Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn Is Live

Feb 21, 2018
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Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn was released today on all systems that play the original game. This bonus chapter is set 35 years before the main storyline and has players controlling the villainous Ardyn Lucis Caelum.

Four new add-on chapters were announced for Final Fantasy XV in April of 2018, each focusing on a specific character: Episode Ardyn, Episode Aranea, Episode Lunafreya and Episode Noctis. Shortly after that announcement was made, game director Hajime Tabata -- who has been credited with saving the Final Fantasy XV project -- left Square. In respect to him, all future DLC plans for FFXV were cancelled except for Episode Ardyn, which was too far along to pump the brakes.

Due to unavoidable circumstances, this is all you get -- this is the final storyline DLC for Final Fantasy XV, and it contains the features listed in Square's press release below.


LOS ANGELES (Mar. 26, 2019) – The epic saga of FINAL FANTASY® XV reaches its conclusion as the final chapter of downloadable content (DLC), “Episode Ardyn,” was released today. Set 35 years before the events of FINAL FANTASY XV, players will uncover a brand new storyline from the perspective of the villainous Ardyn Lucis Caelum, and learn what drove the scorned savior to seek revenge against the line of Lucis.

FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN features:
  • Several new options and gameplay mechanics to explore, including the ability to control Ardyn himself​
  • Exhilarating, action-packed battles where players can utilize powerful new attack moves and skills unique to Ardyn, including the “Rising Phantom” and “Dark Tornado”​
  • The ability to warp to high platforms or across nearby buildings by way of “Phantasmal Leap”​
  • Though a foe of Noctis, the summonable Ifrit is now an ally of Ardyn and may dispatch enemies with powerful fire magic​
  • A photography mode allowing players to capture the captivating city of Insomnia​
  • A “Hat Shop” offering a plethora of hats for players to purchase, which also appear in cutscenes​
  • Rewards upon completion of the episode, including the new “Ardyn’s Ensemble” outfit and “Mutant Rakshasa Blade” for Noctis​

The FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN launch trailer can be viewed here: .

SQUARE ENIX® also released new content for FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER: COMRADES, including the new bonus quest “Feathered Foe - Kenny Crow,” in which players can enjoy a battle against a new boss, Kenny Crow. An extremely tough opponent, Kenny has the ability to backflip, shoot beams from his eyes, and spray bullets at players. Players who survive this difficult battle will be rewarded with an all-new end credits sequence taken over by Kenny Crow himself. Players can also unlock two new outfits, the male “Warrior's Armor” outfit and the female “Street Attire” outfit, at an INGEM system in exchange for item tokens.

As a celebration of the final piece of FINAL FANTASY XV content, the collaboration quest “A Gift From the Gods” will re-open in Assassin’s Creed Origins. Players are able to claim the Ultima Blade, Ziedrich and a mount named Kweh as rewards for completing the quest. The Assassin’s Creed-style “Master Assassin’s Robes” is also available again in FINAL FANTASY XV.

FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN is now available as a standalone package for $9.99 through the Microsoft Store for Xbox One and Windows 10, the PlayStation®Store, STEAM, Origin and Windows 10.

Players can dive deeper into Ardyn’s mysterious, forbidden past in FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN - PROLOGUE, a short anime movie that offers a deeper understanding of the game’s world view and story. The video may be viewed in full here:
For more information on FINAL FANTASY XV, visit: FINAL FANTASY XV. This game is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
 

Gladford

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I just played this dlc and It is really good as it shows how a good guy got corrupted by circumstances. It is nice to see more backstory about Ardyn. I feel so awful that we will never get to play the other dlcs. I hope Square Enix will have a change of heart.
 

Bartz_FFV

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Maybe if we give this dlc positive reviews, we might be able to change Square Enix's mind and convince them to work on the dlcs again. I am sure they love money and they already have existing assets for it.
 
Dec 16, 2017
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This is a very unpopular opinion but I don't like the dlc. It felt incomplete and unfinished due to the dry and storytelling. The environment is so lackluster and the NPCs are dull. I am suppose to feel sorry for Ardyn on this one as it is his backstory but it felt underdeveloped. Well I don't really like Final Fantasy 15 as a whole. I cannot believe you guys liked this dlc. 13 is a better game than this one and I hate Lightning.
 
Jan 11, 2018
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Great DLC, It makes me feel bad about him because he is not as evil as we thought he was. He is actually a victim of circumstances and he believe he is right because he was betrayed after all. Now I lost a lot of sleep because I never get to play the other DLCs.
 
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