Up until now, the few, relatively brief glimpses of Final Fantasy XV we've seen have focused on the weird, wild open world and the cast of four bros on a road trip. But at Gamescom 2015, Square Enix revealed a very different, much more serious trailer that introduces us to the game's backstory.
Set 15 years before the events of FFXV, the new trailer showcases a relationship between a father and son, and also provides a nice look at the game's unique fantasy-meets-modern setting. This is a place where automatic guns and luxury cars live alongside swords and gleaming suits of armor. Much of the story still remains a mystery, of course, but it sounds like it will be wonderfully confusing in a way only Final Fantasy can be. Here's how Square Enix describes it:
In a matter of days, the Kingdom of Lucis is to sign an armistice, ending a long and bitter conflict with Niflheim. Ahead of the ceremony, Prince Noctis, heir to the Lucian throne, sets forth from his homeland to formalize the union of states through his marriage to the Lady Lunafreya of the imperial province of Tenebrae.
The offer of peace, however, is no more than a ruse to lower the Lucian shield, and the imperial army takes the crown city and its sacred crystal in one fell swoop. En route to his destination, Noctis is shocked to learn that he, his father the king, and his betrothed are believed dead.
Overnight, the dream of peace has faded into a distant memory. His world crumbling around him, Noctis has naught but his resolve and his loyal companions to see him through the trials to come.
FFXV still doesn't have a release date, but it's scheduled to launch on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 whenever it does come out. Here's some dramatic concept art to hold you over while you wait.