Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida says Square can ill afford another disaster like the game’s late 2010 launch. Speaking with Kotaku in a wide-ranging recent interview, Yoshida says that his misgivings started as early as FFXIV’s beta.
“When I heard that it was going to go on sale as planned, I thought, that will probably be a big mistake,” he explains. He also points out how Square’s pre-cursor Final Fantasy XI MMO was influenced by EverQuest and posits that a mish-mash of FFXIV and World of Warcraft would have worked out better.
Regardless of all the hindsight, though, Yoshida concludes that A Realm Reborn is on the right track. “We won’t make a mistake like FFXIV again,” he says. “If we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company.”