Square-Enix Requests 3-4 Weeks Time on Final Fantasy XIV Reviews
We’ve already evaluated the latest Final Fantasy online game, but there are rumblings that Square-Enix is requesting that review publications give the game a little more time to bake before passing judgment. News posts at PSX and Beefjack.com indicate that after the shipment of the review copies of the game, Square-Enix emailed a message requesting reviewers allow 3-4 weeks for the game to build its community.
Our Final Fantasy XIV review went live during the game’s launch week, but the issues we found had little to do with a lack of player community. While time allows for games to build, and even during the hours spent in-game during the review it was not possible to see much more than a sampling of the title the review centered on how well Final Fantasy XIV does at attracting new gamers and wrapping them up in addictive MMO gameplay. These were issues no amount of time spent in the online world would change considering the launch implementations of the game systems.
To Square-Enix’s great credit, the message requested the extension but was not phrased as harshly as some embargo’s on MMOs past – like APB. Could it be that the early reviews have been so negative or off-putting to potential new players that Square-Enix is looking for that “headstart” to make some sales before buyer remorse kicks in?
Final Fantasy XIV is just not ready for more casual audiences. It might appeal to crafting fiends but it is a design at war with itself.