The Characters of Final Fantasy XV

June 24th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

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Final Fantasy XV was officially unveiled at this year’s E3, and while it’s no longer known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it retains the story and characters that originally appeared in the seven years prior. Today, Square Enix released the official English synopsis of said characters as well as the main gist of the plot.

The only crystal left to the world lies in the Kingdom of Lucis. Upon striking a peace with the garrison state of Niflheim, Lucis rejoices in having at last brought the cold war to a close. Their celebrations, however, are premature. Under the guise of amity, Niflheim dispels the anti-armament runewall and launches a full-scale invasion of the kingdom. The peaceful lives Crown Prince Noctis and his entourage once knew are consumed by the flames of war as they struggle to mount a resistance.

Noctis, Gladiolus, Ignis, Prompto, and Cor are the five characters seen in the keyart above. All of them serve the Lucis Kingdom in some respect and are associate themselves with the Crown Prince.

Noctis Lucis Caelum: A childhood affliction endowed Noctis, heir apparent to the throne of Lucis, with the mystical power to see a heavenly light, through which he could sense others’ deaths. Noctis rejects rigid royal conventions and acts as somewhat of a renegade, much to the dismay of those who tend to him. Yet while “Noct” may act brash at times, he does so in defense of those loyal to him.

Gladiolus Amicitia: As lord of the noble House Amicitia, Gladiolus continues a line sworn to protect the crown. “Gladio” shares a friendship with Noctis that transcends birth and title, and his loyalty to his liege is born not of duty, but of brotherhood.

Ignis Stupeo* Scientia: Ever the unwavering voice of reason, Ignis was weaned on shrewd logic and a classical education from boyhood so that he might one day counsel the would-be king, Noctis. He applies the deep mutual understanding and trust they have built over time to help smooth over Noctis’s brusqueness with others.
* Middle name has been included in Japanese press, but excluded here.

Prompto Argentum: The puckish playboy Prompto befriended Noctis in his school days. He wears a chip on his shoulder as an outsider to the royal circle, but remains eager to do all he can for the cause.

Cor Leonis: A living legend of Lucian lore, Lord Commander Cor Leonis’s devotion to the art of war is surpassed only by that to his king. Little love is lost between the ill-starred stalwart and Noctis’s retinue, yet honor binds him to keep watch over the group all the same.

Unofficially, additional characters that appear are: King Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, king of the Lucis kingdom and father of Noctis, the leader of Niflheim Idola Eldercapt, and Stella Nox Fleuret — a youth from Tenebrae who, like Noctis, can also see the “light of expiring souls”.

Square Enix also confirmed the following staff attached to the project: Shinji Hashimoto (producer), Tetsuya Nomura (director and character designer), Hajime Tabata (co-director), Takeshi Nozue (lead art director), and Yoko Shimomura (composer). Also credited in the announcement trailer for character design is Roberto Ferrari, who previously worked on The Last Remnant and Moon Diver.

Final Fantasy XV will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — a release date has not yet been announced.

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  • http://3W3W Lilay

    You’ve typed Col, but from then on, Cor (which would be the correct if they mean Latin for heart). Is this out of the Japanese pronunciation or just a typo?

    I do wonder if the soundtrack for this game will be Shimomura’s magnum opus.

    Also, red soles everywhere.

  • AnimaMagna

    Why do they have red souls on their shoes? And it’s a pity there aren’t any playable female characters, but there.. Fans of I-IX will probably enjoy it. And I think I’ll watch the cutscenes for the story. But..where’s Type-0/Agito?!

  • alexsam

    I like the fact that, for the first time, we might be having an all-out male cast. I think we might benefit from the close relationship Noct and his comrades have. But, I don’t think this will be the case. There will probably be additional characters that we know nothing about just yet. Information leaks will be happening a little bit at a time. Supposedly, next time we get to see XV again will be at the Tokyo Game Show in September. By then we should know for sure if these are all the party members or not. As for the shoes, they seem stylish!

  • http://3W3W Lilay

    @AnimaMagna
    You sure you’re being condescending in the “right” way?
    FFs IV through X all feature some form of gender depth, sometimes from sturdiness of personality and rank, Ceres in VI, others with lovylovy narrative, Yuna and Tidus for X. An all out male cast is literally a first in the character-induced storytelling which started heavily with IV. Your commentary becomes misplaced, and plain wrong, the moment you pretend this caters to some old norm.
    But of course, the game is only good for them old-schoolers, a rather cutscene-only-worth FF, all fault of the lack of hypothetical vaginas.
    Not that I mean to instigate, but this was a neat opportunity for some sarcasm.

