Final Fantasy 15 in-game food was cooked by devs

All of Final Fantasy 15's delicious food was actually cooked by its developers so it could be captured in-game.

@DeekeTweak
Published Thu, Dec 22 2016 5:24 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

Final Fantasy 15 is notorious for it's delicious photo-realistic grub--it looks so good that you'll often find yourself with a grumbling tummy after Iggy cooks up something for the boys. As it turns out, the devs made most of those dishes themselves to ensure the food was represented as authentically as possible.

It's funny to be so impressed by something small like in-game food, but Square Enix shows that even the smallest things deserve the most attention. To be fair, though, food is an integral part of the game: it brings Noctis, Gladio, Ignis and Prompto together as friends, nourishes their vitality, and gives healthy status bonuses to boot. But it's more than that--the food in FF15 has a homely quality to it, and has actually inspired many to create their own recipes.

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"Journey is the key theme of FFXV. As such, camping is very important as it means both the end of the current day and the preparation for the next day. When we started developing the game, we wanted to emphasize the sense of reality. We saw the use of photorealistic meals and dishes as a weal to contribute to that objective.

"To accomplished that, we tried several methods and ultimately reached the result you can see in the game. Many dishes were actually cooked by our staff, using real ingredients. We took photos of them and worked hard to replicated them in the game.

"The fact that we had at our disposal actual pictures of dishes that we had eaten ourselves is the secret of the photorealistic quality that we reached. Incidentally, we wanted the player to truly experience the journey: the fact that new dishes become available as you travel the world and reach new locations was a way to strengthen this feeling.

"All these factors explain why we put so much effort into the creation of this feature."

-- Tomohiro Hasegawa, Final Fantasy 15 developer, Square Enix, Piggyback's Official FF15 guidebook

As a homage to these delicious dishes, I've included some in-game snapshots of some of the most lip-smacking recipes the game has to offer. But there's one that's not so delicious--in fact, it's utterly awf...I mean offal.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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