Up until now, all we have heard or seen about Final Fantasy XV’s party was that it was filled with dudes. That, however, might change, Square Enix says. It’s possible a female character could join the game’s four-character, all-male party as a guest.
In a recent interview with Weekly Famitsu, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata once again addressed the issue. Here’s how the exchanged played out:
Famitsu: A lot of comments from people who wanted a female party member seemed to stand out.
Tabata: It is possible that a female character may join the party as a guest. Because it’s four guys travelling 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. (laughs)
This comes after Tabata told Gamespot that an “all-male party almost feels more approachable for players.” Continuing, he added, “Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they will 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.”
This isn’t the first time this issue has come up. Back in 2014, some players seemed unhappy about the game’s male cast. (Though, in Japan, some pointed out that the all-male party might appeal to certain female players.)
Square Enix has a long history of making strong female characters, so as inelegant as Tabata’s comments might seem, I’m willing to give the developers the benefit of the doubt. Those same strong female characters might also be why this keeps being brought up.
Toshi Nakamura contributed to this report.