Final Fantasy 15 is still on that teasing 2015 list. There's been no news about its release date for the Xbox One and PS4 in quite some time, and of course this title was announced back in 2006. Its run into a number of difficulties along the way and has now even swapped generations. So there's plenty of room for controversy in terms of Square Enix's latest venture into this world.
But what has fans so annoyed about FFXV at the moment? What about Final Fantasy XV has people irritated in terms of its release and marketing strategies? Well, we've always had the lack of female characters to contend with, but now it seems they've been replaced with FELINE characters!
Final Fantasy 15 & Its Controversies
When you get a game like Final Fantasy 15, one that has taken so long to surface and spent many years teasing its fan base, one can understand fan's frustrations. But ever since this game has been properly released for the public to see, it has run into various forms of difficulties in terms of its reception.
For instance, where are all of the female characters? The Final Fantasy series has had a beautiful mixing of the sexes since its early days, with party members always giving us some of that spice of life. However, FF15 shows us an essentially all male cast, with the whole party being made up exclusively of men.
This is peculiar for the series, and if you look at the picture above with the cast, we can see two women featured (and Altair managed to make his way into Final Fantasy after getting booted from Assassin's Creed, good for him!). In the trailers they haven't really had a great presence either or they're portrayed like we see below with this ridiculous presentation of Cindy.
What is great about it though is that fans have made their voices heard in terms of Square Enix's rather sexist approach to Final Fantasy 15. They've been very critical of the presentation and lack of women and it's truly awesome to see gamers protesting against this sort of imagery. Good on you guys and girls!!
But now Square Enix have come out and shown us some new footage of Final Fantasy 15 at the Taipei game show. Just like the dog cam that we saw before, we've now been treated to a cat cam. The video shows the player taking control of a cat and moving around a train station that is unfinished as of yet. There are many reasons why fans seem to be reacting against this video.
For one thing, fans are commenting on the fact that this game appears to be quite far away from what a Final Fantasy game used to be about. But then, I always welcome change in a franchise and it's great to see them having fun with it. But players are curious as to why this area looks so unfinished. If this is to be a 2015 game, fans are inquisitive as to why Square Enix have taken to show an area that is lacking in so much detail!
Are they only getting around to textures now? Is this just one of the last areas that they are fixing up? Or is the game actually just taking a very long time to develop? It is rather peculiar that they haven't show us a finished interior for this demonstration I must admit. I sincerely hope that this game isn't delayed until 2016.
Fans are dying to get a look at some more aspects of FFXV, and a lot of them are furious at the fact that all they thought to show was a cat wandering around a train station. Was it just me or did the graphics not look that great either? It seems that there's still a lot of work to be done on Final Fantasy 15, and I think that's really the main reason why these fans are so irritated.
As it stands our Xbox One and PS4 consoles will be without Final Fantasy 15 for many, many months. I don't put down the fact that there's a playable cat in the game, it looks like a lot of fun actually and I appreciate the sense of humour! But Square Enix haven't exactly instilled much confidence in their fan base in terms of seeing FFXV any time soon. Let's hope that changes in the near future!
Let us know what you think about Square Enix's development of Final Fantasy 15 in the comments and whether you feel like this title is a long way away from a release date!