Yoshida Talks the Problem with Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV has been getting a lot of attention since it closed its doors in preparation for A Realm Reborn. Naoki Yoshida, the mind behind ARR, seems to know exactly what went wrong with the game and wants to make sure its relaunch doesn't suffer from the same problems.

Final Fantasy XIV has been getting a lot of attention since it closed its doors in preparation for A Realm Reborn. Naoki Yoshida, the mind behind ARR, seems to know exactly what went wrong with the game and wants to make sure its relaunch doesn’t suffer from the same problems.

Recommended Videos

Speaking with Kotaku, he shares some insight into where and why Final Fantasy XIV went wrong and his dedication to fixing the game with A Realm Reborn.

Where FFXIV went wrong

Yoshida claims that the initial goal of FFXIV was to make it different from Final Fantasy XI with no regard to the fact that MMORPGs had changed quite a bit since FFXI.

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

He then goes on to say they should have told the team to play World of Warcraft for a year for inspiration. The Final Fantasy XI team played Everquest for a year to get a feel for the genre.

Will he be able to do it?

Yoshida seems confident in his team’s ability to bring Final Fantasy XIV up to global MMO standards, but is worried about the time it’s going to take to revamp the game. “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.”

He has a lot of work ahead of him, but Naoki Yoshida seems to be on the right track in making Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn the game players expected from the start and more.

BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy

Check out all of the meaty bits of the talk with Yoshida over at Kotaku.


GameSkinny is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Skyrim Players Still Want Sexy Armor for Male Characters
Skyrim cover after of an armored male character
Read Article Assassin’s Creed Shadows Ignites Ghost of Tsushima Reddit Debate
Split image of Assassin's Creed Shadows Yasuke and Naoe and Jin Sakai from Ghost of Tsuhima
Read Article Sims 4 Roadmap Teases More Romance With New Content
Sims 4 season of love roadmap, new date spots, kits, expansion, and more
Read Article Little Kitty, Big City Assures Players They Can’t Hurt the Cat
Kitty safely checks out a sunny nap spot inside a satellite dish in Little Kitty Big City
Read Article Helldivers 2 Director Teases New Cape After Review Bombing
helldivers 2 player squad of four
Related Content
Read Article Skyrim Players Still Want Sexy Armor for Male Characters
Skyrim cover after of an armored male character
Read Article Assassin’s Creed Shadows Ignites Ghost of Tsushima Reddit Debate
Split image of Assassin's Creed Shadows Yasuke and Naoe and Jin Sakai from Ghost of Tsuhima
Read Article Sims 4 Roadmap Teases More Romance With New Content
Sims 4 season of love roadmap, new date spots, kits, expansion, and more
Read Article Little Kitty, Big City Assures Players They Can’t Hurt the Cat
Kitty safely checks out a sunny nap spot inside a satellite dish in Little Kitty Big City
Read Article Helldivers 2 Director Teases New Cape After Review Bombing
helldivers 2 player squad of four
Author
Ashley Shankle
Ashley's been with GameSkinny since the start, and is a certified loot goblin. Has a crippling Darktide problem, 500 hours on only Ogryn (hidden level over 300). Currently playing Darktide, GTFO, RoRR, Palworld, and Immortal Life.