Square Enix’s Uncovered event officially announced Final Fantasy XV’s September 30th launch date today, but that wasn’t the only news they had in store. They also revealed a prequel anime leading up to the game’s launch called Brotherhood, and a new CG movie with the title Kingsglaive.
Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV’s free-streaming five episodes, produced by A-1 Pictures of Sword Art Online, take a trip with the main character Noctis and his mates, Gladio, Prompto and Ignis. Focusing on their friendship, more of their backstories will unfurl across the short series, and as well as the trailer, you can get watching the anime’s first episode below.
The movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV welcomes some big names into the FF fold, with Sean Bean and Lena Headey of Game of Thrones success giving their voices to King Regis and Lady Lunafreya, alongside Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad as a new character, the Kingsglaive soldier Nyx Ulric. Takeshi Nozue, the director of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, is taking the helm once again on this movie, with Final Fantasy XV’s director Hajime Tabata on production and Takashi Hasegawa of the 1999 GTO film writing the script.
Kingsglaive is expected for release in 2016, and it should be out at some point before the game. Square Enix and Sony Pictures have released the movie’s synopsis too, describing its story as follows:
The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the hallowed Crystal, but the menacing empire of Niflheim will stop at nothing to make it theirs. War has raged between the two for as long as most can remember.
King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers dubbed the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, Nyx Ulric and his fellow glaives stand before the crown city of Insomnia, fighting to stay the inexorable advance of Niflheim’s imperial army.
Before the overwhelming military might of the empire, King Regis can only salvage his kingdom by accepting anultimatum—he must cede all lands outside the crown city, and see his son, Prince Noctis, wed to Lady Lunafreya, the former princess of Tenebrae now captive of Niflheim.
As the war of wills rages, the machinations of Niflheim transform Insomnia into an awe-inspiring battleground, pulling Nyx into a struggle for the very survival of the kingdom.
Update: Square Enix have confirmed that Kingsglaive will screen in Japanese cinemas in July, with advance tickets going on sale on April 23rd. The Blu-rays for the film and the Brotherhood anime mini-series will then be released along with the Final Fantasy XV game on September 30th, and both discs will come with Japanese audio and English audio with Japanese subtitles. The English website for the CG film also says that Kingsglaive is “coming soon to Blu-ray and digital.”
The movie has been given its official teaser trailer, which you can catch below along with the Japanese and English game trailers. Both of the latter are worth a watch, though the English version is sadly bereft of a flying car. If you’ve seen the trailers and still want more, the Final Fantasy XV Platinum Demo is also available to download on PS4 and Xbox One now.