Square Enix can’t seem to keep itself out of trouble lately, as the struggling company recently posted a tweet featuring gameplay for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, only to immediately delete it after fans pointed out that it was “too dark” to see what was going on.
In the now-deleted tweet, a few fans were arguing about the lighting of the footage:
Fan 1: It looks too dark, why would you go out of your way to release a video that would bring you hate?
Fan 2: It looks super bright to me. Maybe it’s only dark because of a TN monitor? Poor you, can’t even notice that it only looks dark because of your own device.
Fan 1: IPS monitor, and also looking through an iPhone 14 Pro and it’s still dark. Everyone else is saying that it’s dark, so why don’t you take notice? Perhaps you’re too stupid.
Fan 2: Because only idiots are vocal. 99% of the people don’t have any problems and stay quiet while 1% say it’s dark so the majority get the wrong idea. Poor you, so vocal yet you can’t notice that you’re in the wrong.
Twitter user (fan 2) arguing that it looked “super bright” went on to make a poll asking others if it looked dark or bright, only to have it backfire after 97% of 1,037 entries agreed that the gameplay looked way too dark to see.
The above screencap shows a look at the deleted footage. Some Twitter users also pointed out that “whoever was in charge of placing the lamps should be fired” because they didn’t do anything to help the lighting situation. Square Enix deleted the tweet while discussions were being had about the poor lighting and have yet to re-upload the gameplay video.
In Famitsu’s world-first gameplay of Final Fantasy XVI, fans also pointed out that it looked too dark to see what was happening in the game.
Final Fantasy XVI is scheduled to be released for the PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023.