Got up this morning to find an e-mail in my inbox titled “An Important Announcement for FINAL FANTASY XIV Fans”. I opened it quickly as I imagined that it would reveal the date of the anticipated mid-December update, (since mid-December is nearly upon us.)
What I found instead was an announcement that they have released on Lodestone this morning.
A changing of the guard has taken place, and a new Producer/Director has been put in to replace one Hiromichi Tanaka. Beyond that, they have changed multiple members of their leadership team in the hope of gaining progress in a more timely fashion.
They further announced that the free trial period has been extended indefinitely until they feel that the game is where it should be. (woot.. Merry Christmas to me…*puts away her credit card*).
Also mentioned was the fact that PS3 version will be further delayed. ( /em is deafened by the multitude of worldwide groans)
Disappointing News, as I personally know of many who have been waiting to play until PS3 version was released as their computer can’t hack it. Realistically though, I suppose its better that they get changes they need made first, and release PS3 version in its entirety…. and properly.
As anticipated as it is, it could be pretty difficult to for FFXIV to come back from a troubled PS3 launch at this point. Not because its a bad game (because its honestly my favorite, even in its imperfect state.. and I actually do enjoy it a whole lot), but from the stand point of that people who have been waiting on the PS3 version will have similar high expectations to what people had for the PC version launch, maybe even higher since the game has been out a little bit and because there have been updates put in place.
If in March, the PS3 version isn’t up to “standards” and people and don’t like it immediately, they may not be willing to come back and try again later. At PS3 launch though, even with the promise of “game-mechanic fixing updates” to come, it might not be enough to keep some of those players attention. I think its important for the future of FFXIV, that this next game launch go a heck of a lot smoother. I want SE to succeed in this venture! This move is evidence to me that they are aware and actually trying to get things back on track. I think it is wise.
I’ve appreciated the changes they’ve made so far, and in my opinion the state of the game has improved. Stating that, it may be useful for you to know that I personally probably fit in more at the “casual player” demographic. Even before this December update (with the promise of more content), I actually always have something to do or work on. I haven’t been bored, or “without” things to do in this game, but I’m more of a “personal goal” based player too, where some people need the constant direction that other MMO’s provide.
I can taste the potential that this game has, and am confident it will get there. I feel that the deciding factor to FFXIV’s success will be how they handle implementation from here on.
May “The Twelve” be with the new staff members, and guide them through this. ^^
I’m hopeful to see what this new team comes up with. I really believe it’s only going to get better. 🙂