Friday, December 10, 2010

Square Enix shakes up the Final Fantasy XIV Development Team

Square Enix yesterday issued a huge proclamation for all current and ex players of Final Fantasy XIV:
The FINAL FANTASY XIV team is working hard to bring our customers an unparalleled adventure, and we ask for your continued understanding and support as we march ever diligently towards that goal.

Is it too late? On their website they have announced an entirely new crew to head up overseeing the rescue of the trouble MMO. The new Producer/Director is Naoki Yoshida while heading up Lead Game Design is Nobuaki Komoto.

They also annouced the delay of the Playstation 3 version of the game until it was absolutely ready for prime time. To me however that is a move they should have made for the PC where they really stood a chance to make it big in the MMO market. Not too many people are going to be bummed out that they can't play an MMO on the console. Shoulda...woulda...coulda...

The link to the big announcement is here: http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com/pl/topics/detail?id=c499e4c5df4f3f0fde1fb47a28574cb9c3991c9f

Below is a small taste of the huge public apology:
We realize time is of the essence and are fully determined to provide our customers with quality service. It is because of this that we ask our customers to be patient until we are able to confidently present them with a concrete plan outlining FINAL FANTASY XIV's new direction. The free trial period will be extended until that time.

Regarding the PlayStation 3, it is not our wish to release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements we have planned. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of the PlayStation 3 version beyond the originally announced date of March 2011.