Square Enix has invested a lot of time and money into Final Fantasy XV, in order to keep the game going long after players were finished with the main campaign. Since its release, we’ve had a story for each companion, an Assassin’s Creed event, and even several homages in different IPs. However, all pale in comparison to today’s announcement for the Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition.
Available on Xbox One and PS4 for $49.99, $19.99 if you already own the game, the Royal Edition includes:
- Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – all-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players will also take on the Rulers of Yore.
- A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fishes and dishes.
- A new accessory that can activate the new action “Armiger Unleashed” – players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed.
- A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis’ perspective.
- More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins and item sets
- All season pass content including EPISODE GLADIOLUS, EPISODE PROMPTO, MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES** and EPISODE IGNIS
- Archive – players can review the “Cosmogony” stories scattered throughout the FINAL FANTASY XV world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations, allowing players to obtain more information about the world.
- Quest to obtain and Strengthen Regalia Type-D
- New Trophies
- The FINAL FANTASY XV base game
Additionally, Square Enix is finally debuting this game for PC with the Final Fantasy XV: Windows Ediiton. This edition will include everything that’s included in the Royal Edition so the PC Master Race isn’t held back. That is, unless their PC isn’t powerful enough. You can find out if yours is in the chart, below:
|Minimum Specs||Recommended Specs||4K HDR Specs|
|OS||Windows® 7 SP1/ Windows® 8.1 / Windows® 10 64-bit||Windows® 7 SP1/ Windows® 8.1 / Windows® 10 64-bit||Windows® 10 64-bit Fall Creators update|
|CPU||Intel® Core™ i5-2500（3.3GHz and above）
AMD FX™-6100 （3.3GHz and above）
|Intel® Core™ i7-3770（3.4GHz and above）
AMD FX™-8350（4.0 GHz and above）
|Intel® Core™ i7-7700 （3.6GHz and above）
AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X （3.6GHz and above）
|Graphics Card||NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
AMD Radeon™ R9 280
|NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 6 GB VRAM
Radeon™ RX 480
|NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti|
|Hard Disc Free Space on SSD
||OVER 100GB||OVER 155GB|
|Sound Card||DirectSound® Sound Card, Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos|
|Other||DVD-ROM／DVD-ROM Drive*, mouse, keyboard, gamepad**
*A DVD-ROM Drive (one-sided 1 layer / 2 layer) is required
**Game is compatible with gamepad but not required
While most of this new content is exciting, it does raise a few question marks. For instance, why buy the Season Pass to play the extra character stories when you could’ve just waited for them all to come out with this edition? More importantly, why wasn’t the boat available from the beginning? No joke, I went back to Cape Caem several times hoping to get on a boat to Altissia. It would’ve been nice if this was in from the beginning, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers. It is really exciting that we’ll be able to play first-person. I wonder if it’ll be reminiscent of the Final Fantasy XV VR minigame.
Both the Royal Edition and the Windows Edition will be available for $49.99, unless you already own the game and then it’ll be $19.99, on March 6, 2018. If you pre-order the Windows version on Origin, you get the “FFXV Decal Selection”, a pack that contains an array of cool and colorful decals for the Regalia, if you pre-order on Steam, you get the“FFXV Fashion Collection” a pack containing a selection of outfits for the prince and his pals, and Windows Store you get “FFXV Powerup Pack” a pack that contains items designed to power up the player’s performance in combat.