Square Enix has delayed the PS3 release of Final Fantasy XIV.
“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,” president and CEO Yoichi Wada wrote on Final Fantasy XIV’s official website.
“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.”
It doesn’t look like PS3 gamers are missing much though; the PC game has been slammed by gamers. In response, Square Enix has extended the free trial and outlined some improvements they’re aiming to implement to get the game back on track. However, talking to people that has tried the game it may be a case of too little, too late.
Square Enix is so desperate to rectify the situation that they have restructured the FFXIV development team. Producer Hiromichi Tanaka has been dumped and a load of employees have been drafted in from other projects to save the game.
“While more than two months have passed since the official launch of Final Fantasy XIV service, we deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that Final Fantasy fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest of apologies,” Wada said.
“After thorough deliberation on how to meet those expectations, it was decided that the most viable step was to approach improvements under new leadership and with a restructured team.”