Square Enix revealed a brand new FINAL FANTASY XV trailer today at Gamescom. The trailer, titled “Dawn,” depicts events that took place 15 years before the story we’ll be playing through. It shows Noctis, the protagonist, as a young kid. His father, King Regis, must make a difficult decision regarding his own kingdom, Lucis, and the neighboring one, Niflheim, in order to prevent war.
We know that Crown Prince Noctis will eventually meet tragedy, since FFXV’s main story involves him and his comrades—and his nation—being betrayed after he sets out from Lucis on a mission of peace between the two kingdoms. In light of this, the trailer is…pretty sad, even though not much happens in it. We see King Regis crying as he cradles his sleeping son, who is maybe 4 or 5, in his arms. He seems to be saying goodbye.
Square Enix provides a summary of the game’s story for us:
“In a matter of days, the Kingdom of Lucis is to sign an armistice, ending a long and bitter conflict with Niflheim. Ahead of the ceremony, Prince Noctis, heir to the Lucian throne, sets forth from his homeland to formalize the union of states through his marriage to the Lady Lunafreya of the imperial province of Tenebrae.
The offer of peace, however, is no more than a ruse to lower the Lucian shield, and the imperial army takes the crown city and its sacred crystal in one fell swoop. En route to his destination, Noctis is shocked to learn that he, his father the king, and his betrothed are believed dead.
Overnight, the dream of peace has faded into a distant memory. His world crumbling around him, Noctis has naught but his resolve and his loyal companions to see him through the trials to come.”
FINAL FANTASY XV doesn’t have a release date or an ESRB rating yet, but it will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.