The Regalia, also known as the Quartz Regalia (クォーツレガリア, Kwōtsu Regaria?), is the car Noctis Lucis Caelum and his friends use to travel across Eos in Final Fantasy XV. It is King Regis's black convertible identified by its license plate: RHS-113. The party sometimes refers to it as "the old girl," apparently as a habit picked up from Cindy Aurum.
According to Director Hajime Tabata, the Regalia is a member of Noctis's party. It symbolizes the open world of Final Fantasy XV and the idea of "freedom." The Regalia lastly symbolizes King Regis, as the car belongs to him. Overall, the car is a metaphor for the bond Noctis shares with his father, as well as how Regis will preserve his son's journey.
The Regalia can be converted to a flying model, and it is the only aircraft the player can control in Final Fantasy XV.
- 1 Profile
- 2 Story
- 3 Gameplay
- 4 Other appearances
- 5 Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances
- 6 Behind the scenes
- 7 Merchandise
- 8 Gallery
- 9 Etymology
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Profile[edit | edit source]
The Regalia is a black, five-seat convertible with an interior made of dark leather. Its crest resembles a chocobo talon and appears on its hubcaps and the tires, and its license plate lights up at night. The plate reads "Insomnia RHS-113 - The Royal Capital" in reference to the capital of Lucis and Regis Lucis Caelum and has the emblem of Lucis: a winged skull.
The Regalia resembles the real-world Cadillac Ciel and Maybach Exelero. Regarding this, Hajime Tabata has said, "I can't really tell you exactly which company we looked at, but certainly the design of the car in the game was inspired by German car manufacturers and a couple of British cars, as well." At a Final Fantasy XV fan event in Tokyo, it was revealed the Regalia was designed to resemble Rolls-Royce luxury cars.
The player can upgrade the Regalia and customize it with decals and paint jobs; some of these were available as pre-order bonuses.
Story[edit | edit source]
Regis once took a trip across Lucis to Accordo. As shown in an old photograph in Cape Caem, he had the Regalia with him. The car broke on the first leg of their journey, but Cid Sophiar, Regis's mechanic, found a place where he could fix it. Regis returned to Insomnia from his trip, and when he heard his wife Aulea was suddenly entering into labor, he and Cor Leonis—the marshal of the Crownsguard and Regis's friend—dropped everything. They raced the Regalia to the hospital in such a manner they damaged the car. Cor later recounts that Cid was not happy about it, implying he was the one to repair it.
As depicted in the Platinum Demo – Final Fantasy XV, an eight-year-old Noctis fell into a coma following an attack from a daemon. He was guided through a dreamscape by a Carbuncle, who identified the Regalia as the young Noctis's "safe haven" as he associated it with his father. Finding the Regalia in his dream allows Noctis to wake up from his coma.
Noctis Lucis Caelum, Ignis Scientia, Gladiolus Amicitia, and Prompto Argentum prepare to drive the Regalia to Galdin Quay and board a ferry to Altissia where Noctis is to get married. As implied in the Final Fantasy XV Prologue Parting Ways, neither Noctis nor Ignis had ever driven the Regalia before, and neither had ever driven outside the Crown City.
Noctis asks Ignis to not let Prompto drive the Regalia, but the post-credits scene in Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV shows Prompto at the wheel as they drive through the Leide region on the outlands of Lucis, where the Regalia breaks down near the Norduscaean Blockade. Noctis and his friends push it to the Hammerhead service station for Cindy Aurum to repair it. She is instantly taken by the vehicle; Insomnia was isolated behind a magic barrier 30 years ago, and ever since cars of Crown City-make have been rare in the outlands. She comes up with various ways to upgrade the car if Noctis and his friends procure the required materials.
After the fall of Insomnia, Noctis and his friends are on the run from the Niflheim Empire. After they drive the Regalia to the Disc of Cauthess for Noctis to forge a covenant with Titan, one of the gods of Eos, the car is confiscated by Niflheim forces. The party infiltrates an imperial base and reclaims the Regalia, and are allowed to leave with it by Ardyn Izunia, the chancellor of Niflheim who appears to be shadowing them. High Commander Ravus Nox Fleuret knocks Gladiolus into the car during their struggle.
