In today’s "WTF" news of the day, Square Enix and Ubisoft are teaming up for some sweet Assassin’s Creed Origins and Final Fantasy XV crossover. Starting next week on August 31, and lasting until January 31, 2018, a limited time event will take place called the "Assassin’s Festival" in the Final Fantasy town of Lestallum.
It won’t be just someone donning an Assassin’s Creed hoodie and calling it a day either. Gameplay elements from the Assassin’s Creed franchise will be featured, mini-games and even exclusive items like the "Medjay Assassin’s Robes" will be available.
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What makes this even better, the Final Fantasy XV: Assassin’s Festival will be a free download on the PlayStation and Xbox stores! There’s a "Master Assassin’s Robes" for Noctis that can be obtained via a Dream Egg, a special item from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, that’s going on now. It’ll end in late September though, so best to hurry up.
Aside from the video above, Ubisoft posted about the Assassin’s Creed and Final Fantasy crossver over on its blog. Check out choice excerpts from the post below.
In what started almost three years ago at an informal meeting during the Tokyo Game Show to express admiration for each other’s work, the Assassin’s Creed and Final Fantasy XV development teams have announced a collaboration that will result in the two franchises paying homage to each other’s gaming universes. The two teams marked the announcement with a piece of artwork unveiled at this year’s Gamescom that features Bayek from Assassin’s Creed Origins and Noctis from Final Fantasy XV. Attendees at the show also had opportunity to get the artwork signed by Ashraf Ismail, game director at Ubisoft Montreal, and Hajime Tabata, director of Final Fantasy XV.
The collaboration kicks off on August 30, as Final Fantasy XV players who have obtained the Dream Egg from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival event will be gifted a very familiar Assassin outfit for Noctis. The very next day, August 31, will be the release of the free Assassin’s Festival DLC for Final Fantasy XV. The town of Lestallum will transform itself for the event with signs and banners signaling the arrival of the festival, and new activities will be available for players to participate in. It doesn’t end there. The Assassin’s Festival will have some additional themed items and features, including another outfit from Assassin’s Creed, along with abilities that enable Noctis to explore more like an Assassin and even use some of the Assassins’ more well-known abilities.
Interestingly, Ubisoft has mentioned that a Final Fantasy XV trailer from November last year, and the Assassin’s Creed Origins announcement trailer, and even the Assassin’s Creed Origins gamescom trailer all had Easter Eggs unofficially hinting at the start of the crossover.
Assassin’s Creed Origins will make its way out this October 27 on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. You can read up on our review of FFXV right here.