The inclusiveness of diverse groups in video games is still a pending issue, but some studies are making efforts to integrate people into their stories. One of the examples is The Last of Us Part 2, a video game that has been praised by Motomu Toriyama, co-director of Final Fantasy VII Remake. The creative has expressed in an interview with The Gamer his admiration for the way in which Naughty Dog has represented diversity, especially when it comes to LGBTQ + characters.
“The Last of Us Part 2 has really lived up to its commitment to diversity,” says Toriyama. The also director of Final Fantasy XIII also refers to the advances in user interface design, which is why he considers that the video game has become “a benchmark for the industry.” And he adds: “I think that expressing diversity with the inclusion of LGBTQ + collective it’s a problem for anyone who makes content, not just the people who make games, ”he stresses.
“In Final Fantasy VII Remake we rebuilt the original using the latest technology, but we felt that we should not stop at the technical aspect and that we needed to update the content of the story to show ourselves in line with modern sensibilities ”.
And what’s new in Part 2?
After the release of Intergrade, the exclusive version for PS5, the studio is already fully focused on designing the second installment of Final Fantasy VII Remake. Naoki Hamaguchi, another of the video game’s co-directors, has revealed that they will take advantage of some mechanics from the INTERMission additional episode. One of those new systems is the joint movements between the two protagonists of this additional episode, Yuffie y Sonon. Together they can unleash powerful special attacks. “I would like to take advantage of it,” said the creative, and then added that there are more aspects that they want to transfer to the next title.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is available on PS4, while Intergrade, the upgraded version, can only be run on PS5.
Source | The Gamer