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'We highly encourage you to pre-order.'

It's been a long time since Final Fantasy fans have had something to get excited about. But the upcoming FF XV is changing that; it's a big, flashy game that looks like it could return the role playing series to its former glory. Unfortunately, if you want to get an early taste and try out FF XV's demo, you'll need to buy an expensive game you probably don't want.

Today Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy Type-0, an upscaled PSP game coming to the PS4 and Xbox One next March, will come bundled with the much-anticipated demo for the next Final Fantasy. Buying Type-0, the company explained, is the only way you'll be able to play the demo. "We're never going to release it as a stand-alone piece down the line," Square Enix's Scott Strichart wrote on the PlayStation blog. It's not an entirely unique strategy, but the company has gone a step further and is restricting the demo to only the first run of Type-0 — so if you want to play FF XV before it comes out to see how it is, you'll essentially need to pre-order Type-0 to ensure you get an early copy.

"We're never going to release it as a stand-alone piece down the line."

While the Final Fantasy name isn't quite what it used to be, there's quite a bit of excitement over the next entry in the series, particularly after an impressive trailer at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Square Enix is clearly trying to capitalize on that fact to help bolster a much less exciting game in Type-0. "If the demo is something you think you might like," says Strichart, "we highly encourage you to pre-order or to be quick about getting to the store on launch day." And given the franchise's spotty track record of late — the best Final Fantasy in recent years isn't even a Final Fantasy game — you'd be forgiven for wanting to try the demo before buying the next game.

FF XV doesn't currently have a release date, but it's expected to launch on the PS4 and Xbox One.