It’s no secret that the PC version of Final Fantasy XIV has been plagued by negative press by both players an critics alike. The mmorpg currently has a Metacritic rating of 51% due to numerous poor reviews by sites like IGN ( 5.5 ), Gamespot ( 4.0 ) and 1UP ( D+.)
User reviews of the game left on Amazon Japan and several other online retailers in the country were equally unfavorable. It’s been over two months since the game was released but today it appears that Square Enix is finally ready to attempt to fix a game that some have labeled as one of the biggest disappointments of the year.
The President and CEO of the company announced on the Lodestone FFXIV player website that steps are in place to fix the PC version of the game. These steps include new leadership and a restructured development team as the previous producer of the game,Hiromichi Tanaka, has stepped down.
Square Enix President/CEO Yoichi Wada: “Regarding the PlayStation 3, it is not our wish to release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements we have planned. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of the PlayStation 3 version beyond the originally announced date of March 2011.”
FFXIV’s new producer/director, Naoki Yoshida, also stated that the “PlayStation 3 release will be delayed until we are confident that the game has reached the level of enjoyability and service befitting the FINAL FANTASY name for users on all supported platforms.”
It’s unclear how long the release of the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV will be in limbo but, in the meantime, PC gamers have been granted with an extended free-trial period of the game. Head over to Loadstone for more details.
Written by: Sakinah
- Contributing Editor