The Final Fantasy 15 Comrades multiplayer expansion will receive a beta test from August 3 to August 8, and its content is limited compared to what the full version offers. Square Enix has revealed the full rundown of how the technical test differs, from the availability of playable characters to the types of meals you can cook.
As expected, both the beta test and the full game requires an internet connection as well as a subscription to either PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold; it’s an online multiplayer game after all. What makes Comrades unique from all other games is that you’ll get to hunt monsters together with other players in real-time using Final Fantasy 15’s battle mechanics, so you’ll definitely want to party up with others to get the full experience.
In the full Final Fantasy 15 Comrades experience, players will get to play as any of the four main protagonists: Noctis, Gladiolus, Prompto, and Ignis. Meanwhile, the beta test is only limited to player-created avatars. Avatar gear, elements and weapons are also limited in the beta test, while the full game has plenty of unlockable items, elements, and weapons such as polearm, crossbows, and shields.
It’s worth noting that each weapon type will utilize unique attack patterns. Though it’s unclear if playing any of the four protagonists will make players utilize their respective unique battle styles like what Episode Gladiolus and Episode Prompto did.
While the beta will test the online experience, player interaction is actually a bit limited. Players can create camps and take photographs in the full version. However, it seems like the test is limited to player interaction such as interacting with others using preset chat messages or voice chat.
Below are all the other Comrades beta test and full version differences Square Enix listed on their official website:
- Test: Invoke the powers of sovereigns for your avatar with this new feature. Equip one of four default royal sigils in the test version.
- Full Version: Collect and equip royal sigils as you progress. The wide array of enhancements provided by the royal sigils will play a key role in cooperative multiplayer combat.
- Test: Choose from one of three quests, with up to three legs to each quest. All players will be matched online in the test version.
- Full Version: Explore quests with storylines as well as singleplayer quests. Join up to three other players online with a subscription to PlayStation®Plus or an Xbox Live Gold membership, or fight alongside three AI companions.
- Test: Retrieve one ingredient per person per quest, and have the camp cook prepare a meal afterward.
- Full Version: Encounter more cooks and enjoy a wider range of meal-based boosts.
- Test: Receive meteorshards as quest rewards. Meteorshards cannot be used in the test version.
- Full Version: Gather meteorshards during quests to expand the scope of available activities or to unlock new quests.
Final Fantasy 15 Comrades multiplayer expansion has yet to receive a release date, though it’s sure won’t launch anytime this year. The next Final Fantasy 15 expansion scheduled to launch is Episode Ignis, which still has an unspecified Winter 2017 release date.