Final Fantasy 16 is considered a controversial franchise entry by fans but the devs are sick of hearing it. Producer Naoki Yoshida, lovingly called Yoshi-P by fans, has spoken out against toxic fans who are way too angry about the game.
A mini-documentary about the game (translated by @aitakimochi) has Yoshi-P recalling some of the negative comments from Japanese fans. Yoshi-P admits that he is simply tired of all of the toxic negativity this game has gotten from fans.
"There's a lot of people who just yell at you, people I've never seen, met, or talked to before. It's weird. What did we do to them? Perhaps they just write it from a place of negativity and malice. It's tiresome,” Yoshi-P reiterated.
Yoshi-P’s involvement was initially seen as a great move after the game director turned Final Fantasy 14 into a good game after it initially bombed. While fans have issues with the game, a lot of them do enjoy the story for going back to its medieval fantasy roots.
Many fans were weary of the changes Final Fantasy 16 was making. While the focus on action did win over some, others remained critical until the game’s release. The fact that it has fewer JRPG elements than previous entries hasn’t helped.
Some fans are so upset with the changes made that they claim it’s not a Final Fantasy game, despite its title. There are those who claim that Stranger of Paradise is more of an official entry, despite the many flaws that the game has.
Despite disappointing launch sales in Japan, it seems that this game is a hit around the world. Square Enix said that it’s a success when considering the lack of an install base that the PS5 has. There are even discussions to add DLC in the future, which wasn’t a priority during the game’s development.
Final Fantasy 16 is available now on the PlayStation 5.