Square Enix have announced the Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition for 6th March 2018 for its current formats, which is the date it’s coming to PC. It contains all DLC so far, but it’s a bit more than simply a “Game of the Year Edition”, with its own exclusive updates. The base game can be upgraded to the Royal Edition for $20.
The above trailer details the features of the Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, but if you want it in bullet-point form (who doesn’t?), then here you go:
o An all-new dungeon – Insomnia City Ruins: Expanded Map
o New features such as first person mode, new gear, and new bosses.
o All season pass content – Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades, and Episode Ignis.
o Armiger Unleashed – after you collect all 13 royal arms, a more action-oriented mode of the Armiger is unlocked
o Royal Vessel – the boat from FFXV is now a controllable vehicle. The same body of water (between Cape Caem and Altissia) can now be freely explored.
o Over a dozen pieces of DLC, including weapons, Regalia car skins, and item sets.
o The critically acclaimed game – FINAL FANTASY XV
Considering the Royal Edition has exclusive content outside of the current Season Pass, and is available for $20 as an upgrade, you have to consider what we’re really getting here. And it’s a struggle to really see the value for upgrading, especially when the Season Pass was already $25.
When the “all-new” dungeon has the name “expanded map”, I’m not really seeing how it’s “all-new”. There’s no real information on what you can really do with the boat. The Armiger Unleashed mechanics should arguably have been in the game anyway, and the bosses, new gear, and first-person mode sound nice, but not especially substantial.
When you think about the obviously unfinished nature of the original game and some dissatisfaction from fans, Square Enix had been doing the good thing and adding some nice updates to the main game for free while continuing to release Season Pass content.
Things like an off-road mode for the car, and switching between party members. These Royal Edition updates feel no more, or even less, substantial than some of those updates, but funnelled into a $20 upgrade. Just, doesn’t sit that well with me.
And, if you just upgrade your original copy, you’re going to miss out on the best thing about the Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, which is the dope new box art. Get a load of this:
With the amount of constant changes to the main game, and now this, there’s never been a worse time to have bought the game on day one. The Royal Edition just leaves me with some mixed messaging as to what Square Enix think Final Fantasy XV is, and how it feels about its fans. Why bother adding free updates to the base game and then charge $20 for less significant ones? It’s just a bit weird.
The Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition launches 6th March 2018 for PS4 and Xbox One, and will cost around $50, or is available as a $20 upgrade. It’s also releasing on PC on the same date as a Windows Edition, but it’s unclear how the Royal Edition factors into that release at this time.