“Final Fantasy XIV” Director Says Improvements Will Appeal To West, East

“Final Fantasy XIV” Director Says Improvements Will Appeal To West, East

Final Fantasy has been an arguably beleaguered brand for awhile now, and when the original incarnation of FFXIV hit in 2010 it did little to combat any of the long-standing problems or bugs FFXI had experienced for the past six years. Director and producer Naoki Yoshida is determined to change that with the upcoming re-release of FFXIV: A Realm Reborn.

““I want to make a game that will appeal to both markets,” Yoshida said in a recent interview with Famitsu Weekly, as reported by Edge. “I’m taking the classic FF aesthetic and making it darker; that appeals to me, and it will appeal to certain fans in Japan and in the West.”

What that entails, according to Yoshida, is striking a good balance between Western and Japanese design tastes.

““The old FFXIV had an especially negative impact in Japan,” Yoshida said. “So if a Western audience says the new game is great, I can take that as a straight response.”

The game hits PS3 and PC later this year with a PS4 version coming in 2014, although you can sign up for Square-Enix’s closed beta right now. But when will it go free-to-play? (Yes, we know the fundamental design differences).

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Via Edge

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