Back in August, Gamnesia learned that Square Enix was preparing to delay Final Fantasy XV‘s release by two months, and three days later, the popular Japanese publisher officially confirmed the delay. At the time, director Hajime Tabata said the delay was necessary to deliver the “ultimate quality version of Final Fantasy XV to all the players who play without connecting online,” and that content originally planned as a day one patch would now be included on disc.

While the long-awaited RPG will launch with more on-disc content than originally planned, it’s still going to be far from complete without a day one patch. Square Enix has unveiled the details of a day one patch that include updates to the battle system, the field, the menu and more. According to a VG247 and GameSpot, this massive patch is around 7-8 GB. You can check out the full details below.

Battle

  • Added actions inspired by the “Omen” trailer produced by Digic Pictures to the game:
    – “Shift (Warp) Drop Kick”–When daggers are equipped

    – “Backward Shift (Warp) Magic”–Elemental Magic Activation within a short distance
  • Below are examples of Wait Mode-exclusive abilities added to Ability Call to improve the Wait Mode experience:
    – Libra Speed Increase–By using Libra you can obtain information more quickly

    – Wait Gauge Recovery–The Wait Gauge will recover upon defeating an enemy

    – Surprise Attack Shift Break–When Shift Breaking to an enemy that isn’t targeting you it’s easy to destroy the targeted part

    – Final Blow Shift Break–When Shift Breaking to an enemy with less than half HP, the damage multiplier will increase
  • Additional battle screen effects added to make it easier for players to understand their HP status:
    – When HP is less than 25%, the whole screen will be covered by a light red filter

    – When in a pinch, the whole screen will be covered by a dark red filter

    – The Enemy Whistle will be available to use after downloading the patch. You can call monsters but they won’t always appear

    – Movement taken at the time of a MP Burst is cancelled. Trying to shift in MP Burst will cause movements to fail

Field

  • You can now shift forward in the field outside of battle
  • Music Player item has been added so that you can listen to your favorite songs while walking

Menu

  • A gallery has been added to the main menu where you can see the dishes acquired by Ignis and the fish caught by Noctis

Regalia

  • Opening the menu during auto-drive will not halt driving
  • Regalia Shop added that lets you shop while riding in the Regalia

Event

  • Event scenes from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV and the “Omen” trailer were added as they exceeded the disc space capacity

Additional Improvement

  • Various bug fixes
  • Adjustments to gameplay comfort:
    – Camera adjusted in narrow areas

    – Menu use improved

    – Addition of other functions to enhance convenience
  • Adjustments to improve the main scenario experience:
    – Changes to towns were made to fit the scenario

    – Changes to the open world were made to fit the scenario
  • Side-quests have been balanced, dish types added, added fish types and fishing locations.
  • Leviathan boss encounter and battle experience further improved

Source: Square Enix (via Nova Crystallis, VG247, GameSpot)

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