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Square-Enix "Deeply Regrets" FFXIV, Delays PS3 Version

Final Fantasy XIV hasn't fared well in the eyes of critics and gamers since it released for the PC. Square-Enix has since admitted their mistakes and because they don't wish to repeat history, they're going to take more time with the PlayStation 3 version.

Those who really want to try the in-depth MMORPG should read the latest update post at the official website: first and foremost, they say they "deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that FINAL FANTASY fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest of apologies." In fact, they've gone and reorganized the entire development and design team; in order to create a better product, they've gathered the company's "top talent and resources." You can check the new who's-who list through the link above; you may recognize a few of those names, and that's a good sign. What does this mean for the PS3 version?

"Regarding the PlayStation 3, it is not our wish to release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements we have planned. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of the PlayStation 3 version beyond the originally announced date of March 2011."

Unfortunately, it seems that delay is indefinite for now but at the same time, we're more than willing to give the team the time they need. FFXIV clearly had - and still has - severe problems and to release such a disappointing product on the PS3 would only add to the negative backlash. We have to appreciate the apology, though, and if they take the right strides, the PS3 version could be vastly superior to the originally released PC version... Here's hoping.

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV

Tags: ffxiv, final fantasy xiv, ffxiv ps3, square enix

12/10/2010 9:10:40 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (53 posts)

SayWord
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:41:46 PM
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SE says they don't wish to repeat history than what have they been doing this whole generation? Game after game has been let downs. I still don't think they will learn from this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:05:48 PM

Honestly I don't either. I think they are done.

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kokoro
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 7:42:38 PM

They're finished.

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BigBoss4ever
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 12:07:45 AM

SE has sunk rotten, no way back. so just rot with Wada together.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:42:53 PM
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Good news for those that are interested, and it's good also to see that S-E see the error of their ways. Perhaps that means that future products will be up to the standards that we expect from them.
Peace.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:45:41 PM
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I wanted to get this game but I have decided not to. I just won't have the time to pay or the money to pay for an MMO after the baby arrives. People who want this shouldn't mind the delay. It will give them time to make the game better than its PC counter part.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:52:49 PM

Congratulations on the kid.

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Jawknee
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:53:50 PM

Thanks. :)

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SayWord
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:56:50 PM

Your going to be a father!!! I've been banned for a month, that's why I havnt been on psn. Congrats man!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:07:13 PM

Is it Jawknee Junior? Damnit New Vegas Radio, now every time I see your name I think of that song "Johnny Guitar".

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BikerSaint
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:38:52 PM

Jawknee,

Congrats on your future lil' ankle biter!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:55:00 PM

Congrats. :)

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Alienange
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:04:03 PM

You should have the time to still play. I mean, what else is there to do when the baby's up all night crying?

The money does get a little tighter though so not spending it on a buggered MMO sounds like the wise move.

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Borderline
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:30:54 PM

Congrats man! Is this your first?

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:35:32 PM

Congrats! Give him/her a great name.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:40:34 PM

Call him/her "World"

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Fane1024
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 12:33:54 AM

I'm guessing Jawknee will go with "Barack". ;P

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Jawknee
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:34:02 AM

Ha! I prefer Berry. ;)

@Borderline, Yup, it'll be our first one. Crazy. I am starting to feel old. :O

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 2:40:05 AM

Starting? how old are you? I'm 29 and headed back to college for more edumacation, I feel like a facking geezer.

"You dried up old geez?" -Kid from FFVII

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Orvisman
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 8:36:17 AM

Congrats.

The wife and I are waiting until she finishes her degree.

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GuardianMode
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 4:35:40 PM

a little late but congrats ^^/

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Borderline
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 12:35:01 AM

Lol, I feel you there. I have a 4 year old and 3 year old both girls. A lot of work and a lot of fun and they do make an interesting dichotomy in that they keep you young but make you feel old. Enjoy all that it brings.

P.S....my 3 year old is honestly awesome at Red Dead. We don't let her shoot at people or things but she can lol and she does the herding and lassoing missions....cutest thing ever.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 9:54:55 PM
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Their problem is that the PC version of the game is so badly broken, and the development team doesn't know what to do. The PS3 version is suffering because there is so much to fix, and they have to go back and do root and branch pruning and re-development on the PS3 version too.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:07:56 PM

I bet it will be a year late minimum.

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kokoro
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 7:45:41 PM

Or maybe it will never be released. Who here remembers "The Last Remanent"?

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BTNwarrior
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:00:41 PM
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I hope they just scrap it altogether and start work on something that I would actually be interested in buying

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:05:21 PM
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Where's Pachter when you need him? THIS is a product that is dead on arrival. And I don't think improving it will help any. Even if they make it a ton better, a first impression always sticks. No sale for me.

It really is a shame what they are doing to Final Fantasy these days. PLEASE let Versus be "teh sheet" Cuz if it isn't, FF probably can't recover.

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:24:57 PM

I believe you're right World. Seems like devs/publishers fell into a funk this gen but SE really went downhill. They should be thankful that there are still people that think they can pull back from how poorly they've done this gen.

A business as big as Square-enix, you would think would have some smart business sense to ask themselves, "What were the type of business practices that made us successful in the past generations and what are we doing differently now?" "Maybe our chances haven't been the best and maybe we should revive some logical practices of the past."

In any case I believe "Sony" has a role in these supposed practices..

