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Square-Enix Turns To Players For FFXIV Fix-It Feedback

They overhauled the entire staff. They admitted the game had serious problems. And with Final Fantasy XIV still headed to the PlayStation 3 at some point, Sony fans are hoping Square-Enix can implement some big-time fixes.

Not to mention the legions of MMORPG aficionados who were disappointed when the game bombed out on PC. So, S-E is taking some steps like the one just mentioned, in order to produce a superior version of what remains a potentially fantastic online multiplayer experience. Perhaps surprisingly, the developer's next step is to get gamer feedback: according to Gaming Update, an open letter was mailed to registered FFXIV players, in which Producer/Director Naoki Yoshida asks them to fill out a questionnaire, which is "being issued to give you the players another means by which to have your voices heard." He also says 2010 was a "tumultuous time for us all," where he's probably talking about a combination of things, including Square-Enix's 92% fall in revenue. FFXIV launched with significant technical issues and with the PS3 version slated to release this year (at some point), it seems clear that, at the very least, the team is working hard to make it a game worth playing.

But are you still interested? Do you think the final result on PS3 - with the aid of current player feedback - will be worthy of your money...?

Related Game(s): Final Fantasy XIV

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

1/3/2011 10:55:29 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (41 posts)

maxpontiac
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:08:03 AM
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To be honest, I am not sure with this title anymore.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:10:16 AM
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The only way i will even attempt to play FFXIV online is if they cut the monthly payments, I refuse to pay more than the retail price for a game.

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Kevin5
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:19:26 AM
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If the PC version sucked balls, then what serious hope does the PS3 version have?

I really can only see the most die hard of FF fans grabbing this due to label alone, the rest will most probably shun the piece of shite, & rightly so.

What a fall from grace. Let's hope they hit the floor soon.





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Jawknee
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:09:06 PM

Because they are taking longer, learning from their mistakes(hopefully), etc. There is hope the PS3 version will be better once it's released.

Also, I consider myself a "die hard FF fan" and I won't be getting this game. No time and I'm not into MMO's enough to pay a monthly fee.

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shadowscorpio
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:43:03 PM

Everything you said are my exact thoughts as well Jawknee.

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Hezzron
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:27:14 AM
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So NOW they're gonna listen to their fans?

That rapid beeping sound you hear is FF14's vitals. Time to pull the plug.

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ZettaiSeigi
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:34:03 AM
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While Square-Enix is one of the developers that made a lot of questionable decisions this console generation, I still hope that they would find a way to salvage FF XIV, particularly the one coming out for the PS3. I haven't played the beta, but almost everyone who had access to it said that the one out right now has so much to improve on.

Really makes me wonder what happened with this title since they already have FF XI as a blueprint for this game. Oh well.

And while it might be off-topic, I still question S-E's decision of putting a roman numeral on their MMOs. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks that "Final Fantasy Online" is a better title for such games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:58:41 PM

You didn't get the memo? Square Enix decided to throw away all the successful blueprints for Final Fantasy.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 2:38:57 PM

Yeah... I really got into XI for a while and loved it. And even though I rage quit once in a while due to technical issues, XIV has good moments too. (If it's fixed right, it could be epic!)

But I have ALWAYS hated the distribution of brand new numerals for the online games. FFTactics is more deserving of that honor. What's the harm in calling it FFOnline? Really?!

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marcusfrommo
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:35:31 AM
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Will someone please explain to me why ff14 sucks soooo much? Isn't it an open world with a lot of towns to visit, multiple classes of characters to choose from, and a creative character design?

Is it the fighting mechanics that sucks or the long loading times? Please go into detail someone.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:19:23 PM

It's mostly a technical issue, not a gameplay/structure/artistic issue.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:34:11 PM

Though saying that i do have an issue with teh art design, it's not unique at all, This game should have been called XI-2 rather than XIV, strike that XI should have been called Final Fantasy Online and XIV should have been called Final Fantasy Online II. FF started with a f*** up order due to bad translations and just when they fixed it, they ruined it again.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 2:36:18 PM

Yeah, Ben's right. It's mostly technical. At it's core it's pretty decent. But Ultimadream is right too. It isn't too unique. I think the design is great, but it's inconsistant across the world, Eorzea. Depending on your starting country, you might have amazing scenery or a repetitive one... And the races are pretty much identical to FFXI (although more in depth and original). It's hardly worthy of it's own FF number.

