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Final Fantasy 15 updated demo coming next week

Final Fantasy 15's demo, Episode Duscae, is being patched to its "2.0" version and will be available on June 9, director Hajime Tabata announced today.

In a lengthy Active Time Report stream, Tabata discussed the game's current state, the development team and the demo, which gave Square Enix "loads" of feedback from players. The patch will add new features and general improvements.

Tabata also discussed several changes from Final Fantasy 15 in its original form, Final Fantasy Versus 13, to the game it is today. Most notable of those changes is the introduction of a new heroine, Luna. Luna replaces Stella, who was to play opposite of Noctis in the original game.

"We wanted to keep her as a heroine in Final Fantasy 15's story and pursued ways to tie her in to Final Fantasy 15's design as well, but we found it increasingly difficult to make sense of Stella's character and role within Final Fantasy 15," Tabata said. "So then we thought, do we want to recreate Stella with a different role and image, or do we want to start over with a new heroine? After a lot of consideration, we decided not to include Stella in Final Fantasy 15.

"Instead, we have a new heroine named Luna, who has a different role within the story. So we will be talking about her more in the future."

Tabata reiterated that Final Fantasy 15 is a different game than Versus and has changed somewhat from what players have seen previously. Other differences include scenes or sequences that have been "deleted" entirely from the game, like the city attack players saw in the opening trailer for Versus.

"There is a good reason behind it," Tabata said of the change. "Scenes like those had to be regressed because of a very critical factor ... it could be construed a spoiler, so I can't tell you about it here."

You can watch the full stream above. For more on Final Fantasy 15, check out our interview with Tabata and watch us play through Episode Duscae below.