Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition, the revamped release of Square Enix's fancy-panted (and fancy-haired) RPG, will be with us this week. The exact date depends on your choice of retailer, with some adhering to March 7 to sync up with the US, while others are going early on March 6. If you're not super-fussed about being out by a day, price will be your next concern. Let's help you with that.
Firstly, what exact does the Royal Edition offer over the original 2016 release? I suppose a feature list would help with that:
- Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – all-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players can also take on a battle with the Rulers of Yore
- A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fish and recipes
- A new accessory that can activate the new action “Armiger Unleashed” - players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed
- A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis’ perspective
- More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins and item sets
- All current season pass content including: EPISODE GLADIOLUS, EPISODE PROMPTO, MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES** and EPISODE IGNIS
- Archive – players can review the “Cosmogony” stories scattered throughout the FINAL FANTASY XV world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations. Through them, players will be able to obtain more information about the world
- Quest to obtain and strengthen Regalia Type-D
If that's enough to tempt you with a re-purchase (or a completely new one), grabbing the game for the lowest price possible would be really, really good. We had a quick look around at a variety of retailers -- both online and bricks and mortar -- to produce the lovely tables below.
Update: Additions to the tables since the last edit are highlighted in orange.
Please note that entries are in ascending order by total price (product plus delivery). This means Ozgameshop comes out on top by a fair margin, thanks to free shipping.
Interestingly, Mighty Ape is the only shop with a discrepancy between the Xbox One and PS4 versions, with the former being $3 dearer.
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition (Xbox One, PS4)
|Ozgameshop||Xbox One | PS4||Free delivery for orders over $50||$50.99|
|Mighty Ape||Xbox One | PS4||Delivery from $5.99||$58 | $55|
|JB Hi-Fi||Xbox One | PS4||Delivery from $1.69||$69|
|Play-Asia||Xbox One | PS4||Delivery from $9.06. Accepts bitcoin||$65.63|
|EB Games||Xbox One | PS4||$10 deposit. Delivery from $3.50||$69.95|
|The Gamesmen||Xbox One | PS4||Delivery from $7.95||$68|
|Gamestraders||Xbox One | PS4||Free delivery||$1813.19|
That $1800 price from Gametraders? Not a typo. It looks like someone stuffed up when entering the cost into the database.
Screencaps for posterity, as I'm sure it'll be corrected eventually.
The release of the Royal Edition coincides with the debut of the game's PC port. While the easiest route is Steam -- if you don't mind the absence of a physical copy -- other options do exist.
In fact, the Windows Store is the cheapest, though it appears to be digital-only. Scratch that: GMG has it for $US39.49, or about $50 in local dollars. Easily the cheapest! (Thanks tofuzombie.)
Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition (PC)
|Green Man Gaming||PC||Steam key||$US39.49 ($50.90)|
|Windows Store||PC||Digital copy||$59.95|
|Play-Asia||PC||Steam key. Accepts bitcoin||$60.01|
|Mighty Ape||PC||Delivery from $5.99||$58|
|Steam||PC||Steam key||$US49.99 ($64.43)|
|EB Games||PC||$10 deposit. Delivery from $3.50||$69.95|
Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition and Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition launch digitally and in stores on Wednesday, March 6 (or March 7, depending on the store).
We'll update this post should any better prices come along.