Around what I expected. I was thinking 89.
With the amount of people who always wanted it to be something else, even if it's unreasonable, some mixed reviews were unavoidable.
Others may be due to reasonable critique.
To expand on characters/lore around Midgard.
Could it possibly be that they added this content to stretch the game into three parts? And if the developer team was told that this was only going to be a single release, what would have happened to all of that content?
What do you think would have happened to a lot of the content from the original game we loved if they were told to make this into a singular release?
It would be cut from the game, because it's not possible to do in this kind of fidelity in one game.
"The other option was to include the entire scope of the original game in a single release. But in order to make that work as a modern game, we wouldn’t be able to go for the highest visual quality and we’d also have to cut back on areas and scenes from the original."
So this wasn't "unnecessarily splitting". It was necessary if they wanted to include everything important from the original.
The only question then was at what point they end each game. It has to be somewhere that feels appropriate for a full game experience. And not just as far as they can take it.
If they can't get to say the City of the Ancients on a one game budget, but only as far as Costa Del Sol, ending the first game there would not feel appropriate. So the decision to focus on Midgar and move some later events into the Midgar section, while expanding on that city and its people sounds reasonable.
People who think they could fit everything from the original into one single game in this kind of fidelity are unrealistic.
If they made it into one game, people would complain about all the things cut from it.
If they made it into multiple games, people would complain about the extra "unnecessary" stuff.
I've seen a lot of complaints about this over the years, but never accompanied by a constructive or realistic suggestion along with it.
Last edited by Hiku - on 06 April 2020