Remaining Fantasy XVI is the newest sport to spark an intense discourse, from debates round problem as to whether it’s even a real Remaining Fantasy sport. And producer Naoki Yoshida has grown completely uninterested in the negativity.
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In a mini-documentary aired in Japan and translated on Twitter by Audrey “aitaikimochi” Lamsam, CEO of the anime merch web site Aitai Kuji and the one who discovered Sora’s IRL house, Yoshida reacted to Japanese gamers’ feedback on the sport. Together with his palms rubbing his cheeks in seen exhaustion, Yoshida remarked that he’s over all of the negativity Remaining Fantasy XVI has acquired since launch.
“There’s lots of people who simply yell at you, individuals I’ve by no means seen, met, or talked to earlier than,” Yoshida mentioned. “It’s bizarre. What did we do to them? Maybe they only write it from a spot of negativity and malice. It’s tiresome.”
It’s arduous to know precisely what Yoshida is referencing right here, however there have been loads of examples of individuals elevating issues concerning the sport which can, at instances, have crossed the road from criticism into toxicity or private assaults. Of us have argued that the sport is way too simple even with out activating its “insane quantity of accessibility choices.” Others have claimed it’s not an actual Remaining Fantasy sport however one which “makes use of the Remaining Fantasy branding” for advertising and marketing. After which, after all, the sport’s arduous pivot to straight-up-action à la Satan Could Cry has left of us questioning the place the “Golden Period” of turn-based Remaining Fantasy video games has gone, one which prompted us at Kotaku to talk about what makes the collection what it’s. Whereas the sport’s gone on to obtain typically favorable critiques, garnering a rating of 87 on Metacritic and 88 on Open Critic, it’s been divisive all the identical.
Kotaku reached out to Lamsam and Sq. Enix for remark.
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Whereas critique and debate must be welcome and may push the medium ahead, ensuing to private assaults since you don’t like a sport ain’t it.