During E3, we brought you the news on the announcement
of Square-Enix's next title in its long-standing numbered series of Final Fantasy
. The very next day we reported on a special Questions and Answers
panel that was hosted by none other than Shinji Hashimoto-san, the producer for the series' next installment, Final Fantasy XV
Today, Square-Enix officially announced and detailed the five protagonists who this next installment's storyline will focus on. Below are the brief biography and concept art for the five main characters.
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 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.
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.
Furthermore, Square-Enix officially announced that the First Production Department who is in charge of developing Final Fantasy XV
encompasses a long line of well known developers. Producer, Shinji Hashimoto, Director and Character Designer, Tetsuya Nomura, Co-Director, Hajime Tabata, Lead Art Director, Takeshi Nozue, and last but certainly not least Yoko Shimomura, who is best known for composing the music for the Kingdom Hearts
series, have all signed onto the project. Last, we have some additional information about Final Fantasy XV
's over-arching story.
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.
There still has not been an official release date announced for Final Fantasy XV
at the this time. As soon as we find out more, we will be sure to pass this, along with any additional information on this title, to the TA community.