During the latest Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Letter from the Producer Live broadcast, Square Enix accidentally let past a minor detail which went on to create a bit of controversy. The publisher has now come forward to apologize for the act.
What happened was Square Enix showing a “looking for group” in game message board, which allows players to put forth description messages or advertisements for their parties’ recruitment. For example, I might advertise my group stating only 20 and above level characters will be entertained. In this case a specific party had the message included the wording “PS3お断り” (“PS3 Okotowari”, which basically means “PS3, No thanks”).
Personally I don’t find it that offensive but many players raised the issue of Square Enix disrespecting the PS3 user base. The notion of PC players dissing console users is not something new and in this case, the PC community is not a fan of PS3 players because of their higher loading times.
Hiroshi Minagawa, Lead UI designer for the game issued a statement yesterday apologizing for the “offensive wording” included in the mock up. He also added that the team plans on including some kind of filtering option which will help remove such discriminatory messages in the future.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released on August 27, 2013 for the PC and PS3. The game is attracting huge crowds and has exceeded Square Enix’s expectations. A PlayStation 4 version will enter beta alongside the console’s launch in Japan on February 22, 2014.