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Square Enix determined to redo FFXIV, defends Dragon Quest X

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Square Enix's ambitious Final Fantasy XIV Online has been troubled by delays, poor reviews, fan ire, performance issues and subscriber woes since its inception. Even a dramatic reshuffling of the game's management team and the introduction of free trials back in December has done little to rejuvenate its tentpole MMO. Undaunted, Square Enix's CEO Yoichi Wada recently stated the studio is determined to give FFXIV a fighting chance, and is willing to start from scratch to make it work.

“The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged,” he admitted during a Tokyo press conference, adding, “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.”

Wada's statements were published by Japanese news site Sponichi, and translated by Andriasang. No further details were reported regarding a FFXIV redo, however Wada did address concerns that Square Enix's Dragon Quest X represented a permanent shift in the DQ franchise, noting, "We're not making them all online. We'll continue with a variety of developments, online included."

Earlier this month, Square Enix's announced Dragon Quest X would be released for the Wii and Wii U, and that the online MMO would likely require monthly usage fees. This news, combined with the series' new direction, caused Square Enix's stock to dip by ten percent. Moving forward, it's clear Square Enix will need to do some work, and a little PR magic, to turn its online fortunes around.

Sep 27, 2011

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14 comments

  • Carlovic - September 27, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    Well, it was going to happen one day, that the name will actually be true: FINAL fantasy... But in a way, it could be good news for all of us nerds/fanboys/insert-your-own-clever-and-original-insult-here, since it could mean that in order to regain PR points again, they finally do the FF7 remake. A man/child can dream...
  • shawksta - September 27, 2011 4:57 p.m.

    Why cant they just make an awesome single Player Dragon Quest for Wii and WiiU, does it HAVE to be an online MMO? You better Fix it square and make it Optional or just take it off! Im just gonna say it, Old Final Fantasy, DQ 8 and 9, and Super Mario RPG is probably the only best things Square will be known for if they dont fix it up.
  • D0CCON - September 27, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    I still wish we were getting a new single player Dragon Quest. I officially beat 9 and it was awesome (very cliched, average ending, but the journey there was great). I'm always good for more single player, but I'll be passing DQX by.
  • lilbuddha - September 27, 2011 3:13 p.m.

    FF14 is still a trash game, unless they put out a MASSIVE content, balance, and reorganization patch then the game is destined to fail miserably. At PC launch it wasn't even close to being considered "beta". PS3 launch will be the "1.0" of the game, and even then, it has unrepairable damage. It's just not a fun game, even by MMO standards.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - September 27, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    Oh SquareEnix...to think, you were relevant once.
  • tority - September 27, 2011 2:58 p.m.

    Who plays FF for the online anyway? Give us the old school FF that worths the money
  • EnigmaSpirit - September 27, 2011 2:32 p.m.

    Why do they even name the online spinoff games as fully numbered titles?
  • soranamineforever - September 27, 2011 2:57 p.m.

    Money. A lot of money. In Japan, people will throw it at any game that have the words 'Final', 'Dragon', 'Fantasy', and 'Quest' in their title.
  • kit07 - September 27, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    so if they are just going to redo FF14 (one that hasn't been a success) ...why not just redo FF7? they say they have to start from scratch anyways with 14...so yea why not just start from scratch on 7 which is pretty much guaranteed to sell well
  • iluvpkmnmonday - September 27, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    Is this a serious question or are you just being another FF7 fanboy?
  • kit07 - September 28, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    this was a serious question. I enjoy ff7 yes, but my fav would be ff6.
  • Redeater - September 27, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    Typical Japan. Refusing to modernize games. I don't want another WOW but their last two online games were so broken it isn't even remotely funny. Losing xp after dying.....some people have lives you know.
  • Rodon - September 27, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    “The Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged” YOU THINK?!?!

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