Square Enix was on hand at Gamescom this morning to reveal a new trailer for Final Fantasy XV. It’s called “Dawn,” and it does a nice job of setting a dramatic tone for the upcoming RPG.



Unfortunately, this lovely new trailer for Square Enix’s next big title is still lacking a key piece of information: A release date. We know it’s set to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but, at this point, all we can do is cross our fingers that it’ll be in our hands sometime in the next year.

To help explain the stage that is being set with this new Dawn trailer, the developer also offered up some helpful background information, as everything seen above takes place 15 years before the player will take control of the main character, Noctis.

Noctis’ strong bond with his father, King Regis, is a key focus of the Dawn trailer, highlighting what will serve as the young hero’s prime motivation once the campaign gets rolling. At the time of the trailer, King Regis is at war with Niflheim and must consider an arranged marriage to unite the two kingdoms.

“In a matter of days, the Kingdom of Lucis is to sign an armistice, ending a long and bitter conflict with Niflheim,” reads the description. “Ahead of the ceremony, Prince Noctis, heir to the Lucian throne, sets forth from his homeland to formalize the union of states through his marriage to the Lady Lunafreya of the imperial province of Tenebrae.”

This being a Final Fantasy, things get quite a bit more complicated from that point. Also, had things gone off without a hitch, that wouldn’t make for a very interesting game, now would it?

Big surprise here, it turns out that the evil warmongering leader of Niflheim was simply playing along with this whole armistice business to get his enemies to lower their guard for an attack. The plan works, giving Niflheim control of Lucis and its precious crystal. Again, this is a Final Fantasy game we’re talking about, so of course there is a crystal.

I’m actually really digging the setting of FFXV so far. Mixing cars and guns with armor and swords is reminiscent of the 1990’s Romeo and Juliet movie (Yeah, the one with DiCaprio), which is an anachronistic setting I like to see folks play with.

The story seems strong, too, even if it is kind of an amalgam of a bunch of other tales we’ve already seen done before. I also like the strong father-son relationship. Too many protagonists are motivated by a falling out with their parents. I like the idea of a hero being driven by familial love, instead.

As for how the game plays, at this point we’ve only got a hard-to-get demo to base opinions off of, but people sure seemed to enjoy it. Now all we have to do is wait for the actual game to finally release.

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