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Insomnia is the capital of Lucis in Final Fantasy XV, and is where the events of Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie take place. Known as the "Crown City", it is where the kingdom's seat of power is located and presumably where its crystal is kept. Insomnia is a modern metropolis stacked with sky scrapers. Though the city itself has lush areas, it appears to be walled off from a desolate wasteland.
Director Hajime Tabata has stated that while battles will take place in Insomnia during the game, the city itself will not be an explorable town.
Insomnia is the capital city of the Kingdom of Lucis, perpetually isolated from the rest of Eos behind a magic barrier maintained by the king, Regis Lucis Caelum CXIII, via the world's last crystal. Knowing that an invasion by Niflheim is inevitable, the king sends his son and heir, Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum with his friends away from the city under the pretense he is to travel to Altissia to be wed to Lunafreya Nox Fleuret.
When Noctis's group learns of the invasion by Niflheim they try to return to the city but find it isolated. At the end of their long journey, the four finally make it back with Noctis wearing the suit also worn by Regis, while his friends wear the uniform of the Kingslaive, the elite guard.
Creation and developmentEdit
The city already existed for Final Fantasy Versus XIII, although its name was not revealed until its rebranding as Final Fantasy XV.
With regards to Final Fantasy XV, the artists had to deal with physically based rendering, in addition to work on setting the boundaries of reality. Insomnia is based on the real world location of Shinjuku. The Royal Citadel was modeled after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building located in Shinjuku. Because it is a palace, the artists added in traffic circles for cars near the entrance, and added a red carpet for ceremonies.
Because of the realistic world, the artists started collaborating with the CG team to find the right lighting. One of the art directors working with Final Fantasy XV, Yusuke Naora, even painted over real pictures of Tokyo to get this feeling.
When the game was still known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, a scene depicting the game's envisioned opening was released as a trailer where Prince Noctis Lucis Caelum would meet Stella Nox Fleuret from Tenebrae during a party, and afterward the city would be attacked by Niflheim's forces. The sequence of events was altered when the game was rebranded Final Fantasy XV, and this scene no longer appears in the game. It was decided that Noctis and his friends would have already left Insomnia before the attack takes place. Despite the change, Tabata has promised that despite the occlusion of the original opening, players will be able to engage in battles in Insomnia.
When the developers of Final Fantasy XV first sat down to re-plan the project from Final Fantasy Versus XIII, they evaluated which elements they should use to create a kind of gameplay experience they wouldn't get anywhere else. They felt because the theme they were trying to handle was so massive, they couldn't fit all of that into the game. Because the Niflheim invasion of Lucis episode is something that would take up so much effort and time, rather than force it into the game, the team started up its own separate project: Kingsglaive.
Insomnia is derived from the Latin word insomnis ("sleepless"), and is the name of a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Final Fantasy XV director answers 16 fan questions at E3 2016 (Accessed: October 21, 2016) at Gematsu
- ↑ http://www.finalfantasy.net/xv/final-fantasy-xv-director-japan-expo/
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A look at the concept art behind Final Fantasy XV's modern city — Novacrystallis.com
- ↑ Final Fantasy XV: Stella is gone, Episode Duscae 2.0 slated for June 9 (Accessed: June 04, 2015) at Gematsu.com
- ↑ Full Recap of Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report 6.0 (Accessed: October 21, 2016) at FinalFantasy.net
- ↑ Final Fantasy Wiki (Accessed: October 21, 2016) at Kotaku