It is really problematic that people are not seeing why Final Fantasy XV having an all male playable cast is wrong.
This is literally the first time that the series has done this since the first Final Fantasy, 27 years ago. Every Final Fantasy since then has included at least one playable female character. It has become something to be expected from the franchise – to have dynamic female characters to be able to play as.
Female inclusion is NOT a trade off. I repeat. Female inclusion is NOT a trade off.
It is baffling to see people using the excuse of “WELL FINAL FANTASY XIII HAD AS MANY PLAYABLE FEMALE CHARACTERS AS MEN AND SO DID TYPE-0”. Are you seriously implying that a limit on female characters exists, that there is a point when it is too much? When it is unnatural?
Female inclusion is something that should be continuous, as seeing male characters in video games is. Women make half of the population in the world and the ratio of female to male gamers has steadily balanced over the last recent years. There is no excuse for this.
The world and video games are not just some sort of Boys Club where no girls are allowed. This very mindset has led to the exclusion, threats, and persecution of female gamers and especially those who bring awareness to gender equality. And honestly, this does not go just for Final Fantasy but for any franchise out there in general: the biggest service that you could do to your favorite is to constructively criticize it when there is an incentive, to ensure that they maintain their integrity, appeal, and success. And this is by far an incentive. There is no justification for it.
And news flash: you can still be hyped for a game even if you criticize it. I know that’s the case for me. Excitement and critique can exist side by side. Shocker I know, right?
Expect more from a company that you support.