Probably To Match The Development Time Of The Game
By: Ricardo Suarez
In an interview conducted at PAX 2016 with IGN, Director of Final Fantasy XV Hajime Tabata has revealed that the story takes places over the course of ten years.
Some eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that in the opening scene revealed in the Gamescom demo that Noctis had grown a beard. When asked about the different appearance of Noctis in the beginning of the game, Tabata had this to say:
“In the opening sequence, you see Regis and Noctis talking to one another and Regis tells him to stand tall… His appearance later on in the game communicates that he has [taken] that to heart and lived with those final words.”
“The whole change in Noctis’ appearance from when the game starts compared to when years have passed [is so] that people would feel the passing of time, and that they were actual living, breathing characters rather than just symbolic characters”
He also went further on to explain that the beard given to Noctis was because “…the one important part for us was to see a little bit of Regis in his appearance 10 years later.”