When they escape the continent on King Regis's boat, they take the Regalia with them. It is later held on the train to Gralea, and Noctis drives it to the imperial capital while under attack. The Regalia is destroyed and they are forced to leave it behind. Before abandoning the car, Noctis recalls a time from his youth when it brought his father, King Regis, home to him.
Alternate timeline[edit | edit source]
In another turn of events, Ignis is abducted by Ardyn and taken to Zegnautus Keep to lure Noctis and his group. They arrive in Gralea with Ravus Nox Fleuret's help, with the train ride to Niflheim and Prompto's separation never happening. The group returns to Lucis, seemingly without the Regalia, making it unclear if it was destroyed after Ignis's capture.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
The Regalia can be set to autopilot, driven by Ignis, or driven manually by the player, who controls Noctis. Driving the car manually for the first time earns the Learner's Permit achievement/trophy.
The player can use the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One's shoulder buttons to change camera angles while driving, and they can press and hold or to raise or lower the Regalia's roof (the hood can't be lowered if it's raining, and will automatically lower upon re-entering the vehicle while not raining). Players can honk the car's horn by pressing or , and they can fast-travel to parking spots and outposts they have previously visited.
On the world map, the Regalia is represented by . If the player is separated from the car, it can be summoned through use of the "Call Car" command on the map menu. When driving at night, and when drop ships drop troops onto roads, enemies can attack the gang while they're in the Regalia; this forces the party to exit the car and engage them in battle. In auto mode, the player can select a destination for Ignis to drive to. If Ignis gets stuck, the car will respawn in a more corrected position. The Regalia can be stopped at any time.
Locations on the world map marked with a serve as parking spots, and when the Regalia is near one, it parks automatically. There are usually no loading screens when one drives or flies the Regalia, and the day one patch enables the player to access the main menu and shop when the car is on autopilot.
Initially, Ignis refuses the drive the Regalia at night due to the presence of daemons. This forces Noctis to drive the car himself until he reaches level 30, when Ignis has a change of heart. The player can fast-travel at night, even when Ignis refuses to drive. Regardless of who drives, daemons still pose a threat until the player locates the Enhanced Headlights for Cindy and has her install them. These headlights prevent daemons from appearing. If the player gets the Enhanced Headlights before reaching level 30, Ignis will now let Noctis drive at night.
The player can learn abilities in the Exploration grid of the Ascension to earn EXP and AP for car-rides. This can be used to auto-grind by leaving the car running in circles. Roadlife gains 10 EXP every 0.54 miles traveled by car. Roadrunning gains 1 AP every 1.25 miles traveled by car.
Petrol[edit | edit source]
The Regalia runs on gasoline. The tank is refilled for 10 gil no matter the pre-existing fuel level. The tank can be enlarged by Cindy if the player brings her the required parts. If Regalia runs out of fuel, the player will need to push it to the next gas station, or call Cindy to tow it for 100 gil.
Noctis fills the tank everywhere but in Hammerhead, where Cindy will do it.
Petrol station locations:
- Galdin Quay
- Coernix Station - Alstor
- Coernix Station - Cauthess
- Taelpar Rest Area
- Cauthess Rest Area
- Old Lestallum
- Coernix Station - Lestallum
- Burbost Souvenir Emporium
- Meldacio Hunter HQ
- Verinas Mart - Ravatogh
Regalia Type-D[edit | edit source]
Cindy, you have seriously outdone yourself!
Prompto when riding on the Regalia Type-D
The Type-D was added in patch 1.11. In the normal game, it can be remodeled at any time by visiting Cindy at the Hammerhead, but in the Royal/Windows Edition it can be remodeled in Chapter 8. The player must inspect the blue prints at the body shop to trigger a quest where Cindy sends the party to find tires at the Norduscaen Blockade.
