During a San Diego Comic-Con panel this past weekend, Square Enix revealed the official release dates for the CGI Final Fantasy XV tie-in film, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. The film will have a limited theatrical run in North America starting August 19th before it takes a quick trip to digital distribution on August 30th.
DualShockers is reporting that the limited theatrical run will take place in the middle of August, next month, and shortly after that the movie will be available through digital movie distributors on August 30th at the end of the month.
You’ll have to wait a short while if you plan on getting physical copies of the film, the Blu-ray and DVD editions won’t be available until October 4th. However, if you plan on pre-ordering the limited editions of Final Fantasy XV, a Blu-ray copy of Kingsglaive will be bundled into the pack with the game starting September 30th.
Kingsglaive is done entirely in CGI and you can see what the movie looks like with the trailer below, which was recently let loose in collaboration with the movie’s appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
For the first time ever, I finally know what’s going on in this thing! That was the first trailer that actually described the plot for Kingsglaive. Congratulations Square on putting some coherence into the marketing of this movie. Otherwise I was convinced it was going to end up being another cool looking but plot-deficient fan-service fest like Final Fantasy: Advent Children.
Square Enix originally announced the film back during the big Final Fantasy event they held earlier this year when they officially announced that Final Fantasy XV would be arriving on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 starting September 30th.
The film works as a prequel to the events that transpire before and leading up to Final Fantasy XV.
And is it me or does the King in Kingsglaive look an awful lot like Benedict Cumberbatch cosplaying as Theoden from The Lord of the Rings?
Anyway, Final Fantasy XV is going to be the flagship game of 2016 for Square Enix. They’re putting all their eggs into that basket and hoping and praying that it sells at least 10 million out of the gate. It’s going to be a long, hard road to the top.
You can look for all the hype to get real big for Kingsglaive starting next month, and for that hype to continue when Final Fantasy XV drops the month after that. For more info feel free to visit the official website.