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    Default FFXV's lead programmer has left Square-Enix

    http://airherald.com/lead-final-fant...4-and-xbox-one

    Not sure if this means trouble for XV or if they are entering post production and he wasn't needed anymore and finally left the company but something to dwell on.

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    Hopefully it means they're in post production and he's no longer needed anymore. I'm no expert on the matter, but having to change lead programmers halfway through a game sounds like it could be daunting and affect the game's flow. Isn't that what happened with XII more or less?

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    XII lost its director, lead programmer would be the person in charge of making the game by which I mean taking the concept and programming it so it appears on the screen.

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    Maybe they just forgot about him so he slipped out the back.

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    Pack up, kids. This franchise is going out of business.

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    Maybe they found out that while they thought they have been paying him to make a game, really he's just spent the past eight god damn years writing self insert Twilight fanfiction.

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    This is starting to look like vaporware. 8 years? This should have been released on the PS3.

    I'm going to try to be optimistic and hope that they get this product out the door. Between this and a million non-sequels, I'm beginning to think Square Enix has lost the ability to tell a compelling story. Maybe they should dump some money into that, and build a game around it.
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    Yeah, I hope it means the game is nearing completion. Then again the complete lack of any new material, footage, promotional images or anything, would be incredible strange for a video game nearing it's completion.

    SE does such weird things these days nothing would surprise me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nate View Post
    This is starting to look like vaporware. 8 years? This should have been released on the PS3.

    I'm going to try to be optimistic and hope that they get this product out the door. Between this and a million non-sequels, I'm beginning to think Square Enix has lost the ability to tell a compelling story. Maybe they should dump some money into that, and build a game around it.
    I have no doubt the game will come out eventually (the fact that they turned it into a main series entry pretty much guarantees that) but how all these delays and radical changes in development over such a long span of time will affect the final product is anyone's guess.

    I don't think their inability to tell a compelling story is really the problem so much as it is the corporate overlords in the company and the batty loons who get the final say over the direction of these games.
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    I'm still banking on the game's delay being like what partially happened with FFXII, where the team spent much of the time trying to develop an engine that could run an MMO style world on the PS2 without resorting to making the player purchase the optional HDD component like with XI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotic View Post
    Maybe they found out that while they thought they have been paying him to make a game, really he's just spent the past eight god damn years writing self insert Twilight fanfiction.
    At least now we have a good Idea of what to expect from the plot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMKA View Post
    Yeah, I hope it means the game is nearing completion. Then again the complete lack of any new material, footage, promotional images or anything, would be incredible strange for a video game nearing it's completion.

    SE does such weird things these days nothing would surprise me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nate View Post
    This is starting to look like vaporware. 8 years? This should have been released on the PS3.

    I'm going to try to be optimistic and hope that they get this product out the door. Between this and a million non-sequels, I'm beginning to think Square Enix has lost the ability to tell a compelling story. Maybe they should dump some money into that, and build a game around it.
    I have no doubt the game will come out eventually (the fact that they turned it into a main series entry pretty much guarantees that) but how all these delays and radical changes in development over such a long span of time will affect the final product is anyone's guess.

    I don't think their inability to tell a compelling story is really the problem so much as it is the corporate overlords in the company and the batty loons who get the final say over the direction of these games.
    That's a solid point. Corporate interference in the direction of these games really doesn't help. There was an article on Cracked.com from someone in the industry that talked about how the CEO's make the decisions, and it's causing issues. Maybe it's why designers and programmers leave to found little indie units where top-down influence isn't as prevalent.

    http://www.cracked.com/article_20727...-to-crash.html
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