Square-Enix Didn't Implement Beta Feedback For FFXIV
Everyone is sort of hoping that when Final Fantasy XIV comes to the PlayStation 3 next year, it'll be vastly improved over the current PC version.
Well, maybe it will be, in that the PC version is actually not much better than the beta test. This straight from Square-Enix, as they've made a confession concerning the poorly received MMO (critical average of about a 5 right now): according to Eurogamer, S-E senior vice president of software development, Hiromichi Tanaka, said that feedback collected from beta participants wasn't implemented, as the team focused on "debugging." Essentially, they didn't change much of anything so the retail version was very similar to the beta. 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."
Lambasted for being half broken when it arrived, FFXIV has suffered quite the critic and gamer backlash. Square-Enix is currently working on a big patch to help fix the PC version, and we still assume the PS3 version will hold all the improvements and repairs the PC version will - eventually - receive. Obviously, though, fans will be unhappy to learn that their beta criticisms, while acknowledged, weren't acted upon.
Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV
11/12/2010 10:37:20 AM Ben Dutka