The online gaming world is currently abuzz with the recent developments within the Final Fantasy Online titles of Square Enix. Restructuring has been announced for both Final Fantasy XIV AND Final Fantasy XI. With XIV almost getting it’s whole table flipped over with the change of it’s Producer-Director and “new handpicked leaders” from other projects. XI on the other hand will be getting a new Director and Associate Director to “seeing that Vana’diel continues to evolve as a realm of rousing adventure and camaraderie.”
Concerns on the “quality” of FFXIV has spark the change. The concern even made President and CEO Yoichi Wada release an announcement of the changeof leadership in team XIV. The post came with the announcement that Naoki Yoshida would take the reigns as the new producer-director for FFXIV and that the PS3 release will be delayed yet again so that they would not release just a “simple coversion of the windows version”.
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.
For those who have no idea who Naoki Yoshida is, according to a zam post, he was working on the Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road series of arcade games, and well, that’s plainly it. Zam also posted more details on the new line-up of FFXIV.
It would seem though that the other good news of FFXIV is that the trial would be free up until FFXIV finally reaches the starting point of it’s “new direction”.
On the FFXI side, the announcement was pretty vague on why they had to switch directors and associate directors. Mizuki Ito will be taking the reigns as director while Yoji Fujito will be taking the position of Associate Director.