The melodramatic boy band of Noctis and co. are back for another road trip. If you didn’t get a chance to play Final Fantasy XV on console when it launched in November 2016, you’ve now got a second life, with Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition coming to console and PC this month.
If you played FFXV when it came out, you’ll know that Prince Noctis is cruising with his best mates on the way to his wedding when he discovers his homeland has been invaded under the false pretence of a peace treaty. He must then rouse his loyal companions and overcome challenges in a beautiful open world in order to restore peace and reclaim his homeland.
The Royal Edition takes it one step further, including the base game as well as a heap of extra content. First of all, you’ll get a reversible inlay showcasing exclusive artwork by legendary artist Yoshitaka Amano. You’ll also get access to all the patch contents since November 2016, as well as all the paid DLC previously only available in the season pass.
Not only that, but you’ll also be able to play in the new first-person mode, allowing you to explore Eos as if you were looking out of Noctis’s eyes, and a brand new dungeon, set in the Ruins of Insomnia City.
As in Final Fantasy XV, you’ll be able to customise your weapons and use unique character assists in real-time battles, and choose your own path to cut through the vast open world, whether it’s in the stunning, sleek Regalia or on foot.
But wait – there’s more. Insomnia City has been further expanded to introduce new side quests and enemies, and you’ll also be able to control a Royal Vessel boat, which opens up the world between Cape Caem and Altissia. Of course, you can fish on it, too, so keep en eye out for new recipes.
There’s been a bunch of downloadable content made available to players since FFXV’s launch, and the Royal Edition has it all, including new weapons, skins for the Regalia, and even item sets. You’ll also get access to the specific episodes for Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis.
Arguably the best part of the Royal Edition is a new quest to obtain and strengthen the Regalia Type-D – an off-road, all-wheel-drive Regalia.
Whether the new game is your first experience of Final Fantasy XV, or you’re returning for another round, the Royal Edition is all about getting back into the roadtrip of your life with your mates. Chocobo racing is a must.