Back in E3 of 2016, some of us may remember a VR showcase, focused on Final Fantasy XV’s Prompto character. It seemed like perfect timing for the showcase. Both Final Fantasy XV and the Playstation VR were just a couple of months away from release.
The footage would go on to give us an understanding of how VR would work in the world of Lucis. Inhabiting Prompto with a first person perspective, it looked like we’d be shooting our foes from vantage points as the rest of the gang battled below. This was a great double whammy for both Final Fantasy and VR. The hype wasn’t massive, but later owners of VR headsets would go on to wonder what the heck happened.
At this year’s PlayStation Experience, lead designer Wan Hazmer confirmed that “Prompto VR” will not be happening in the following statement:
“The Prompto Shooting game was actually a showcase back then. It was just to showcase the power of the VR – but we have Monster of the Deep! Can you imagine having a Prompto DLC and also having a Prompto VR? Right? We want to offer something very different for every single entry of Final Fantasy XV.”
This statement seems a little dismissive to us. Surely, a shooting game in VR would be easier to sell to Final Fantasy fans than one about fishing? Different strokes for different folks, we suppose. Yet, in fairness, post release content for Final Fantasy XV has not been lacking. Both episodes Gladiolus and Prompto have released, with Episode Ignis set to arrive this December. Then there’s Comrades to consider. While it may seem a little odd that something playable at E3 2016 has fizzled away into a Noctis based fishing game, we can’t complain. Monster of The Deep remains without a release date for now.