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Final Fantasy XIV Trial Period Extended, PS3 Version Delayed
by Brad Nicholson on
And the development team is restructured.
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).