to playing traditional Final Fantasy games may feel uneasy about this unfamiliar initiative,” he conceded. “That said, I personally believe the approach to updating single-player games, as we are doing with this title, will continue on in the future as a new trend.”
The game will also get free updates in addition to the DLC, which will enhance and improve play experience overtime. Chapter 13 has been highlighted as an area that will receive significant change. “The direction of chapter 13’s content was a deliberate decision made by the development team,” Tabata said. “That said, the amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated. We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience.”
The interview concludes with Tabata opting not to choose a “favorite child”. “It is very difficult for me to select the ‘best boy,'” he laughed. “It goes to show how much I insisted we create the four characters as a team from the start to the end. As a result, I think each character is charming and likeable in their own way. But because of this, I am also now unable to select the ‘best boy.'”
You can read more of what Tabata discussed in the full interview.