Square Enix: Final Fantasy Has Been "Greatly Damaged"
Yeah, I know what you're thinking. When you saw that headline, you freaked out and said- "Holy sh**, Square Enix has admitted they've messed with a winning formula, and maybe now they're even rethinking Final Fantasy XIII-2!"
Not quite. The publisher admits the Final Fantasy brand has been damaged, but not because of Final Fantasy XIII or the incredibly loud fan outcry of, "this isn't an RPG! What'd you do?!" No, it's due to the ill-fated Final Fantasy XIV, the all-online follow-up to the much more successful Final Fantasy XI.
During a Tokyo press conference, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada was asked about the company's online plans for Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. In response and as translated by Andriasang, Wada says they hope to "revive FFXIV."
"We'll continue with our reform work, which basically amounts to fully redoing the game, and hope to revive the FFXIV that should have been released."
This was after saying "the Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged." Now, we don't deny that at all, but is it really because of FFXIV? Granted, that game really was broken and shouldn't have been released, but it's hardly the title that's in the limelight. Most long-time fans of the series don't even care, as it's more for the MMORPG crowd.
Yeah, FF isn't what it once was. But it ain't because of FFXIV, damnit.
9/27/2011 8:27:44 PM Ben Dutka