The Type-D allows the player to take full control of the Regalia off-road. It can jump if the player presses / while on the ground, with a cooldown lasting roughly a couple seconds. If the player performs a particularly impressive jump, time will slow down and the party will pose as the car travels through the air. This is called a "Big Jump" and is assigned a score based on distance and the smoothness of the landing. In the Windows/Royal Editions the player can buy an upgrade at the Totomostro prize shop that makes the Regalia Type-D inflict fire-elemental damage to enemies when jumping. Experience and items can still be obtained by killing enemies with the Type-D. Ignis can still auto-drive the Regalia, but the vehicle must be near a road.
In the regular version of the game, the player can get Type-D in Chapter 1, where Noctis can only drive the car during the daytime. Ignis will never drive off-road. Therefore, if the player leaves the Regalia off-road, they can only tow it. Once in Chapter 2, Noctis can drive and the player can leave the Regalia off-road.
The Type-D has a durability meter starting at 100%, and can damage enemies if it rams them or lands on them. It will lose durability if enemies attack it or when crashing into objects, and should the car's durability meter fall to 0%, the party will be forced out of the vehicle and will need to tow it to Cindy. The car is safe from harm if the party is not currently in it. The Type-D will not be pulled over by nearby enemies.
The Type-D can be driven on the arches in Duscae. Jumping into Taelpar Crag (i.e. when crossing the bridge near Secullam Pass) will lead to a Game Over. The player also can't park in specific spots, such as on havens, and will be teleported away before exiting. When driving out of outpost parking spots, through Lestallum, or near random NPCs, control is limited in a similar manner to when driving in the normal Regalia, indicated by a notice reading "Smart Steering" on the HUD. Attempting to drive out of bounds anywhere, or rambunctiously through a smart-steering zone, will cause the screen to briefly go black and respawn the vehicle back to its prior location.
The Regalia Type-D reverts to the original model when following Ardyn to the Disc of Cauthess in Chapter 4, and when Gladiolus is absent from the party in Chapter 7. Whenever the party is outside of Lucis in Chapters 9-13, the Regalia will be in its original model, but returning to Lucis by calling Umbra will return the Regalia Type-D if it had been remodeled before leaving. If the Regalia is remodeled to Type-D in the base game and the Royal Pack is installed afterwards, access to the Type-D remains available throughout the Royal Edition, but the sidequest that normally grants access to the remodel in Chapter 8 will still be available.
The Windows and Royal Editions have a post game quest with Talcott Hester in the Kingsglaive Base Camp. He gives Noctis a key to a garage where the party will find a replica Regalia Type-D, which they can drive in Insomnia. The new Regalia never runs out of fuel, and the player is not ejected from the vehicle when running into enemies. It takes damage, but Talcott can repair it.
Races[edit | edit source]
Pass all checkpoints and cross the finish line within the allotted time.
Loading screen description
The Windows/Royal Edition has three "cross country test drives" around Lucis the player can partake with the Type-D to get further enhancements for it. The racing attendant is the same person who manages the item shop at Hammerhead. The first race at the Three Valleys appears after the player has modified their car to Type-D, and the other two appear after the player completes the first race. Talking to the attendant lets the player race even if the player has reverted their car to the base model, and the car will be automatically converted.
The races need to be finished within a rather generous time limit and players can generally manage them even if they go off course and bump into obstacles. Races can be done in any weather and time of day, and weather can change during the race. Completing all races earns Speed Daemon achievement/trophy and various bumper modifications that make Type-D resistant to collision.
- The Three Valleys - Great Leiden Run - Support Bumper
- Coernix Station - Cauthess - Duscaen Motor Challenge - Sturdy Bumper
- The Vesperpool - Cross-Cleigne Safari - Supersteel Bumper
- Challenge Rally
The Google Stadia version has new Regalia Type-D races known as "Challenge Rally."
Regalia Type-F[edit | edit source]
During the post-game, the player can complete the "Into Unknown Frontiers" sidequest to transform the Regalia into the Regalia Type-F, a model capable of flight. The player needs the following key items:
- Strange Engine - Found in Formouth Garrison, in area behind where the player had the main fight.
- Warped Wings - Found in Aracheole Stronghold, in a small room to left of entrance to the main fight.
- Unstable Stabilizer - Obtained during the quest Imperial Infiltration in Fort Vaullerey.
