The failure of of Final Fantasy XIV isn’t up for debate. Launched to extremely negative reviews, it struggled to maintain a decent number of users and problems were so bad Square Enix was forced to issue two separate apologies to fans for the cock up. Ouch. Then again, Final Fantasy is kind of the Square Enix’s signature game. If it goes away, it’s almost like the company losing an arm, or both of them. So naturally the failure of FFXIV wasn’t seen as an insurmountable problem, but a course in need of correction. Which is why the game is being rebooted as Final Fantasy XIV Reborn.
How big of a risk this reboot is is anyone’s guess but if Naoki Yoshida, director of the new version of FFXIV, is any guide, a huge one. Speaking to Kotaku, he essentially said that a failed Final Fantasy XIV might kill Square Enix. “We won’t make a mistake like FFXIV again,” he said about the failure of the first version. “If we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company.”
We’d hate for that to be the case. If only because I want to play Sleeping Dogs 2. Though I won’t be playing FFXIV. Will you? Let us know why, or why not, in comments.