Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV Event Announces Release Date, Anime, Movie, Collector's Edition, And More

The big event has finally concluded and we got exactly what everybody wanted - an official release date. But before they confirmed the date we all knew thanks to the recent leaks, few announcements before it took viewers by surprise, and might be the kind of pre-content the game will need before its big release later this year. 

We get a new trailer for the game with tons of new gameplay footage showing the environment, a new summon, and more bromance.

Together with the reveal of the new trailer, they announced a new cover of the song Stand By Me by Florence + The Machines.

During the presentation, which was hosted by Greg Miller and Tim Gettys, they showed more gameplay footage that was commentated by the hosts. The footage revealed the use of Chocobos as a mode of travel, and apparently these beasts can drift in this game. Cars of course were being featured and it looks like it can be a fantasy road trip simulator if you want it to be, complete with car radio tunes and all. 

Now, together with the leaked information about the release date, we also got word that they will be releasing a new playable demo during the event. They did. It's called the Platinum Demo and it's already available for download on PS4 and Xbox One. You get to play around the world of Final Fantasy XV as a young Noctis, giving you an idea of the game's combat, enemies, and environments you'll find in the full game. This is a special demo that is not part of the full game. Have a look of the trailer here.

Pretty cool getting more information, new footage of the game, and a new demo to play around with. But despite the leaks, there were a few announcements that caught everybody off guard. For one, they will be releasing a free 5-episode anime called Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, giving fans some backstory to the four main characters in this adventure. The first episode is already out now for your viewing pleasure and you can check it out here. The remaining episodes will be out before the game's release.

Want more backstory on the characters? Square Enix doesn't stop there. Another surprising announcement was Kingsglaive, a fully CGI movie featuring King Regis, Luna, and a new protagonist character that will only be seen in the film. The movie takes place during the events of the game. They are bringing in big talents for voice work with Lena Headey of Game of Thrones fame to voice Luna Freya, Sean Bean to voice King Regis (technically a spoiler, if you know what I mean), and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame  to voice the new protagonist of Kingslaive. The movie will be available digitally for download and stream. It will arrive before the release of the game. Have a look at the trailer below.

Past Final Fantasy titles is known to have these addicting mini games, Final Fantasy XV is no exception, so of course they will have one. It's going to be called Justice Monsters Five. It's a pinball-like game that will also be released before the game's release on iOS, Android, and Windows 10.  Registration for this little game is already available. Have a look below.

At this point you must be wondering when you can get your hands on this game? Just scroll down if you are that eager, but before that, we get details of the Deluxe version and the Ultimate Collector's Edition for Final Fantasy XV.

 Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition

Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition

The Deluxe Edition will include a steelbook case, a copy of Kingsglaive on disc, and extra DLC content.

 Final Fantasy XV Ultimate Collector's Edition

Final Fantasy XV Ultimate Collector's Edition

The Ultimate Collector's Edition on the other hand,  will include a Noctis statue, a soundtrack, a special box, a hard cover art book, and more DLC. Pre-order will start 9PM PST today in the Square Enix store. Take note though, the Ultimate Collector's Edition is only limited to 30,000 copies, so if you want that package badly, I suggest you head over to the store now. 

Now for the official release date. 

Final Fantasy XV will be out on September 30, 2016 on PS4 and Xbox One

They end the event with one last surprise. Another game trailer, only this time it's a bit longer. You should stick to the end of the trailer if you were wondering if there will be some form of airship in the game.

This is a game that's been worked on for 10 years. It was announced in 2006 as Final Fantasy Versus 13. Years later with no word if the game will ever come out,  it was then renamed as Final Fantasy XV coming to the PS4 and Xbox One.