Square Enix, in its Herculean attempt to market the hell out of Final Fantasy XV, developed an interesting little prequel game called A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV. This is a retro-style, 2D side-scrolling hack and slasher. Remember those X-Men and Double Dragon games you'd always play in the Pizza Hut arcades? Yeah, it's a lot like that.
Previously A King's Tale was only available as a pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV, but starting today, players can download the game for free from the PSN Store or Xbox Game Store.
"Available to download via Xbox Games Store and the PlayStation Store, A KING’S TALE: FINAL FANTASY XV takes place a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV, featuring retro-style graphics and a fast-paced combat system.
"The action centres around King Regis and his faithful companions (Weskham, Cid and Clarus) defending the royal capital from raiding monsters."
Wondering how the game looks and plays? Get a taste in this trailer:
- Deep Combat System – Combos, counters, and Regis' signature "Warp Strike" combine for lightning fast real-time combat that rewards fast reflexes and smart tactics.
- Companions - Three distinct companions offer unique and new ways to attack as well as tailored super moves that deal massive damage.
- Magic - Ignite the battlefield, freeze your enemies, or electrify your foes with Fire, Ice, and Lightning magic.
- Summons - Call upon epic Astral entities to decimate your foes in jaw-dropping ways.
Check it out and let us know what you think! And don't forget that Final Fantasy XV has a bunch of new DLC on the way. The Gladiolus story DLC is coming soon, though we don't have an exact release date just yet. If you don't own the Final Fantasy XV season pass, that DLC will set you back about $5.
“Gladio, one of the three faithful comrades who accompany Noctis on his journey will become a playable character for the very first time in his own episode with a completely different type of gameplay and an all-new story.” You can get the full scoop here. As soon as Square Enix announces the release date for the Gladiolus content we'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, enjoy your free prequel!