The first set of downloadable content for Final Fantasy XV, the ‘Holiday Pack’, is launching on 22 December. It’ll introduce the New Game+ feature as well as a selection of items. The good news is that it’ll be available for free; the bad news is that there’s a premium version exclusive to season pass holders and deluxe edition owners.
Square Enix revealed the details on their blog, as seen below:
|Holiday Pack (Free Version)||Holiday Pack +|
|Carnival Passport – An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival—for a limited time||Carnival Passport – An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a dreamlike carnival full of prizes and surprises—for a limited time|
|Choco-Mog Tee Shirt*||Festive Ensemble*|
|Nixperience Band – A device that stops experience points from being tallied, preventing the party from leveling up||Photo Frames*
(Holiday Pack+ Exclusive) – Festive Themes the player can add to Prompto’s photos when sharing to social media
|Warrior’s Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Offense during combat outside of training||Ring of Resistance – A protective piece of jewelry that renders the entire party resistant to magical friendly fire|
|Tech Turbocharger – A device that accelerates the tech bar replenishment rate, but freezes the Armiger bar. (Exclusive to Noctis)|
|Armiger Accelerator – A device that accelerates the Armiger bar replenishment rate, but freezes the tech bar. (Exclusive to Noctis)|
|Blitzer’s Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Time during combat outside of training|
|Tactician’s Fanfare – A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Finesse during combat outside of training|
|Key of Prosperity – A lucky charm that increases the rate at which fallen foes leave behind items of value|
|Stamina Badge – A device that enables Noctis to sprint and hang without expending stamina (Exclusive to Noctis)|
The starred items (*) above will only be available in a late January update, which is when players get to visit a “limited-time” Moogle Chocobo Carnival. Square Enix didn’t clarify whether that means the carnival will only be available for a few months or whether players can only access it for a certain amount of time.
The Carnival Passport is noted as being “functionally identical” between both Holiday Packs. That said, all other items are exclusive to their respective DLCs and the two must be downloaded separately.
The decision to not offer the premium version as a separate purchase will certainly annoy some players, considering how useful the Ring of Resistance and Key of Prosperity sounds. Picking up a season pass is going to be the only option for those without the deluxe edition but, on the bright side, the developers have promised a steady stream of updates to potentially make it worthwhile.
Not to forget New Game+, which allows players to replay the main story with all of their gear, abilities, and unlocks intact. There is no information on what this does just yet – if it’ll introduce new content such as in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII or is simply a means of seeing everything again.