Square Enix has finally announced the release date for Final Fantasy XV: Dawn of the Future, a novel incorporating the stories of the game’s cancelled DLC episodes.
Dawn of the Future tells an alternate ending starring the villainous Ardyn, mercenary Aranea, Princess Luna and Prince Noctis, in which they challenge the fate ordained for them in the original game’s story.
The English language edition will be a hardcover collector’s volume and will include over 50 pages of concept art and illustrations in addition to the translated novel, according to Final Fantasy XV’s official Twitter account.
Dawn of the Future is written by Jun Eishima, who has also written official novelizations of Square Enix works such as Drakengard, Final Fantasy XIII and NieR: Automata. The English translation is by Stephen Kohler.
Final Fantasy XV: Dawn of the Future launches June 23, 2020.
You can read Square Enix’s official description of the novel below:
To oppose the gods or yield to fate?
That is the question confronting each of the characters in The Dawn of the Future. Ardyn, having saved countless lives from the Starscourge, means to become the Founder King of Lucis and instead is cast into tragic exile. On the day the Empire falls, as the imperial capital collapses around them, Commodore Aranea is entrusted with the life of a singular young girl. The Oracle Lunafreya, upon awakening from the slumber of death, discovers that her body has undergone an extraordinary transformation. And after gazing upon the eternal, Noctis, the True King, finally comes to terms with his destiny. Herein lie the stories of the dawning of a new world in Final Fantasy XV.
Final Fantasy XV is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, and will become available through Google Stadia in November. Other Final Fantasy XV media include a CGI feature film and limited anime series.
At the moment, it seems only the hardcover version will be offered through book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, with no softcover or digital options. The book will retail for $24.99.
For more on the franchise, check out our ranking of Final Fantasy XV’s DLC episodes and our impressions of Final Fantasy VIII’s new remaster.