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Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire

Play a fresh new take on Final Fantasy XV with Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire.

Build your own kingdom, use powerful magic, and dominate the entire realm.

Interact with the likes of Noctis and Lunafreya, and build the most powerful army to become the most powerful empire in the realm.

Play a fresh new take on Final Fantasy XV with Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire.

Build your own kingdom, use powerful magic, and dominate the entire realm.

Interact with the likes of Noctis and Lunafreya, and build the most powerful army to become the most powerful empire in the realm.

In a recent board meeting, someone must have said something like “why don’t we turn one of last year’s best action-RPG open world games into a mobile real-time strategy game?”. Of course, everyone must have thought it was a brilliant idea, and thus, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire was born. Developed by Epic Action and sanctioned by Square Enix, it turns the latest entry of the Final Fantasy franchise into an RTS, and it’s hard to imagine how in the world can any developer pull this off. They somehow did, but unfortunately, it’s not the best Final Fantasy mobile title or even a good strategy game. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of Noctis or any of his retinue (Prompto, Gladiolus, and Ignis), it may very well be a game worth playing.

As revolutionary as FFXV was, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire is your generic real-time strategy game in the mold of Game of War. Replacing Kate Upton is the Crown Prince of Lucis, Noctis Lucis Caelum who will guide you throughout the tutorial phase. Instead of looking for the tombs of the old kings of Lucis, he will be teaching you all the intricacies of the game, from constructing buildings, doing quests, joining guilds, and raising an army.

Putting up buildings and training soldiers requires you to spend resources. The start of the game gives you a few speed up tickets so you can progress quickly and get the constructions completed. Later though, you’ll find out that A New Empire isn’t any different from other RTS games, simply because you’ll spend hours waiting. Thankfully though, you will immediately be tasked to join a Guild, which allows you to perform Guild Quests and receive rewards.

However, most of the quests are your generic “build this building” or “upgrade this structure” and “research this technology”. There’s really nothing thrilling about it: the game is full of progress bars that let you know the status of your quests and missions, as well as how long construction and training takes. Even your armies marching to resource points and doing battles are shown through progress bars. It is incredibly frustrating and well, boring.

Fortunately, there are heroes in the game, which are composed of Final Fantasy XV characters. As of now, only Noctis is the only option, but Gladio and Lady Lunafreya will be in the game later on. You can go on Hero Quests to strengthen and level them up, but you can only do this for free once a day: you’ll need to pay up if you want to do more.

The structures, units, and the game world doesn’t even look like Lucis or any of the locations in the FFXV world. Instead, it is your generic RTS world which is rather unfortunate. If it were set in the world after the events of the main game, it would have had an interesting plotline and a whole lot of world-building. Even the in-game buildings and the world itself do not look like Lucis, Niflheim, or any of the places in the FFXV.

Overall, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire doesn’t do FFXV justice. It would have had a lot of potential if it had a solid plot or if its mechanics and overall design were overhauled and made to fit the FFXV world, it would have been a better game. Nevertheless, if you’re a fan of the franchise and can’t get enough of it, the game may be worth a try.

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