Final Fantasy XIV Free Till It’s Fixed for Subscribers

Final Fantasy XIV has had probably the worst launch of any MMORPG I can recall.

From the critical lambasting it took among my peers and I, to the overall negative impression it has left with gamers, it seems nothing has gone right for the title. Effective immediately those who own and play Final Fantasy XIV are getting their free play time extended indefinitely.

Square-Enix has admitted this several times but extending the introductory time period twice now. Today though the company demonstrated a huge amount of humility and publicly reaffirmed its commitment to righting that sinking ship. In a post on the Official Final Fantasy XIV website, Yoichi Wada, President and CEO of Square-Enix outlined some big changes and the company’s intent to effectively remake and restructure the game, including a delay of the PS3 console version.

Wada also announced that designer Naoki Yoshida would take over as the game’s producer and director during this restructuring. Yoshida¬† replaces the games original producer Hiromichi Tanaka. Tanaka was very vocal about the game’s flaws over the two months since launch and laid out the original remediation plan.

The mid-December update spoken of before is still in development and reportedly on target for release. How this restructuring will ultimately change the core systems of Final Fantasy XIII is the big mystery here. Can the game be redeveloped while players are still running around inside it? If you need any proof this can happen, look at Sony’s Star Wars Galaxies. Let’s just hope however that Final Fantasy XIV doesn’t repeat Sony’s mistakes and lose what little support it has from players.

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