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SmokeyPSD
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:50:42 AM
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I was really interested in this. I thought at least visually it looked much more interesting and unique than XIII. What exactly is so disappointing about this?

It was enough for me to consider logging onto my first MMORPG, I've always stopped short of paying subscription fees but it looked and sounded good enough for me to consider.

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Scarecrow
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:55:02 AM
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The game needs better weapons and a better class system.

I'd probably still be interested.

Now if only they'd do this for their main-story FFs. FFXV needs to be like past FFs and nothing like FFXIII.

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Alienange
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:16:17 PM
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I wonder if they'll listen to their fans. If they do, and they make some groundbreaking adjustments to their game, then they'd better advertise those enhancements loud and proud. The PS3 fanbase seems far too careful to be throwing money at FFXIV the way it is now.

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Jawknee
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:20:36 PM

They should have listened to us when we told them FFXIII was crap instead of telling us we were to stupid to "understand" it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 1:01:14 PM

Ahh the swan song of the self righteous screwup "You just don't understand it you idiot"

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shadowscorpio
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 11:50:37 PM

You got that right Jawknee. And now look at them. Pitiful. Just like polititians. They don't listen to us until they truly remember that it is because of us that they are there and their position is being threatened. 92% fall....

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SolidFantasy
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:47:58 PM
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If only I could live in pause land. I might have the time to invest in an MMOJPRG. Untill then looks like this FF might make it into my collection.

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SolidFantasy
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:48:51 PM

Why am I almost always right after these god forsaken add comments.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:53:23 PM

lol better than being before it, mine ws before a bucket load of them, 6-7 in row o.0

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Lawless SXE
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 12:48:18 PM
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Heh, it's supposed to be called a beta. They already admitted that they didn't listen to people then, why would now be any different? Folly. They should just get cut their losses and get pumping on a new FF that's, you know, good.
Peace.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 1:06:15 PM
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Nobody is gonna buy this crap, just cut your losses and axe the PS3 version like you did with Last Remnant.

And where the hell is the survey for the rest of the Final Fantasy series like Versus and XV? Somebody took the RPG out of my favorite series and I want it back! Listen to your fans and you won't dip 92% in revenue any more.

Sorry, I'm still very upset at SE for failing so hard on purpose. Hope the bags of MS cash keep them afloat long enough to give us an FF that is old school good.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 2:31:51 PM

While I hate the technical problems, I do enjoy FFXIV for it's core gameplay. Yet at the same time, I fully agree with you... I don't know WTF they are doing.....

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 5:45:56 PM

I am a little curious to see the sales numbers on PS3. Console gamers aren't big on paying monthly fees on top of everything else.

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 6:03:00 PM

I think FFXI sold around 1-2 million on the PS2 last I looked. And Xbox had more. So I think it's safe to say that there are console gamers who don't have a problem with paying extra to play an MMO.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 7:23:31 PM

That's last gen, things are very different this gen.

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Fane1024
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 4:20:00 PM

I bought FFXI and never once played it.

I would have done so if there weren't a monthly fee, but I didn't even want to start character only to have to quit after one month.

I mainly wanted the HDD and I bet I'm not the only one.

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ABUrabad
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 1:51:19 PM
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Just go back to the roots and find what things that fans liked about all the series ,just get all the elements back to the game and you will hit success back again
and beside one of the major setbacks of the recent FF games being going into multi-console support orientation ,just take in mind that supporting one console will get mostly a better final results ,its really easy

Xbox has done one thing only for FF series its pulling the game away from its fans and roots.



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mexgeo86
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 2:15:47 PM
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Squeenix dun goofed up. Hopefully the ps3 port is worth the investment.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 2:25:21 PM
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Jeepers... a lot of criticism from people who've never even tried it... How many of you have even looked at gameplay video???

I have an account for the game. Still haven't paid a cent of online fees due to the eternal extending of free trials thus far. At least they haven't been forcing people to pay server costs until it's fully fixed.

