First of all, we’d like to thank the amazing yuricannes for working with us to create the featured image for this episode. I think you’ll agree that it’s an amazing piece of art, and you should definitely check out their work.
The Technodrome is the greatest country in the world
Lulu takes us on the journey into Distant Worlds, what it is, and why we should all go to it. Essentially, Distant Worlds is a touring concert of full orchestras and choirs, playing the music of the Final Fantasy series.
Lulu had taken in Distant Worlds at the Royal Albert Hall. The RAH has always been on Lulu’s list of places to visit, and she has been a number of times specifically to see this show.
shout out to the Royal Albert Hall and the staff who work there
She also drops the bomb that the second half of the show was dedicated to Final Fantasy VII - something they have never done before
remember folks, this was before E3
Both Lulu and myself all but convince Squidgey that it would be a good idea for him to go to a Distant Worlds concert, but he remains resistant because of the potential for them to play that song
long time fans of the show will know what that song is
Then comes the section of the pod which lead to the creation of the art work for this discussion with Lulu. I’m not going to say what it is, because it’ll spoil the whole thing.
We then ask Squidgey to watch the Final Fantasy VII Remake trailer - something he had avoided until we asked him to watch it live on the pod - and give us his thoughts. In preparation for the trailer watching experience, I managed to sound like I was underwater, too. Not sure what happened there.
Take the damn flower!
All in all, I think Squidgey was impressed with the trailer. Although, he was a little reluctant about the voice acting at first.
We then talk about how
at the time of recording
the hot topic was whether the game was going to be an episodic affair or not. Which leads us into a discussion about similarly episodic titles like The Walking Dead and Half Life games.
please Square-Enix, don’t make us wait forever for each episode – if it’s still going to be episodic
Squidgey then takes us on another journey into Resident Evil Revelations 2, again. And I chime in with how most episodic games are fully completed before each part is released… with the exception of Half Life 2, of course.
Discussing the potential episodic nature of the remake, we worry about where the episode breaks could be. Would the end of the Midgar section of the game be the end of the first part? There’s about 3 to 8 hours of content there alone.
Each episode could be the same size of Final Fantasy XIV - which took around 40 hours to complete
But if it does end up being episodic, what if I don’t buy episode 2 but not episode 1? Something to consider, for sure. Also, with all of this talk about the potential size of the game, how long would it take to download it?
Squidgey then brings up the potential for the remake being a launch title for the PS5
remember, we recorded this BEFORE E3
and he and Lulu shock me with just how old they both are
Playstation 4 launch date was 15th of November, 2013
Lulu then talks up how the remake could be released on both the PS4 and PS5
this was recorded way before Square-Enix announced that it was even coming to the Switch
Squidgey then makes us worry about the potential for the Gold Saucer section of the game to be micro transaction heavy
which was a completely different direction that I thought he was going to go in
and Lulu reminds us that the Gold Saucer in FFXIV doesn’t have any micro transactions. This leads us onto a discussion about micro transactions, “pay to win”, and how a lot of companies pray on folks who do that.
We also talk about how upset we’d be if Square-Enix release ANYHTING which SPOILER SPOILER, with Squidge and Lulu both saying that they would riot if it happened.
Effort and reward comes up as we discuss the differences between “pay to win” and actually achieving anything in the game. Lulu also talks about how she contacted someone about how much they would charge for taking her character through quests and bosses, and the prices are ridiculous. Especially since you’re paying someone to play the game for you.
I mean, what’s the point in that? I mean, it’s like paying someone to eat your food for you. Let us know in the comments.