Speaking to Naoki Yoshida, the Man Who Saved ‘Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’

Vice: "Honestly, it couldn't get any worse."

I've just asked Naoki Yoshida, director on the resurrected Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, what he thought of the original game when he took over the project. Initially released in 2005, Final Fantasy XIV was a pretty terrible game, seemingly ignoring the years of refinement the MMO genre had undergone in favour of a clunky, unintuitive interface and boring content, it arrived to a torrent of negative press. It even made Wikipedia's page for video games that received a notably poor reception, alongside such extraordinary dog shit as Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing and Superman 64. Then Square Enix president Yoichi Wada declared that the game had "greatly damaged" the Final Fantasy brand. It was, by all measurements, a complete f*ck up.

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DonkeyDoner1333d ago

also its 2010 not 2005

stragomccloud1332d ago

Did a bang up job. I really love the game!

ThanatosDMC1332d ago

Now if he could only give a fire fairy to the scholars. Selene is to Titan egi, Eos is to Garuda egi, and Ifrit egi does not have a fire fairy. It'd be cool if it was a fairy that has shield abilities on top of adlo, succor, and stone skin.