Final Fantasy XV Could Feature Guest Female Party Members

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With the recent stir that Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has caused regarding the game’s male-only cast, it seems like the boss is dialing things back a bit, according to an interview with Famitsu (via Hachima Kikou).

In the interview, Tabata says that female guest characters might join the brotacular party of extremely well-dressed men, and he also talks up the reception of the Episode Duscae demo, as well as the game’s current development.

“It’s possible that we can have female characters joining the party as guests,” said Tabata when asked of the possibility of playable female characters. “However, since it’s an all-male party, if you have a female character involved, their behavior may change because there’s a woman around.”

When Famitsu mentioned the many requests to improve the battle system, Tabata replied. “The battle system in the demo is roughly 50 percent complete. I want to honestly respond to requests for improvement,” Tabata said. “The full release is coming with things like co-op chains and magic, which I think is going to help make the combat feel a bit fresh to players.”

“This is because Ramuh has special requirements in the demo,” said Tabata. “There will be systemic level improvements in the full release.” Famitsu also polled players in regards to the Episode Duscae demo, to which more than 70% of players were either “very satisfied,” or just “satisfied.” However, roughly 20% of players were either “somewhat dissatisfied,” or “dissatisfied.”



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  1. Cy
    March 31, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Ugh. Their behavior better not change to a bunch of dudebros going all Tex Avery wolf on the girl.

  2. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    This is so silly. People’s behaviour changes when they’re around people they’re sexually interested in. It’s just a fact. Now, if the party does go all Tex Avery on her like @Cy says, ya, that would be dumb … Well, Squeenix could fuck this up, but here’s hoping they don’t

    Edit: sigh. Just goes to show how far they’ve fallen. Ten years ago I’d have no doubt I’d at least be able to enjoy an FF, and that the characters wouldn’t be too stupid. Now …

  3. MaidKillua
    March 31, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    While I would rather Square just stick to their guns and not capitulate to whiney people who don’t even play games, this change isn’t really negative so unless having a girl around ruins the main cast’s behaviour I don’t really care

  4. MusouTensei
    March 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Lightning joining the party confirmed :^)

  5. Phelan
    March 31, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Don’t even make joke like that… they might listen :P and say again “we did what you asked for, purusue be ekusuaited”

    Still the girl at 3:04 kinda resembles Lighting to me…

    So I wouldn’t really joke about that :P After all FF XV is still part of Fabula Nova Crystalis trilogy. So sadly it is still possible (PLEASE NO!)

  6. Phelan
    March 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I don’t really care about sex of team…

    What makes me concerned is that they put so much attention to this “picnic journey” making people forget that this is still story about a war. While Noctis is on picnic his people in his kingdom are kinda… ya know… DYING…

    So the sex of your partners should be IMHO the least of his problems.

  7. Dimi Gronnings
    Dimi Gronnings
    March 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    That depends on the time frame of the story. The game is open-world and somewhat free-form within each region, with several days passing even to complete Episode Duscae … Eventually people dying becomes your norm and you just want to get laid.

  8. TheCynicalReaper
    March 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    You know that’s the reason. Nomura got pissy his waifu couldn’t join the fun.

  9. TheCynicalReaper
    March 31, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I’m replaying Type-0 and honestly, while most of the cast is archetypal aside from the actual main characters, it’s actually really good. HD has horrific motion blur, but that aside I highly recommend Type-0 for anyone looking for a good FF game (PSP version preferred, but PS4 version isn’t that bad, aside from what’s common knowledge).

    Also, Type-0 further exemplifies the immaturity in either the concept or the characters of FFXV since, here, half the cast is female and only a few of them form any hints of coupling (also a funny note that Nomura designed them and one of them looks like a white-haired Lightning). They don’t suddenly change character around each other unless one of them gives a flirt or joke at the other’s expense.

    tl;dr “I really don’t know if they’re capable of pulling off this vision of a ‘fantasy based on reality’.”
    I agree. I hope I’m wrong, but then again, what game with a decade-long development cycle has ever come out good?
    Here’s hoping this sets a positive precedent instead of a negative one.

  10. TheCynicalReaper
    March 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    “However, since it’s an all-male party, if you have a female character
    involved, their behavior may change because there’s a woman around.”
    THAT is my issue. I don’t care if it’s all dudes in the cast. Plenty of other stories have done the same before. The issue is with the mentality behind the decision and what kind of characters we’re going to be stuck with (also the all black leather chaps designs because…I mean…you know).

    It’s not an issue of “muh soggy knee” or “muh diversity”. It’s an issue of “These guys can’t travel with a woman purely because they’d be incapable of hitting on her and/or being their natural selves.”
    Literally, and I mean literally, no other Final Fantasy game has ever had a cast that was like this in the history of the series.
    Certain characters like this? Maybe.
    But the entire main cast/party? Never.
    So why start now?

  11. TheCynicalReaper
    March 31, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Nice article, though, mate.

  12. Ørjan Kristoffersen
    Ørjan Kristoffersen
    March 31, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    It has been TWELVE YEARS since the first time they made an all-female Final Fantasy game. I don’t recall anyone making a big deal out of that in 2003.

    As Dimi Gronnings pointed out, (most) people’s behavior changes around the opposite sex (or rather, people they’re attracted to). If Tabata wants to tell a different story, that’s okay, and the “stir” as Brandon calls it smacks of faux outrage-mongering, at least to me.

    That said, with the rather small party, location- or timeline-based guest characters seems like a good idea, I just hope it’s because the creators actually want to do it, rather than being a token effort to “feed the masses”.

  13. Fenrir007
    March 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    This will probably be one of those temporary guests thing, so whatever. I doubt they would compromise their original vision of “bros in a brotrip”.

  14. TheCynicalReaper
    March 31, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    “I don’t recall anyone making a big deal out of that in 2003”
    What? Dude everyone did. We thought it was a stupid idea since we didn’t know half the cast and the returning characters seemed wildly out of character. We also thought the fact that we’d be playing as an idol group was retarded and overall that the game’s story was crap.

    Now, there were those who disagreed, and many of us still thought the dress-combo thing was interesting, but we (the incredulous majority) made quite a big deal out of it, but not because “muh oppression”. It was because the idea was dumb.

    I guess time has changed people’s opinion, like it did with MGS2…

  15. Jack Ripper
    Jack Ripper
    March 31, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Fuck Lightning.

  16. MusouTensei
    April 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I would if I could :3