The Final Fantasy XV Demo Reveals Cultural Differences

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Square Enix released the Final Fantasy XV demo worldwide. People in different countries think, well, differently! Gamers are no exception. And the reaction to Episode Duscae is proof positive of that.

Square Enix has a survey for players to give feedback on the demo. In the most recent Final Fantasy XV Active Time Report, FFXV director Hajime Tabata and Square Enix marketing man Akio Ofuji took at look at the results collected between its March release and April 3. Since the survey is still being collected until the end of next month, these results are bound to change.

However, the data that Square Enix crunched so far provides a good look at the impressions from players in North America, Europe and Japan. The demo was well received internationally, but reactions vary slightly. For example, out of the three regions, North America liked the demo best, and Japan was the most critical. Delving further, more Japanese players didn’t like the characters in the demo, found the game too difficult, and didn’t understand the goals.

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There’s more in the slides, and the breakdown is quite fascinating (the subtitles show comments from Tabata and Ofuji).

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DISCUSSION

Marylee111
Marylee111

I’m really concerned. They are trying so, so, so, SO hard, putting SO much pressure on the developers to make a perfect product that pleases everybody... This type of thing has a tendency to crash and burn.

RE6 sold 5 million copies and it was considered a failure. Producers seriously need to lower their expectations.