The original Final Fantasy was release in December 1987. It’s about a month and a half out from the release of the latest installment in the series Final Fantasy XV. I’m excited and dreading it.
Final Fantasy XV was originally announced ten years ago as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and through a troubled development the game became was it is now. Earlier this year Square Enix held an event Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV hosted by Greg Miller and Tim Gettys from Kinda Funny, and they revealed a lot of info about the game.
They put on a strong show, and I’m very interested in how the game will play. However, as the release date gets close, more and more troubling news keeps coming. In the past week, Square Enix has announced pre-order bonuses for the game, and they announced six DLC packs for it which you can purchase cheaper with a season pass. While I know this is 2016 and these types of announcements are all too common, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a JRPG with these kinds of promotions.
At least to me, JRPG’s are supposed to be the full package. They are typically long, story driven games with no need for DLC packs. These games don’t need level packs or extra missions. The entire game should be included with the release. I’m not against releasing DLC for costumes or other cosmetic items, but don’t lock me out of missions because I didn’t pay extra for them. These DLC packs signal more development issues to me, and I can’t help but think this could be the end of this beloved series.
The DLC packs all have working titles so they could change, but they appear to be extra missions. Those are typically called side quests in JPGS, and they are INCLUDED IN THE GAME! I shouldn’t have to pay extra to play the game. I cannot stand this, and I doubt I’m the only one. JRPGS are my bread and butter. They are why I came to love video games, especially Final Fantasy. Looking at the titles of these DLC packs, they could possibly be backstory missions for characters. So if I don’t get them, I guess I’m SOL, and I don’t get to know more about Ignis’ relationship with the main character Noctis. Not to mention #6 is simply named “Expansion Pack”, which probably means more missions I won’t get access to when I play the game. Here are the working titles of the DLC packs:
· DLC 1: Booster Pack (Working Title)
· DLC 2: Episode Gladio (Working Title)
· DLC 3: Holiday Pack (Working Title)
· DLC 4: Episode Ignis (Working Title)
· DLC 5: Episode Prompto (Working Title)
· DLC 6: Expansion Pack (Working Title)
Ever since Final Fantasy XIII, I’ve had to look elsewhere for my JPRG fix, and luckily I am Setsuna came out earlier this year, and Persona 5 drops in February 2017. I’m going to play FF XV, but I’m far more reserved with my excitement for this installation into the historic series.
Approach this game with caution, and remember to vote with your wallet. I will buy Final Fantasy XV, but I won’t purchase these DLC packs. JRPGs. and all games for that matter, should be the complete package, and DLC should be cosmetic. Let me know what you this in the comments or on Twitter @21Henchman.