Final Fantasy XIV’s Naoki Yoshida re-asserts his commitment to the game in a recent interview

If you are currently enjoying Final Fantasy XIV, you probably don’t want the game to massively change and rewrite the systems that you are currently enjoying. Good news, then; a recent interview between Kotaku and producer/director Naoki Yoshida confirmed that Yoshida is still staying on the course and playing to the game’s current strengths. The combat system will not be wildly changed to be more action-oriented, the game has no plans of going free-to-play to compete with games that are free-to-play, and the weekly gates for content are still meant to keep the game balanced between various types of playstyle. These are considered good things.

That’s not to say that there’s nothing that Yoshida wants to change or expand upon; he still wants to consider adding blitzball from Final Fantasy X to the game as more of a team-management simulator, and he’s still devoted to both continuing to work on the game’s housing situation (which he describes as being better but not yet fixed) and the exact balance for weekly gates. Check out the full interview for more details.

Source: Kotaku

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I have my issues and nitpicks with FFXIV, and sometimes I boo at certain parts of patch notes, but overall FFXIV is in good hands. I loved ARR when it launched and it’s only gotten steadily better over time, which is not something I’m sure I can say for a lot of other MMOs. If the day ever comes that FFXIV implements sweeping, radical changes in a bid to reinvent itself, that will no longer be the case, but for now I continue to have faith in the game even if I don’t always have time for it.


Rarely will I give devs or director-producers of any game carte blanche. But Naoki Yoshida saved FFXIV. It was his leadership and insistence on putting players first that led to one of the most unique and successful reboots of a failing game in the history of MMOs.

And, I’ll never forget it. Tears, literal tears, were in my eyes when I saw A Realm Reborn. Lol.

Yoshida-san, you drive. Don’t worry. Most of us are on board.

Vincent Clark

Amen, brother!