Square Enix's ambitious Final Fantasy XIV
Online has been troubled by delays, poor reviews, fan ire, performance issues
and subscriber woes since its inception. Even a dramatic reshuffling of the game's management team and the introduction of
free trials back in December has done little to rejuvenate its tentpole MMO.
Undaunted, Square Enix's CEO Yoichi Wada recently stated the studio is
determined to give FFXIV a fighting chance, and is willing to start from
scratch to make it work.
“The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly
damaged,” he admitted during a Tokyo press conference, adding, “We'll continue
with our reform work, which basically amounts to fully redoing the game, and
hope to revive the FFXIV that should have been released.”
Wada's statements were published by Japanese
news site Sponichi, and translated by Andriasang.
No further details were reported regarding a FFXIV redo, however Wada did
address concerns that Square Enix's Dragon Quest X represented a permanent
shift in the DQ franchise, noting, "We're not making them all online.
We'll continue with a variety of developments, online included."
Earlier this month, Square Enix's announced
Dragon Quest X would be released for the Wii and Wii U, and that the online MMO
would likely require monthly usage fees. This news, combined with the series'
new direction, caused Square Enix's stock to dip by ten percent. Moving
forward, it's clear Square Enix will need to do some work, and a little PR
magic, to turn its online fortunes around.
Sep 27, 2011