FF14 will be celebrating its first year in a few days on september 30th. A few months back, I jumped on the FF14 ship out of pure nostalgia and love for the Final Fantasy series. Like many, I’ve grown up with these games and my current passion for MMOs and even gaming in general is certainly linked in some way to the old games on the Nes and Snes.
Sadly, it did not go as planned and I quickly went from loving FF14 to hating it in the space of a few days. The launch was so bad and the game so broken that for the first three months of its life FF14 was actually completely free to play. A new director for the game was hired, promess were made to fix the game and since then I’ve been looking from afar to see how the game would progress.
So what happened in the end? Well, FF14 is still alive despite being still in disaster recovery mode. The game has it devoted fans but for the most part the situation is not rosy with the director still swearing up and down they’ll get their shit fixed. However, it would be unfair to say nothing has been done… in fact a lot has… but I guess there’s simply too much to fix in there. You can read this review from a devoted fan who did a good job at trying to review the game in an honest way.
For my part I think it’s sad to see a great franchise butchered once more. Final Fantasy as a series is the poster boy for over explotation and cashing in on a name in the gaming world. The series does have it moment of brilliance even today but for the most part they keep remaking the classic games and milking them for all their worth. Square Enix knows that if they slap Final Fantasy on something they’re going to make money and they’re not afraid to abuse this fact.
If anything, the life of the Final Fantasy series should be a warning about what happens when you milk a series for all it’s worth. Sure the company is still making money but for us, the fans, it’s disheartening to see a series that marked our childhood descend ever further into mediocrity.