Final Fantasy XV Update 1.12: How To Drive Type-D Regalia Off-Road While Waiting For Episode Prompto

Prompto's Selfie-Taking Skills Shine Best While Leaping Off Sheer Rock Faces
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With Episode Prompto on the way, Final Fantasy 15 players may have noticed their game has been updated to version 1.12.

The lion’s share of Final Fantasy XV update 1.12 is devoted to Episode Prompto prep, but while you wait for the DLC to arrive, you’ll finally be able to enjoy true freedom in the Regalia. Gone are the days of being confined to the road like any normal driver. Now you can take your dad’s car and bust it through the mud and swamps, mowing over any little buggers who get in your way.

The download is 8.65 GB, and here’s what it contains:

  • Implementation of Regalia Type-D off-road customization option (available at Hammerhead)

  • Conclusion of survey regarding future updates

  • Addition of compatibility with Episode Prompto

  • Addition of pieces from Episode Prompto to music player tracklist

  • Various bug fixes

It’s easy to get the Regalia Type-D off-road. First, update to version 1.12 and then load up a save file. Go speak to Cindy at Hammerhead, and she’ll tell you about the new off-road upgrade. Select it from the customization menu, confirm your decision and the upgrade is yours.

You can use a post-completion save, but if you’re still working your way through the main storyline, you can actually use this upgrade as early as Chapter 3. There’s roughly a zillion and a half sidequests that open up around that time, so zooming around off-round should be really helpful to your completion of those tasks.

To actually use the off-road car, you’ll need to steer away from outposts or other NPC-filled zones (the car will stick to the road in such locales). Just steer around as you would in any other driving game.

Another fun new function is the jump option: hit circle or B to jump your Regalia Type-D over any obstacles in your way as long as the bottom left indicator is green. Your party loses it over this action and even takes selfies. While you can run and jump over enemies, don’t expect any XP for this. You also can’t ride the Type-D through lakes or off the map, but maybe we’ll get a Type-S Submersible Regalia one day. And maybe, in the depths of a distant lake, a glint of emerald will gleam….

Uh, horrible marine flashbacks aside, you can also ride up rock spires and arches and leap off them for a “Big Jump” trick. The Type-D is also too heavy to push so if you run out of fuel, you’ll need that bad boy towed. Finally, there’s some new Episode Prompto tunes on the radio for your enjoyment.

As for Episode Prompto, get ready for angst, feels, gunplay and magic: "Separated from the group and alone in the arctic, Prompto fights to discover the truth of his origin. Take down enemies with bazookas, ride the snowmobile, and snap selfies along the way!" Like previous DLC, you’ll be playing as the titular DLC character alone.

Here’s the first 15 minutes of the DLC for your viewing convenience, though of course, you risk spoilers at your own will:

P.S.: Your reward for beating Episode Prompto is an Episode Ignis trailer, so if Ignis is your best boy (back off, he’s mine), you’re going to want to take a look at this:

Episode Prompto comes out tomorrow, while Episode Ignis comes out in December. Can’t forget the VR fishing spinoff, either: Monster of the Deep releases this September.

Can you fish up Leviathan? Is your body ready for all this beautifully rendered sturm und drang? Feel free to talk about your hopes for Final Fantasy XV DLC in the comments section below.

Final Fantasy XV
Combat, Plot, Characters Create Something Flawed, Beautiful, Fantastic
Despite it's flaws, Final Fantasy XV is a milestone achievement: not just for being completed, but for being completed with polish, aplomb and love.
  • Engaging main cast of characters
  • Fun, fast-paced combat
  • A massive, beautiful world to explore
  • The Regalia!
  • Continuous updates have addressed some shortcomings of the initial release
  • Major aspects of the story feel rushed or absent, particularly toward the end of the game
  • Stealth sequences feel out of place
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