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Final Fantasy XIV Trial Period Extended, PS3 Version Delayed

And the development team is restructured.

Square Enix knows that a lot of Final Fantasy XIV owners don't like Final Fantasy XIV. In yet another attempt to keep remaining game owners plugged-in and anticipating meaningful, game-changing updates, Square has extended the game's free trial period until it can present players with a concrete outline of what it plans to fix or change in the foreseeable future.
    
It's also restructuring the development team in order to "achieve the level of enjoyability" that FF fans expect of Square. In a recent post on the FFXIV blog, Square CEO Yoichi Wada apologized for the MMO's quality and revealed that various leaders on the game, including its director and producer, have been replaced. 
 
Wada also mentioned that the PS3 version of FFXIV has been delayed from its original March 2011 launch date. He neglected to provide a new release date for this long-awaited console version, but said that it would ship with "all the improvements" Square has planned for the PC version of the game.  
 


 == TEASER == Later in this post, former producer Hiromichi Tanaka wrote to fans. He apologized and took the blame for all the game's failures. "I would like to apologize for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV," Tanaka wrote. "I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer." 

"... Under this [new organizational] system, Final Fantasy XIV will see changes and additions in line with the desires and expectations of players," Tanaka said. "Though no longer producer, I will be continuing to support the development team in other capacities, and personally hope that you will continue your adventures in the realm of Eorzea." 
 

 
New producer/director Naoki Yoshida wrote, too, explaining that even though he's a relative unknown at Square, he has an experienced team that will help him turn FFXIV into an entertaining product. 

"No doubt there are very few, if any, among you who have ever heard the name Naoki Yoshida," Yoshida wrote. "To be sure, I have never been in the fore on any of the titles I have worked on in the past. I am, however, honored and privileged to work alongside many talented and inspiring colleagues, and with their support have enjoyed making games for a number of years."  
 
You can view all the new staff line-up here.
 
What's wrong with FFXIV is core to FFXIV. The combat, the structure, and several of the game's other systems simply aren't satisfying. So, when Square says that fans aren't happy with the game, Square isn't just referring to network stability or enemy balance complaints. It's talking about big, hard to change stuff that fans are taking issue with. You have to wonder if Square will actually be able to implement overhauls before people start leaving the game in droves (provided that hasn't already happened).
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Posted by BradNicholson
Square Enix knows that a lot of Final Fantasy XIV owners don't like Final Fantasy XIV. In yet another attempt to keep remaining game owners plugged-in and anticipating meaningful, game-changing updates, Square has extended the game's free trial period until it can present players with a concrete outline of what it plans to fix or change in the foreseeable future.
    
It's also restructuring the development team in order to "achieve the level of enjoyability" that FF fans expect of Square. In a recent post on the FFXIV blog, Square CEO Yoichi Wada apologized for the MMO's quality and revealed that various leaders on the game, including its director and producer, have been replaced. 
 
Wada also mentioned that the PS3 version of FFXIV has been delayed from its original March 2011 launch date. He neglected to provide a new release date for this long-awaited console version, but said that it would ship with "all the improvements" Square has planned for the PC version of the game.  
 


 == TEASER == Later in this post, former producer Hiromichi Tanaka wrote to fans. He apologized and took the blame for all the game's failures. "I would like to apologize for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV," Tanaka wrote. "I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer." 

"... Under this [new organizational] system, Final Fantasy XIV will see changes and additions in line with the desires and expectations of players," Tanaka said. "Though no longer producer, I will be continuing to support the development team in other capacities, and personally hope that you will continue your adventures in the realm of Eorzea." 
 

 
New producer/director Naoki Yoshida wrote, too, explaining that even though he's a relative unknown at Square, he has an experienced team that will help him turn FFXIV into an entertaining product. 

"No doubt there are very few, if any, among you who have ever heard the name Naoki Yoshida," Yoshida wrote. "To be sure, I have never been in the fore on any of the titles I have worked on in the past. I am, however, honored and privileged to work alongside many talented and inspiring colleagues, and with their support have enjoyed making games for a number of years."  
 
You can view all the new staff line-up here.
 
What's wrong with FFXIV is core to FFXIV. The combat, the structure, and several of the game's other systems simply aren't satisfying. So, when Square says that fans aren't happy with the game, Square isn't just referring to network stability or enemy balance complaints. It's talking about big, hard to change stuff that fans are taking issue with. You have to wonder if Square will actually be able to implement overhauls before people start leaving the game in droves (provided that hasn't already happened).
Posted by Brendan

I find it odd that Square keeps trying to wedge into this space.  Maybe FF11 was more popular than I thought. 
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Posted by BravoUniform

Lame... they got the pc out but not the PS3? D:

Posted by SomeJerk

Does it have fast-travel yet?

Posted by Poki3

It's a pretty big problem that the game is released, since it requires extensive work, and now has to take into account that people are already playing it.
Patching something in is a lot more expensive then changing something during development, especially when you're firing and hiring people left and right.
 
Hey, I wish FF14 the best, I wanted to enjoy it before I actually played it for a while. Maybe someday.

