Final Fantasy XV is due to be released very soon and the buildup to this globally loved role-playing game is immense. The trailers and the demo release of the game have told us a few things about the new game in the Final Fantasy franchise. As it turns out, the game is going to go against the franchise’s traditions when talking about the main story and characters in the game.
First of all, unlike other Final Fantasy releases – which revolved around the stories of corrupt empires, airships, and powerful crystals – the story Final Fantasy XV is based around a road trip. Yes, the story in the new game features a long travel by road where the ragtag band of Noctis and his friends will be making pit stops to slay monsters and devour enemy empire’s operations.
Another very significant liberation by Final Fantasy XV is the cast of the game’s main story. The lead cast of Final Fantasy XV is known to comprise of mainly male characters with only two female characters. This one came as a bit of shocker for the fans specially because ladies in classy suits swinging katana swords is one of the most sensational element of the franchise.
Press release personnel – including the director of Final Fantasy Hajime Tabata – have been quite loud about the matter and have answered most of the questions raised about the matter. First things first: the bold move by the developers is not an act of anti-feminism or any such global feud for that matter.
So here is what the director of Final Fantasy Hajime Tabata told Examiner last year, when he talked about the next release: Tabata mentioned that there will be quite a number of female characters who will cross paths with the boys and the road they are on. He told Examiner how the female characters will play vital roles in the shaping of the story except just being love interests of male lead characters. So far we know of only two important female characters in the game, Cidney and Lunafreya.
The explanation from the developers is also reasonable. Tabata told GameSpot that an all-men cast is a better option for the players. He further added the story will be shaped on the player’s’ decisions and introduction of even a single woman would turn around the mentality of the gamers. To avoid that behavioral change, and to ensure a natural, sincere and honest mind-set towards the story, it was the best course of action.
“The world might be ready to see the curtain lifted on what boys do when girls aren’t around, when they come out of the tent all prim and proper. That’s kind of the idea behind it… we think, male or female player, that everyone will feel a certain connection and bond with the four characters.” – Tabata in an interview with GameSpot
Let’s be honest, it is true, with all the open sex-oriented relationships between the character, the players do behave differently in the game. A game with such high-end graphics is sure to provide some stunning images. The possibility of – even the farthest – being able to see one of the beautiful female characters naked might ignite a temptation in the player’s mind which would persuade them to take a different course of action than they naturally would have chosen.