Square Enix Took Final Fantasy ‘For Granted’ with Final Fantasy 14

The original release of Final Fantasy XIV was received poorly by the fans and even by Square Enix, who apologized for the game. Since then it’s spent over a year preparing Final Fantasy XIV for re-release.

“What I found were two things,” said Naoki Yoshida, director of Final Fantasy XIV, “The first one was us as a company being too comfortable in the Final Fantasy franchise. We took it for granted. We thought, ‘Whatever game we make, players will play it.’ I think that was a very big mistake we made.”

Yoshida noted that Square Enix didn’t have any idea what the competition was doing in the MMO market: “We really should have studied more about the competitors in order to make a game that could win the competition in the MMO market.”

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will launch with monthly subscriptions instead of employing a free-to-play model.

“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong having a monthly subscription on free-to-play model,” said Yoshida. “Games like The Old Republic and The Secret World, I don’t say those games would’ve been more successful if they had been free-to-play, for example. The subscription model was unrelated to the success of the game.”

Source: Escapist Magazine