Appears There's Still Some Life In The Old Moogle
It has not been a smooth ride for Square Enix in regards to last year’s less-than-steller MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV, but they have refused to throw in the towel and have kept working at bringing the game back to life. In an announcement made last night, it appears more work has been on-going than expected, with a re-launched version of the game to arrive in late 2012, and the long-thought-dead Playstation 3 version to release shortly afterwards in 2013.
In a statement posted on the official website, Producer & Director for FF XIV Naoki Yoshida detailed the current state of the game, as well as thanking those that have stuck by the game since the “restructuring” of the development team last year.
In the ten months since the FINAL FANTASY XIV team’s restructuring, we have put forth the utmost effort into not only improving the game’s existing features, but also creating a concrete plan to outline the game’s new direction. Today, I am pleased to announce we can confidently present that plan to our customers. We fully realize this is but a single step towards our ultimate goal, and that to meet the high standards set in the plan, more time is required. In the meantime, however, we will not waver in our commitment to bringing players exciting and engaging content, even as the game moves through its evolution.
Having been free-to-play for a large part of its release, Yoshida has announced that subscriptions will start again between “late November and early December,” admitting the move would be unpopular with fans but that it was “a necessary step” in terms of the development of the title.
Version 2.0 will bring major changes to the game, including the much-needed revamp to the in-game map system, and is expected to hit the PC version next year between October and November, during which a new client and servers will be brought in. This will be followed by a free trial period to welcome old players and entice new ones. A beta test for the PS3 version will also begin around that time. You can read the entire announcement in full at the link here.
It will be interesting to see how much work really has been done to make it an MMORPG worth considering, and you have to commend Square Enix for their effort and determination. The big question though is will it be enough, and more importantly, will players still have any interest in the title by the time the re-boot arrives next October? We'll be sure to keep you posted on Squenix's progress.