While Square Enix already announced a launch date of August the 27th for Final fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, there have been quite a few questions from the press and from the fans on what would happen if some serious problem or catastrophic bug surfaced during the latest phases of the beta. Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida has always been rather conservative when asked that kind of question, saying that the possibility of delaying the launch in that case was indeed on the menu.
Today the Japanese website 4Gamer published a new interview in which he seems a lot more confident about the set release date. Here’s what he said as the interview’s closing line.
I believe that I’m fortunate to have my staff and that Square Enix is amazing after all. I hope that this MMORPG will be judged worthy of its Final Fantasy themes, and I think that the launch date will 100% be August the 27th.
During the interview Yoshida-san also stated that 1.5 million accounts have been invited to the third phase of the beta between the PC and PS3 versions, including old players from the first version of Final Fantasy XIV and new ones that joined for the new game. That’s quite an impressive number considering the disastrous launch of the original game.
As a last interesting tidbit, while talking about the costume crossover with Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII he shared his view on a philosophy shift for the company.
I think Square Enix is changing. Before when people talked about Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV, they naturally added the “online” part at the end. It was like they weren’t really part of the series. But now we’re more united, like it was long ago. We’re going to make it together!
Personally, having played the beta during the weekend, I can definitely say his confidence is not misplaced. The game has come a long way since the botched release in 2010 and is now ready for prime time. I won’t spoil my upcoming hands-on preview by saying too much, but things are looking bright. In the meanwhile you can check out the 676 screenshots from the beta I posted yesterday. You know you want to.