Square Enix has announced a release date for Final Fantasy XV’s last DLC chapter, Episode Ardyn. The expansion arrives on PS4, Xbox One, and PC next month, on March 26. Some mild Final Fantasy XV spoilers follow.
Episode Ardyn casts players in the role of the eponymous Final Fantasy XV villain. According to Square Enix, the story is set 35 years before the events of the main game, after Ardyn is freed from his centuries-long imprisonment by Niflheim researcher Verstael Besithia.
Much like previous Final Fantasy XV DLC chapters, Episode Ardyn features some unique gameplay mechanics. As Ardyn, players will be able to speed around the environment using his Shadow Move ability. He can also Daemonify enemies, turning them into daemons.
Ahead of Episode Ardyn’s release, Square Enix shared an animated prologue video that sets the stage for the DLC. You can watch it below.
Excluding the multiplayer Comrades expansion, Episode Ardyn marks the fourth DLC chapter Square Enix has released for Final Fantasy XV. The previous three, Episode Gladio, Episode Prompto, and Episode Ignis, each revolved around protagonist Noctis’s retainers.
Episode Ardyn wasn’t intended to be Final Fantasy XV’s last DLC. Square Enix originally had three other DLC episodes planned for the game, but the publisher announced back in November that those have been canceled, and Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has left the company. Square Enix also said that Luminous, the subsidiary developing the DLC, is now devoting its resources to making a new AAA game, although no further details were shared.