  • AnimaMagna

    @Lilay
    I apologize. I was remembering Final Fantasy I and III. I admit that I was going a little too far, but I was a little miffed. Sorry about that. You’re right, there are some good characters and alright gender balance in a lot of the FF games. It’s just XIII was my first game, and… well, I don’t want to go into that.

  • Eli Parker

    This to me is Square Enix’s version of Yakuza.

  • gmoyajp

    agreee with Eli Parker

    and well got not much to say untel we get full details of the worlds and more gameplay, but hope open world is huge!

  • Eli Parker

    @gmoyajp

    I personally think that Final Fantasies post FF13 are going to be better. The reason for this, I think, is that SE is now got burned for not having a unified version of their games prior to press shows. Now after FF 13 they are announcing games closer to release dates (or at least a year and half in advance ie Tomb Raider and Hitman).

    My issue so far is SE announcing Kingdom Hearts III, years before it is going to be released. Based of the video at E3 it seems that KH III production started ~3-5 months ago.

    My other issues is where the FRAK is Final Fantasy Type-0 for NA and SE. If there is any journalist reading this from finalfantasy.net – have anyone asked why FF Type-0 was a no show at E3. Also anyone asked why are they regionalising their games. Their FF fanbase are willing to purchase a new FF (if it is good), all SE needs to do is release their games digital and on the PC.

  • Hideka Valheim

    the lack of vagina in the playable cast is horrendously disappointing.

  • http://3W3W Lilay

    @AnimaMagna
    It’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with “my first Final Fantasy”, nothing. Not too many of us started with the old school sprites, for example, I started with X. Ignorance should never account for opinion.

    @Eli Parker
    Things have been mute regarding Type-0, webtalk about it goes from the thought of some pending announcement, to the idea it’s more or less forgotten. I don’t know if it’s because no one’s asking, or rather that SE just isn’t answering.

    With this little character update on XV though, I wonder if SE will start revealing more and more information. As much as I take time to visit a site like this, I don’t really want to know from the get-go every single character I’ll be seeing in a future game. There are neater ways to sustain “hype”, I’d say.

    @Hideka Valheim
    As disappointing as red soles?

  • Eli Parker

    @Lilay

    That is why I hope people here at finalfantasy.net and other video game journalist can let SE know that Type-0 needs to come out in NA and EU. Whenever I’m at the NYC comic con there is on one their that can answer my questions. It is usually a rep that doesn’t know anything. if it was someone that can make changes I will dog them until I get a response or kicked out.

  • http://3W3W Lilay

    Well, Tony and team have long let that little image up there, LOCALIZE #FFTYPE0, for Twitter exposition, but the time that has passed seems to have been the biggest toll. The petition, also mentioned here at some point, has yielded no apparent outcome even though it has garnered thirteen thousand signatures (and counting). At this point, one can wonder just what’s to happen. Nevertheless, a release for the fading PSP appears less and less probable, making Vita the obvious platform, which hasn’t any proper weight itself as a console in the West. It’s not hard to understand SE on this matter. They might be torn about what to do. As a company, they can’t simply release the game on PSN, despite how simple a thing that can appear to us.

  • Eli Parker

    @Lilay

    I understand that the PSP is fading, but releasing it as a PSN title only would have been the best way. People in the US and EU who has the PSp and the Vita would buy it. Also releasing it only on the Vita in NA and EU would have sold more units then the COD and Assassin’s Creed vita bundle.

  • http://3W3W Lilay

    The best way from a gamer’s perspective, this is due note.
    I would get Type-0 for the PSP because not only does it show off as being a good game, it might actually be the last FF title for the console. I wouldn’t get it for the Vita because I don’t have one, and the same applies to many others. Adding to this, a PSN release for only either PSP or Vita is not possible, the consoles share the same store, restricting it would create a bitter response from everyone because it would make no sense.
    As for those bundles, I really don’t know how much they made, but I can say it doesn’t sound too sound (pardon the repetition). Would Type-0 really outsell those two games, bundled or not, in the West? I doubt it.

  • AgitoXIII

    If there isn’t a female playable character in this game then that’s absolutely pathetic. This is a “mainline” FF game, not a spinoff now.

  • mysterious_x

    As much as I am looking forward to playing this game… I, for one, am extremely disappointed at the pedestrian correlation between the character descriptions and their designs. I mean come on, the guy with the “unwavering voice of reason” and “shrewd logic” is the neat, serious-looking guy with glasses? And with the surname “Scientia”? Really? It’s such a cliche that I can’t help but feel disappointed. I really hope there’s more to this stereotype cut-out than that.

