Final Fantasy XIV: Square Enix promises big improvements… again

'Tis the season for New Year's resolutions, and that sentiment is not lost on Naoki Yoshida. The director and producer of Final Fantasy XIV has reiterated, in a New Year's message, that he will do whatever he can to make the flailing online game a success.

"The last few weeks of 2010 were tumultuous times," writes Yoshida in a Square Enix newsletter. He promised there will be a whole slew of updates to the latest MMORPG set in the Final Fantasy universe.

Yoshida has been hammering away the same message for months after PC users of the game have complained with glitches and an unenjoyable player experience, and PS3 owners are still waiting to get their hands on it.

In the newsletter, he outlined four steps to recovery:

1) Fun
2) Live
3) Reboot
4) Rebuild

Instead of chaos and disarray, Yoshida said the environment around the FFXIV is one of "anticipation and excitement" as everyone works round the clock to turn the user experience into something players will actually like.

Of course, as with all bold stump speeches, words only mean so much. We'll be watching to see what Yoshida and his team actually do to live up to these promises.

Jan 4, 2011

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  • Robx - January 4, 2011 10:45 p.m.

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  • city17fan - January 4, 2011 10:42 p.m.

    With the horrible development and lack of understanding what makes a game work. I cannot find myself willing to give this game another chance. I am simply just too turned off about the game overall.
  • AwesomeA1010 - January 4, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    I actually got that mass email from him lol the game is free now, so I'm not playing it because it sucks but I'm really hoping it gets fixed, i played ffxi for two years and think it's amazing, so im really hoping this gets fixed however, there's so much wrong with it beyond just gameplay, the world itself is bland and horrible, nothing about it is worthwhile at the moment. we'll see but im not optimistic, especially if it becomes payed again and its not fixed...
  • BIOSback - January 4, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    hoping* sorry for double post.
  • BIOSback - January 4, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    I'm hopping they fix this, I've never played an MMO but I was excited when they announced this.

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