Y’all know me. I’m a lifelong Final Fantasy fan.
From the reveal trailer, I’m not convinced, and I’ll tell you why.
Once upon a time, FF produced games of rich stories, genuine emotion, and—importantly—significant female characters.
Heroines you could play, who had a significant impact on the plot, and either WERE the main character or at least matched and even exceeded them at times. FF games were not just sausage-fest “boys’ adventure” games.
We can debate the quality of those characters, Whether they’re actually feminist, empowered, etc. Obviouslt, FF has had issues with specializing female characters in crass and/or ridiculous ways, but we can say this for sure: women existed in the games, women were important in the games, and women MATTERED in the games.
Can the same be said about FFXV, for instance?
Basically, it was an absent princess who gets fridged eventually and a cowgirl gas station attendant who hasn’t bought clothes since middle school and has grown mostly out of them.
Maybe “boys road trip” was great, maybe the lads had cool personalities (and I’m always down for good male relationships in media), and maybe that was what you wanted. And that’s fine. But it’s just not for me, nor does it honor the legacy of the series. And that game has given me series reservations about the future direction of the series.
It doesn’t look like FFXVI is honoring that legacy either.
In this sense, FFVII Remake is the most final fantasy thing Square Enix has made in years, and that’s mostly because it’s based heavily on a pre-existing, much beloved game. They had no choice, really, but to include these awesome female characters, and to their credit, they amped UP their internal lives and personalities. Which was great.
So we know they CAN write female heroes… the question now is WILL they?
I dunno, maybe I’m reading too much into it. But that trailer is NOT promising. I’m very wary.