Square Enix has announced that it will be holding a global closed test of the upcoming multiplayer DLC for Final Fantasy XV, titled Comrades. The test will run from August 3rd through the 8th. Players who have purchased the Season Pass or the Digital Premium Edition will have access to the test and can download the client on August 2nd.
Final Fantasy XV Comrades Multiplayer DLC Test
Square Enix has provided a breakdown of what is going to be available in the test, compared to what the full version will look like. You will see you won’t be playing as the boy band, instead you’ll be creating and customizing your own character.
|Test Version||Full Version|
|Playable Characters||Create, control, and save up to eight avatars.||Develop avatars using experience gained from defeating enemies and completing quests. Updates will allow you to also play as Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis.|
|Avatars||Customize avatars with elements limited to the test version.||Unlock customization elements with item purchases at outposts and quest rewards. Updates will add even more elements.|
|Outposts||Begin at test version base camp and play through a custom tutorial.||Experience a city with much more than the test version base camp.|
|Weapons||Choose from katana, club, dagger, and shuriken weapons. Attack patterns vary from those of Noctis.||Enjoy an expanded arsenal featuring polearm, crossbow, and shield weapons as well, which also feature different attack patterns. Weapons come with preset abilities and experience points, and can be leveled up by meeting certain conditions.|
|Royal Sigils||Invoke the powers of sovereigns for your avatar with this new feature. Equip one of four default royal sigils in the test version.||Collect and equip royal sigils as you progress. The wide array of enhancements provided by the royal sigils will play a key role in cooperative multiplayer combat.|
|Quests||Choose from one of three quests, with up to three legs to each quest. All players will be matched online in the test version.||Explore quests with storylines as well as singleplayer quests. Join up to three other players online with a subscription to PlayStation®Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership, or fight alongside three AI companions.|
|Meals||Retrieve one ingredient per person per quest, and have the camp cook prepare a meal afterward.||Encounter more cooks and enjoy a wider range of meal-based boosts.|
|Meteorshards||Receive meteorshards as quest rewards. Meteorshards cannot be used in the test version.||Gather meteorshards during quests to expand the scope of available activities or to unlock new quests.|
|Added Features||Interact with other players using preset chat messages. Also supports voice chat.||Enjoy these additional features:|
Additionally you can check out a handful of screenshots from the new expansion:
How about that drama in the cactuar shot? To be honest, I laughed out loud.
There is no release date set for Comrades, but we can probably expect it in the fall for the PS4 and Xbox One. As we can see by the notes provided from Square Enix, it’s set up to be very much a standalone multiplayer experience, rather than something integrated into the base game, similar to how Uncharted and Mass Effect handle their multiplayer.
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