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Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 is still FFXIV and “nothing else”, says Square

Saturday, 19th November 2011 19:06 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida has said the MMO, which is scheduled for an upgrade to 2.0 in 2013 with a new engine, is still FFXIV and not an entirely new game.

Speaking with Gamasutra, Yoshida said one of the first steps he took when became the game’s new producer, was look at the service system along with community and game content to try and figure out what “would be necessary” if the game were to continue another 10 years. To get a better idea of this, he studied the systems implemented by other MMOs such as Rift and World of Warcraft.

Yoshida said he found that in order for the game to run smoother and provide a better experience to users, it needed a new engine.

“A key development on the technology side is the new engine that will be rolled out for the version 2.0 launch which we are building from the ground up,” he said. “Why build something from the ground up when it already exists? Well, the current engine we are using is good for showing ‘passive graphics’ in offline games, but the most important thing an MMO needs is an ‘active graphics’ capable of showing many, many different characters on the screen simultaneously.

“This is simply too difficult to accomplish with the current engine.”

Final Fantasy XIV turned a year old in September, and due to a considerable number of issues, Square hasn’t charged a subscription fee for the MMO. The company plans to start charging customers either this month, or in December.

The MMO, which missed its initial PS3 launch, will arrive on the system during Q3 2012.

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  1. Unknown_Gamer

    Square .. let me get this straight .. We need something promising , Something that all people can deal with .. Something like “Free to play” model that will change the whole FF Online community and Re:think about the “bright Future” for the game itself without repeating the same mistake once again .

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Lounds

    This game is bankrupting them.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Phoenixblight

    @2

    WOuldn’t doubt it. Its fail all around with this game and now they are putting more money into it just to redevelop it? Worst decision ever.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. SuperGuyverUSA

    Yeah, Final Fantasy XIV was never really one of the greatest Final Fantasy games, but I’m willing to play it on the PS3 when it comes out.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Lounds

    I wish I could of played FFXI online but I didn’t have a computer back then. I liked the character design back then, the whole FFIX look.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. darksied

    Square dropped the ball with this one; not only that, but they are picking it back up and dropping it again. They should dump the idea, because this game is nothing but a sinkhole. I tend to avoid MMO’s in general, but with this one, one look at the Gamespot video review was enough to scare me away for good.

    #6 3 years ago