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Final Fantasy XV patch to add story, “insight into character motivations”

by Joey Davidson | December 8, 2016December 8, 2016 12:00 pm PDT

Square Enix has announced a bizarre patch for Final Fantasy XV. The game that’s been in the making for a good long time now still needs some fleshing out, even after its official Nov. 29 release date.

As part of a free updates announcement on the publisher’s official blog, Final Fantasy XV Director Hajime Tabata explained that the team plans to patch more story content into the main campaign of the game.

Here’s exactly what he offers, though I used bold to emphasize the bit about story:

We want you to enjoy Final Fantasy XV for a long time to come. We have been listening to your ideas on how to make the game experience even better, and so in addition to the previously announced content, we’ll be providing free updates to the game throughout the coming year.

Our early plans are to enrich certain aspects of the game, adding gameplay enhancements for Chapter 13, buffing ring magic, etc. We’ll have the specifics of what and when for you at a later date.

After that, we’re hoping to delve deeper into the story, adding scenes that will give you new insight into character motivations, such as why Ravus walked the path he did. We will need a little time with these, as they’ll need to be localized and voiced in other languages, but we’ll let you know the details once everything is set.

For the long term, we are looking at making certain key characters playable, and even considering the possibility of customizable avatars, in addition to other features over time.

Once patched, this might be the weirdest game addition I’ve experienced

I don’t quite understand Square Enix’s decision here. I get that fans want even more from the characters in Final Fantasy, but to patch that content into the already existing game? Seems weird, right?

Like, we’re all playing the game right now, most of us, anyway. This patch doesn’t have a release date, so we can assume it’ll be a while before it sees the light of day. We’ll all be done with the game by the time Square Enix adds this extra story content into the experience, won’t we?

What, are we supposed to go back through the title to run into those scenes on our own? Must of us will likely just hit YouTube to watch the extras after they’ve been patched in.

I understand wanting to make the pre-existing product better, but I can’t imagine too many players enjoying Final Fantasy XV near launch will reap the benefits of a story-focused patch.

What do you think?

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Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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