Square Enix has just re-announced Final Fantasy XIV for Playstation 3. The game was first unveiled at E3 2009, and was launched on PC late last year to universal criticism.
The publisher are now planning to integrate the current PC service and PS3 version into a brand new Final Fantasy XIV called as "Final Fantasy XIV Online Version 2.0" between October and December 2012. The PS3 verion of the game will then release in early 2013.
Naoki Yoshida said, "Among our new plans is the fundamental reworking of in-game maps,"
"As part of this process, there will be a period required for switching over to a new client and new servers, after which there will be a large transfer of data when service is brought back online.
"After the new client is completed, new software for the PC version will be distributed online, and can be acquired free of charge. Character data and progress for players already playing the PC version will also be preserved, allowing those players to continue using their in-game avatars.
"Another announcement will be made in the future as the day on which the new Final Fantasy 14 software will become available for download draws near, and the PlayStation 3 system version officially released."
PC gamers will start shelling out money for the game as of next month. According to publisher, the game has to be FTP for time being as the title was and remains more than a little broken.
"One year has passed since the game’s release, and despite the disappointment surrounding its launch, we have received a wealth of support from you, the players," Naoki said.
"Your encouraging words and continued loyalty have been a source of immeasurable inspiration to everyone involved with Final Fantasy 14’s development.
"In the ten months since the Final Fantasy 14 team’s restructuring, we have put forth the utmost effort into not only improving the game’s existing features, but also creating a concrete plan to outline the game’s new direction. Today, I am pleased to announce we can confidently present that plan to our customers.
"We fully realize this is but a single step towards our ultimate goal, and that to meet the high standards set in the plan, more time is required. In the meantime, however, we will not waver in our commitment to bringing players exciting and engaging content, even as the game moves through its evolution.
"With this, it is my hope that we will continue to receive your support as we will need to bring the unbilled period to a close between late November and early December 2011, and introduce our subscription-based billing system.
"I appreciate that this decision will not be popular, but it is a necessary step in building upon the foundation our fans and development team have made together and to realize the full potential of Final Fantasy 14.
"The team will stop short of nothing as they move towards realizing the new Final Fantasy 14, and as they do so, I humbly ask for both your understanding and support."
Final Fantasy community team has published a new Q&A session with the Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida. In this new Q&A session Naoki has shed few more details regarding many aspects of the future of Square Enix's MMORPG.
Many fans of the game were arguing among themself that PS3 version of the game will be canceled due to game's rock launch, however in french version of the interview Yoshida confirms that the game is not canceled.
Check out below what Yoshida said:
"It’s not canceled. Development is underway, don’t worry! The PS3 version will be released at all costs."
Square Enix has released a major patch update for their MMO Final Fantasy XIV, which will fix various issue faced by the gamers, details of it is listed below.
Since its release the MMO has faced major criticisms from gamers because of which Square Enix was forced to increased the trail period inorder to keep gamers onside so that they can figure out the issue and address it.
Yoichi Wada, CEO of Square Enix said “We're quickly working on reforms. We'd like to put our full power into regaining trust. If we satisfy our users, they will return. On the other hand, once the users say, 'forget this,' there's no turning back. We can only recover our trust so far.”
Here is the major issue fix by this patch update:
Physical and magic accuracy calculations have been adjusted. Attacks are now easier to land and more difficult to resist.
Facing a target to attack is now automated when an action is selected.
When engaging multiple enemies, a player now automatically targets the next enemy when one has been defeated.
New enemy types have been added.
Enemy populations in all areas have been increased and reorganized.
Player inventory capacity has been increased from 80 to 100 slots.
Smallclothes no longer suffer wear, and therefore no longer require repairs.
Response time of the user interface (UI) has been improved.
Prices will now be displayed next to individual items in retainer and player bazaars.
Square Enix has today reveal their online payment system called Crysta for their upcoming game title FFXIV and they also said that this system is not only for user in Japan but also for North America and Europe user. The online payment system is currently available in Square Enix Account Management System.
Phil Rogers, President Square Enix said, “The introduction of Crysta is an exciting step for Square Enix,”.
“Our business is actively looking to create new on-line entertainment and deliver high quality content and services and having a safe and simple payment method is an important part of our online strategy.”
For buying out the Crysta one can make use of their PayPal account or time card from PlaySpan: Ultimate Pay. It is also available on some of the online retailer gaint such as GamesStop, Walmart, Best Buy.
There is a limitation to a number of Crysta a user can hold in their account at any given time.