Yes, I'm well aware Final Fantasy VII Remake won't launch in 2016.
But the point is, that game will continue to make headlines until it's released and in the meantime, one wonders if the next entry in the franchise, Final Fantasy XV , will actually take a back seat to a game that isn't even out yet.
As it is, people will be arguing about that fresh trailer and the episodic news through the end of the year. It seems like any time Square Enix releases any details concerning the project, the Internet just explodes. Perhaps rightfully so, as it seems to many die-hard fans of the epic RPG classic that once again, Square Enix developers are going to muck up another FF production and in so doing, break hearts yet again.
But let's not forget that we're supposed to get a release date announcement for FFXV in March and Square Enix has already promised it'll launch in 2016. If you count back to the first time Final Fantasy Versus XIII was revealed back in 2006, that will mean the game has been in development (on and off and in various stages, granted) for over a decade. Well, whatever. It's coming and it almost seems like we've forgotten about it amid the FFVII hoopla. And the more we learn about the latter, the more the forums and message boards will light up.
Perhaps it's just a ploy by the publisher to drive up interest in the franchise, as sales took a steep dive during the FFXIII trilogy (look them up; they're comical). Is it feasible that the FFVII remake might actually have a positive impact on FFXV sales…? Hell, looks like they're using similar combat mechanics (a lot of flash and not much brain, as far as I can tell), so if you like one, you might like the other. What do you think?
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XV