'Final Fantasy XV' is Getting Some Help For Its Messy Story

A free patch will add new scenes to the massive Japanese RPG

A free patch will add new scenes to the massive Japanese RPG

Our review of Final Fantasy XV highlighted some of the flaws in its intricate, baffling story, and it seems our reviewer wasn't alone, because the massive Japanese RPG is getting a post-launch patch that will take the unusual step of adding new elements into the story.

"We're hoping to delve deeper into the story, adding scenes that will give you new insight into character motivations, such as why Ravus walked the path he did," Final Fantasy XV's director Hajime Tabata said in a blog post.

"We will need a little time with these, as they’ll need to be localized and voiced in other languages, but we’ll let you know the details once everything is set," he continued.

There are also plans to make new key characters playable and to add customizable avatars. Patches usually deal with technical or game balancing issues, and there'll be some of that as well. "Our early plans are to enrich certain aspects of the game, adding gameplay enhancements for Chapter 13, buffing ring magic, etc."

It seems we can expect a lot of updates and changes in the coming months, as Tabata and his team clearly have a lot of ideas they're considering. "Other features we have in mind include letting you carry over stats from a previous playthrough, and adding items that introduce new playstyles, such as low-level runs and god mode," he said. "On top of that, we’re looking at content you can enjoy in real-time, including new bosses with exclusive rewards and achievements, and limited-time hunts."

In addition to these free updates, the team is  also working on the following roster of downloadable content:

  • FFXV Holiday Pack (tentative name)
  • FFXV Booster Pack (tentative name)
  • FFXV Episode Gladiolus (tentative name)
  • FFXV Episode Ignis (tentative name)
  • FFXV Episode Prompto (tentative name)
  • FFXV Expansion Pack: Comrades (tentative name)

There are more details on the official blog but crucially, no release date for any of the above yet. Fans will have to decide if they want to keep playing, or wait for the new and improved experience.