April 17, 2024

Yoshi-P admits he’s tired of Final Fantasy 16’s toxic fans

Like all fans of a major gaming franchise, there is a certain subsection of Final Fantasy fans who like to throw their toys out of the pram every time the series does something new. Whether that’s leaving nasty comments in trailers, fighting with other fans on social media, or hurling abuse at the developers themselves, these people will go out of their way to be as toxic as possible about a series they love. It is something that many of the producers of Final Fantasy 16 Naoki Yoshida, also known as Yoshi-P.


In a documentary that aired in Japan (translated by Audrey Lasam of Aitai Japan), Yoshi-P talks about reading negative Japanese comments about Final Fantasy 16, explaining that it’s weird when people shout and scream at developers and that he finds the whole concept “tiresome”.

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“There are many people who just yell at you, people who I have never seen, met, or talked to before. It is strange,” says Yoshidas. “What did we do with them? Maybe they just write it from a place of negativity and malice. It’s tiresome.”

Of course, this isn’t specific to the Final Fantasy community. If you’ve been on the Internet for long, you’ll know that every fan keeps a hoard of toxic little goblins ready to pounce if their personal needs aren’t met. Yoshi-P probably refers to this type of person rather than anyone trying to provide constructive criticism. It makes sense that he would be getting this negativity from the Japanese side of the public, though, considering how much Final Fantasy 16 has been getting from the Western media this time around.

Fortunately, Yoshi-P can try to ignore most of that because Final Fantasy 16 is a critical and commercial success. Square Enix itself has said that the game’s sales are strong despite all the hulabaloo over sales numbers in recent weeks, and fans are clamoring for DLC.

Yoshi-P himself has even hinted at what some potential DLC might look like, as he recently claimed in an interview that he’d like to explore Cid’s backstory a bit more. There are also mysterious crystals near Sanbreque that could be a possible location for some additional story content, but unfortunately we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to see if these are connected to some DLC.

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