While Final Fantasy XV may have taken awhile to finally release, Square Enix has been adamant to continue giving players a reason to return to the 2016 JRPG. While the beginning of the post-content road map consisted of episodic stories before expanding into a new multiplayer mode, future DLC content sees those plans coming full-circle, with new story expansions expected to be released.
In an interview with Polygon, Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata revealed that the next set of DLC coming to the game should be referred to as a “brand new story.” While the previous set of episodic stories wrapped up the game’s main story, the new DLC comes as an official expansion with new lore outside of the original game, and will follow the episodic format of the initial expansions.
The stream of new content coming to Final Fantasy 15 hasn’t seemed to stop ever since the game launched two years ago. Outside of the gameplay expansions, Final Fantasy 15 has taken part in crossover events with other gaming properties such as Assassin’s Creed and Half-Life. The main game has also been ported over to PC with the newer Windows Edition, as well as a cuter, smaller version of the game across all systems called Final Fantasy 15: Pocket Edition.
Final Fantasy has inherently been a complete single-player experience outside of the two MMORPGs that have released, Final Fantasy 11 and Final Fantasy 14. The newest entry has taken a different approach as a “live service” game with numerous expansions released in just under two years. However players have been given a road map with an ending, as the string of DLC will be ending upon the conclusion of the newest set of episodic releases next summer. After taking a decade to develop and final launch Final Fantasy 15, the release of new content will end just two and a half years after the original game hit store shelves.
It’s clear the years of development were rough for Final Fantasy 15, given the candid response from Tabata that the first set of episodic stories were released as a way to fill the holes in the game’s main story at first. While it seemed for a while there may be too much content, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Square Enix to wrap up what will be nearly 13 years of development on Final Fantasy 15.
Final Fantasy 15 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.