Square Enix had a surprise for virtual reality (VR) fans earlier today, as it revealed that it would be showcasing a version of its ever-popular massively multiplayer online (MMO) videogame, Final Fantasy XIV Online, on Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show (TGS) this week. A few hours on from the press conference that revealed the news – and also rebranded the HMD from Project Morpheus – and new details on this experience have arrived.
The official Final Fantasy XIV Online website has provided a few extra pieces of information on the experience. Referring to it strictly as a demo, the piece will allow players to taken on one of the full title’s ‘Trials’. These take the form of encounters with high-powered enemies. In this case, players will tackle The Navel, which features a fight with a Primal Titan, as seen in the first image for the experience above. The demo will be on offer at SCE’s own booth throughout TGS.
It appears that full VR support won’t be making its way into the full Final Fantasy XIV Online experience, however, which is already available on PlayStation 4 and PC. Square Enix does appear to be very hands-on with VR at this early stage, though, recently revealing that mobile spin-off Hitman GO would be getting a VR adaption for Gear VR. The developer behind the upcoming Final Fantasy XV has also recently revealed that it tested VR support for the anticipated Japanese role-playing game (JRPG).
VRFocus will continue to follow the Final Fantasy XIV Online VR demo, reporting back with any further updates on its progress.