The player can fly almost anywhere in Lucis bar Lestallum and the Vesperpool. Landing the Regalia Type-F badly, or hitting an obstacle, results in a Game Over. The Regalia Type-F can only land on roads, and it is the only means of accessing the portion of the map in the north near Rock of Ravatogh; landing here lets the player visit the Pitioss Ruins. The Type-F has an unlimited fuel supply for both car and plane modes, making the Magitek Generator obsolete. The Regalia Type-F functions identically to the default model when driven, though its increased physical length can lead to issues when turning and parking. The switch to plane mode can only be made once the car reaches adequate speed, and the time of the transformation requires enough straight length of road for take off to avoid collision and subsequent Game Over.
The plane must be controlled manually when in flight, even if the car started out being driven on Auto by Ignis. In the air it has a top speed of 100 mph and a minimum speed of 65 mph, as it cannot stop midair or reverse. The player must hold the "Land" button to make a soft landing without damaging the Regalia, and there needs to be enough length of road to allow time for the deceleration and transformation back into car mode. If the player lands too far and a U-turn needs to be made, they should also keep the decelerate button pressed. Flying will not award EXP or AP from Roadlife or Roadrunning. By visiting Cindy at Hammerhead, the player can revert the Regalia to its original form.
- Magna Flight
Magna Flight is a new minigame available in the Google Stadia version where the player flies the Regalia Type-F while using the gravity well to collect objects while dodging enemies. The goal is to and haul the cargo to a marked location without crashing.
Events while in the Regalia[edit | edit source]
Sometimes, Prompto sees photo opportunities while the Regalia is in motion. When he does, he asks to stop, and taking the picture becomes a short sidequest. He also randomly asks Noctis of whom he should take pictures of. When driving late and the party passes an outpost, Prompto will ask the party to stay there for the night, but the player doesn't need to heed his request. If the player is on a hunt quest and they drive into the mark's vicinity, Ignis wants to stop there if he is the one driving. Monsters sometimes cross the road, and if the Regalia is on autopilot, it stops to let them pass. If it starts raining while the party is driving, Prompto will ask for the roof to be put up.
In Chapter 4, Noctis is forced to drive the Regalia and must follow Ardyn Izunia to the Disc of Cauthess. If he fails to keep up with the imperial chancellor, it is Game Over. The player cannot drive the Regalia at night when Iris Amicitia is in the party during Chapter 6.
Customization[edit | edit source]
Cindy assists the player in customizing and upgrading the Regalia once Noctis collects the necessary Auto Parts. This includes applying different coats of paint and various decals. The different colors of paint can be mixed from the items the player collects, often from procurement points for minerals. The player can always revert the Regalia to its default look. The customization carries over (excluding Type-F) to New Game Plus and chapter select.
Upgrades[edit | edit source]
While a majority of the Regalia's upgrades are obtained by completing the sidequests Cindy offers, others can be bought. The player can also expand the car radio's music selection by purchasing additional collections of Final Fantasy music at outposts.
Servicing the Regalia[edit | edit source]
The Regalia can be damaged from collisions, and Cindy repairs this damage for a fee. This service is sometimes unavailable if Ignis is the one who damaged the car; in this case, the player must manually damage the Regalia before Cindy can fix it. Servicing the Type-D will fully replenish its Durability.
Shop[edit | edit source]
The player can shop from the car menu. New items are added to it as the player progresses. The leisure goods don't get the tackle shop discount for Noctis's fishing level. The Regalia is also the only shop that sells Leiden Sweet Potatoes.
The following list is from Chapter 15.
