Final Fantasy XIV's free trial period extended indefinitely, PS3 version delayed until further notice

Final Fantasy XIV Online has problems. The MMO has received overwhelmingly negative reviews, earning an average rating of 52-out-of-100 on MetaCritic, a 4-out-of-10 on GamesRadar, and a 30% from PC Gamer. Many fans have also expressed disappointment with the title. But if there’s a silver lining in the dark cloud hanging over Final Fantasy XIV Online, it’s that Square Enix is listening.

President and CEO of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, recently issued a direct apology to all Final Fantasy XIV for the state of the game and announced that the free trial period will be extended until the quality of the game has been improved.

“While more than two months have passed since the official launch of Final Fantasy XIV service, we deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that Final Fantasy fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest apologies,” says Wada.

In order to improve the quality of the game, Square Enix is restructuring the Final Fantasy XIV with the company’s “top talent and resources.” Naoki Yoshida will be taking over the role of producer and director. Yoshida  began working for Square Enix in 2004. The game developer recently contributed to Record of Agarest War as the assistant director.

“Not only is he one of our Group’s most accomplished and experienced members, Naoki Yoshida is also a charismatic leader possessing the skill to bring together and effectively helm a team which comprises a wide range of responsibilities,” says Wada of the new producer for Final Fantasy XIV.

Wada asks Final Fantasy XIV players for their patience and announced that the free trial period for Final Fantasy XIV will be extended indefinitely. “We realize time is of the essence and are fully determined to provide our customers with quality service,” says Wada. “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.”

News of the big changes in management, the free trial period, and the game itself was accompanied by an announcement that the PlayStation 3 version of Final Fantasy XIV will also be delayed indefinitely. “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,” explains Wada. “ 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.”

As fans of both MMOs and the Final Fantasy franchise, we were incredibly disappointed with Final Fantasy XIV Online. But the classy company response to the negative feedback from critics and players greatly reduces our frustrations and agro level. Let’s hope the Square’s continued work on the game leads to improvements for both the PC and upcoming PlayStation 3 version of the troubled MMO.

Dec 10, 2010

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  • Zepaw - December 12, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    It is amazing how obvious this game would blow even before we knew anything other than it would be an MMORPG. Good call gaming world.
  • Syncmaster - December 11, 2010 4:55 p.m.

    ok wrong page.. but well, its works on this page as well
  • Syncmaster - December 11, 2010 4:54 p.m.

    Super Mario World pawns any of those games anytime.
  • atomicsandman - December 11, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    What's that I hear, the sound of crashing and burning? Too bad I guess, I was pretty interested in this game before all the negitive reviews came in.
  • PhantomDave - December 11, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    Hey Final Fantasy fans! You know that shit sandwich you've been forced to chew on? Well you can keep eating it for free until we make it taste better!
  • Robx - December 11, 2010 12:35 p.m.

    What db1331 (once again) perfectly said.
  • pr0tostar - December 11, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    Props to Wada for finally owning up and not blaming "player expectations." Anyway, I can wait off for the PSP3 ver till whenever, XI was recently given loads of nice content.
  • EnigmaSpirit - December 11, 2010 4:06 a.m.

    Instead of putting out games of this level, they could remake FF7 already. Then we would get a good game, and fanboys could finally shut up.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - December 10, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    I suppose next they'll pay the people to play it
  • Spartan523 - December 10, 2010 11:10 p.m.

    i like how they handled the mess they're in. its refreshing to see a company actually respond well rather than deny the problem exists while charging user to fix it ahem coughMicrosoftcough
  • EnragedTortoise1 - December 10, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    Here's hoping the PS3 version doesn't suck.
  • 80sMullet - December 10, 2010 10:54 p.m.

    If the people who made these games stopped calling them "franchises" and just called them "Final Fantasy Games", it would gain a lot of goodwill. As it is, it sounds like they work in a cardboard box factory and the latest game is just another product produced with no love.
  • xumaximus - December 10, 2010 10:52 p.m.

    ......Why are they even trying this game is FAIL! Everything is wrong with it I bought the CE and after this long I just gave up on it and tossed it in the trash....I mean thats where garabge goes!
  • KaiokenKid - December 10, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    I dont think they shoule release this on PS3 until they know its good and stable. See, putting a MMO like this on a PC is alot easier then putting it on a console, atleast im assuming. So I would rather them delay it for even a year and get it good and smooth on PS3 then release it.
  • 510BrotherPanda - December 10, 2010 10:23 p.m.

    Question is, though: Was "Record of Agarest War" any good? Will it bring FF 14 lower than it already is?
  • db1331 - December 10, 2010 9:56 p.m.

    This game reminds me of a person in a coma, where a few people are trying to keep them alive so they can keep collecting their social security check, while the rest of the world is screaming to have the feeding tube removed.
  • Clovin64 - December 10, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    At least Squeenix are trying to patch this mess up. Whether they succeed or not remains to be seen. I'm not into MMOs so it doesnt really matter much to me, but it does dissapoint me that my beloved Final Fantasy has taken a blow like this.
  • ExcessGiraffe - December 10, 2010 8:54 p.m.

    It's good to see that they are handling the negative reviews with tact and actually working towards making the game better. The game may be shit, but the way they handled it is very comforting. recaptcha = The Svisibes (Sounds like some Ukranian farmers)
  • sgh341 - December 10, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    I had very high hopes for this game. Here's hoping the PS3 version is good.

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