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PS3 Final Fantasy XIV Delayed, Producer Steps Down

Square Enix announces major changes for troubled MMORPG.


Final Fantasy XIV's PlayStation 3 version won't be making its planned March 2011 release time frame. Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada announced the delay in a message posted today to the Lodestone FFXIV player site.

Said Wada, "Regarding the PlayStation 3, it is not our wish to release a simple conversion of the Windows version in its current state, but rather an update that includes all the improvements we have planned. For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of the PlayStation 3 version beyond the originally announced date of March 2011."

Square Enix did not provide a new time period for the game.

It's a bit odd to see a message from the Square Enix CEO at the Lodestone site. In addition to news of the delay and the expected apologies over the problems the PC version has been having since release, Wada also brought word of some major changes that are being implemented for the FFXIV development staff and structure with the aim of improving quality.

Of particular note, Hiromichi Tanaka, considered by many to be the face of Final Fantasy XI and XIV, has stepped down from his position as producer. The game's producer and director is now Naoki Yoshida.

Wrote Tanaka, "I would like to apologize for our inability to fully satisfy our users with the initial release of Final Fantasy XIV. I take full responsibility for the game's current situation, and have therefore made the decision to step down from my role as producer." He added, "Though no longer producer, I will be continuing to support the development team in other capacities."

For further staff change details, and details about updates and a free play period extension, see the Lodestone post in English or Japanese.

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