FFXIV Progress Report: PS3 Version Sill Quite A Ways Off
Final Fantasy XIV isn't on the PlayStation 3 yet. But given the response the PC version received, most PS3 owners are just fine with that.
It's unfortunate that FFXIV got off to a rocky start but since that time, Square Enix has remained dedicated to fixing the issues. And in a recent IGN interview, producer and director Naoki Yoshida gave franchise fans a progress update that is relevant to both the PC and PS3 versions.
Firstly, the PS3 version will boast a different interface that is specifically tailored to that platform. Square Enix wanted to look at the "global standard" for control in MMOs, so it's no surprise they took cues from the immensely popular World of Warcraft. Now, S-E is "using that as a base" for rebooting the damaged FFXIV, so players - specifically PC players, because the development team has less experience with the mouse and keyboard setup - will be comfortable.
As for when we might see the spruced up FFXIV on PS3, that remains up in the air. However, Yoshida did give us an estimated timeline: They plan to release more details in August and then start alpha testing in September. They'll incorporate that feedback into the game and afterward, they'll roll out a beta test version on the PC and PS3. Or rather, PC "and then for PS3." Said Yoshida:
"We want to make sure this time we take a lot of time to listen to feedback from users during this beta test and implement as much of it as possible before the release. We want to make sure we have a massive amount of content at launch. We donít want to go into launch without enough to do. So itís going to be building up that content base and getting this feedback in. That might end up pushing the release back a little. Itís all going to depend on that."
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV
6/7/2012 9:31:20 AM Ben Dutka