Final Fantasy XIV: Square Enix’s colossal failure. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn: Square Enix’s opportunity to wipe the slate clean and reclaim some dignity. Final Fantasy XIV: the reason why Square Enix hasn’t done anything lately.
It’s an obvious fact that, in Japan, the famed developer has been a little on the quiet side as of late. While this year has seen the release of Final Fantasy XIII-2, Kingdom of Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Bravely Default, Orgarhythm, a Final Fantasy III PSP port and Dragon Quest X, the company hasn’t talked a whole lot about upcoming releases or new IPs in development. That apparently has a little something to do with the fourteenth installment in one of the biggest gaming franchises of all time. Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada had this to say about the subject, “”The unsuccessful launch of FFXIV caused a negative chain of events in other areas across the businesses. One notable example is the significant delay in the development of new HD games titles in Japan. As a result, our major releases of HD game titles use IPs previously developed by Eidos Interactive, and are sold mainly in Europe and North America.”
So, in other words, blame all your Square Enix woes on Final Fantasy. At least A Realm Reborn looks worthwhile, so here’s hoping Square has something quality to show for all their hardwork. And by hardwork I mean massive amounts of resources and money.