Square Enix vows to support Final Fantasy XIV instead of working on another MMO sequel

    
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Regular readers will note that Final Fantasy XIV earned our MMORPG of the Year award last year, with many of the staff citing the game’s regular, steady updates as the reason for its win. It seems those updates will keep coming for the foreseeable future, as an interview with the German language publication Spieletipps from Gamescom revealed that XIV will not be getting a sequel and will very likely be the last Final Fantasy-branded MMORPG.

The interview with producer/director Naoki Yoshida and head writer Banri Oda stated that the devs will keep on supporting XIV exclusively, with “no prospect of a new online offshoot” as stated in an automatic translation. Square Enix is also apparently on board with the idea, fully backing the MMORPG and “[adhering] to the concept of the game.” Yoshida and Oda also said that Square Enix will keep Final Fantasy XIV a subscription-based game with an optional items store, citing that the business model continues to be the most fair to players and continues to sustain the MMORPG’s seemingly unshakeable update cadence.

In short, prepare to celebrate The Rising for many years to come.

source: Spieletipps via PCGamesN

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PlasmaJohn

Awful news. 14 has enough baggage now that a rethink is in order starting with the obsessive progress gating. Story should not gate content (dungeons etc.) and content should not gate story.

Inventory management is an unmitigated disaster. And don’t even think of playing alts. And if you do forget trying to keep in touch with friends because LS membership caps are so stingy.

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Dug From The Earth

Blizzard decided to do the same thing with WoW.

How’s that worked out so far, especially for the players.

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bakkahentai2600 .

The difference is in storytelling competence and no reinventing the wheel every expansion.

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Jahlon

This is good news for FFXIV players.

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MrNastyButler

“very likely be the last Final Fantasy-branded MMORPG” that part kind of surprised me. I mean, the game now is great and a lot of fun. Eventually, the graphics will need to be updated but that is in a few years away. Just really surprised to see them say that statement though.

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Sorenthaz

Good. Maybe the conversation in mid-2020 could change for getting a new MMO, but that doesn’t really seem necessary yet, if at all.

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John Artemus

This is great news. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, people who have only played WoW or other similar Western MMOs don’t know how good they’ve got it in FFXIV. Regular cadence, great storytelling and interesting characters is tonic for me.

I couldn’t be happier with my gaming home. They’ve got me for the long haul.

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Danny Smith

Good news but i wonder if thats also a low key way of saying that XI mobile remake is canned?

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Malcolm Swoboda

Considering the remake is Nexon and things seem difficult there lately – maybe. However, as recent as March the project was still going. I can still see it releasing next year.

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cursedseishi

Not entirely surprising. Aside from just the simple fact that 14 is performing so great? I think its initial development burned Square. They don’t want to risk yet another ‘1.0’ fiasco popping up, as regardless of how well 14 did there is always that risk of burning fans out of a series. You got nutjobs of course (like me) who enjoy even the rougher games… like, okay sure 13 wasn’t the best but it was fun still! And 2 had its pokemon twist… and… lightning returns was… like… Majora’s Mask but what if Chocobo! But also ‘Crazy Chocobo’. Like you gotta feel the force of the chocobo, come on if you got your chocobucks, put ’em on this chocobo… I…

… Sorry, what? Oh, yeah. 13. Puts me down a… weird rabbit hole of a whole lot of music…

Seriously though. 14 is in a healthy position, and it isn’t one they’ll likely want to risk by diverting resources and team to try and reproduce it. Because, if you were going to make a new MMO, you need a lot of that team. You need people familiar with what the community is wanting, and are definitely familiar with what is never wanted.
Now… if only they’d bring back that goshdarn danged two-pack sub for 11. I’d play it, Square! Seriously. But not for $12-15 a month. I’m sorry, but like… that’s a dip my toes MMO for when I want to feel emasculated by a small bunny after killing dozens of goblins and bigger, arguably more dangerous monsters. Why is that bunny a higher level than actual monsters anyways, Square?! Why?! What kind of existence has that bunny grown up in? How many push-ups did he do? How many sit-ups? What kind of juice did he drink?!

… and how many levels did he steal from me…

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Loopy

Excellent. I like hearing that things are going well for the game. FFXIV and i have mostly parted ways at this point, but one thing is undeniable – the game has a solid foundation and is only getting stronger. I wish them the best of luck.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Of course they are. They didn’t release FFXIV (original) until nearly a decade after FFXI, and arguably XIV was too early (or else it was just the bad production, whatever), and its been only 6-9 years since XIV/ARR, and ARR is quite successful now with better potential to port to multiple generations of consoles. They’re good for at least 1-2 expansions before even contemplating what another MMO will be. I imagine they may wait until the day they shut down XI and/or move it to mobile.

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Matt Redding

I don’t think XIV was too early at all. It was just rushed and bungled. XI had been on the PS TWO with hard drive and that was innovative, but it also sort of capped the game at a certain graphics/performance generation. Making a PS3 gen game made sense; it was just staggering that the people making it – even though they’d worked on XI – made a game that was much worse than its predecessor with arrogant and arbitrary design decisions (no AH! flowerpots in town with polygon counts so high they’d kill performance and were also more detailed than characters). There’s a great video series about 1.0 on youtube by Speaker’s Network that details ALLLLLL the dirt and all the mistakes.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I get you!

I think my gist stands that it’s okay with me that SE waits over a decade to release any major FF MMO. They look like can do easily expansions in 2021 and 2023 before a next-gen audience clamors (played a PS5 ported FFXIV?) for a title that better represents gaming for the times.