Items[edit | edit source]
|Potion||50||Items||Restores half of HP.|
|Hi-Potion||100||Items||Fully restores HP.|
|Elixir||400||Items||Fully restores HP and MP and regenerates half of maximum HP.|
|Hi-Elixir||800||Items||Restores maximum HP and MP.|
|Phoenix Down||1000||Items||Brings fallen party members back to life. Temporarily increases HP and MP recovery rate.|
|Gold Needle||50||Items||Cures Stone.|
|Smelling Salts||50||Items||Cures Confusion.|
|Maiden's Kiss||100||Items||Cures Toad.|
|Ether||100||Items||Fully restores MP.|
|Remedy||500||Items||Cures Poison, Stone, Confusion, and Toad.|
|Power EX||500||Items||Boosts attack.|
|Mettle VX||500||Items||Boosts defense.|
|Spirit ZX||500||Items||Boosts spirit.|
|Verve WX||500||Items||Boosts magic.|
Accessories[edit | edit source]
|Star Pendant||3000||Accessory||Protects from Poison.|
|Rainbow Pendant||3000||Accessory||Protects from Confusion.|
|Moon Pendant||3000||Accessory||Protects from Toad.|
|Earth Pendant||3000||Accessory||Protects from Stone.|
|Golden Hourglass||3000||Accessory||Protects from Stop.|
Ingredients[edit | edit source]
Treasures[edit | edit source]
|Repair Kit||100||Treasures||Used for broken down cars sidequests.|
Leisure Goods[edit | edit source]
|Spider Silk||30||Leisure Goods||1,000 durability fishing line.|
|Super Baleen||100||Leisure Goods||1,500 durability fishing line.|
|Dragon's Beard||500||Leisure Goods||2,000 durability fishing line.|
|Poppeck: Chocobo||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Poppeck: White Chocobo||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Poppeck: Red Chocobo||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Sweet Jamming: Custard||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Sweet Jamming: Flan||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Sweet Jamming: Mousse||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Bomber: Bomb||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Bomber: Ice Bomb||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Bomber: Thunder Bomb||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Needle 1,000: Cactuar||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Needle 1,000: Metal Cactuar||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Needle 1,000: Gold Cactuar||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure|
|Whiskers: Pearly Moogle||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Whiskers: Crystal||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Whiskers: Chocolate||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Fatal Roulette: Ahriman||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Fatal Roulette: Floating Eye||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Fatal Roulette: Bloody Eye||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Stinker: Malboro||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Stinker: Malbodoom||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Stinker: Great Malboro||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Deadly Waters: Sahagin||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Deadly Waters: Coraldevil||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Deadly Waters: Seadevil||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Jumbo Tusk: Garula||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Jumbo Tusk: Green Garula||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Jumbo Tusk: Garulessa||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Giant Needle 10,000: Gigantuar||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Giant Needle 10,000: Metal Gigantuar||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Giant Needle 10,000: Gold Gigantuar||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Hot Breather: Red Dragon||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Hot Breather: Green Dragon||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Hot Breather: Blue Dragon||50||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Burrower: Mad Pink Sandworm||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Burrower: Green Sandworm||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Burrower: Abyss Worm||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Stormer: Focalor||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Stormer: Purple Belly Focalor||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Stormer: Chert Focalor||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Invincible Iron Giant||200||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
|Gemlight: Caster Carbuncle||3000||Leisure Goods||Fishing lure.|
Key Items[edit | edit source]
|Portable MP3 Player||100||Key Items||Music player for the field.|
|Beast Whistle||Key Items||Summon enemies on the field.|
Other appearances[edit | edit source]
The Regalia Type-G is a 4-seat flying mount reward for the players participating in the Final Fantasy XIV x Final Fantasy XV limited time collaboration event A Nocturne for Heroes. It is a replica of the Regalia Type-F produced by the Garlond Ironworks.
Omen[edit | edit source]
In a vision King Regis has of the future, his son Noctis drives the Regalia alone and stops by a petrol station. Pryna appears in a nearby field, and Noctis crashes the car after spotting her.
The demo features a scenario that is not in the final game, but loosely based on the segment in Chapter 5 where the party loses the Regalia. After Prompto crashes the Regalia, the player must come up with 25,000 gil to pay Cindy for the repairs at the Coernix Station of Duscae region.
A drivable Regalia was originally meant to appear in Episode Duscae, but it was removed because Hajime Tabata did not want the demo to be driving-focused and thus deviate too far from fan expectations for a Final Fantasy game.
Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[edit | edit source]
As part of a collaboration with Microsoft Studios and Turn 10 Studios, the 723 Quartz Regalia appears in Forza Horizon 3 as a downloadable vehicle. The car was made free for all players who played either Forza Horizon 3 or Final Fantasy XV on Xbox One prior to August 1, 2017. The announcement trailer for the collaboration depicts a scene that alludes to the Omen trailer.