At any rate, it's almost ALL technical issues. They've already added a couple nice features that ADD to gameplay, like additional story, more notorious monsters, treasures, more armor and weapons, and more quests. I've definitely enjoyed it more than any other 2010 RPG, that's for sure. But in addition to that, a lot of issues have been fixed. Although there are still more.

But like I said, it's ALL technical. The user interface was crap (is getting better)... there's an important team oriented skill that requires timing that was broken that has been fixed, menues have been fixed a LITTLE and will be more fixed, lag times and load priorities have been fixed partially and will continue to become fixed, and the graphical rendering is slated to be more efficient in the future as well.

Really, at first, the technical problems interrupted the experience majorly. But it is definitely getting better.

I've said this before and I'll say it again... at it's core, it's a great RPG game with all the RPG elements we're used to getting from the franchise. It was just extremely hard to play at the start. Not due to difficulty, but due to a poor user interface.

Trust me... this game REALLY has huge potential. It isn't there yet, but it IS DEFINITELY getting there. I have no doubt that for people that like MMO's, this will be an amazing game. For those that hate monthly fees or don't like MMO's, obviously it'll never appeal to you, but to MMO people, I have no doubt it will be worth it when the PS3 version eventually comes. (At the moment, it's delayed indefinitely, by the way)

Since the PS3 release will likely be a good version, think of the current PC version as a BETA and a slap in the face to Windows and Microsoft. :)

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 3:49:58 PM

Agree with pretty much all of this. It has loads of potential and I feel it will be a really great RPG once all these issues have been sorted out.

And it's not really a slap in the face to Windows and Microsoft. It's more a slap in the face to all of us beta testers that really tried to play it and sent loads of feedback to the developers, only to have it all tossed aside like we didn't know what we were talking about.

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Underdog15
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 4:49:30 PM

Oh yeah, I don't actually think it's a slap in Microsoft's face. Just trying to find a bright spot among Sony fans. ^.^

I did the Beta test too. It was the exact same thing, as far as I could tell, save a few translations...

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Zemus101
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 11:38:57 AM

Underdog, maybe I will consider the PS3 version down the road. Sounds like it's not too far off from being proper.

It's funny, if it was still in beta then it sounds like the shape it's in would of been accepted just fine. Considering that it's available for purchase, everyone is up in arms about it.

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Geobaldi
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 3:35:51 PM
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If they just would've done this during the beta phase then perhaps they wouldn't be in the situation they are now. This game still has potential seeing as how FFXI was pretty successful and it was a fun game. Get these bugs worked out and the horrible interface that's being used then it'll be more worth playing, but for now it just needs too much work to actually be playable for any amount of time. But it's still free to play at the moment due to these issues, so if you can put up with it, you can still have a certain amount of fun with it, assuming you have a good deal of patience. I'm hoping the PS3 version has it all in working order when it hits there. Having one platform's audience on the verge of taking up pitchforks and storming the castle is one thing, any more than that and they are going to be in even more financial decline than they are now.

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Teddie9
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 4:09:28 PM
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No thankyou.

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Slycly
Monday, January 03, 2011 @ 9:29:23 PM
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They just trying to look like they doing something so the PS# version will sell more copies so that can at least make some money back on retail sales. Every MMO that bombs like Final Fantasy XIV did at launch always comes out with producer letters that saying blah blah blah we working on the game blah blah blah. How many MMOs do you think recovers from a crap launch? Not many if any at all. They having a second PS3 launch and they need to make it look like they doing something.

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___________
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 1:15:45 AM
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WHAT!?
$E are actually listening and asking fans of their opinions?
$E actually listening to fans?
faints!

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Zemus101
Tuesday, January 04, 2011 @ 11:27:34 AM
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Yeeeah, not really excited for FFXIV anymore. The DCUO beta is taking up all my time now, only 7 days until release! You can try to peel me away from DCUO SE, but I'm damn sure you will fail.

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Fane1024
Friday, January 07, 2011 @ 4:24:25 PM

I guess it's easy to peel you away now that the beta ended (with only a day's notice, at that).

The DCUO beta ate up about a week of my time, which surprises me, since I thought I would spend less time on it than it took to download (4.5 hours BTW).

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