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Square Enix: 'Final Fantasy Has Been Greatly Damaged' By FFXIV

Matt Gardner
Dragon Quest, Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy XIV, RPGs, Square Enix, Yoichi Wada

Square Enix: 'Final Fantasy Has Been Greatly Damaged' By FFXIV

Speaking at a Tokyo press conference today, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada responded to several questions regarding Square Enix's online plans regarding Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy XIV.

'The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged,' Wada said of disappointing MMORPG 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.'

Of the Dragon Quest series, Wada said that although DQX was to be an online title Square are 'not making them all online' and that they'll 'continue with a variety of developments, online included'. [Sponichi via andriasang]

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cultureofdestruction  Sep. 27, 2011 at 14:11

Wow, you know a game is in trouble when the CEO of the company developing and producing it thinks that it's bad. Although what he should have said was 'Final Fantasy XI damaged the brand, so we won't be doing that again'.
I'll be interested to see how it turns out, though - props to them for 'fully redoing' the game if they think it needs it, instead of just releasing a bad game or scrapping it altogether. I do wish they wouldn't use a number for the MMO FFs though - save that for the main, single player series and give the online games subtitles. It will help, marketing-wise, because you can tell a little bit of what the game's going to be about, while not alienating anyone new to the series who might think they need to play the first 13 games beforehand.

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