If I am to understand Square Enix's logic – if one can call such insanity "logic" – then the next step is inevitable.
As Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns appears to be yet another step away from role-playing and towards the twitchy Western gaming crowd, one has to wonder: Why not just go the whole way, Square Enix? Why not do what you've been longing to do (obviously)? Why not just make a Final Fantasy a first-person shooter?
In just about every interview with a major Japanese developer, you can find some reference to Western gamers "only" liking shooters. Call of Duty rarely goes unmentioned. And considering that Square Enix desperately wants to ditch all their old fans and get a bunch of new unappreciative ones in this region of the world…well, the answer is obvious, isn't it? Just replace Lightning's sword with a gun. Then at least you've got a third-person shooter, which is just about what we "only" want, anyway, right? We're just so one-dimensional.
At least then, we'll have a better understanding of the company's goals. At least with that abomination, we'd sort of get it. We'd all just go, "Oh, I see, they're not even trying anymore." It actually appears that they're trying with Lightning Returns , which is indescribably depressing and infuriating. I'd much prefer if they just gave up and caved in to these so-called Western demands, rather than continually putting a legendary series under the scalpel and creating some horrific Frankenstein conglomeration. Just hurry up and be done with it, Square Enix, so we can be done with Final Fantasy for good. For good and forever…bye-bye.
We're all just sick of hoping.