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A Woman Might Join Final Fantasy XV's Party (Temporarily)

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Up until now, all we have heard or seen about Final Fantasy XV's party was that it was filled with dudes. That, however, might change, Square Enix says. It's possible a female character could join the game's four-character, all-male party as a guest.

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In a recent interview with Weekly Famitsu, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata once again addressed the issue. Here's how the exchanged played out:

Famitsu: A lot of comments from people who wanted a female party member seemed to stand out.

Tabata: It is possible that a female character may join the party as a guest. Because it's four guys traveling together, it may be an interesting point to see how these youths react to a woman when she is in the party as a guest. (laughs)

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This comes after Tabata told Gamespot that an "all-male party almost feels more approachable for players." Continuing, he added, "Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way."

This isn't the first time this issue has come up. Back in 2014, some players seemed unhappy about the game's male cast. (Though, in Japan, some pointed out that the all-male party might appeal to certain female players.)

Square Enix has a long history of making strong female characters, so as inelegant as Tabata's comments might seem, I'm willing to give the developers the benefit of the doubt. Those same strong female characters might also be why this keeps being brought up.

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Toshi Nakamura contributed to this report.

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PaleShadow

OH FFS! Speaking AS a female gamer, I couldn't give a shit if they add a female party member. I'm not in the pretty-boy fem-fanservice demographic either. I just want the main party to feel like real people with a bit of freaking personality. Who honestly, REALLY cares about whether or not there's a playable female?

On the flipside, even if SE DOES have a female party member appear (permanently or not) (and I'm assuming it's going to be that blonde-haired girl in the trailers), they're just going to get the other side of the camp bitching and moaning that she isn't a true representation of a what a real woman is like, that she fits the typical damsel trope, that she's just there to be objectified, used for eye-candy, or that she's an temporary accessory and nothing more, and then cry gender-inequality. *grumbles*