Posted by KaosAngel

...what's hilarious is that I logged in a few days ago to see the changes, and the first change they made was to hide the server population.   
 
I got a hunch people are leaving in mass, the channels are almost dead at times.

Posted by Maotou
Considering how this game tanked, it's not surprising they went this route. Doubt they will be able to salvage much of this game.
Posted by Gonmog
@Brendan: FF11 was a HUGE game. LoL. Was a good game too boot, has a MC score of 85. 
Posted by Wacomole

The producer falling on his +4 Strength Enchanted Sword.

Posted by Skald

Quality control: actually pretty important.

Posted by ALavaPenguin

FFXI was a pretty huge game and pretty awesome, [although severely not for everyone]

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Posted by Ravidrath
@Brendan: Final Fantasy XI is BY FAR the most successful and profitable product Square Enix has ever released.
Posted by BulletproofMonk

Oh god, this thing is a fucking disaster.

Posted by pplus0440

sounds good to me more free time, its not that bad...
Posted by Halberdierv2
@BravoUniform said:
" Lame... they got the pc out but not the PS3? D: "
trust me, the way how bad it is, You'll be glad for them to delay and fix it for PS3.
Posted by Xeiphyer

Its good to see they are willing to take the steps needed to try and fix this massive fuck up. Its just too bad they couldn't do this stuff before releasing the game.
 
Deadlines are important, but when your game is fucking broken you probably shouldn't release it. 
 
Hopefully this will be the turning point that will bring Square Enix back to its quality control glory days.

Posted by ch13696

They should just cancel this game and rename Final Fantasy XV to XIV. Just forget this ever happened.

Posted by onimonkii
@Brendan said:
" I find it odd that Square keeps trying to wedge into this space.  Maybe FF11 was more popular than I thought.  "
surprised me too but last i checked (a couple years ago admittedly) it had the most active subs after wow
Posted by Morden2261

At what point do they start ritually sacrificing members of their team to try to calm subscribers?  Because I think they're running out of ways to apologize that don't involve massive blood loss.

Posted by Xeridae
@Morden2261 said:
" At what point do they start ritually sacrificing members of their team to try to calm subscribers?  Because I think they're running out of ways to apologize that don't involve massive blood loss. "
Don't you know? In Japan if you disgrace yourself you commit seppuku. In all seriousness though they really needed to make drastic changes to their staff because it's obvious that they are completely out of touch.
Posted by Veektarius

Has this sort of post-launch reworking had lucrative results for anyone?

Posted by Barrock

And to think, I was fucking psyched for this game. I was well prepared to upgrade my PC, and shell out hundreds of dollars just to play this game. And now look at it. It will forever be knowns as the worst Final Fantasy game of all time and potentially one of the largest failures in MMO history. 

Posted by AuthenticM

I commend them for this sort of transparency.

Posted by Meteora

At this point any MMO that is a WoW clone (or remotely fantasy) is doomed to failure, but I guess its not all bad news if the developer actually tried fixing the game after launch. 
 
Though that's far too common in MMOs where everything is just broken at launch.

Edited by Xeridae
@Xeiphyer said:

" Its good to see they are willing to take the steps needed to try and fix this massive fuck up. Its just too bad they couldn't do this stuff before releasing the game.  Deadlines are important, but when your game is fucking broken you probably shouldn't release it.   Hopefully this will be the turning point that will bring Square Enix back to its quality control glory days. "

It's not even that it's really broken it is just massively boring. The game looks great but there is nothing interetsting to do. Crafting is a nightmare. The class system makes no sense. They should have imrpoved upon the work that was done in FFXI instead of trying to reinvent every game system. I think my biggest complaint though is the combat system. Way way way too much time passes between each attack. You feel like you are just staring at combat that takes too long rather than being engaged.
Posted by buhssuht

At least somebody admits the game sucks

Posted by blaakmawf

I think it will be interesting to see how this all pans out.

Edited by Rexicon

I just want to chime in and say that this is honestly one of the most brand-tarnishing games ever to be released.  In the wake of Cataclysm and thousands of honestly better games, these people should be ashamed of themselves.   
 They really need to start from scratch and just call the game now an "extended beta" phase.  The combat isn't even the worst part of this.  Just take a look at how many menus it takes to open your inventory and marvel at a system designed by a team that hasn't played a game (much less an MMO) since 1999.  Christ even Everquest had a fucking one button inventory with drag-and-drop. 
 
WHO THE FUCK DOESN'T HAVE A DRAG AND DROP INVENTORY. 
 
Serious changes gotta come to this game. 
 

...even then the only reason to play this game is hot catgirl-on-catgirl action.

Posted by The_Laughing_Man
@Morden2261 said:
" At what point do they start ritually sacrificing members of their team to try to calm subscribers?  Because I think they're running out of ways to apologize that don't involve massive blood loss. "
They have startd to fire people you know. 
Posted by ThePhenomenal1

so i can imagine this game going through as many changes as star wars galaxies did. 

