- Jun 3, 2018
I've always been of the opinion Deathgaze was gonna be related to Ardyn, if not his form devoid of a human presence. Instead we never got the notion Ardyn was being tormented, merely that he legit just went evil.
This is all so exciting to confirm, and all so sad too. With DotF, the game likely would have been 120% of its original plan. We were gonna get the true ending. Those florence songs absolutely were from multiple endings and how we dealt with Ardyn was likely to help determine what we did. "Be a Man" is the photograph ending. Be a god is the sweeping shots of Lucis, and be a King is the marriage to Luna. Tabata just merged them all together because he wasn't able to fulfill it.
Seems like Luna's role in Royal Edition was her scrapped original role; the way she comes down abd summons the gods to kill the Daemons. It seems like the original plan was for us to fight the ENTIRE horde and then Luna was to help us against Deathgaze, the Daemon Ardyn form. They repurposed her aid to be in Royal Pack but without her logo design as well as the grander scheme.
Bahamut himself was clearly made to be more antagonistic than he was, as Bahamut was antagonistic in the same way Regis is or the fal'Cie; they are slaves to their fate and can't actually choose any different. Noctis can. I legit hate that the original chapter 14 got snipped and the crystal stuff; it's quite obvious the bulk of what the game was building up to was in chapter 14 in the crystal with Luna and Regis's scenes being primarily present. With no time to make the dream walking, all that dream stuff where Kid Noctis and Kid Luna run together got cut (we were totally gonna chase Luna like the 2013 trailer, as Luna even remarks that Noctis found his way to her).
I'm actually of the opinion that Luna's descent into darkness after the Leviathan battle, that big cutscene, was meant to be at the end of chapter 14, same with Regis hugging Noct duringhis choosing as king.
It's so much to unpack.