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Yoshida: Another 'mistake like FFXIV' could destroy Square

Jef Reahard

Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida says Square can ill afford another disaster like the game's late 2010 launch. Speaking with Kotaku in a wide-ranging recent interview, Yoshida says that his misgivings started as early as FFXIV's beta.

"When I heard that it was going to go on sale as planned, I thought, that will probably be a big mistake," he explains. He also points out how Square's pre-cursor Final Fantasy XI MMO was influenced by EverQuest and posits that a mish-mash of FFXIV and World of Warcraft would have worked out better.

Regardless of all the hindsight, though, Yoshida concludes that A Realm Reborn is on the right track. "We won't make a mistake like FFXIV again," he says. "If we did, it would be like at the level of destroying the company."

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