No crying from me. Just a sudden lack of interest and a desire to see the game fail. I'll never cry over getting to keep my $60 in my pocket to save for something else.
So, because there aren't any female playable characters, not only are you now not going to buy the game but you're also hoping for it to be a failure? Holy overreaction Batman.
I agree it's disappointing, and a bit shocking, that there aren't any playable female characters. But having gender balance be the deciding factor upon whether or not you play a game is pretty ridiculous. IMO, at least.
It's the middle of the 2010s. That's not an overreaction. Hell, it's an expectation, or at least it should be. And it's especially an expectation considering the FF series has had a playable female character in every installment since, oh, FFII on the NES in the late 1980s? FF Sausage Fest is a HUGE step backward for the series in that regard.
At least with AC Unity you could make the excuse that there's only one main character. In FFXV you control a party of four. No excuse.
Yes, I hope it falls on its face, to send a message to these studios that excluding one gender from a party-based RPG like this is completely unacceptable.
It'd be one thing if Square Enix had a history of ignoring females and having only male playable characters. But it's the compelte opposite of that. I'm disappointed that FFXV is going to be a sausagefest, but I'm not going to boycott it and hope for its financial failure simply because I can't play as a female. No more than I boycotted FFX-2 for not having any male playable characters.
Well, an all-male cast is... it's boring. And considering FFXIII's (and the sequels')... well, general lack of quality*, it's another mark in the "dno't care anymore" collumn.
Final Fantasy doesn't have its DEFINITE BUY status anymore, and this ain't helping convince me.
Oh, and? "But FFX-2 had an all-female cast!" Yeah, it did. But it also had a three-person cast. FFXV has at least five**, maybe more***, so it's only maybe a good comparison. AND FFX-2 is a sequel, pulling characters from a larger, more diverse cast. Also most people hate FFX-2, so...
*I liked it... but it was very problematic, and the sequels I won't even unpack here.
**And they're all "white", or Japanese but in such a way that Western audiences will still see them as white. At least a few of them are older--y'know, maybe 30.
***Five playable, a bunch of non-playable which.... judging from promotional materials includes a whopping two women. If you include FFX-2's voiced NPCs there are plenty of men, including at least an equal number of new non-recycled story-driving characters as playable females. So, y'know, again, not really a good comparison.
I haven't watched anything really about this game besides the newest trailer. What if it turns out to be 5 gay dudes? Is it gonna be cool then? Or what if one of them is trans and actually has female parts but identifies male?