As far as rumours go, this is a big one. According to a post found on Neogaf, the developers of Final Fantasy XV plan on changing the story in an update, after its release.
In the alleged post, FFXV Director Hajime Tabata sets out the team’s plans for the game, including short-term, mid-term, long-term, and “others”. He also announced that all the updates would be completely free.
Short-term goals entail changing gameplay for Chapter 13. Hajime says “First, we will update the experience of Chapter 13’s gameplay. For that reason, we are undertaking many enhancements such as increasing the power of the ring’s magic.” This is all he says though, and then goes on to explain that we’ll have more details at a later date.
Mid-term goals are a little more intricate. Hajime tells us that they’ll be “updating the production of the second half of the game” (yes, the WHOLE second half). “But what kind of updates?”, I hear you cry. Well, one example we got was that they’ll be adding event scenes to explain the origin of “What happened to Ravus?”. Alongside the event scenes, “voice responses and localisation work to all languages will occur” Then similarly to the short-term goals, he said that we’d find out more later on.
Long-term goals are mostly focused on characters. One part of their goal is to “make it possible to use important characters that appeared in the main game as playable characters”, meaning that players will be able to take control as some of their favourite supporting characters. But it goes further than that. Hajime goes on to say that they’ll also “consider adding an avatar system to create original characters”, before following it up by saying that they’ll continually update FFXV to ensure players enjoy it for years to come.
Finally, Hajime explains the “other” plans they have, including a New Game + that’ll let you carry your character into a new game after beating it with all your gear, along with offering “various items to extend the range of play”. Fonts can also be enlarged to make it easier for players difficult of sight to read, and Hajime covered all his bases by announcing the six DLCs will be releasing as intended beforehand, before thanking players for enjoying FFXV.
As I write this, no-one from Square Enix has confirmed or denied that the post really was from Hajime, so it’s best to take this whole thing with a LARGE pinch of salt. If it does turn out to be true though, what do you think of it all? Is it a massive middle finger to those that bought the game day one, only to have SE turn around and change the whole game to what they planned before? Let us know what you think.