Posted By Shaun K. about 8 months, 1 week ago
I have to admit that I continue to be fascinated by the saga of Final Fantasy XIV. And for once I am not talking about the in-game lore. The way this game launched to utter disaster only for its developers to continue to work and fight to make it the game they wanted to release has been utterly fascinating to watch. It is, as EA in an unrelated but similar story noted, something unique to the MMO subset of games: the way they can continue to change, evolve, and even improve in the intervening months & years following release. No other kind of game can really duplicate that and I find its imminently interesting to watch. I have always been as fascinated by what goes on behind-the-scenes in the creation of media as the media itself and MMOs are a unique way of experiencing that in real time. And this is why, even if I never end up playing the game, FFXIV has had my interest since the word go and I continue to follow its progress attentively.
But maybe that is just me. Regardless, the big reboot/relaunch for Final Fantasy XIV, subtitled A Realm Reborn, is barreling ever closer and along with it Square Enix’s promise to bring the game up to the level of its original promise. Now the folks working on said reboot have gone so far as to hold an hour-plus talk session where they lay out in detail all the changes, additions, and more coming to the game later this year/early next year. Be sure to turn on English subtitles by clicking the ‘CC’ button on the bottom right corner of the embedded YouTube video below.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently being aimed for a release late 2012/early 2013 on both PC and PS3. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of all things Final Fantasy and Square Enix and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.