A new character has been revealed for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. Director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuji introduced Aranea Highwind during an Active Time Report stream.
According to Square Enix, Highwind is a “skilled aerial combatant known as ‘Dragoon’ within the Imperial military”. She is also the commander of Niflheim’s Third Army Corps 87th Airborne Division. The Niflheim Empire will be Noctis’ biggest enemy so Highwind will likely be a great villain.
The ATR also showed Highwind in a battle action sequence as well as a look into some of the new magic-based combat. Tabata hinted at a new playable demo, though we won’t see any more details until March. Square Enix also released a few new screenshots as well as some new key art.
Additionally, Square Enix confirmed details of the upcoming March event called Final Fantasy Uncovered which will take place in Los Angeles on March 30th at 7:00pm PT. This event will feature tons of major announcements and surprises as well as the much-anticipated release date for Final Fantasy XV.
While delays certainly seem likely, Square Enix has made a point to reinforce that Final Fantasy XV will be released this year.