As promised, Square-Enix broadcasted its second Active Time Report livestream conference early this morning, starring Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata and marketing manager Akio Ofuj.
The stream took over an hour, but the important facts can be summed up in about a minute. The most important one is that the new version of the Final Fantasy XV demo will arrive next week, and contain many improvements based on the feedback the team asked for earlier this year.
There’s also been a change in the game’s cast. Originally Noctis fought alongside a woman named Stella, but the producers apparently had problems figuring out her deal. “We wanted to keep her as a heroine in Final Fantasy 15‘s story and pursued ways to tie her in to Final Fantasy 15‘s design as well, but we found it increasingly difficult to make sense of Stella’s character and role within Final Fantasy 15. So then we thought, do we want to recreate Stella with a different role and image, or do we want to start over with a new heroine? After a lot of consideration, we decided not to include Stella in Final Fantasy 15.”
Stella has now been replaced by a completely different person named Luna. Fans may not like this very much; while Stella was more independent, Luna appears to be more of the damsel in distress type. Factor this in with Cidney and you get a game someone surnamed Sarkeesian isn’t going to appreciate.
There is still no concrete timetable for a release for this game (which has now been in production for ten years), and they told us there will be no new trailer for the game at E3. There WILL be new information in time for Gamescom in Germany, at which point these two will tell us who the person in this sketch is:
Any guesses? If you have a lot of time, the full stream is below.