Final Fantasy 14 director Naoki Yoshida does not value people soaking on World of Warcraft, claiming that his video game “wouldn’t exist” without Blizzard’s MMO which comparing the two is “the wrong discussion to have.”
With World of Warcraft taking a couple of hits recently, including its reviled treatment of Sylvanas, a plenty of players have actually been making the jump over to Final Fantasy 14, including preferred streamer Asmongold. It’s seen the ranges tip in Square Enix’s favour, with the game lately wrecking its concurrent player rely on Steam. It’s additionally developed a bit of a narrative about which video game has actually ‘won’ the MMO crown.
It’s a conversation Yoshida doesn’t appear to be too keen on. The director gave a rather thoughtful speech regarding the perceived competition in between the two games in a 14-hour livestream previously this month, which has actually very kindly been translated by blluist on YouTube. When told that Final Fantasy 14 had actually been a lot more prominent than WoW this year, Yoshida quickly clarified that he didn’t think his game had “beat” Blizzard’s.
” Blizzard is most definitely aware of this, however without World of Warcraft, A Realm Reborn wouldn’t exist,” Yoshida stated. “WoW was the video game we constantly looked up to.” He likewise showed his disapproval for the conversation bordering which video game is doing better, stating “our goal was to recreate a Final Fantasy version of WoW, so saying we won or lost to WoW is off-base to start with, due to the fact that they were the video game we aspired to be.”
Yoshida additionally discussed the subscriber counts of both video games a bit. When talking about World of Warcraft’s peak of 12 million paid subscriptions, he claimed “there’s no way” Square Enix could compete with that. Yoshida contrasted WoW to Everest, claiming that such a high number “is entirely beyond reach.” He did express thankfulness for Final Fantasy 14’s own growth spurt though. “We’re growing at a rate that even I’m surprised by,” he said. “It’s sort of scary.”
” The hard work we have actually been putting into Final Fantasy XV did pay off,” Yoshida continued. “However this entire conversation about surpassing WoW is the wrong discussion to have and it’s truthfully irritating.” When the interviewer chipped in informing Yoshida he was wishing he would have stated “we’re the most effective,” he responded, “if I was that sort of man, we ‘d miss our footing on the way and also 14 would not be loved by numerous people.”
It’s difficult to refute that Yoshida is such a huge reason for Final Fantasy 14’s success. He’s a likeable personality, one that has actually commanded a ton of respect within the community as well as his effort doesn’t go unnoticed. While it certainly isn’t the very first time he’s showered praise on WoW, it’s nice that he’s remaining to emphasise the relevance of its existence.
The livestream additionally had Yoshida describing plans for making in-game house hunting much easier, as well as a bundle of various other goodies in anticipation of Final Fantasy 14’s Endwalker expansion, because of launch November 23.