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The Doom
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:36:09 PM

"Even if they make it a ton better, a first impression always sticks. No sale for me."
You could say the same thing about the PS3, right?

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:40:04 PM

Based on how much more valuable exclusives are, if Versus stays exclusive to the PS3 and the devs take full advantage of that it may have a chance to restore hope. Depends on whether FF Versus 13 can heal to the affect of the damage that SE has done to FF recently.

Thank the espers, summons, Guardian Forces, and eidolons that Tetsuya Nomura is heading this one.

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frylock25
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:06:08 PM
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what a bunch of clowns. maybe they are Drake's worst nightmare, idiot programmers and bosses. haha fools

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:09:22 PM
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In conjunction with this news, they have lengthened the trial period of the PC version to try to placate the pissed off fans. It's obviously a delay tactic so they can add content hoping people don't just jump ship when the trial is up, which they will.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:13:07 PM
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I really wanted to get this, make my own FF experience with a non-blond character as the hero.

Sad, Karma's biting Squeeeeeenix in the ass.

That's what happens, you don't backstab your Playstation fanbase like that and get away with it.

I hope they do fix it though. The game has potential.
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If it still sucks for ps3 I highly recommend White Knight Chronicles 2 for those looking for an engaging online experience. It's not as big in size as a regular MMO like FFXIV. But it is still a fun online game with good mechanics. Oh, and it's free.

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Highlander
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:19:59 PM

Well, we're not entirely sure how big WKC2 will be online, are we? We know about the first game, but the second installment might expand things a bit.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:34:11 PM

I don't think FF has had an inordinate amount of Blond protagonists.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:34:15 PM

@Highlander,
Man I can't wait to be wow'd by WKC2, even if it's just as big as the original I'm fine with that. Just want to experience the new quests, weapons, etc.

@World,
There's only been 1 non-blonde male lead since FFVII.

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Highlander
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 12:22:43 AM

Agreed Scarecrow. If they balance the online better so that I can make some progress without devoting my life to it, I will play more.

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Zemus101
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:30:37 PM
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I was excited for FFXIV for the longest time, I still am for what it 'could' become. For now though, I'm extremely excited for DC Universe Online. Just signed up for PS+ and so I 'should' be receiving a beta invite before launch :) This FFXIV delay will give me time to try DCUO out and I may decide to jump into FFXIV at a much later date.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:35:33 PM
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I really don't think MMOs have a place on consoles as of yet. Just my opinion.

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Lawless SXE
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 10:56:00 PM

No time like the present.

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Alienange
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:07:55 PM
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What an embarrassment. Where to even begin with this kind of nonsense? They used to be so good. Now they're getting thrashed by fans and critics alike and they don't know which way to go.

Can someone get this chicken a head?

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Geobaldi
Friday, December 10, 2010 @ 11:51:27 PM
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I still want to give it a try but, until the PC version is fixed and made playable, I'll keep it on the shelf. There are still way better MMO options out there currently than to suffer through the devastating disappointment that FF XIV has turned out to be in it's present state.

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Underdog15
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:20:47 AM
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You know, the game is pretty playable to those that have more FFXI experience. And the foundation is really great. But everything after the foundation is just unorganized. Not so much broken... just really disorganized with no tutorials to make anything clear.

If you want a taste, the free trials keep getting extended, and since release, it's been 100% free to play.

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CH1N00K
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 7:21:42 AM
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"deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that FINAL FANTASY fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest of apologies."

Does this mean that they are going to redo ff13 as well?

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Snaaaake
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:46:44 AM
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Wait, SE apologizing?
It's gonna snow in Africa.......

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Kevin5
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 11:01:07 AM
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Sqaure Enix had their funeral after the turd that was FFXIII as far as i'm concerned. This new fail that they're aplogizing for is just further evidence that they can no longer cut it under the FF name. If Versus bombs, that will be another nail in the already loose coffin, and more butthurt fans will probably write up suicide letters & whatnot.

How the mighty can fall.

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Wissam
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 11:56:57 AM
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If they remove the monthly fees I will buy it.

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Reckoner
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:08:15 PM
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I wish they'd apologize for the way XIII turned out.

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Underdog15
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 1:25:40 PM

With nearly 6 million copies in sales, I doubt they would.

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shadowscorpio
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 9:22:30 PM

6 million in sales most like based on name recognition. Remember we had nothing as remotely disappointing as FF13 prior to its release and on top of that everyone was very excited to experience THE FIRST Final Fantasy on a high def console. That's where those sales come from.

How about SE taking into consideration of how many people in Japan alone were returning FF13 in droves.

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SuMtOnE
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 2:30:48 PM
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why would SE even make another MMO when they already have FFXI?

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GuardianMode
Saturday, December 11, 2010 @ 4:39:16 PM

FFXI is a good game,spent 3+years with it. They were hoping for a WoW clone with this new one. Yet they seem to have created a dud. SE tried to cater to the twitch gamers and want it now crowd. All they did was anger their loyal base.

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lifeUBA
Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 1:04:37 AM
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I have a general theory about the downfall of the Japanese video game industry. It has to due with Japan and their use of amphetamines. It seems the peak use of amphetamine in Japan peaked in 1999, then severely leveling off. Amphetamine class drugs are the most widely used illegal drugs in Japan, in particular amphetamine and methamphetamine. These drugs give an effect of wakefulness and alertness, and decreasing appetite. I think the drop in use of these drugs in people working at Japanese video game companies has resulted in worse games. Call me crazy.

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