To celebrate the holiday season, Square-Enix has updated Final Fantasy XV, and released a number of details on the upcoming story-relevant DLC episodes.
The headline feature of the update, which was released on December 22, is a New Game+ mode that allows players to relive the story from the beginning while retaining their loot and experience from an earlier playthrough. In addition to this, owners of the standard edition of the game have access to the “Holiday Pack”, while Season Pass owners have been granted the “Holiday Pack+”.
The bonuses included in these two packs include:
- Level Stopper
- Annihilation Victory Song
- Mog Choco T-shirt (Noctis Exlusive) – Available in January update
- Limited Time Carnival Ticket
- Protection Ring
- Command Booster (Noctis Exclusive)
- Phantom Booster (Noctis Exclusive)
- Instant Kill Victory Song
- Battle Skill Victory Song
- Key of Fortune
- Stamina Anchor (Noctis Exlusive)
- Carnival Style (Noctis Exclusive) – Available in January update
- Photo Frame (Holiday Pack Exclusive) – Available in January update
- Limited Time Carnival Ticket+
Though their names are subtly different, the Limited Time Carnival Ticket and Limited Time Carnival Ticket+ both offer the same thing: access to a carnival event the developers are planning on incorporating into the game in late January.
Regarding the upcoming paid DLC episodes, Square-Enix intend to develop four story-driven episodes, with each focusing on one of the game’s main characters.
The first of these episodes will center on Noctis’s personal bodyguard, Gladiolus, and will be titled, “Episode Gladio”. Also featured will be a character familiar to fans of the series: Gilgamesh, the travelling sword collector, who normally appears as a villain. At times, he has appeared as a summon and an ally, but Square Enix has not revealed what role he will play nor how he will appear in Final Fantasy XV.
The game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has said that the DLC will unlock areas inaccessible in the original game. Furthermore, plans are in place to add new cutscenes to the original campaign in an effort to expand areas of the game that were shortened due to time constraints.
The planned DLC is currently without an expected launch date, though players are now able to sate their Final Fantasy appetites with New Game+.
Watch out for OnlySP’s belated review of the game early in 2017.