Square Enix and Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata wish players a happy new year with a promise to give back for helping make the long awaited sequel a success.
After around 10 years of development, Final Fantasy 15 finally graced consoles this year and garnered some very positive reviews, despite criticism for its convoluted story. The plot will be getting some of its holes patched, which is a testament to director Hajime Tabata’s commitment to continue improving player experience.
Tabata-san doesn’t believe development on Final Fantasy 15 ends with its release, which is evident by its copious amounts of DLC releasing over the course of the next year and possibly beyond. This spirit of continued progress is reflected in a New Years post on the Square Enix official blog where Tabata-san thanked the Final Fantasy 15 community and promised to give back for their continued support.
In the post, a list of achievements for the game are listed. Among them are the release of the CG movie Kingsglaive, and the many efforts to translate the game for a wider audience; all of which took significant amounts of work, surely.
Tabata-san then proclaims 2017 a year, “of giving back to everyone for their kindness.” He suggests this be done by providing more enjoyable experiences and by continuing to release updates and DLC. Given that this has always been the development team’s intent, it’s not quite clear what Tabata-san intends to give to players that isn’t already planned and/or expected. It could be something along the lines of the recent “Holiday Pack” DLC that gave out a few freebies to players in light of the season.
Perhaps his statement was simply a reiteration of the Final Fantasy 15 team’s commitment to players and less of a tease of surprises to come. Fans of the game will just have to wait and see what the team has cooking up for them in the new year.
Until then, Final Fantasy 15 continues to sell well, making it onto Amazon’s best seller list over the holidays. Additionally, the game’s first DLC, which features musclehead Gladiolus, should be releasing in the near future and the recently added “new game plus” option will allow players to experience the game again in new ways.
Regardless of what Tabata-san is hinting at in his message, it is a nice gesture for players to be thanked personally by the game’s director. The crew who helped develop Final Fantasy 15 appear genuinely committed to making it better by adding gobs of new content and fixing some of the game’s more prominent issues. This in itself should be enough to keep players optimistic going into 2017.