Final Fantasy 15: New Game + 1.03 Patch & Holiday Pack DLC

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New Game Plus: What Has Changed?

New Game + and patch 1.03 went live as of the 21st of December for Final Fantasy 15. It also rolled out with the both the premium Holiday Pack (for season pass holders) and the free Holiday Pack DLC, more on this later. The total size of this patch/update rolls in as a 3.2GB patch.

New Game Plus mode for Final Fantasy 15 will open up new opportunities for existing gamers and newcomers alike.

There are a number of the features that carry over from your existing old game to New Game Plus, and it will certainly impact your second playthrough.

VG 24//7 did a listing feature of what will carry from your old save to your new game in Final Fantasy 15. For your, convenience here is a quick breakdown of what makes the transition from the old save to the new save.

• All weapons, including all Royal Tomb Arminger weapons

• All magic and magic flasks

• All previously acquired skills

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• All previously acquired ascension grid abilities

• All inventory from your old game save

• All photos, recipes and fish caught

• Gil from your old game save

• AP from your old game save

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• All Treasure/Key items also carry over

• Outfits (including Kingsglaive ones)

The Ultima Blade and Regalia will revert back to their basic forms, however, so you’ll have to go through the process of upgrading them again. The Ring of Lucii doesn’t carry over either.

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What Gameplay Changes Are In New Game Plus?

You can start the New Game + from the main menu. You still have the same options of Normal and Easy difficulty; surprisingly there is no Hard mode. It is also worth noting here that New Game + will overwrite your existing save.

Monster and Boss levels play exactly the same as your first playthrough, there is no scaling of HP or damage to match your higher level in New Game +. Which in short will mean, you will end up doing battle against the same level enemies you did during your first playthrough.

While this may be a disappointment to some Final Fantasy 15 fans, it will still present the nostalgia of playing through the story again. However, your old skills and abilities do give you some extra durability outside of these fights, allowing players to stay out at night and fight some of those high-level daemons that absolutely stomped you in your first playthrough.

It has also been announced that players may get the chance to play Chapter 13 with the changes Director Hajime Tabata stated are in the works in an upcoming short-term update.

Patch 1.03 Additional Changes

Other bits and pieces included in patch 1.03 are as follows;

  • Various Bug Fixes (however the Aranea party glitch still works)
  • Cid can upgrade multiple weapons – You still have to pick them up separately. E.g. Cid could be upgrading the Drain Lance and the Engine blade simultaneously.
  • Changed screen formatting to fix HUD cut-off issues on some displays
  • Photo Op: Quarry is fixed
  • You can now also sell upgradeable weapons.

Free Holiday Pack DLC

Everyone gets the free holiday pack DLC on the 22nd of December; it looks like Square Enix is in the holiday spirit!

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Warrior’s Fanfare,A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Offense outside of training.
Nixperience Band,A device that stops experience points from being tallied preventing the party from levelling up for an added challenge.
Carnival Passport,An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
Chocobo-Mog T-Shirt,An exclusive T-shirt featuring everyone’s favourite fluffy and feathery friends. Colourful and comfy for any carnival-goer (Available late January).

Premium Holiday Pack + DLC

Currently only available for season pass holders and deluxe edition owners, the premium holiday pack + dropped the same date as the free pack, on the 22nd of December.

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Ring of Resistance,A protective piece of jewellery that renders the entire party to be resistant to magical friendly fire.
Tech Turbocharger,A device for Noctis that accelerates the tech bar replenishment rate but freezes the Armiger bar.
Armiger Accelerator,A device for Noctis that accelerates the Armiger bar replenishment rate but freezes the tech bar.
Blitzer’s Fanfare,A scroll of sheet music containing a song of jubilation that provides additional AP for earning an A+ in Time 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 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.
Carnival Passport,An adorably adorned ticket that whisks the bearer away to a fun-filled carnival for a limited time.
Festive Ensemble,A fancy and fun outfit perfectly suited for enjoying the festivities. The darling design puts all who see it in high spirits (available late January).
Holiday Pack + Exclusive Photo Frames,Additional themes the player can add to Prompto’s photos when sharing over social media (available late January).

Square Enix has stated that although there are two different carnival tickets, both provide the same experience despite the different names.

The premium Holiday Pack + DLC pack is currently only available for Season Pass and Digital Premium Edition owners. However, the premium pack should be available for purchase separately for people who don’t own the season pass or have the premium version of Final Fantasy 15 in the near future.

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