Final Fantasy XV meets Assassins Creed. Yes, it’s actually happening (kind of). Thanks to a unique collaborative effort between Ubisoft and Square Enix, players of the most recent Final Fantasy title will soon be able to climb, jump, and even dress like members of the Assassin Order from Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed franchise.
At GamesCom today, Square Enix revealed that free DLC for Final Fantasy 15 will be released on August 31st, which will bring an event known as the “Assassin’s Festival” to the city of Lestallum. The DLC will show the town all done up with banners for the event, as well as lots of other thematic elements which hearken over to the Assassins Creed series of games. The DLC will also contain a few Assassin-themed minigames as well as some additional mechanics.
While the DLC’s release date is officially August 31, any FF 15 player who has obtained the Dream Egg (from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival event) will also receive a special outfit for Noctis, which should put them in the right frame of mind for this festival. Another outfit will be available for the festival, as well as game mechanics which will allow Noctis to “explore more like an Assassin and even use some of the Assassins’ more well-known abilities.” Check out this trailer for a glimpse at what these mechanics look like in action.
According to an Ubisoft blog post, the collaboration that led to this event actually started a little over three years ago, at an informal meeting at the Tokyo Game Show, “to express admiration for each other’s work”. The two teams have been so hard at work with this effort, that there are actually Easter Eggs hinting at the event hidden in the GamesCom trailer for Assassins Creed, and last November’s trailer for Final Fantasy 15.
Speaking at GamesCom, Ashraf Ismail – director of the upcoming Assassins Creed Origins game over at Ubisoft – Montreal mused, “This collaboration is the result of being huge fans. There’s a lot of respect between the two teams and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the opportunity to pay homage to each other’s work.”
The Assassin’s Festival event is scheduled to run until January 31st, 2018