I think Final Fantasy is one of the best games in the series. But we can see where they came up with ideas they never followed. Just like Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XV goes off in multiple tangents of what could have been. But this can be interesting, as I think this gives us something to think about within the story.
Sleep. Noctis hails from “Insomnia”. But since “Insomnia fell” (as a play on words), Noctis would experience more sleep as a result. Maybe Insomnia (the kingdom) was keeping him awake? But for as of now, Insomnia doesn’t have a theme. Noctis’ sleeping is fatigue from his road trip. But what if the sleep theme materialized into a subplot about him being more active in life? As to “wake up” to his responsibilities and take control of his life?
Father and Son. Was this to be a subplot in the game? Why else would they release this trailer? Maybe we could have seen more flashback of what his father was like and how much he cared for him. The last episode of the Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV anime seemed to hint at his sadness over the grief of his father. I think we also missed the opportunity to see Noctis maturely handle the stages of grief.
Orphan. In the grand tradition of Final Fantasy, the four bros are all orphans. As adults, the feeling of being alone may have subsided for some of them. What if they took on certain roles to fill the gaps in their missing parents?
- Gladio, the father figure
- Ignis, the mother figure
- Prompto, as the annoying little sibling…figure
We could make that connection now, but spelling it out in the story would demand more character development. We could have learned more of their backstories. Even why they take the roles they do.
Coming of Age. I guess you can see the underlying theme of making sure Noctis transitions from a boy to manhood. In episode four of Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV, Noctis attempts to start to do things for himself (even with a trained staff of servants) to prepare for kingship. Noctis may have had to grow up a little bit too quickly. Slowly, we would see him mature.
Of course, they ran out of time before doing any of these. And while these themes are hypothetical, I believe they could have included all if done expertly.