The Final Fantasy XIV MMO launched on PC last year and was quickly slated with president of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, saying the product had “greatly damaged” the Final Fantasy brand.
Version 2.0 is in the works and will launch in 2013 on the PC, no date was given for the PlayStation 3 version. Yoshida describes the changes between V1 and V2,
I came to the quick conclusion that we would have to redesign the user interface, graphics engine, map system and the resource itself and the servers.
Square Enix are also building a brand new engine on which the game will run and the world of Final Fantasy XIV will change when a cataclysmic event occurs to signify the move from V1. to V2.
Yoshida recognises that some people may think they are binning FFXIV and starting from scratch.
Players, community websites, and the gaming media may see the roadmap we have provided and take it as, ‘Oh, they’re creating a completely different game,’ but this is not the case. FFXIV will always be FFXIV and nothing else.
Apart from the sections they replace. Like, all of it.