New FFXIV Director: Failure Risks ‘Destroying’ Square Enix

The failure of of Final Fantasy XIV isn’t up for debate. Launched to extremely negative reviews, it struggled to maintain a decent number of users and problems were so bad Square Enix was forced to issue two separate apologies to fans for the cock up. Ouch. Then again, Final Fantasy is kind of the Square Enix’s signature game. If it goes away, it’s almost like the company losing an arm, or both of them. So naturally the failure of FFXIV wasn’t seen as an insurmountable problem, but a course in need of correction. Which is why the game is being rebooted as Final Fantasy XIV Reborn.

How big of a risk this reboot is is anyone’s guess but if Naoki Yoshida, director of the new version of FFXIV, is any guide, a huge one. Speaking to Kotaku, he essentially said that a failed Final Fantasy XIV might kill Square Enix. “We won’t make a mistake like FFXIV again,” he said about the failure of the first version. “If we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company.”

We’d hate for that to be the case. If only because I want to play Sleeping Dogs 2. Though I won’t be playing FFXIV. Will you? Let us know why, or why not, in comments.

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4 Comments on New FFXIV Director: Failure Risks ‘Destroying’ Square Enix


On November 27, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Does any care about this game? Companies need to stop trying to make so many MMO’s. There’s not enough interest or user base to compete with WoW on the whole. Stop trying to copy that lame formula and make a single player RPG that captures the glory days of the franchise.


On November 27, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I have been disappointed with Square Enix’s fare for so long that I simply wouldn’t care if the company was destroyed except for two VERY important games to my heart. Kingdoms Hearts 3 must be made, and for that to happen, Final Fantasy XIII VS needs to come out. This FF looks FAR superior to the recent lameness in the franchise, including Final Fantasy XIV. So instead of playing another MMO that Square will somehow screw up, I will chug along on Planetside 2 and Guild Wars 2.


On November 28, 2012 at 1:37 am

Me i do not really care about Final Fantasy versus XIII i’m more intrigued about the third FFXIII with Lighthing.


On November 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

So true Rawr! The only MMO game who have potential to stand against WoW was Old Republic but it failed greatly even if it was a good MMO. Many developers need to forget doing online games only or online play in some of their franchise who doesn’t need that. If they want to include online capability in those games they just need to keep it for DLCs.