For game that's been in development for like a decade and spanning an entire console generation, it has a lot to live up to.
A lot is riding on this actually. If this game flops then you might not see very many AAA blockbuster home console games from Japan any more. The Japanese domestic market has largely shifted to handheld consoles and mobile. A. That's what suits their general domestic audience's life styles more. B. Smaller scale games are cheaper and easier to make. They become profitable much faster too. Brave Default is a good example of a game made specifically for those market conditions.
Their domestic market is large enough to support itself. In recent years there's been fewer attempts to chase the Western markets by some developer/publishers, probably because a lot of such "made for Western sensibilities" games of the last console generation bombed financially.
I haven't played it, but Gameloft make really competent, high budget, polished games for mobile. They're pretty much the Ubisoft of mobile (I'm not even kidding, they share a lot of the same founders/executive management).
LATEST GAMING CONTROVERSY: FF XV director says that an all-male cast of playable characters is more accessible for players.
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Maybe something was lost in the translation when he was quoted here? IMO they're still servicing their female fans by having all of the pretty boys from the blue bishounen ghetto for them to fap to.
Well, there was an all-female cast once, so now it's kinda reversed, I guess. Some years ago I was talking about Yakuza 4 with one of my Japanese friends, and she told me that the reason why the main characters are all male (and handsome) is that a lot of games over there are marketed towards grown-up women. Maybe that's the reason. Or maybe they really just want to tell a bro-story .
As for jRPGs inspired by western RPGs... well, there are some. Actually, Final Fantasy 12 really feels like Baldur's Gate/Icewind Dale in 3D to me. Vagrant Story, King's Field (and Dark Souls), or Dragon's Dogma were obviously inspired by western RPGs and medieval Europe. I always thought that the Suikoden games are something in-between, too.
Then again... What's a jRPG anyway ? Is it a genre or is it just an RPG made in Japan? I remember that another Japanese friend explained to me, that over there they call games like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest "light RPGs".
Who knows ?
I could see it potentially agering the feminist or equal rights crowd particularly with the accessibility comment, but reading further it actually makes sense. If you want to tell a story of close male bonding and intimacy, throwing in a girl right in the middle kinda puts a wrench in that. Especislly if its war themed were armies have historically been male dominated (and no one bats an eye at the all male cast of SPR or recent Fury)
Typical reaction for the tumblr crowd though.
All female party? Empowering and creative.
All male party? ZOMG MISOGONY!
Typical post from Tony: that ^
You know I'm right though.
I know you're over-generalising to treat large numbers of people as fungible, because you don't have the reasoning chops to employ nuance when making a point.
Tony's posts in a nutshell:
Besides which SJW types are pretty fungible due to their extremely short attention spans. Both the issues and their heroes change on a weekly basis.....even if reciting canned, interchangeable talking points wasn't the extent of their mental faculties. Even citizens of the Tetragrammaton are more unique.
Only in your mind Tony. Only in your mind.
Your personal descriptor of SJW seems to be pretty broad.
It's enduringly hilarious how often you shoe-horn your little bug bear into such a diverse range of non-related topics.
Did a SJW harm a member of your family or something?
I've yet to see you point out any examples of "nuance" in their side....and almost by definition the people who are outraged about the existence of an all-male party in an RPG aren't nuanced people. They themselves are the ones who are incapable of understanding "nuance" and instead apply a blank slate charge of "sexism" to any male dominated space.
Not to mention that your comment is even more hilarious due to the nuance of my comment that you're completely oblivious to.
I'd throw the same back at you. I can't even enjoy a nice, old-school RPG without SJW bozos bullying the developer into patching out every innocuous joke they don't like.It's enduringly hilarious how often you shoe-horn your little bug bear into such a diverse range of non-related topics.
How about they leave the rest of us the fuck alone one every so often instead of acting like evangelists charged with a divine mission to disrupt every "wrong" attitude they encounter? I'd be more than happy to ignore them if only they were content to leave what i like the fuck alone.
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Also to be fair this game originally wasn't supposed to be a mainline Final Fantasy game, just a spin-off loosely using the mythos established in FF XIII.
Not to mention how you can't even play a Bioware game without every other character rambling on about how gay he is....which is fine, but it's pretty pathetic when studios are forced to put in characters that shallow to appease tumblerites and twitterites.I can't even enjoy a nice, old-school RPG without SJW bozos bullying the developer into patching out every innocuous joke they don't like.
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Only in your miiiiind...
Besides, I'm pretty sure nobody forced Bioware to put gay and bisexual characters in their games.They have been doing it before either Twitter or Tumblr were even a thing.
Personally I've always enjoyed games with male protagonists more, and never really could enjoy/take it serious with a female lead character, well, the exception being Resident Evil and the Thief2X campaign.
"Little Miss Badass" trope that tends to dominate with "diversity" females in games.
FEELGOOD HIT OF THE SUMMER
or of next fall, whatever. This is looking better and better.