Square-Enix Makes Staff Changes to Improve Final Fantasy XIV

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Square-Enix has made a major announcement regarding the development of its recently released Final Fantasy XIV; The development and management teams have been restructured in hopes of taking development of the game in a new direction. In addition, Final Fantasy XIV will extend its free trial period indefinitely and the PS3 version of the MMORPG has been delayed.

Hiromichi Tanaka has stepped down from his position as Producer of Final Fantasy XIV, with Naoki Yoshida taking his place as Producer/Director. The assistant director, lead game designer, lead combat designer, lead programmer and more have been changed as well, numbering nine total managerial changes.

Square-Enix has been working to improve the general gameplay experience of Final Fantasy XIV since the game launched back in September. S-E granted players a free month of play in October while they worked behind the scenes to improve the game, and gave players yet another month of free play during November. A statement by President and CEO Yoichi Wada reveals that, until Square-Enix is satisfied with the direction Final Fantasy XIV takes, the free trial period will be extended indefinitely.

We realize time is of the essence and are fully determined to provide our customers with quality service. It is because of this that we ask our customers to be patient until we are able to confidently present them with a concrete plan outlining FINAL FANTASY XIV’s new direction. The free trial period will be extended until that time.

The final part of the announcement reveals that the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV has been delayed to accommodate the changes and improvements the development team has planned.

Regarding the PlayStation 3, it is not our wish to release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements we have planned. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of the PlayStation 3 version beyond the originally announced date of March 2011.

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