Final Fantasy XV broke with several franchise traditions, featuring a party of four characters but only one main playable lead, and a massive open world that closely resembles our own.
It was also told in a unique fashion, with other multimedia tie-ins like Kingsglaive, Brotherhood, and even its own demo elaborating on its plot. After a very long development the result is a complicated but compelling tapestry.
For the vast majority of the game, players control Noctis. Each companion is playable in their individual DLC Episodes, however, and they can be unlocked for direct control during battle in the main game by unlocking their respective skills from the Ascension menu (under “Techniques”).
Noctis Lucis Caelum
The mysterious Ardyn is pulling the strings of the Niflheim Empire, and the party will have to contend with its considerable forces along their journey.
Ravus Nox Flueret
Emperor Iedolas Aldercapt
Despite being quite a small game, Final Fantasy I still featured some memorable cast members. Matoya always sticks out, but it was also the first time we got to see Bahamut. Lest we also forget about Lukahn’s prophecy.
Lunafreya Nox Fleuret
Regis Lucis Caelum
Astrals & the Lucii
Summoned creatures play a prominent role in Final Fantasy XV; known as the Astrals, they challenge Noctis throughout his quest. The Lucii, meanwhile, are the former kings and queens of Lucis, and therefore Noctis’ ancestors. Their roles were expanded in the Royal Edition.
Somnus Lucis Caelum, the Mystic
Crepera Lucis Caelum, the Rogue
Tonitrus Lucis Caelum, the Fierce
Optimus Lucis Caelum
Due to its open-world nature, Final Fantasy XV introduces a ton of NPCs as the player pursues sidequests.
Aera Mirus Fleuret
Pryna & Umbra
Solara Aldercapt Antiquum
Biggs Callux & Wedge Kincaid