Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Available Now

By Rebecca Smith, 24 days ago
At the end of last year, Final Fantasy XV game director Hajime Tabata left Square Enix to start a new project of his own. The result was the cancellation of nearly all upcoming DLC for the game, with the exception of the story-based "Episode Ardyn". That Episode has released today, bringing the game's DLC to an end.

"Episode Ardyn" is set 35 years before the events of the main game and tells a story from the perspective of the game's villain Ardyn Lucis Caelum. After being freed from an "extra-long life of imprisonment", he now seeks revenge against the Lucian royal family. As well as the new story, the DLC brings along the following features, some of which can be seen in the launch trailer titled "The Truth of the Lucii":

  • Several new options and gameplay mechanics to explore, including the ability to control Ardyn himself
  • Exhilarating, action-packed battles where players can utilize powerful new attack moves and skills unique to Ardyn, including the “Rising Phantom” and “Dark Tornado”
  • The ability to warp to high platforms or across nearby buildings by way of “Phantasmal Leap”
  • Though a foe of Noctis, the summonable Ifrit is now an ally of Ardyn and may dispatch enemies with powerful fire magic
  • A photography mode allowing players to capture the captivating city of Insomnia
  • A “Hat Shop” offering a plethora of hats for players to purchase, which also appear in cutscenes
  • Rewards upon completion of the episode, including the new “Ardyn’s Ensemble” outfit and “Mutant Rakshasa Blade” for Noctis

The DLC also brings along seven new achievements worth a total of 210 Gamerscore, none of which are secret.

Name Description Gamerscore
Fallen Savior Inflicted Royal Retribution 10 times. 10
The Pyreburner's Keeper Used Ifrit's techniques 10 times. 10
King of the Daemons Daemonified 100 enemies. 10
The Nightmare Ends Completed EPISODE ARDYN on Normal. 10
Mastering the Darkness Unlocked all of Ardyn's abilities. 50
Insomnia Insurgence Took over all sectors of Insomnia. 10
Return of the Founder King Earned the top ranking in EPISODE ARDYN. 110
The content is available for both Xbox One and Windows 10, and you can grab the former through the first panel and the latter through the second.
FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE ARDYN
FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE ARDYN

For the first time, players take control of Noctis's greatest foe in this brand-new episode of FINAL FANTASY XV! Delve into the dark tale of scorned savior Ardyn Lucis Caelum and unravel the secrets surrounding his mysterious past. *Players must purchase FINAL FANTASY XV in order to access this content. Updating to the latest version of the game may also be required.


FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE ARDYN
FINAL FANTASY XV: EPISODE ARDYN

For the first time, players take control of Noctis's greatest foe in this brand-new episode of FINAL FANTASY XV! Delve into the dark tale of scorned savior Ardyn Lucis Caelum and unravel the secrets surrounding his mysterious past. *Players must purchase FINAL FANTASY XV in order to access this content. Updating to the latest version of the game may also be required.


Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades also received new content in the form of the "Feathered Foe - Kenny Crow" bonus quest. Players take on the titular boss Kenny Crow who can backflip, shoot beans from his eyesm and spray bullets. Those who triumph over the adversary will earn a new end credits sequence. Two new outfits — the male “Warrior's Armor” outfit and the female “Street Attire” outfit — can be unlocked in exchange for item tokens at an INGEM system. The new content brings along a single new achievement:

Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: ComradesSecret AchievementThe Secret Achievement achievement in Final Fantasy XV Multiplayer: Comrades worth 790 pointsContinue playing to unlock this secret achievement

Finally, the “A Gift From the Gods” collaboration quest has reappeared in Assassin's Creed Origins. If you haven't done so already, completing the quest will reward players with the Ultima Blade, Ziedrich, and a new mount, Kweh. Final Fantasy XV players can also claim the “Master Assassin’s Robes” too.

All of the above DLC, updates and events are available now.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.