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Comrades is a downloadable expansion for Final Fantasy XV. It adds cooperative multiplayer to the game and allows players to create a customizable avatar and take on quests with up to three other players online.
The expansion is set between Chapter 13 and 14 of the main game. The goal is to collect meteor shards to power up power stations to provide electricity to other areas. The players progress as they connect the power line and along the way unlock perks for their characters. By completing quests, the players get items to upgrade their weapons. They can rescue NPCs and have them settle in the town and set an NPC to be the town leader, with each NPC leader providing different perks. Players can communicate by a variety of preset phrases or voice chat.
The expansion is scheduled to release on October 31, 2017. An online test for season pass owners was available between August 3–8, 2017 and August 11-13, 2017.
The main playable character is a player-created avatar that can be customized with various clothing items and equipment. Noctis and other characters from the main game will also be playable in quests, but they will not be immediately available, and will be added in later updates. Players can choose between numerous weapon types, including katana, clubs, shuriken, and daggers; additional weapons including polearms, shields, and crossbows will be added to the full release of the expansion, all of which have different attack patterns and animations than they did when Noctis used similar weapons in the main game. Comrades takes place after the events of Chapter 13 of the main game. As members of the Kingsglaive, players can equip their characters with special royal sigils, which grant them special powers invoked from the Lucian bloodline. They also have access to offensive and curative magic, and can create magical barriers to shield themselves and allies from attacks.
In quests, players will be tasked with numerous objectives, such as defeating a powerful monster or protecting a target from enemies. While on the field, players can pick up one ingredient each. At the end of the quest, the ingredients are given to Monica, who will combine them and create a stat-enhancing meal for the party. More cooks and recipes will be available in the final release.
Parrying is the same in the main game, but allows the player and their allies to chain warp-strikes for bonus damage while temporarily preventing the enemy from moving.
Projecting a protective barrier consumes MP to create a barrier that protects the caster and allies positioned behind the barrier. It consumes 15 MP per hit. While in use the player cannot move or attack in any way but will gradually regenerate MP when the barrier is not blocking attacks. Protective barrier can be used while downed to increase survivability.
The player can cast an offensive short-ranged spell that can be augmented by equipment for varied effects. Doing so consumes 15 MP. It will deal about 180–210 damage at level 11 (starting level in the beta). If used while equipped with "The Pious's Sigil", the player will dualcast by casting twice in quick succession, MP cost will raise by 1, and the damage increases to about 300–330 per spell.
Curative spells restore HP to the caster and nearby allies, consuming 30 MP. Like the offensive spell the curative spell can be augmented by equipment. A cure spell heals about 180–220 at level 11. If used while equipped with "The Oracle's Sigil", healing will increase to about 220–250 and the range will increase by about 2x-3x. Contrary to the sigils description the MP cost of the players curative spell does not increase.
Players can warp. Point-warping allows players to hang from surfaces. Warping allows the player to move in whatever direction the character is moving, and warp-striking quickly moves to a target and attacks them. If an enemy is parried, the enemy cannot move, and will be open to linked warp-strike for a short time. When a chain link is activated the player character has the voiceline "For Hearth and Home".
Royal Sigils that grant the ability to invoke the powers of sovereigns.
|The Rogue's Sigil||Protective Relic of a former Queen of Lucis.||Enables the bearer to preform a mid-air step after attacking.||+20 Strength|
|The Pious's Sigil||Protective Relic of a former King of Lucis.||Enables the bearer to cast two offensive spells in a row by expending more MP.
(Note: Significantly increases MP regen when equipped)
| -60 Strength|
|The Tall's Sigil||Protective Relic of a former King of Lucis.||Greatly increases the bearer's attack power but prevents them from casting curative spells.
(Note: Aura replaces the Curative Spell. Aura grants the user a significant strength buff.)
| +500 HP|
|The Oracle's Sigil||Protective Relic of a former Oracle of Eos.||Enable the bearer's curative spells to recover more HP across a wider range by expending more MP.|| -200 HP|
The full release will feature the weapon types katana, club, dagger, shuriken, polearm, crossbow, and shield all of which also feature different attack patterns from Noctis. Weapons come with preset abilities and experience points, and can be leveled up by meeting certain conditions.
- All listed weapons are from the online test meaning they are subject to change at any time.
Unlike in the main game, Katana has been moved from the two-handed weapon type to its own unique group. The Katana boasts excellent range and mobility. Moving in different directions allows the wielder to move about the field while attacking.
|Sennin-giri||1/60||106||—||Flurry Rush: Damage output increases with each consecutive strike.|
|Ashura||1/25||73||—||Flamebound: Standard attacks inflict fire-type elemental damage.
Offensive Spell Fire: Caster's default spell changes into fire-typed elemental magic.
|Raikiri||1/53||164||+20% lightning resistance||Stormbound: Standard attacks inflict lightning-type elemental damage.
Combo Spell Thunder: Standard follow-up attacks change into lightning type elemental magic.
Maces are slow but can destroy appendages with ease. Holding the attack button allows the wielder to channel their strength into a devastating charge attack.
|Mythril Hammer||1/50||120||+10 Strength||—|
|Imperial Axe||1/53||180||+10 Strength||Soulsiphon: Standard attacks gain a small chance of replenishing MP.|
|Vesper Mace||1/45||150||+10 Strength||Curative Spell Cura: Caster's default curative spell changes from Heal to Cura.|
Daggers come in pairs and allow the wielder to strike swiftly.
|Crimson Flashes||1/48||88||+20% fire resistance||Flamebound: Standard attacks inflict fire-type elemental damage.
Warp Combo Fira: Casts fire-type elemental spell after a successful warp-strike.
|Avengers||1/45||72||—||Last Stand: Damage output increases when HP falls below a certain point.|
Shuriken allow the wielder to strike enemies in the air or from afar.
|Kagenui||1/35||24||—||Petrifier: Standard attacks gain a small chance of stopping enemies in their tracks.|
|Fuma Shuriken||1/35||65||—||Deathbearer: Standard attacks gain a small chance of inflicting instant death.|
|Raiton Shuriken||1/55||96||+10% lightning resistance||Stormbound: Standard attacks inflict lightning-type elemental damage.
Offensive Spell Thundara: Caster's default offensive spell changes into lightning-type elemental magic.(MP cost increases to 60)
|Fubuki||1/30||38||—||Offensive Spell Blizzard: Caster's default offensive spell changes into ice-type elemental magic.
Frostbound: Standard attacks inflict ice-type elemental damage.
Creation and developmentEdit
Multiplayer expansion was always in the plans. When the DLC lineup was announced, the team brainstormed how to take on that project, and needed a mission to make players feel like they're part of the overall story. Final Fantasy XV: Comrades takes place during the 10 year time skip in the main story. Once the planning for the actual multiplayer started, it became bigger than what the team had initially anticipated. Even before launch, the developers worked closely with the community and were open about their plans, addressing fan feedback, eventually leading up to the online service.
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCKncxHdGq8
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 LONG AWAITED FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION ARRIVES NEXT MONTH (Accessed: September 23, 2017) at Square Enix Press Center
- ↑ Final Fantasy 15 Director On What's Next, And Hopes Controversial Mods Are "In Good Taste" (Accessed: September 23, 2017) at Gamespot