Another Final Fantasy 15 Comrades Beta Coming, But You Need To Download It Now

Grab it now, because you won't be able to during the test itself this weekend.

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Now Playing: Final Fantasy 15 Goes Online In The Comrades Multiplayer Closed Beta

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Square Enix recently launched a beta test for Final Fantasy XV's upcoming Comrades multiplayer mode, and things got off to a rough start. Server issues made it difficult initially to do much more than create a character and walk around a small patch of land, prompting the company to schedule a second beta test for this coming weekend. Strangely, though, you won't be able to simply grab the beta and jump in once it begins.

In order to participate in the next beta, you'll still need to meet the previous requirements: own a copy of the game and its season pass and be an Xbox Live Gold/PlayStation Plus subscriber. But you'll also need to ensure you have the Closed Online Test downloaded by tomorrow, August 8--it won't actually be available to download once this second test begins.

Prior to the start of this beta, Square Enix will release an update that's intended to resolve matchmaking issues. These have plagued the first test, which concludes tomorrow and was originally intended to be the only beta.

Comrades is a cooperative multiplayer expansion for Final Fantasy XV, which until now had been single-player-only. Players create a character of their own to take online and partner with other players to explore the world and complete quests. Only a select amount of content is included in the beta, but there will be a variety of new weapons, gear, and attack styles in the full DLC. Noctis and company will eventually be made available as playable characters.

Square Enix has not yet provided a release date for Comrades, and it's unclear if its time table will be affected by the outcome of the upcoming beta. Whenever it does launch, Comrades will be available both on its own and as part of the season pass.

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I hope the missions in the finished game are deeper than the beta. Teleporting to a location and killing stuff until the boss appears then rinse and repeat is going to wear thin pretty quickly.

On the positive side, the character creator is decent. Given there's only 2 faces and 2 hairstyles for the male and female characters the finished avatars were surprisingly varied. Hair can be coloured by roots, tips and highlights. Upper and lower-body outfits, boots and gloves can be coloured independently with up to 10 different colours.

Hopefully the finished game lets the players also customise their avatar's animations too.

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@el_swanno: They said in the full version the quests would have storylines which they specifically did not say for the beta, so I'm hopeful.

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@soldjango: That sounds promising. Hopefully there's chocobos too. And would it kill them to let us summon a lesser god or two?

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@lonesamurai1: Let's hope you (and others like you) won't have to wait for years on end.

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@lonesamurai1: Well, have fun with it when it'll happen! It's a fun game. Most people have a gripe with how the story is told though. And the small "skill" tree. But the melee combat is pretty solid.

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So FF XV becomes a hidden method to get people to MMO. How nice, SE!

I suppose that explains the (lack of) story of FF XV. It was meant to be an MMO all along.

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@CyberEarth: MapleStory actually has a decent story for a MMO (that literally didn't start with much at all), but because it's a MMO, the way it is told is convoluted as hell!

FFXIV ARR is also said to have a decent story.

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@kaminobenimizu: FFXIV has such a good story ^_^

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@tony56723: If only I wasn't such a penny pincher, I would have bought a subscription and see it myself. I could use YouTube too...

Umm. I've heard a big chunk of the game was free, so I can at least see the beginning. Just need to uninstall a few games to free space.

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@kaminobenimizu: The free trial covers up until level 20 or 30, I think. That's a handful of dungeons and half the base game's story. Word of warning though: the story to FF14 is pretty good, but the story that shipped with the main game is really not. The quest design never changes all that much later, which is standard MMO fare, but the actual story and characters improve dramatically.

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@soldjango: AHOY! Thanks for the info!