It’s become clear over the course of the past year that fans of the Final Fantasy series would have to play with an all-male cast in the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. However, a recent interview with FFXV director Hajime Tabata hints at a visiting female party member.
In an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Tabata was once again asked about the lack of female party members and gave an answer we haven’t heard before.
It is possible that a female character may join the party as a guest. Because it’s four guys traveling together, it may be an interesting point to see how these youths react to a woman when she is in the party as a guest.
Previously when Gamespot asked about the all-male cast of FFXV Tabata responded that the all-male party was meant to be more approachable to players. He added,
“Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they’ll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way.”
In my opinion, some of the best moments of past Final Fantasy games were seeing characters of different races and genders interacting with each other, as well as the complex and strong female characters that Square Enix offered.
This game seems to be leaving behind some fan-favorite aspects, but until we see the finished product, it’s too early to tell how this all-male saga will play out.