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New Final Fantasy XV trailer delivers airships, road trips, and giant swords

Square Enix has shared a new trailer from the Tokyo Game Show for Final Fantasy XV, the latest iteration of its venerable RPG franchise. The trailer features series staples like airships, spiky-haired youths, enormous swords, and even more enormous monsters. The action is framed around a group of the aforementioned sharply-coiffed young men taking a road trip in a sleek convertible, periodically stopping to fight monsters, gaze wistfully at the moon, and complain about their sore backs. Combat looks reminiscent of the open field, MMO-style battles that the series first introduced in the excellent FF XII.

The game’s protagonist, shown in the backseat of the car with his entourage, is Noctis Lucis Caelum, prince of a city-state that control’s the world’s last crystal that is under siege from a neighboring, warlike kingdom. It was originally announced as Final Fantasy Versus XIII for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2006, but through its protracted development cycle, the game was upgraded to the next generation of consoles, given its own number, and excised from the “Fabula Nova Crystallis” series that FF XIII was meant to kick off.

code for a playable demo of the game’s early portion will be included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, coming to PlayStation and Xbox One in North America on March 17, 2015. No release information has yet been provided for XV itself.