Final Fantasy XV Will Be Out in 2016

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Yup. That’s the word today from Square Enix. The open-world action RPG formerly known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII will, after a decade in development, finally launch sometime in 2016.

That’s as specific as Square Enix will get at this time. But hey, a confirmed year of release is a great sign for a game that once seemed destined to become vaporware.

More details are scheduled to be revealed at a special Final Fantasy XV event in March 2016. Next month’s Tokyo Game Show appearance also will usher in new information, including details about Luna and Regis, plus reveals of the game’s chocobo features and fishing mini-game.

Over the weekend at PAX Prime, new gameplay was shown highlighting Final Fantasy XV‘s almost Grand Theft Auto-style open-world car travel. Go ahead and take that for a test drive around the block now if you missed it.

Of course, watching Noctis and his oddly dressed, elaborately coiffed bros cruise around only makes me think of the classic gas fight scene from Zoolander, minus “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” blaring on the radio and all of the orange-mocha-Frappuccino-induced mayhem that ensues in the Ben Stiller comedy. Seriously, it’s a pretty boring gameplay video that has me questioning my interest in the game, and wondering if I even actually still want to care about Final Fantasy. I don’t mind some modernity, but this game is pushing things to the extreme. Oh how I long for when Final Fantasy was predominantly, you know, fantasy. At least there’s World of Final Fantasy still to hold onto.

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