It's been a rocky ride for Sazh Katzroy ever since his debut appearance in Final Fantasy XIII. A character who many felt was likeable, charismatic and realistic with solid character development. Likewise Sazh has also met his fair share of negative criticism but regardless of one's opinion, no one can deny that his character is one of a kind.
Which is why he would be the perfect choice for Dissidia Final Fantasy as a brand new character and Final Fantasy XIII rep alongside Lightning. Whether you'd like to admit it
or not, Sazh was one of the most distinctive looking characters in the Final Fantasy XIII universe.
Team Ninja is said to be in charge of the roster which could spell trouble for a character like Sazh as TN hadn't handled racial diversity or character choices too well in the past. Just take a look at the current state of their own fighting game Dead or Alive 5 or some of the amazing characters which never made the cut in Hyrule Warriors.
Still there could be hope as the developers have said that their goal is to add over 50 characters to the final game, so surely there's a place for the lovable gun toting cool dad Sazh in SE's reverting fighting game series.
In a past interview, Tetsuya Nomura stated that he would have chosen Sazh over Lightning to appear in a sequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy to represent Final Fantasy XIII. Unfortunately this never came to fruition as Lightning was selected as the Final Fantasy XIII representative for the prequel game, Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.
Now with 50 characters debuting in the third instalment of Dissidia this would be the perfect opportunity for Sazh to make his grand debut. When you look back at the previous roster racial diversity wasn't taken into consideration, which came as a disappointment as the franchise has produced several well renown black characters.
Racial diversity isn't Final Fantasy's strong suit but you can't ignore the stellar black characters and other characters of colour who stick out for their unique designs.
It's pretty noticeable when a game like Dissidia doesn't debut a single one of those characters to be playable in a popular spin-off title with a decent sized roster.
In 2012 Japanese users on the official Final Fantasy forums had the chance to vote for their favourite male characters and Sazh ranked at 32, beating the Final Fantasy XIII poster boy Snow Villiers. It's worth noting that Sazh was the only character of colour listed, other characters like Barret, Wakka and Kiros didn't rank.
This gives an indication that while Sazh isn't the most popular character in Japan, he also isn't an afterthought. Regardless, Japan isn't the only market that Square Enix should be catering to. If SE want to attract the western audience then it would be only be right to focus on them too, right?
A character like Sazh breaks the mold of cliche Japanese characters and gives the game some much needed diversity that the two previous entries was painfully missing. It's no secret that Sazh is well liked in the west and if Square Enix want to attract more western players than introducing a character like Katzroy is a great way to achieve this.
This wouldn't be the first time that Sazh has appeared in a spin-off title outside the Final Fantasy 13 trilogy. He has made playable appearances in several iOS and Android Final Fantasy games. Dissidia Final Fantasy would be the right time to bring back Sazh for a respectable spin-off title that doesn't involve cards.
What's your opinion, do you want to see Sazh in Dissidia Final Fantasy or would you rather another Final Fantasy character take helm. Let us know which character of colour you'd like to see make it as a playable character onto the roster in the comment section below.
Sazh's odds of appearing as a playable character in the third instalment of Dissidia may just have increased with the revelation of Dissidia Final Fantasy: Open Omnia, a cross-over rpg for smart phones which may well be the dream game for long time Final Fantasy fans.
In the debut trailer for the smartphone game,Sazh is seen on two occasions, in action against an enemy and making conversation with three other characters from different instalments, although it appears his son Dajh and Chocobo chick are both absent.
Like it's console counterpart the mobile role playing game brings main characters from the Final Fantasy series together and players are given the chance to form their ultimate party as they set off on a new quest.
This gives us hope that Sazh will make the transition from Open Omnia to the mainline Dissidia Final Fantasy series and also that Square Enix and Koei Tecmo's Team Ninja haven't forgotten about this awesome character.