Final Fantasy XIV has been struggling for subscriptions since its release almost two years ago. Since then, the entire production team has been changed and drastic measures have been taken to give players a more friendly and fun experience in the world of Eorzea.
While Square-Enix was originally planning on releasing a new trailer of Final Fantasy XIV “2.0” at E3 this year, the footage didn’t seem to have made it to the actual expo. Instead, SE treated fans of the series with a multitude of new screenshots and concept art that truly look incredible.
Naoki Yoshida, the game’s executive producer, detailed some of the new changes that will be coming to the game in the next few months. While staying true to the Final Fantasy elements, Yoshida and company revealed that the game will be going over a complete make over. The zones and map of the game will be completely different than they look in Eorzea today. The zones may have the same names, but the overall layout and look of the land will be more creative and exciting that the worlds today. Outposts and little areas to adventure will be scattered in every zone to ensure that players have the ability to explore and become immersed in the game’s universe.
Yoshida has said that this time around the development team has looked at western MMORPGs like World of Warcraft for influence. They wanted players to be familiar with controls right from the bat and therefore tailored 2.0 to feel similar to other MMO’s on the market. Questing and a brand new user interface were based on other games to give new FFXIV players comfort when starting off. Instead of relying on guildleves, many more quests are being put into the game to give players a guide on where to go as well as a path of experience and story elements that carry you through the game.
The graphics, which are already incredible for and MMO, will also be getting a major update. The new system will be customizable to high and low end machines to form to any player’s gaming rig.
2.0 will be implemented in Q4 of this year, with an alpha testing phase scheduled around September of this year. Following release, Square-Enix will be releasing FFXIV with the new 2.0 updates to PS3. The two platforms will be able to play together, following Final Fantasy XI’s footsteps as the first cross-platform MMO.
Stay tuned as this flop of a game may actually be worth playing in the next few months. Keep on eye on Game Epoch as new information about FFXIV 2.0 is released.
Seriously though, look at those screen shots. You will not regret it.