You might remember that a couple of years ago there was a game that was supposed to come out for PS3 and PC called Final Fantasy XIV. It was a MMO and supposed to be the next best thing in MMOs or something (don’t they all claim that?). Instead, it turned out to be the worst possible game you could ever imagine according to pretty much everyone who played it (so bad it never even had a chance of releasing on the PS3).
Scrapping pretty much the entire game, Square Enix went back and tried to right all of the wrongs, hoping to make a not fun game into a fun game. Will they succeed? Hopefully. In any case, they have launched a new site to promote the 2.0 version of a game titled Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
A press release was issued today, too, but doesn’t mention all of the badness of the 1.0 release:
SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES REDESIGNED FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN
Massively Multiplayer Online Adventure Rebuilt from the Ground Up
LOS ANGELES (July 26, 2012) – Square Enix, Inc., the publishers of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, announced today the fully-redesigned, massively multiplayer online adventure FINAL FANTASY® XIV: A Realm Reborn™. Previously referenced as “version 2.0,” this title has been rebuilt from the ground up, and centers on the core concept of rebirth, featuring a new world to explore and storyline to experience.
FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn offers visually-stunning graphics and game design that appeal to both Windows PC and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system players.
“Since announcing our plans for the future of the title last October, we have been working tirelessly to include all of the elements that we have promised in FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn. This new title not only becomes a symbol of a completely new FINAL FANTASY XIV, but also marks the beginning of a new stage as the latest title in the FINAL FANTASY series. I hope you’re looking forward to it!” said Naoki Yoshida, Producer/Director of FINAL FANTASY XIV.
A new website dedicated to FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (http://www.finalfantasyxiv.com) also went live today, which offers background information on the realm of Eorzea, its inhabitants and the much larger world of Hydaelyn. The website will also serve as the central location for regular updates and news about the game.
Players are invited to visit the official Facebook™ page (http://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIV) and participate in the official forum at http://lodestone.finalfantasyxiv.com. Also, the FINAL FANTASY XIV YouTube page features the new launch trailer.
Let’s hope they have succeeded in making a good game. I actually feel pretty bad that the first attempt was so universally disliked. It happens, I suppose.