Do people really wanna care as to whether it was Luke or Asch who appeared at the end of the game? I mean they did kind of fused together and became one, so isn't it assumed that they're one person and possibly someone entirely new?
Anyway, OP, it really doesn't matter. However, discussions about games can be fun! Anyone who wants to stop that is just a curmudgeon. *cough* --- "It's not working. The banana is not melting." -Masaokis
There were a few times I was convinced of a "combo platter" ending, but in the long run, I'm not sure it makes sense anymore. That was me trying to interpret why the devs would answer about the ending the way they do, but what it comes down to is this:
1. Most outright believe Luke returned hands down, without any googling or foruming or internetting. They take it as the miracle it was intended to be, no quid pro quos. For examples, see youtube comments on the ending.
2. I can't think of many who would *prefer* Asch to return at the cost of Luke, even among the Asch fangirls. The dev quote firmly puts the ball in the player's court. Many would like both to return, but that's probably not the answer. So, are you like Jade, who accepts a Replica for the individual life that they are, or are you like Dist, who seeks to create a life to revive a dead person? Essentially, the dev quote *forces* the player to "choose" Luke as the one that made it.
I don't really care. I believe it's both characters. This new Luke has both Luke and Asch's memories and personality traits. I just see it as a perfect fusion. --- "When you come at the king you best not miss"