I think FFXIII Versus actually had a lot of content, but they took majority of it out and made FFXIII outside what was later FFXV, then they wrone a script for the movie, and the anime, because this would be cheaper to make it a filler for the lack of content that was simply torn out of Versus. Afterwards they decided to remove more content to put Anime+Movie+Game into a single story, they modified the combat system, added some things like Eidolon system, with glorious fanservice of Shiva.
I think they simply finished this game cuz it was bleeding. Honestly I think this game is a flop, and it's especially possible because of SEs tendency to give a lot of possibilities to their studios, holding a firm grip, and not exactly making sure it's doing fine, until it's too late. SE has a history of games that were bad, just not disastrous. FFXV is not a disaster, it's playable full Demo of what the game could become, and it clearly shows it. Visuals are great and apparently people took liking to DMC combat. Which is ok if you think battle commands in ATB turn based system is too difficult for your brain, I don't think it needs quotation if you can google why they want to remove commands with FF7 Remake, believing that people are stupid and will buy it cuz it looks good.
The game in my opinion is bad (FFXV) and not because it has a bad combat system, or has bigger plot holes than High School of the Dead.
The game is bad, because it simply is not what it could have been. It could have been a carefully planned, designed and polished product. It's not it, the producer of the game doesn't want to admit defeat and plans on patching the game post-release, however patches are supposed to fix teh game, remove errors, bugs, glitches, things that don't work.
In the case of FFXV this means fixing the entire game by adding important content, something someone who did NOT see the movie, or the anime (which was pretty damn bad and not that much more interesting than the games travel by car mode save for 2 eps tha thad something interesting in them) could enjoy and discover.
The game actually has an aprox of 35 mins of plot. And that's probably up for debate because the game has many cutscenes, but only a fraction of them is important to the plot.
They literally make you explore the entirety of teh game to actually have an ending they dare calling "True" ending, simply to show you additional 10 secs of video in the endings.
That's a pretty damn bad approach, and makes little sense. In FFX-2 you had to do a similar thing, explore everything, collect everything and do some or a lot of side questing in order to get a true ending, however in FFX-2 everything you unlocked had a direct connection to the plot, being in any place at any given time had a consequence and not doing anything also had some consequence. Completing the game without doing anything outside of the main story, gives you a pretty damn boring and uninteresting ending. Doing teh same thing in FFXV, you get pretty much the proper ending without a 10-15 secs of content after the credits that explain NOTHING, it's just something like Kojimas jokes in MGS5TFP completion unlocks.
S-E Trolled "loyal FF Fans" and they won, they created a hype with several trailers, and people bit the bait. Did you learn anything from FF13 ? nope, you took the bait exactly the same way.
This is why I am just a fan of teh series, with exception of few parts.
I played and loved 1-7, I enjoyed 8 a lot, 9 was really good, DX had a very interesting story, but teh combat system was bullshit, X-2 has exactly what FFX lacked, enjoyable combat system with a very mediocre story, combine FFX with X-2 and you would have a real successful game, enjoyable in every possible RPG way. FFXI was great, although graphically is sucked, the gameplay was incredible and a lot of fun, teh story of the game and it's lore was also quite enjoyable. FFXII for some is a really great game, but for me, the game has an interesting combat system, a great story (and no one will say otherwise) and probably 3 great characters, the game itself was great but many of it's characters lacked personality, FFXII Revenant fixed a lot of it, but the game itself had downgraded in other aspects, FFXIII had actually a story, and 2 great characters, the game would be a success without teh rest of the playable characters, their personalities were so bland and shallow it was cringing to experience. FFXIII-2 was ......... I dunno what it was, I know what it wasn't, it was not entertaining at all. FFXIII-3 ... same as -2, and then we have a rewturn to teh roots with FFXIV, you have a strict class system, pretty much taken out from FFT and FFTA, combined with FFXI combat system, and an incredibly immersive world and lore, teh story is teh main aspect of the MMO, you can't actually access some of teh content if you do not follow the story, litewrally fantastic execution, tons of content (competitive with WoW) and the yconstantly add new content periodically so you never really get bored, and afte rthat came ... FFXV. A cockblock game that doesn't have a beginning, the middle and teh end, teh game that rewards you wit ha slightly better ending if you spend hours upon hours playing it's entire ... boring content, with only one aspect of it being praised: Combat.
I'm not being biased.
I'm not being a fanatic.
I like games that have a complete and immersive story to tell.
I can play a game wit ha very badly ending story (I played BioShock Infinite+DLC) and I loved the game, the combat was good but the game has over 3 hours of story content (Inifinite+DLC) and it wraps up better than most games I ever played, so it's possibel to make a game in 2 years with over 3 hours of story content, but it's hard to make a complete game over 10 years (I'm not buying the change name and do overs, it started at FF XIII VERSUS and then was constantly being abandoned) and take teh same amount of money as for a complete game ?
Congrats, you fed a troll.
People keep feeding publishers with money for products they don't complete and release as complete.
This is why we get 90% shit games every year.