Released on November 29th, FINAL FANTASY XV is a commercial success, but has failed to impress certain fans.
One of the most anticipated games of the year, FINAL FANTASY XV is one of the best-selling FINAL FANTASYs of all time. Yet, the game’s overall quality made fans wonder if it was worth the ten years of development. While the fifteenth instalment in the iconic JRPG franchise received positive reviews, its plot and overall execution were criticised.
One disappointed fan from Japan, not satisfied with Square Enix’s promises to further enhance the game, started a petition to revive the development of FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII, the original title of FINAL FANTASY XV when it was first announced as part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis collection. Versus XIII began development in the now defunct Crystal Tool engine, which powers each of the FINAL FANTASY XIII games as well as the first release of FINAL FANTASY XIV, which came out in 2010 exclusively for Windows PC.
The development of FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII was postponed many times until its rebranding at E3 2012 as FINAL FANTASY XV, which brought with it a new engine built exclusively for the game and the cancellation of a PlayStation 3 version. Released after ten years of development, the final version managed to make the franchise relevant again but is riddled with issues that range from its quest structure to its story presentation. Square Enix have already stated they plan on fixing the story and add new features in upcoming DLCs. The Japanese fan in question doesn’t seem to believe that, as they claim Tabata failed to meet their expectations.
The petition has over 400 signatures as of the time of this publishing and it asks that Tetsuya Nomura and Kazushige Nojima take over development without the involvement of Hajime Tabata.
FINAL FANTASY XV is currently available worldwide for PlayStation 4 and XBox One.