Final Fantasy 15 release date, gameplay, story and everything we know

Final Fantasy 15 (or XV) has been a long time coming. Starting life as a spin-off in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series around a decade ago, a combination of scale, ambition and protracted development saw it morph into a fully-fledged entry in the series. With the game’s recent delay into later in the year, now’s a good time to visit everything we know about it – from how it plays differently to other Final Fantasy games, how you can spend time fishing and racing Chocobos, and get up to speed on the story before release.

Final Fantasy 15’s development: A game 10 years in the making

Before we get into what Final Fantasy 15 is today, it’s worth a quick recap of the game’s long development history.

Work began around a decade ago in 2006 as PS3 exclusive Final Fantasy Versus XIII, part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis series of entries alongside Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy Type-0 (originally known as Final Fantasy Agito XIII) and the Japanese-only Final Fantasy Agito.

While those games eventually released, updates and information on Versus XIII were sporadic at best, and for a time, it joined the likes of The Last Guardian, Half-Life 3 and Shenmue 3 as mythical sequels or vapourware that would seemingly never see the light of day. Here’s how it looked in 2011 as one of the few trailers released by Square Enix: