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Square Enix promises big changes to the ill-reviewed Final Fantasy XIV

Square Enix has received a flurry of criticism over its new Final Fantasy MMORPG, and now the publisher is promising to respond with a series of big updates.

"When we released the first version of Final Fantasy XIV, we noticed some players were unsatisfied. That's why we decided to listen to all the feedback and implement as much as possible, so we can have a more satisfying game experience, as they would like us to do," said Square Enix exec Hiromichi Tanaka in a recent interview with Eurogamer.

The game will get sweeping updates to tackle as many complaints as possible, including:

- Adjustments to the battle system, making it easier to understand
- Improvements to the controls for PC players without a game pad
- Reducing lag
- New, more intuitive interface
- Allowing users to customize the interface
- Enhancements to map displays, making it easier to see where to go next
- More tutorials and quests

As for when all this will be pushed out to players, the answer is not exactly clear. Some will come out sooner than others, while other improvements may take as long as a year. "You will probably see a drastic change in six months' time," said Tanaka.

This is all brewing before the PS3 version of the game is even released. Due to issues with the console's infrastructure, Square Enix had to delay the game on that platform. The publisher does expect sales to rapidly jump as soon as the game comes out for PS3 sometime in 2011. For the PC, it has already sold 600,000 copies, which Tanaka said is bigger than expected compared to FFXI. He hopes the subscriber base will grow gradually from here.

[Source: Eurogamer]

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11 comments

  • jmcgrotty - November 16, 2010 8:22 a.m.

    Why bother changing anything at this point? The 7 people in the game probably will be loyal no matter what, and no one else is going to be suckered into it. I seriously will be surprised if this comes out on the PS3.
  • Fenny12 - November 16, 2010 1:11 a.m.

    "Yeah, we know its crap, but we PROMISE we'll fix it in six months or so. Just keep paying us subscription fees in the meantime and we'll finally get out of paid beta in no time!"
  • AwesomeA1010 - November 16, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    the game world is just boring and plain compared to xi even, you can't fix being a terrible game at the root without starting over :/ would have been better with the ffxi jobs and battle system in a new world with lots of updates to the original formula, not the boring pointless game it is
  • EroticInvisibleMan - November 16, 2010 12:25 a.m.

    Have they got rid of the stupid time limit thing? Because I don't see it on the list, and no amount of changes could make up for leaving that blunder in. And it's such a shame, I really wanted to try this game out.
  • Clovin64 - November 16, 2010 12:05 a.m.

    Its actually painful watching Square Enix frantically try to convince people to go back to this disaster of a game. "No wait, we know its shit, but we'll improve it! Please come back!"
  • pr0tostar - November 15, 2010 11:22 p.m.

    And time once again for my obligatory XIV-statment input!: ...so that COD Black Ops is pretty baller, anyone else played it? --Party on dudes.
  • Robx - November 15, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    Off the topic, but any more news on the APB bought by K2 Network deal? I'm really curious about how that will work out.
  • xlyesterdaylx - November 15, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    I think "some" is an understatement.
  • Cleanser247 - November 15, 2010 10:20 p.m.

    I agree, maybe take a bit more time as well....
  • Tenfey - November 15, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    The only way they could fix this fiasco would be to just change it into another game entirely. Hopefully an actual good one this time.
  • Cleanser247 - November 15, 2010 10:14 p.m.

    Sooo many FF's!

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