After a decade of development, a name change, and a recent delay, Final Fantasy XV has finally gone gold ahead of its November release date. To celebrate, Square Enix and animation studio DIGIC Pictures have created a gorgeous, dark, and surreal trailer for the game.
Dubbed “Omen,” Square Enix describes the trailer as “a nightmarish ‘omen’ for [protagonist] Noctis’ father King Regis — a catastrophic future that must be avoided.”
As Noctic races his convertible down a long stretch of road, a series of explosions narrowly miss his vehicle. Noctis doesn’t seem the least bit fazed until he spots a dog calmly sitting in nearby grass, causing his car to spin out of control. The dog — who appears to be “Umbra” from Brotherhood Final Fantasy XV — as well as a ghostly vision of Noctis’ fiancée, Lunafreya, appear at nearly every turn. The former is a capable warrior, helping to destroy giant mechs and leading Noctis from danger.
A second, darker canine is far less friendly, leading a pack of three-headed creatures who surround Noctis as he spots Lunafreya unconscious on the ground of a fiery realm. He appears to lose control and becomes a shadowy version of himself, threatening Lunafreya with a trident as his eyes burn orange.
“May the gods forgive me,” King Regis says as an orange glow of energy begins spreading throughout the land.
If you don’t want to experience the horrors of Final Fantasy XV completely, alone, you’ll also to be able to play through the cooperative mode “Comrades.” The mode, which will be released as part of the game’s season pass, allows four players to control Noctis, Gladio, Prompto, and Ignis as they take part in “intense battles,” though it’s not clear if this mode will have any narrative consequences.
Final Fantasy XV will release for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 29.