Yoshida: Another mistake like FF14 would likely "destroy" Square.

#1ExentrykPosted 11/27/2012 3:36:51 PM
Naoki Yoshida has revealed that he feels another mistake like Final Fantasy XIV would end up "destroying" Square Enix.

Speaking with Kotaku, the game's producer and director explained that his team is fully aware of the pressure on them to salvage the brand's reputation following the poor reception the MMO received. He asserted that this was why they were determined not to launch the revamped Final Fantasy XIV - A Realm Reborn until they feel the game is ready.

"We won't make a mistake like FFXIV again," he said. "If we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company."

Final Fantasy XIV launched back in 2010 to a negative reaction from fans and critics alike, resulting in Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada saying "the Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged."

Just why the game didn't fare particularly well has been the subject of much scrutiny over the last couple of years, but now Yoshida himself has waded in with his thoughts. Filling both the producer and director roles for the game since December 2010, when the previous producer of the game resigned and left the company, he's now revealed he had qualms about the state of the game even before he was involved with it.

"When I heard that it was going to go on sale as planned, I thought, that will probably be a big mistake," he admitted, before saying he believes the fundamental error made was that lessons weren't learned from other MMOs. The original team supposedly were just trying to make an MMO that felt different from Final Fantasy XI, which Yoshida believes was a mistake.

"I think it would've been good if they tried seeing what happened if they turned World of Warcraft into Final Fantasy. So, because they tried only to make something that was 'different from FFXI,' they ended up with not much of anything.

"They should have said, 'Hey you, go play WoW for a year [for inspiration].'

"Unless you are a genius, you cannot make something completely new from nothing."

Source - http://au.ign.com/articles/2012/11/27/yoshida-another-mistake-like-ff14-would-destroy-square


Good thing they're taking their time with Versus. :s
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#2peonusPosted 11/27/2012 3:46:50 PM
WoW Clone with FF Flavoring?

Sounds.. like every other KRPG on the market.
#3zUkUuPosted 11/27/2012 4:01:57 PM
I hope they are forced to sell their series. I've more faith in any other developer then SE at the moment - well except for Capcom.
#4Lelouch71Posted 11/27/2012 4:21:51 PM
zUkUu posted...
I hope they are forced to sell their series. I've more faith in any other developer then SE at the moment - well except for Capcom.


Or they can restructure the series and use their actual talented people like Tabata and the makers of BDFF for example. Yes there are still talented people in SE. They just get overshadow by Wada's two golden boys Toriyama and Nomura.
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#5MagnaderAlphaPosted 11/27/2012 5:39:44 PM
Lelouch71 posted...
zUkUu posted...
I hope they are forced to sell their series. I've more faith in any other developer then SE at the moment - well except for Capcom.


Or they can restructure the series and use their actual talented people like Tabata and the makers of BDFF for example. Yes there are still talented people in SE. They just get overshadow by Wada's two golden boys Toriyama and Nomura.


Exactly, though I'm not sure Tabata or Asano would want the pressures of handling a big budget title. As it is, the stress from Versus has made Nomura swore off ever directing a FF game again. Of course, we don't know how the two could deal with a similar task. Maybe they ARE better prepared as directors to handle such a task than Nomura is.

I do agree, though. I think Tabata and Asano could probably, if given the right resources, give us excellent future installments in the FF series if they were given the chance to do so.
#6Asd202Posted 11/27/2012 5:46:57 PM
Lelouch71 posted...
zUkUu posted...
I hope they are forced to sell their series. I've more faith in any other developer then SE at the moment - well except for Capcom.


Or they can restructure the series and use their actual talented people like Tabata and the makers of BDFF for example. Yes there are still talented people in SE. They just get overshadow by Wada's two golden boys Toriyama and Nomura.


Funny thing is BD was not made by SE but by silicon studios it was a contracted game most handheld SE game are made like that.
#7Capitan_KidPosted 11/27/2012 7:33:49 PM
So besides Nomura and Toriyama who else is still around to make big budget FFs?
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#8Panda_KunPosted 11/27/2012 7:41:23 PM
Capitan_Kid posted...
So besides Nomura and Toriyama who else is still around to make big budget FFs?


Yoshida. Or better yet, I nominate Tabata.
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#9TixusPosted 11/27/2012 8:55:56 PM
Dear Square Enix,

Please make another FF MMO. I'm sure you'll do better next time!
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#10ZanarkandZPosted 11/27/2012 11:15:44 PM
Great.

Honestly I think they deserve this for being unwilling to hear the fans. Maybe if FFXIV fails HARD they'll hurry up to release Versus since it is being kept for when there's a need for a "classic final fantasy".

FF was always famous for being a single player game, I don't understand why they want to go online with it. FFXI managed okay, but that deosn't mean a online Final Fantasy will ever be a huge hit.