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Naoki Yoshida Reassures Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Fans After News of Wada's Resignation

March 26, 2013

After the news about Yoichi Wada’s resignation from his position as President and CEO of Square Enix, many Final Fantasy XIV fans wondered if that could change the future of the upcoming A Realm Reborn, especially because Wada-san was a strong supporter of the game’s relaunch and the announcement itself mentioned “major reforms and restructuring in its development policy, organizational structure, some business models, and others”. That kind of wording is obviously bound to cause concerns between those eagerly awaiting a game in its final development stage.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida immediately took to the official Japanese Lodestone forums reassuring the fans, and clarifying that the change in leadership and the restructuring won’t have any effect on the development of the game:

Please be assured that our development policy, development attitude and development structure won’t be affected at all.

He also added that the reason why he didn’t communicate much recently wasn’t due to the news released today, but simply because he has been very busy with the game’s beta testing (the first phase has just ended and the second phase will begin within the first ten days of April). He continued with his usual positive attitude:

Our policies haven’t changed at all, and we’re pushing forward to the launch of the new game backed by the support of the whole company.
Actually our sense of responsibility towards the rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV is strengthened. As producer and Director I’m determined and prepared for it and I’m working hard to deliver the best game I can.
Please don’t worry.

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He finally followed up with a further post stating that concern from the fans is understandable and thanking them for it.

There you have it: despite the resignation of Wada-san Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will continue its route to release as planned. All’s right with the world.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

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