Final Fantasy XV day one ‘Crown Update’ detailed [Update]

Plus, a message from director Hajime Tabata.

Final Fantasy XV

Square Enix has shared details on the day one “Crown Update” patch coming to Final Fantasy XV.

After completing the final version of the game, the development team worked on an update adding various improvements, feature expansions, and side elements in order to provide a deeper gameplay experience.

Some of these updates include:

  • Camera improvement, making action easier to follow when in a narrow location.
  • An ability tree added to the “Wait Mode” feature, improving the strategic element of this feature.
  • A “Monster Flute” that allows you to summon monsters.
  • Scenes from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the “Omen” trailer added to the game as new event scenes.
  • Additional recipes, fish, and a gallery to offer even further enjoyment to players who like collecting items.
  • The ability to upload the pictures Prompto takes to Facebook or Twitter.

In a message to users, director Hajime Tabata said the following:

The November 29 release is approaching. I hope from the bottom of my heart that everyone will be able to enjoy this game with a fresh feeling. However, we have confirmed there has been early distribution of the packaged version in some areas, and that gameplay videos have leaked to the Internet. Such things may be impossible to avoid due to various regional circumstances, but we regret it very much.

To have players enjoy the story of Final Fantasy XV and discover its surprises together through a simultaneous worldwide launch is our big goal. Because we may be unable to anticipate the spoiler videos and such that appear as a result of this, we hope that everyone looking forward to Final Fantasy XV can be very careful.

We are also doing our best to prevent the circulation of leaked videos. To those who received the game early, please be considerate to those looking forward to the official release of this title. Please understand and work together in order to meet the game’s final release date with everyone.

Final Fantasy XV is due out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 29.

Thanks, Games Talk.

Update: Here is the official English version, via a Square Enix press release:

A free “Crown Update” will also be available for players to download automatically at launch. The update is the result of some additional time for development since mastering the full game, and provides a variety of updates, minor bug fixes and new features to greatly enhance the overall story and gameplay experience.

The upgrade provides enhancements for several elements within the game including:

  • Improvements to the camera with new options to better assist and track the action in tight space and to improve visibility during battles
  • New event scenes and scenes from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the “Omen” trailer have also been added to the game to make the story and timeline of events easier to follow for newcomers
  • The addition of an ability tree for the “Wait Mode” function which improves the strategic element of this feature
  • Players can obtain the “Beast Whistle” which can be used to call monsters to battle
  • A wider variety of recipes and fish with an addition of a gallery for completionist players who enjoy collecting items
  • Implementation of social media support, allowing the photos Prompto takes along your journey to be uploaded to Facebook and Twitter

Following news of copies of the game going on sale ahead of the release date, Game Director Hajime Tabata issued the following message to the fans:

“The November 29th release date is approaching and I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this game with a fresh state of mind. Unfortunately, there has been an unauthorized distribution of the boxed edition of Final Fantasy XV in select regions and we have noticed that gameplay footage from people playing these copies has appeared online. Though this type of situation is brought on by various region specific circumstances and may not be something that is completely avoidable, we are very regretful of this situation.

“One of the major goals of Final Fantasy XV is for everyone to enjoy the story and to discover the surprises together through the simultaneous worldwide release. Due to these recent events, videos with unexpected spoilers could potentially be posted online, so we would like to warn everyone who has been waiting in anticipation for this game.

“We will also do everything in our capacity to prevent unauthorized footage from appearing online. We would also like to ask anybody that has obtained an early copy of the game to be respectful to those that are looking forward to the official release and to not spoil the surprises for everyone.

“A large and dedicated team have worked extremely hard to make this game and to create a Final Fantasy XV that everyone can enjoy. It would be a huge regret for us if the excitement of the launch was to be spoiled for so many when we are so close to release.

“Your understanding and cooperation would be much appreciated so we can celebrate the best possible release together.”

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