Gamers report that bizarre fused characters and man/machine hybrids appear while sometimes the entire ocean does not.
Video game developer Square Enix has been frequently criticized over how long it’s taking to bring Final Fantasy XV to market. If you trace the game’s roots all the way back to the days when it was known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, it’s been in development for a solid decade, and it’s also the first non-online entry in the role-playing series since 2013’s Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.
But to Square Enix’s credit, they’ve at least given fans a lot to chew on as they wait for XV’s release. There was a web anime series and CG movie, and the game’s world and characters were the feature attractions at the opening of Tokyo’s Square Enix Cafe. The company has also been generous enough to release a series of free demos of the game, with the most recent having just been made available for download in Japan last Friday.
This newest trial version bears the weighty-sounding title of Final Fantasy XV Judgement Disc, and is billed as containing a large chunk of the actual game’s opening portion. With just over two weeks until the finished version of Final Fantasy XV is scheduled to hit store shelves, Square Enix likely intended the Judgement Disc to be its last marketing push, one which would provide intrigued gamers with a big enough taste to decide whether or not they want to purchase the game.
Unfortunately, even though I haven’t run into a single glitch in 90 minutes of playing the demo, many people who downloaded the trial version have found it tastes like bugs.
魂魄刃久音/幻想の永遠祭 (@hakune_GS) November 11, 2016
モイスちゃ～みるく＠小説家になろう (@do_ve_) November 12, 2016
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Yes, the Final Fantasy XV development team has made it clear that the bond between close friends is one of the game’s major themes. Still, these pals grabbing a bite to eat together are so close that they’ve fused into one another.
▼ Leading man Noctic seems to be pondering whether he should ask these bizarre creatures what menu items they recommend or kill them for experience points and treasure.
アルファルファモザイク (@alfalfafafa) November 11, 2016
OK, so those are some pretty unsightly clipping errors. But hey, those are just minor non-player characters, right? Surely nothing strange will happen with the core cast of four adventurers, will it?
wood pecker(K) (@nanasi0545) November 13, 2016
Guess again. Cars seem to be another problem area for the game at this point, with passengers popping through the vehicles’ hoods or simply refusing to stay in their seats.
うずる (@urthr07) November 12, 2016
Mizily/ (@yu____pi) November 12, 2016
Noctis’ pals also get into some nutty hijinks during mini-cut scenes, as shown in this video where the muscular Gladiolus can be seen in the background levitating and stomping the air.
▼ You just can’t stand not being the center of attention, can you Gladiolus?
shacho-san@バハ/OW/AVA (@shacho_ff14) November 12, 2016
With all this craziness going on around him, Noctis could probably use a little time by himself in a relaxing environment. Maybe he should just go gaze at the sea for a while…
ねね@ゲーム自由帳 (@73Nenenko) November 11, 2016
…the sea that’s turned a vibrant shade of purple.
服部 (@Aki_Hattori1117) November 13, 2016
Unless, of course, it’s disappeared entirely.
一見 某【TDFR】 (@enou_tanker) November 11, 2016
Now, the obvious explanation is that Final Fantasy XV’s open-world environment needs a lot of ironing out to remove these graphical glitches and hiccups. But there’s another possibility that one could infer from these two definitely-not-for-anyone-with-a-history-of-epilepsy videos.
「王の剣」火の無い灰レーシュ秀元 (@Reve_core) November 11, 2016
FF15体験版にてオブジェクトが異常に発光するバグが発生 しかも時間経過でどんどん強くなってる... https://t.co/HNDNTXx1HS—
IKE (@IKE966) November 11, 2016
Maybe Final Fantasy XV’s narrative isn’t about Noctis going on a quest to save his kingdom and reunite with fiancé Luna, but simply a cautionary tale about the character’s extremely traumatic experience with hallucinogenic drugs.