I would prefer turn based aswell, i don't get why square enix is so against it.
It's more a Tetsuya Nomura thing than a general Squeenix thing, I think. Pretty sure he's the only one concerned that "it looks silly for characters to stand around and wait their turn."
I mean, isn't it? Sure, it's just a game and all that, but it is really damn silly for people to stand in the open while being shot at to "wait for a turn."
That's just a break of immersion for me, I can still enjoy a good turn based RPG. No doubt Action RPGs are a bit more casual friendly but I still feel it's the natural progression of combat. Active combat was super rare back in the day but with newer tech, I'm guessing now it's more easily achievable. I know many people perfer the Turn-based combat for the strategic allure of it, but action combat can be just as strategic. Overall, I welcome the change to action combat, it just makes sense.