Final Fantasy XV staff discuss Altissia scale, building warp points, and battle modes

Altissia is of "considerable scale," says planner Tomonori.

Final Fantasy XV | Altissia

The Final Fantasy XV development team have taken to the game’s official forums today to answer a few questions from users, including those concerning the scale of Altissia, building warp points, and battle modes.

Get the questions and answers below.

How much of the big cities like Altissia/Insomnia will we be able to explore? (link)

Planner Ishikawa Tomonori: “I can tell everyone a little about Altissia at this time.

“Altissia has many and varied locations, such as multiple cafes, ship-bourne market places and parks etc. The city is of a considerable scale, to the extent that even the developers sometimes get lost there!

“The player is free to take a leisurely walk around the complex maze of streets, or ride the gondola to see the sights and there is also added enjoyment to be had looking for restaurants to visit!

“You are bound to encounter some unique characters when exploring the city streets.

“So we have created lots of different things to enjoy in Altissia and hope everyone is looking forward to visiting!”

Will large buildings have multiple warp points to allow Noctis to scale and explore rooftops? (link)

Lead Level Designer Terada Takefumi: “Why of course they will!

“The warp ability that lets you teleport instantly to high up locations is a vital part of Final Fantasy XV’s battle system. The ability to use multiple warp points in a strategic manner is especially prevalent in the game’s large scale battles over urban terrain. It is not just the buildings though, and we have also created exciting aerial battles with flying foes and gigantic boss enemies, so watch out for those.”

How will the difficulty modes compare in terms of XP gain, enemy states, damage, and A.I.? (link)

Lead Game Designer Takizawa Masashi: “The equivalent to difficulty level settings in Final Fantasy XV is a system where you can switch between different battle modes. By having this ability to switch modes, we want to make it so that both players who like action oriented, technical gameplay and also those who want to fight at a slower, more relaxed pace can all enjoy the combat in their own style. This switching system is a key part of the gameplay that we decided to introduce based on the feedback we received from the Episode Duscae demo. We will go into more detail about the system closer to the game’s launch so stay tuned for more information.”

Final Fantasy XV is due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016.

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