Posted by steelknight2000

I love how Japanese this is. Can you imagine a Western developer publicly apologizing for a shoddy game and then resigning in shame? 

Posted by cherub09

I've been playing this game for a few months, and I really don't think this game will see PS3 launch. If they overhaul the entire game, I'd never reroll just to play the new content. With most MMO's I play, I'm thinking about them off and on at work or at the gym, planning what I need to do next. FF14 doesn't feel like that, there just isn't a reason to want to play. You spend one evening grinding mobs for shard drops, the next evening crafting with the shards you collected, then back to grinding the next night. I like boring, repetitive, mundane things as much as then next girl... but this is really too much to bear.

Edited by fox01313

Seems the previous FF MMO attempts never really were all that amazing so I'm suprised that they decided to continue this project on the franchise. It might be an okay thing on the PC but I think that on the consoles it might not be the best idea.  
 
I think that if people are really wanting a fantasy MMO, just stick with a free one like Runes of Magic or 0 subscription one like Guild Wars.

Posted by reputatsioon

wow

Posted by Chris2KLee

The whole thing sounds like a complete cluster F. I have to wonder if tossing in a relative unknown is a just a gesture for players, a way to show change while the old team simply goes about their business. They need to draw on some outside talent, if not from the US then at least from S.Korea, where they seem to know how to at least get the basics of MMO's right.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85

Man let's hope they can get their act together with this, otherwise this might be one of those MMOs that have to be taken out back and put down before it causes more harm.

Posted by ZombiePie

I always got the sense that the game wasn't finished when they released it in the first place and that was why they did all of that leveling limitation stuff. Anyways hopefully there something worth saving now that they have hired all new management for the game.

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Posted by IBurningStar

They can't save FF XIV. Too many people were burned when it came out and have no interest in supporting SE by coming back. The bad word of mouth and horrible reviews have colored people's perceptions of it as being crap. The amount of overhaul that needs to be done is on par with creating an entirely new game and won't be a quick fix. It is going to take time to attempt to salvage this thing and they are going to continue to bleed money while doing it. This game may go down as the biggest failure in the history of the company and to that I say, "Good." SE has been all style and no substance for nearly a decade and hopefully something like this will wake them up and tell them to cut the shit.

Posted by Mcfart
@ch13696 said:
" They should just cancel this game and rename Final Fantasy XV to XIV. Just forget this ever happened. "
you can't cancel a game that's been out for months already -_-'
Posted by LordAndrew

Delayed and then eventually cancelled, I would imagine. Final Fantasy XIV cannot be fixed.

Posted by ryoma122

realy did any one actualy think this was going work 
its a shame since i am a pretty big ff fan

Posted by Levio

I too had high hopes for this game, but according to players it is a complete waste of time.  How many terrible MMOs have come out since WoW?  I've lost count.

Here's to hoping The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2 are decent.

Posted by Puck

The implosion of the FF series is really stunning, because both of the major prongs - MMO & Epic Single Player games - are so far off key from the market. 
 
But Japanese game development in general is kind of in a vacuum.    I can't remember the last Japanese game that entertained me, much less wow'ed me.   Even things with a budget - like Lost Planet 2, has dated mechanics and was just clearly mangled from the earliest phases of work on it.   
 
When it comes to the FF series, Square/Enix just needs to open their eyes and look at what the Bethesda, Bioware & Blizzard folks are doing.  They need to acknowledge that they are playing catch up right now, then make sure their target market wants what they are cooking. 

Posted by Tennmuerti

dev team fired
PC version can't even be charged for
PS3 version postponed indefinately
what a fuckup
 
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told you so

Posted by xyzygy

I'm going to bet that the PS3 version will be cancelled if the population on the PC version doesn't increase.

Posted by KaosAngel

If this shit isn't fixed by March, it'll be dead. 
 
Once KOTOR hits, it's all over.

Posted by jlaudio7

I wondered what happened to this game. I remember it being in development but I totally forgot it actually came out. Then again, it's still in development, LOL.

Posted by Faint

would square please just neck themselves already? i used to be their biggest fan in the ps1-2 days (as i was very young during the nes-snes era of their games), but now their games are complete tripe. it all started going wayyyyy downhill when they made a main titled final fantasy game (im talking about ff11) a paid online game. i wasnt even remotely interested in picking that up, and opted for wow instead, having only played warcraft 3 at the time from blizzard. is that not telling of how far they have fallen? the only game im excited about that they have coming out is dues ex 3, and they only have their name on it because they own eidos now. 14 is an absolute unquestionable, unoriginal failure.

Posted by Doctorchimp

This just reinforces the point though guys.... 
 
THERE ARE CRAZY PEOPLE OUT THERE, THERE ARE ACTUALLY PEOPLE WHO WOULD DEFEND THIS DOGSHIT.

Posted by BabyChooChoo

They should cut their loses now. I can't think of a single MMO that had a launch as bad as this and went on to become successful. At best, they make enough for the servers to stay afloat. Some might call that success, but when your multi-million dollar investment is barely making enough money to save itself, I call it a bust.

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