    Imagine if it was the big burly guy with “loyalty to his liege” who was short-sighted! Or the “puckish playboy” who instead provides the “voice of reason”! That would be so much more interesting…

  • TerrorOfZanarkand

    Seeing people bashing a game still way early in prod.phase is tragic.
    Women? There is at least two of them in The game – no one knows
    If they will be playable or not, so Do like The rest of us:wait And see!!
    An all-male game would be something after playing FFX-2.

    people judge a game by The cutscenes And a 3min in-game footage?
    It clearly states that The game is a work in process, so dont take it too serious.

    I will take Versus, XV whatever for what it is now – a recipee for a great game.

  • AnimaMagna

    @mysterious-x
    Final Fantasy often relies on stereotypes, either in their images or their personalities. I’ve got the feeling one of that party will betray Noctis at some point. My money’s either on Ignis or Cor.

  • alexsam

    @Eli Parker @Lilay To put a close on this issue, Square-Enix will release Type-0 to the west when the time is right. Releasing it now just doesn’t seem appropriate. It would take people’s focus off of other important FF titles that take priority and besides, at this point I don’t even think they’re thinking about it at the company, considering how much they have to do in such a short time period. This is a first for the FF genre. Think about it. We’re talking about a mainline MMO, one mainline HD remaster and it’s sequel released in one disc, a sequel to a current gen game and then the first mainline next gen. I hardly think there’s any time to even consider Type-0 at this moment! Maybe after February when 3 of those games are out the door, there’ll be more time to reconsider the release of Type-0 on the Vita.

    @TerrorOfZanarkand I couldn’t agree more! It’s still way too soon to judge on this game. But still, there wasn’t anything wrong with the all-female cast of X-2, so why should there be a problem here? I’ve personally had enough with strong females in FF (Yuna, Lightning, Serah, Fang). I’ve longed for a strong male protagonist and Noct seems to have all those qualities that make up one. But, that remains to be seen.

  • Seyra

    Square Enix X Louboutin.

  • http://www.finalfantasy.net TigerDragon

    I love everything about final fantasy 15. I just can’t for it to come out in Chicago so I can play it and by the way you said Playstation 4 and Xbox one, so do you mean just Xbox right?

  • TerrorOfZanarkand

    Alexsam: i long after a cool male protagonist
    Game, especially after FFX-2. I agree on the “Too many strong women”.
    Not that there is anything wrong with that, im one myself, but i hope it is gonna
    be more guys this time.

    Animemagna: im hoping There will be some action between The guys!

  • http://3W3W Lilay

    @alexsam
    The thing is not so much what Eli Parker was marking, a sort of rush at SE to deliver the game ASAP, but rather, the sort of blunt sentiment that the game should have been released long ago.

    @TerrorOfZanarkand
    These comments serve for the effect of our quick reactions over information regarding titles, there’s hardly any bashing here compared with other, considerably more crowded, places on the web. All these comments look pretty forgettable, because well, they are.

  • TerrorOfZanarkand

    @Lilay: I didnt really mean ur comments – more the comments
    Ive seen around on forums and every picture/-trailer
    that SqEx comes with. Sorry if u felt offended of any kind.
    I just feel that for every positive comment I read, There is 5
    negative. I just dont think the game deserves it this early in the
    process, thats all.

    One more thing, Noctis has this Death Note-ability to see the death of people, right?
    Really hope to see how that “feature” looks like, though not being the death of a comrade.

  • http://3W3W Lilay

    Ah, don’t take it in that manner. I didn’t mean my own comments either, but the comments around here in general. I most surely am not offended in any way whatsoever.
    But the point stands nonetheless, here or elsewhere, all the comments become forgotten with considerable haste, by the time the game is out, it will be in utter irrelevance. As for the negative “feedback” itself, it’s almost a standard of any FF game these past years, particularly those that amass great hype. With XV being the biggest in that field.

    Nice comparison there, didn’t occur to me at all. More or less, I find the hinting in their “gift/curse”, Noctis’ and Stella’s, to be quite a broad and unspecific thing, more akin to narrative development than gameplay mechanic. In fact, never thought of it in such terms until you mentioned it.

  • TerrorOfZanarkand

    The “gifted eyes” reminded me of Death Note from the beginning,
    though,for now, we only know Stella and Noct see a light which means
    the people are gonna die, right? Not an exact date like in DN, but I guess the death will be soon, or
    else everyone would have it and the point would be gone, right? :-)
    So eager to find out more!

  • hutch

    Too-cool-for-school emo. *sigh* Bring on Final Fantasy 16?

  • Jugg

    Looks like everyone wears black. I hope you can change outfits in the game.