Another failure like Final Fantasy 14 could destroy Square – Yoshida
“We won’t make a mistake like FF14 again.”
Naoki Yoshida seems to be a determined man. Square Enix have thrown the entire weight of the company behind Final Fantasy 14 to ensure it doesn’t fail again, however, things can go wrong as well because of the emphatic failure of the game when it launched earlier on the PC.
Yoshida knows this and is still skeptical about the whole thing, and he recently admitted that another failure of that magnitude could just destroy the company.
“We won’t make a mistake like FF14 again – if we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company,” he told Kotaku.
“When I heard that it was going to go on sale as planned, I thought, that will probably be a big mistake.”
And a mistake it was, since Square Enix lost a lot of money on the game and had to quickly make it free-to-play to stop people from leaving it. However, free-to-play is not the way they will earn money on the game and in plenty of interviews Square Enix reps have mentioned that subscriber model is the best for the game.
There are a lot of people working on Final Fantasy 14 getting it ready for the PS3 release, and you kind of know based on this that Square Enix absolutely wants it to succeed.
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