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Final Fantasy XV director wants the game to have “a very emotional ending”

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The best Final Fantasy games are the ones that leave your heart aching and your ocular input devices on your face with a sudden case of leakage, at least according to fans. The Final Fantasy series is full of moments such as this, moments which are on par with the ending to Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the saddest thumbs up in the history of cinema. I KNOW NOW VHY YOU CRAI.

Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata hopes that his game will also resonate with your emotions, and leave you all snot-faced at the end. “I want to create a very emotional ending to the game and want to make as many people cry as possible,” Tabata said to Game Informer via GameSpot, explaining how the effort put into Final Fantasy XV should have a worthy payoff.

You’re spending so many hours playing the game, so when I finish a game and it ends on a sour note and it doesn’t move me, it gets me disappointed. At least make me cry or give me some emotion! I want to give a moving ending for the consumers who invest so much time.

The benchmark, for whatever reason that I cannot fathom because I’m possibly a terrible excuse for an organism and dead inside already, has always been Final Fantasy VII. You know the scene I’m talking about of course. It involved Sephiroth, Aerith and a long sword. Pssst, spoiler: Aerith died. Still, it’s an iconic moment in gaming, from an age where the gold standard for emotions came from cheesy FMVs in Command and Conquer games. And that’s a moment that the Final Fantasy XV team wants to surpass.

“There are some team members that were here for VII,” Tabata explained.

They’re taking on the challenge of trying to exceed that title once more, which is a great motivator for them. VII sets a very high goal for us, but it serves as a good goal. It brought in new audiences, sales, and more.

Well, good luck then. I’m starting to get anxious for Final Fantasy XV, as I absolutely hated the Lightning trilogy that played out over an entire generation of consoles. Square Enix will announce the exact release date later this month, in an event that Miss Universe has been invited to. MY EMOTIONEZ.

Last Updated: March 9, 2016

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