Square Enix confirms that the previously announced tweaks to a particularly divisive chapter of Final Fantasy 15 will be distributed via an update on March 28.
Several weeks after its release, it seems that the consensus is that Final Fantasy 15 is a good game — and its sales performance certainly backs up its critical reception. However, there’s one section that many critics and fans didn’t enjoy too much; Chapter 13.
If you’re still working your way through Final Fantasy 15, be warned, as it’s difficult to discuss why Square Enix is making changes to the sequence without straying into spoiler territory. Chapter 13 is something of a departure from the bulk of the game, and many would argue that it detracts from the overall experience.
This particular section of Final Fantasy 15 sees protagonist Noctis separated from his party, trapped in a maze, and stripped of many of his most useful abilities. Rather than the role-playing road trip they were previously enjoying, players are forced to stealthily evade robots in a labyrinth of darkened corridors.
The game’s director, Hajime Tabata, has stated that Chapter 13 was intended to offer a jarring contrast to the rest of the game. However, he’s also admitted that his ideas weren’t executed perfectly, confirming that plans were in motion to tweak this particular section in a future update.
“The amount of stress inflicted on the player while running through this chapter was greater than we had anticipated,” Tabata explained while speaking to US Gamer earlier this month. “We believe resolving this issue will naturally lead to a better gameplay experience.”
Now, we now exactly when the update to Chapter 13 is scheduled to be released. During an Active Time Report livestream that took place yesterday, Square Enix confirmed that the update will drop on March 28, according to a report from Gematsu.
The company also revealed a major component of the changes being made to Chapter 13. Apparently, there will be a short section where Gladiolus Amicitia serves as the playable character — although it’s not completely clear whether this is actually part of Chapter 13, as the update is set to bring “enhancements” to various sections of the final stages of Final Fantasy 15.
It’s good to see Tabata and Square Enix responding to one of the sections of Final Fantasy 15 that has garnered the most criticism. Here’s hoping that next month’s update can remove some of its frustrating aspects while still retaining its larger role in the game’s narrative.