Today we got a new trailer from Square-Enix regarding Final Fantasy XV - if you have yet to play it, this will contain spoilers, so you've been warned (Though I won't be mentioning spoilers in the article).
I find this very concerning., Firstly, I have to admit I was never bothered by this portion of the game like everyone else seems to be. What bothered me more was just the complete train-wreck of a story, plot devices derailed and the lacking of presence with some characters in demand. Here though we have S-E revising a portion of the game, this makes me feel conflicted because as someone who has already completed the game, I feel like I am done with the experience and for playing it upon launch I may have got a more lacking experience overall!
In this generation of gaming we see basically all our games getting updates, which is great for fixing bugs and whatnot, but when it comes to changing part of the core experience I do feel a bit uneasy. I feel i am done with this game, I don't want to now have to go bck to it and re-experience this revised version of a chapter. I can't think of many cases of this happening to this scale, other than the change to Mass Effect 3s ending from the backlash, but all that was was an extended epilogue, the change to Final Fantasy XV is within the middle/later of the game, so it's not even something I can experience again naturally without starting over. Reading up they may have put an option in the main menu to access it instantly, but having already beat the game I just feel so far removed from it that I lack the sense of immersion to really embrace the situation the story should be delivering.
I just do not want the industry to fall into a habit of thinking it is okay to constantly revise core parts of the experience after the initial release. The first impression of the experience is what sticks with you and admittedly, while not impressed with the result of Final Fantasy XV, to see it still being basically in the state of development after I have already completed just leaves me fed up. I also think it comes down to ones time, I don't want to feel I have to keep chasing up on a game to get the full experience. I just want it to be completed upon the agreed release date, experience it, then be done with it - I have often gone back to Final Fantasy's yes, but out of affection, not because I feel i may be missing out on content. With this approach to game developing, it just feels like I cannot have faith in buying a game at launch at all.
But I wanted to see what others thought oni the matter, do you feel the notion of revising games post launch is a good thing or not?