A lot of people may not know this, but Final Fantasy XIV was released way back in 2010, the same year Final Fantasy XIII came to North America and PAL regions. I know it completely flew over my head, as I generally hear about any Final Fantasy in development.
As it turned out, Final Fantasy XIV was another MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) like its predecessor, Final Fantasy XI. But upon its release for Windows OS, it was universally slammed by critics, being called a broken game, filled with glitches, and even claims the game was only half finished when released. Due to the negative backlash, numerous apologies have been made and Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada admitted that “the Final Fantasy brand has been greatly damaged” because of the game.
However, there is hope for the game yet. Back in October 2011, Square Enix announced they were completely overhauling the game, with plans for the game to be rereleased in mid-2013 under the new name, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
What’s important to remember is that a lot of these reviews acknowledge that the game actually had potential, even if it was executed very poorly. After perusing the website, the thing that interests me most about the game is the job and class system. Changing your class is as simple as changing your weaponry and armour, giving you a high degree of customisation. Should this be executed better, it could make for a truly unique online experience. This is without even mentioning the different races you’re able to play as. On top of all that, the world that the story unfolds in is quite rich and fascinating.
Square Enix has already released a beta testing road map to the public, detailing a four phase plan, beginning last year with alpha testing on PC. The alpha testing has since concluded, and beta testing will begin this month with PC, and PS3 to follow in the third phase. They are currently accepting applications for beta testing for those interested on either platform.
With any luck, we’ll soon be trying the beta ourselves, and seeing whether or not Square Enix has successfully saved this debacle of a game. There is hope for Final Fantasy XIV yet!
For more discussion about Square Enix, check out our Squaresoft Revival: 3 Games Square-Enix Need To Bring Back. KRS2 has also been getting his hands dirty with the Wii U, check out his first impressions.