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“Players had a very high expectation” of FFXIV, says Tanaka

Friday, 12th November 2010 01:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Hiromichi Tanaka, SVP of software development at Square Enix, has said the company is doing everything it can to bring Final Fantasy XIV “back to the level” it planned to have ready for players of the MMO right from the start.

The latest patch is just a start.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Tanaka said the firm understands the frustrations felt by the fans, and their complaints are being addressed.

“We believe players had a very high expectation of this title from the alpha and beta tests,” said Tanaka. “We received a lot of feedback from the beta tests. The development team should have focused on shaping up the game during the beta process, but because we were really concentrating on de-bugging the game – fixing all the bugs – that’s one of the reasons why we were not able to have all the requests implemented during the beta process.

“That’s why we do understand the reaction from the players, now the game’s out. Therefore, the development team is working really hard to bring it back to the level we planned to have ready for the players.”

The battle system, lag issues and user interface are other areas Square plans to improve upon in the following updates, and the fixes will hopefully convince new players to join the 600K already planning when it launches on PS3 in March.

“Because we have the PS3 version coming out, we do hope both players will enjoy the game and so the subscribers will grow”, said Tanaka. “All MMOs usually have a big initial shipment. What happened with FFXI was we introduced the game on different platforms in different regions, so the subscribers grew gradually. That’s something we hope will happen with FFXIV – it will continually grow.”

The full list of fixes and additions in the new patch can be found here.

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  1. Phoenixblight

    Back ass wards they couldn’t implement what the fans wanted because they were busy debugging the game so now if/when you implement what they want you have to, guess what? test and debug once again.

    Brilliant!!

    Not only did you leave a bad taste for the new comers but you disappointed your sub base, good luck trying to recover from that.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Hunam

    Even with a low expectation of the game people would still feel ripped off. It’s not shit because people expected too much from it, it’s shit because everything about it is just wrong. Terrible design, bland (but decent) graphics, fields that are featureless masses and insane limitations on almost everything that it wants people to do.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    i just expected a better ffxi…what we got was a piece of unfinished shitload.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. sebbie16

    @3 I agree… having FFXI for 6+ years, they should of had a solid ground to work from… but alas, they decided to forget that the game even existed.

    #4 4 years ago