Final Fantasy XV Lands Today with a Massive 9.4 GB Day One Patch

If you’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of the long overdue Final Fantasy XV, I hope you have some time and bandwidth set aside because you’re going to be waiting a bit longer.

Upon inserting the disk this morning I was unceremoniously greeted with not only a lengthy game install, but a whopping day one patch that’s nearing the 10 GB mark. That will certainly be a problem for many users. Me, I’m lucky enough to have a 60 MB/S download speed with no bandwidth cap. Even so, it’s about a 45 minute wait for the download to clear. Those who are working with slower .5 MB/S download speeds could foreseeably be waiting for days for the download to finish, many of them clearing their bandwidth caps to do it.

what’s all in the day one update? They’re not insignificant. They include optimizations, abilities, gameplay improvements, events and more. A full list can be found below, courtesy of Gamespot. To me, this is becoming a disturbing trend in gaming where massive, basically mandatory day one patches are sometimes as large as the games themselves. If developers can’t fit these fixes on the disk before they ship, shouldn’t they just be postponing the game a little bit longer?

Full Patch Notes. 

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
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