Oh, I didn't realize there were other characters like Noctis in that world with the same abilities, though I always got the impression that his female counterpart (Stella?) had something similar going on. As you can probably tell, I still haven't played FFXV; back in the day when my life/the demands on my time were a little more relaxed, I played all of the mainline entries in the series--from the original release of the first game up until around FFXI, when the quality of the games precipitously fell off (though I did actually enjoy FFXII, the last one I played through, in many respects). Up until that point, I played them all, even if I came to some of them a few years after their release, but by that point the quality had declined and around the same time it developed that I had time for only a handful of games, so they always have to be good if they were long-form story-centric games. When FFXV (still known as FFXIII Versus at the time) revealed its first trailer and it was known that Tetsuya Nomura was directing, I was pretty psyched about the direction that the animation, particularly the fight animation, was going to take, and Noctis' introduction was a big part of it. It really seemed that the game was likely to rejuvenate the franchise.Fair points, sadly enough.
Now that you shine a light on it like that, it does seem obvious. You're probably right about Azwel's power set being lifted from Noct. For that matter, Azwel's showy gestures and speech mannerisms are highly reminiscent of Ardyn, also from FFXV -- and also an owner of the power to conjure weapons, Ardyn's power signature being red while Noct's is blue ...
However, the game slogged in development hell year after year after year, and I became more busier still. Finally it was released, and though it looks like an alright package, I got the feeling it didn't quite live up to expectations after Nomura left. I was also left a little disappointed that the game has only four main protagonists who were all a group of bros that look like they could be models for Axe body spray, when one of the appeals of the franchise for me was always that the games had rich and large casts composed of varied and interesting characters. Between time constraints and the lackluster launch, I never got around to playing it, though I will say that, at a minimum, it still looks like maybe it is the best Final fantasy game in a decade or more (bearing in mind that, aside from a few moments trialing a game here and there, the last one I played that wasn't a remake was released in 2006!). Want to make a pitch for it being worth the time investment?