Final Fantasy Brand “Greatly Damaged” by FFXIV

When Final Fantasy XIV came out for the PC it was panned by critics as the game had many serious technical issues. As a consequence, Square Enix decided to delay the PlayStation 3 version of the title, which is supposed to be vastly improved when it comes out. Recently, the company admitted that they regret the state of the game as they feel it hasn’t met people’s expectations.

According to Andriasang, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada clearly said that “The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged.” Additionally, he said that the company will keep updating and fixing the title: “We’ll continue with our reform work, which basically amounts to fully redoing the game, and hope to revive the FFXIV that should have been released.” It should be noted that the developer has been desperately trying to fix the PC version of the game and until that happens subscription fees will not apply. Furthermore and as I previously mentioned, the PS3 version has been put on hold until the MMO reaches the desired quality. A proper release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.

Finally, Square Enix is also focusing on Dragon Quest X which was revealed to be an online role-playing game. Maybe this is the perfect opportunity to prove that online-focused JRPGs still have a chance to be successful.