Final Fantasy XIV Producer Offers Insight Into The Game’s Development Status

By Ishaan . March 17, 2011 . 3:01pm

Current Final Fantasy XIV producer-cum-director, Naoki Yoshida, took over the post in December 2010, as part of a major shake-up to the game’s entire development team. A fan of games such as Diablo, Ultima Online and Dark Age of Camelot, Yoshida compares MMORPGs to theme parks.


Following the recent events in Japan, Square Enix have temporarily suspended their Final Fantasy XIV service in order to conserve power as requested by the Tokyo Electric Power Company. Recently, Yoshida had a few more insights to offer regarding just how else the earthquakes have affected Final Fantasy XIV.


In a post on the Final Fantasy XIV forums, Yoshida writes that, while the game’s development team is safe and sound, there are staff members with family in the regions of Japan that were affected by the earthquakes. “Due to this, the concerns of the nuclear plants, and the ongoing aftershocks, we are not at our best,” Yoshida admits.


“The planned blackouts in the Kanto region have disrupted public transportation, preventing many from even making it to work,” Yoshida reveals. “In addition, our French and German localization staff have left Tokyo at the urging of their respective embassies. For these reasons, and to allow our staff to focus on their safety and that of their families, I have decided to make adjustments to the development schedule.”


Patches 1.16a and 1.17 for Final Fantasy XIV were to be released by the end of March. However, given the current state of affairs, Yoshida says, you can expect a delay of one or two weeks. This time won’t be wasted, however. The development team will be “making making minor improvements” as well as laying the groundwork for future content.


Yoshida also teased an upcoming new feature:the Grand Companies of Eorzea (formerly referred to as “public companies”). He says that information regarding these will be revealed just prior to the release of patch 1.17.

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  • I hate to break it to him, but his team was “not at [their] best” long before the quake…

    • godmars

      I think that qualifies as a low blow.

      True, but a low blow none the less.

    • neo_firenze

      Let’s be fair, Yoshida took over FFXIV after the previous directors got removed for creating the mess that he and his team are now trying valiantly to clean up. I think FFXIV is fundamentally flawed and unfixable, but the current team is clearly putting forth as good an effort as they can to salvage something from the wreckage.

      As a FFXI veteran (I still play) who was really looking forward to it, XIV is still probably my biggest disappointment in all my many years of gaming though.

      • Testsubject909

        I think many people are remembering Daikatana just about now…

        And yeah. New team means new promises and new hope. But they can’t just remake a game from the ground’s up. They’ve a very tough road ahead of them.

        • Did Romero make you his b****?

      • badmoogle

        Same here.I feel that the new director and team are really trying their best and from what i’ve heard from people who played the game they say that the game had huge improvements when compared to the launch version.Still unfortunately as they say it’s not in a condition that it can be considered as competitive with the other “big guns” of the genre.

        Personally i wonder if a total MMORPG newbie like me could enjoy this game when it comes out on PS3…I will play it in a casual way since i don’t think i will have lots of free time when it comes out.:/

  • Zero_Destiny

    I’m not a fan of MMO’s and have said some bad stuff about XIV and XI in the past but I really DO hope they can get XIV’s knicks worked out. I know it has a lot of fans and I wouldn’t want to see SE to fumble around and lose any more money because of it. Hopefully the fans will be understanding.
    Glad everyone’s safe, hope their family is okay. I wish them and the game the best. :)

    • Plus I’m sure the lovely graphics and soundtrack from Uematsu-san should NOT be going to waste. I do hope they come around.

    • PrinceHeir


      family first ^^

      still i wonder how can they really improve FFXIV? the population of the game keeps declining and now add the disaster and such.

      oh well best of luck square

  • Yeah just when I started to play again this happens, it’s OK I don’t hate you for it. Hope their families end up well.

  • Im glad they are giving their workers time to get things in order with family and safety, I can not imagine how these rolling blackouts are. I heard rumblings that some company’s have just sent their workers abroad or away since it would be impossible to get work done.

    My mentor/graduate school person or something, has been so into FF14 though, he loves it.

  • Advent_Andaryu

    Is FFXIV not coming to consoles in America? I don’t mean because of the diaster, I mean ever…

    • Probably until they fixed what people hate about it.

  • Wiccan1109

    I feel terrible for them, i actually just made the decision to leave this game this week and start playing Rift, which after almost a year of XIV disappointment, has rocked my world. It’s a terrible shame because it really is one of the most beautiful games around and when you look at it, you wonder how it cant be earth shaking, but it just isnt. The whole game feels like it doesnt really have a soul and everything is so hollow, its kinda like a ghost, you just cant get a grip on it no matter how hard you try. The community is terrible and pretty much wont talk to anyone who isnt wearing their guilds insignia above their head, and i dont think anything they can do can save the game from something like that.

    They’re trying so hard to fix everything, and this disaster is terrible for them in so many ways. I would like nothing more than to see this game top the MMO charts but they really cant win. They try to be different, but no one likes what theyve come up with, if they try to be the same then they go against their ideals. At the end of the day i think they would have come out of this stronger if theyd just done a HD reboot of XI or actually listened to their fans during development stages instead of after. Everyone i knew started to leave, eventually it was just me in this empty world with no one talking to anyone and nothing for me to do but grind the same things over and over. I actually think its a huge credit to them that they still continue to keep it on life support, i really hope to come back one day and see everything changed but it’ll be a long time from now, if ever. ; ;

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