Last night saw the reveal of Strangers of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin and, well, fans weren’t exactly thrilled.
The game itself seems to be a reboot of Final Fantasy 1, a game that quite literally saved the soon-to-be Square Enix and defined decades of JRPGs. So to see that the game paying homage to it has what appears to be a default character creator man in a Tesco bargain bin shirt was, well, disappointing to say the least.
As of this writing the reveal trailer is at an almost 50-50 split on Likes to Dislikes, and fans have some pretty choice comments on the design of the main character, who won’t shut up about Chaos.
Many have posited the main character is facing an Isekai situation wherein he’s been pulled into the world of Final Fantasy. One YouTube commenter, however, seems to think he might be even more lost than that.
“I only know one thing: I want to kill Chaos. I need to. It’s not a hope or dream. It’s like a hunger. A thirst.”
“Sir, this is a Wendy’s.”
-YouTube Comments, the greatest 50-50 of gold vs hate mail.
Of course there’s also those with a primal hatred for the human liver, urging fans to take a shot every time they hear the word Chaos. Better yet, there’s some fans who have somehow tied this into Sonic The Hedgehog, referencing the series Chaos Emeralds.
Still, possibly the best takedown of the Final Fantasy Origins trailer has to be this one commenter, who says it’s simply our fault for making fun of Tetsuya Nomura’s ridiculous obsession with belts and plaid.
There’s Room For Being Upset
Aside from the fact that some of these clapbacks are just hilarious, there’s legitimate reason to be upset about the design. A lot of Final Fantasy Origin feels like a dated PS3 game, back during the days where Capcom didn’t think being unabashedly Japanese was our favorite thing about them and created horrors like DmC: Devil May Cry to compensate.
Worse still you have the new Warrior of Light looking like he just walked off the set of NCIS after being promised that next episode he’d get a speaking role, when he’s supposed to exist in the same franchise as characters like “Biker with a sword duct-taped to a pistol” or “The coolest samurai to ever exist”.
It gets even worse when you see the actual concept art for the Warrior of Light back for the original Final Fantasy, because you see something that Mr McChaos just doesn’t have- an appealing design with color. Better yet, the design was recently paid homage in Final Fantasy XIV, showing that it can actually look good in a game.
Still, it’s all in good fun. People who don’t like Final Fantasy Origin will simply not buy the game, some journalist will write a thinkpiece 10 years down the line calling it a transcendent work of art for including a protagonist so milquetoast he makes Chris Pratt look like Idris Elba/ Meanwhile, the final version of the game will probably have less mentions of Chaos but instead include a throwaway line referencing the obsession, which someone will write in their review as being proof that Square Enix listens to the fans.