Final Fantasy XV‘s Nov. 29 release date hasn’t even arrived yet, and Square Enix is blitzing us with enough media to make the main experience seem like the spin-off. To date, Final Fantasy XV has four confirmed mobile games, a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One beat ’em up, an anime series, and a feature length movie all dedicated to building its world before the final product is even released.
Here, we’ll lay them out all nice and neat so you can better grasp which ones are more for your liking.
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is a feature length movie dedicated to a service of special knights under the rule of Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, the King of Lucis. It stars a young soldier by the name of Nyx and explores the political upheaval that sends Noctis’ home country into a fritz after he leaves on his journey.
Kingsglaive sports huge talent from Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul as Nyx and Game of Throne’s Sean Bean and Lena Headey as Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII and Lunafreya Nox Fleuret respectively. These actors do not reprise their role in the actual Final Fantasy XV, though.
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV is a five episode anime series that sets up our four main characters. Each of them has an episode dedicated to spelling out their backgrounds and how they all met as kids. Noctis, being the royalty of the bunch and the protagonist of the game, is the central pillar for how these four become friends and why they travel together.
The series was produced by A-1 Pictures, and it can be watched for free through Square Enix’s YouTube channel.
Justice Monsters V
Justice Monsters V is the popular pinball arcade game found in convenience stores all around Lucis. Noctis and his friends, especially Prompto, enjoy playing it after a long day of driving. It will be playable in Final Fantasy XV, and Square Enix has already converted it into a free-to-play mobile game available for Android and iOS.
To make it worse, Prompto even called the game “JusMon,” a kind of Japanese abbreviation similar to “DraQue” for Dragon Quest. That kind of thing doesn’t really work in English, but whatever.
King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon
This is the one I’m most excited for. If Justice Monsters V is Square Enix’s parody of a fictional Japanese arcade game, then King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon is the kingdom of Lucis’ most popular mobile game.
What makes this one special is that it is actually a remaster of Square’s forgotten NES shooter King’s Knight. Not only is it a tie-in to Final Fantasy XV, it’s also a remaster of a lost retro classic, and that’s just a sweet idea.
Machine Zone’s mobile MMO
No, that’s not an ad you’re seeing. I put that there because of this unlikely partnership.
This was just announced today, and we don’t know too much about it. No title, no gameplay. Just a hint that it could follow in the footsteps of Machine Zone’s previous games, Mobile Strike and Game of War. How the team handles Final Fantasy XV’s setting will be really interesting to see.
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV
A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV is the weirdest of the bunch. It’s a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One pre-order bonus that you can only obtain by buying the main game through GameStop. Square Enix is hyping it as a throwback to the classic 16-bit era arcade beat ’em up classics.
This might be a fun little distraction, but because it can’t be played on a Vita or on a smartphone, I think it’s missing the point. The other games make sense because you can play them when you are away from Final Fantasy XV. When you come home and have the option to play the real game or the little spin-off, you’re naturally going to want to play the full game. Kind of defeats the point.