The Regalia was made available again in Forza Horizon 4 as part of the February 2019 Series 6 Update. It now comes with the offroad-oriented Type D variant as a drivable vehicle as well.
- For more information, see this page at the Forza Wiki.
The Regalia appears in the background of the Hammerhead Service Station stage in Tekken 7. The stage is available as part of the Noctis DLC package.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Design[edit | edit source]
The Regalia's initial design prioritized character over realism, but it was changed to make the car look more modern and befitting of a king. The designers wanted the car to embody royalty and things like dignity, elegance, and intellect.
A black convertible served as the basis of the Regalia's new look, and it was intended to be customizable. The developers gathered a pictures and videos from various car manufacturers and researched luxury cars. They sat in such cars and took pictures to familiarize with their shapes and the feeling of materials. Based on the team's experiences and the reference materials, the aim was to design a realistic, manufacturable car, not just a concept car. The team reached out to specialists to correspond their design to a real product and iterated and adjusted everything until the final result was deemed convincing. The most challenging aspect in designing the Regalia was making sure that even people uninterested in cars would feel the car has value. The designers were instructed that the car should appear it would be priced over $500,000 in real life.
The idea for a flying Regalia came about due to feedback of players wanting traditional Final Fantasy airships to return, and the development team's own thoughts behind adding features beyond just customizing the car's appearance. The flying Regalia was designed based on an actual airplane. The team incorporated the natural movements and necessary wing structures required for flying. When designing the Regalia Type-F the team had two principal objectives: it should be obvious at a glance that the car can fly, and it had to look suitably impressive when airborne. The developers thus wanted to make the car's body as aerodynamic as possible, with wings spreading like those of a living creature. Similarity with an aircraft was enhanced by making the roof transparent, enabling the player to see the party inside. The transformation parts were made using sketches and rough samples based on the finalized 3D Regalia model. The team refined the result through many iterations.
Symbolism[edit | edit source]
The Regalia belongs to King Regis and symbolizes him. It is a metaphor for "[Noctis] taking his father's love, burdens, and bond on the road to his destiny." It was important to Director Hajime Tabata that the bond between Noctis and his father, as well as the Regalia, be focused upon. This is because children in Japan are proud of their father's car. It is a "big thing" to go on a ride and have the car's functions explained. Tabata described this as a wonderful experience from his youth that he wanted to portray in Final Fantasy XV.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
The Regalia had a big influence on how the open world itself was designed. Originally, the Regalia's steering wheel was on its right side, like cars in Japan. This was changed after a long discussion as a result of Eos's lore, which states cars were first developed in Niflheim and then exported to other nations, which adapted to suit their design. In-game, the location of the car's steering wheel is said to be the result of the large number of right-handed imperial citizens. Square Enix decided to adjust driving so it was a uniform practice, feeling that changing the signage and necessary driving position would confuse players. It was then decided that cars in Final Fantasy XV would drive on the right side of the road and have their steering wheels on the left side so Noctis's journey could resemble a road trip through the United States. Developers considered allowing players to decide which way traffic moved, but this was deemed too cumbersome.
The player was planned to be able to craft items in the trunk of the Regalia. For example, putting meat in would turn it into jerky. It evolved into plans for an event in which Cindy puts luggage into the trunk, but ultimately, the trunk was cut from the game.
In the master version of Final Fantasy XV playable at Gamescom, the player held the right trigger to accelerate, and the Regalia steered itself. U-turns and parking were automatic processes activated by a single face button. When Final Fantasy XV appeared next at PAX West, players were free to steer the Regalia. This caused issues in the game, so developers decided to perfect this mechanic before implementing it.
At the Game Developers' Conference in March 2017, Square Enix showed off-the-road footage with the Regalia from a development environment. This version, dubbed Regalia Type-D, was released as a free update in June 2017. The developers had wanted to include the off-road Regalia since release, but it was not possible because of scheduling.
Square Enix had stated players in Japan and the United States could have listened to MP3s on the Regalia's radio, but that it would not be allowed in Europe because stricter laws are in effect. Nevertheless the feature was never implemented in the final game.
