It’s no secret that I am not a fan of the direction that Final Fantasy 15 (FF15) took with the series. At the end of the day I was willing to write it off as they had to do something with the game since it was delayed to high hell. Or even that we should be grateful that it came out at all. I was even going to accept that the series isn’t for me any more which may still be the case. However, an excerpt from an upcoming interview with Game Informer via Novacrystallis has pricked my fan girl irritation. The interview has quotes from Tabata saying that the Final Fantasy 15 story is working as intended which is concerning.
What he actually said was this:
“It was for the players to experience the story through Noctis’ eyes,” he told the magazine. “The world and the events that Noctis sees are merely things that are seen through his eyes. We didn’t want to create a comprehensive and perfectly balanced story in this game. Instead, we placed importance on the main characters and for the player and Noctis to share the same experience when we tell the story.”
What? Are you serious? So what you’re saying is that you want the players to be just as confused or lost as Noctis is because it’s a shared experience? Where is that ever a good story telling device. I was listening to the Ultima Final Fantasy podcast and they put it perfectly. One of the best ways to add suspense is for the player/watcher to know what is there even if the characters do not. If you don’t then why should we care?
My mind is so overwhelmed with feelings I’m not exactly sure what to think. I was hoping that the DLC and the free revamp of the Chapter 13 would improve the story telling of the game. However, when you have the director saying that we aren’t supposed to be able to make sense of the story it feels like the effort for any DLC or fixes are unnecessary. At the very least it makes it appear like any additional exposition goes against the director’s wishes and may have been pushed by Square Enix.
I’ve ranted on long enough so let me know what you think. Has this news changed your feelings or perceptions of the game? Should Tabata have said nothing about this and skirted the issue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Until Next Time,
Edit 2/15/17: Grammer in the title