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  1. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Wow, I knew some of that, but the stuff about the current Aerith originally looking like and being called "Tifa" (and being the sister of a Sephiroth who looked more like Vincent) is completely new to me. o_o Just to add another complication, I heard that the design for Zack was taken from a...
  2. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Wow, that's sooner than I would have expected. =O
  3. Ikkin

    Everything FFXV Datamining Related

    I suspect that most of the CG created for FFXV before the changeover was for the invasion, so the game ended up with practically none left once the decision was made to move the invasion to Kingsglaive. With that said, I feel like FFXV didn't really let its lack of CG limit the sort of scenes...
  4. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    It doesn't sound crazy at all. (Especially since that banner that one of the people in the crowd is holding looks like it has a stylized sun in the center. ;) ) In fact, running with your ideas, I could see something like this: Noctis - Lucis - Bahamut (or perhaps Odin?) Ardyn - Solheim -...
  5. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Thanks for reminding me about this 2006 interview. Its focus on responsibility got me thinking -- what if XV 2016 didn't so much reject its Versus heritage as trade the lore-heavy concepts developed in the 2011-2013 era for a much simpler concept that was considered at the dawn of the project...
  6. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    The idea that the game that released is the AU and the novel that released later is the real canon is utterly absurd in every sense, and isn't even consistent with what the people responsible for the novel have said. The novel is best understood as a completely separate canon, a la the...
  7. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy VII REMAKE - General News Thread

    IIRC, they didn't show much if anything post-Altissia in FFXV until after the Uncovered trailer, either, so I'm not sure that the limited content shown so far can be used to estimate the length of the game proper.
  8. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Yeah -- for all I talk about the religious symbolism in FFXV, those aspects exist primarily in service to the game's themes of maturity* and accepting responsibility for things that one has the power to change (even when those things weren't one's own fault). And that's the sort of lesson that...
  9. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Well, it's not just about breaking the symbolism, but that in breaking said symbolism, it broke its internal coherence. And I disagree that FFXV proper has any meaningful Gnostic undertones. Gnosticism's two big things are a disdain for matter and the need to overthrow a false tyrant god. FFXV...
  10. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    To be fair to the English localization of FFXV, a lot of the stuff that was included in the German localization but not the English one wasn't in the Japanese script either. I know for a fact that Ardyn theorizing that the Starscourge originated from the Meteor and Ardyn explaining that Izunia...
  11. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy VII REMAKE - General News Thread

    FFVIIR's graphics have come a looooooong way since 2015! I think the only thing I'm unhappy about at this point is the change in voice actors. Seriously, I thought Squenix was supposed to be good about retaining their voice actors. =/
  12. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Yes, but that's part of what could make it a lot more confusing to Westerners than KH's take on the same tripartite split. Basically, in KH, the body and soul must remain together or perish, while it's possible to separate the heart from the body/soul pair without causing a person's death...
  13. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    The weirdest thing about that translation issue is that the metaphysics are an almost-perfect replica of KH's: "3 elements combine to create life: a heart, a soul, and a body. But what of the soul and body left behind when the heart is lost? When the soul leaves the body, its vessel, life gives...
  14. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    With regards to Lightning Returns, the difference is that the localizers went out of their way to associate Bhunivelze with the Judeo-Christian God in ways that didn't actually exist within the original script, which was... strange. >_>;
  15. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Honestly, this just raises more questions. Like, I'd totally believe that the LR localization team was responsible for the disaster that is Solara Antiquum, because both of those things share the same sort of juvenile "New Atheist" attitude. But XV proper? Where the localization team wasn't...
  16. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    As far as I can tell, the people who weren't happy with FFXV's story/narrative weren't so much upset at the ending as they were upset because they wanted more content from the original release. Some of them grabbed onto DotF as further evidence of that complaint -- "see, the real ending isn't...
  17. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    It isn't possible to know whether a work of art is well-executed until it's released and received, no. But it's entirely possible to judge a theme on its own merits, regardless of any impact that execution might or might not have had, and for a lot of us, the theme of FFXV as it released was...
  18. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    So, I just realized how easy it would have been to make a canon-compliant happy ending, and… wow.
  19. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    I agree with this first line, which is exactly why I think that they should have gone full-tilt for the game as it was actually delivered. Once the decision to change the FNC fighting-fate theme was made, that's what they should have stuck with. Reverting to an earlier failed draft after...
  20. Ikkin

    Final Fantasy XV - General News Thread

    Well, I would argue that the upshot of my post is that DO!XV actually drew significantly less from FNC than the other five projects that drew from that same well... mostly because of the critical lore change from Chaos as an inevitable metaphysical fact of the world to the Starscourge as a...