Curiosities[edit | edit source]
The Regalia would be worth ¥50,000,000 ($440,000) in the real world.
The gauges in Regalia's dashboard display the accurate units. The clock displays the in-game time. The speedometer stays at the maximum speed limit, but after Cindy upgrades the engine, the speedometer matches accordingly. The fuel gauge shows how much fuel is left, and the turn signals on the instrument cluster blink when the Regalia turns. The gear select indicator moves between park, reverse, and drive. When playing without the HUD, these gauges can actually be useful, especially the fuel gauge.
In the PC benchmark, using Nvidia Ansel, one can move the camera around, and find a monitor on the dashboard under Regalia's clock that is not normally visible. The car is apparently playing GOLDEN YEARS Singles 1996-2001 by the Japanese band The Yellow Monkey. Another detail is that when Noctis hands Ignis his cup of Ebony, Ignis places it in the cup holder next to his seat, and may take further sips from it as he drives.
In the main game opening, the car parked at the bottom of the stairs in the Citadel is not the Regalia; it resembles the car shown in Final Fantasy Versus XIII trailers. In Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition, the car in this scene is the Regalia.
The Tokyo Game Show 2014 trailer shows the party driving on a stone arch near the Cauthess meteorite, but the car cannot be driven off the road in its normal state. During a livestream on October 2, 2014, Hajime Tabata discussed internet memes that featured Noctis and his friends in the Regalia. Square Enix encouraged the development of more memes for publicity purposes and released art assets of the scene these depicted.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
A Final Fantasy XV sunshade for a car is available from Square Enix Store as a members' reward. It displays the party inside the Regalia parked at Hammerhead, the roof up and Noctis on the driver's seat.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Regalia is Latin plurale tantum for the privileges and insignia characteristic of a sovereign. It stems from the Latin adjective regalis, which means "regal," as well as from rex, which means "king."
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References[edit | edit source]
- Final Fantasy XV: Stella is gone, Episode Duscae 2.0 slated for June 9 — Gematsu.com
- All-in-One Final Fantasy XV Article: Five Interviews And Tons of New Information — Squareportal.net
- GC 2015: Final Fantasy XV interview with Hajime Tabata (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Nova Crystallis
- Final Fantasy XV Gets New Screenshots, Amazing Artwork and…Street Signs From Fan Meeting in Tokyo (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at DualSHOCKERS
- Why the Final Fantasy 15 demo isn't letting you drive its meme-worthy car (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Polygon
- Forza Horizon 3 - Introducing the Regalia (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Forza Motorsport
- Designing Final Fantasy XV’s incredible luxury car, the Regalia (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at The Verge
- 26 Pieces of Gorgeous Final Fantasy XV Concept Art - IGN First (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at IGN
- Final Fantasy XV Collector's Edition Guidebook developer interviews
- Final Fantasy XV Collector's Edition Guidebook developer interviews
- 16 More Things We Learned About Final Fantasy 15 (Accessed: August 30, 2015) at Gamespot
- Final Fantasy XV – Interview mit Hajime Tabata (German) (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Spieletester
- Final Fantasy XV at PAX 2015: 2016 release, March event, progress report, concept art, and driving gameplay (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Gematsu
- Designing the Car in Final Fantasy XV – Lore & Driving Mechanics Explained (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Square Portal
- Uncovered: 4Gamer interview translation (interview with Tabata-san and Nozue-san) (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at A Bit Of Laughter
- Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Exhibition - Synopsis of Panel with the Developers of FFXV (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at /r/FFXV at reddit.com
- In Conversation with ‘Final Fantasy XV’ Director Hajime Tabata (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Vice
- Final Fantasy XV Interview: Director Talks Improvement, Frame Rate, Map, DLC, Weapons and Much More (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Dualshockers
- The past, present and future of Final Fantasy 15 (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Eurogamer
- All the Final Fantasy XV details from Famitsu (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Nova Crystallis
- Screenshot of hidden panel
- Final Fantasy XV Director Encourages Fans To Make More Car Memes (Accessed: August 15, 2019) at Siliconera