In a move that is less surprising than one would think, Square Enix has cut its earnings forecast by an astounding 91.7%. The blame falls (partly) on the Deus Ex delay, but mostly because of the MMO Final Fantasy XIV. The beta was plagued with problems, but—being a beta—the fans forgave most of these, expecting them to be fixed in the official launch. The problems weren’t fixed, however.
The problems got worse, and the launch became more of a crash as the basics were sorely ignored. An unintuitive interface, a dearth of quests, and bugs galore have caused the title that was supposed to be a buoy for the company to turn into an anchor. As a result of the many failures within the game, almost all of the development team has been canned. Stalwart fans, however, can breathe a bit easier knowing that the combat and main game designers from FFXI are now on board.
The company has announced that, rather than giving up on this project, they will be working overtime to make the game enjoyable and—yes, playable. This means, however, that the PS3 release has been delayed yet again until the game is all that it can be.
In a further push to make this work, the company has extended the free trial period indefinitely. In cash-strapped times, this means that those who have already shelled out the money for the game can play for free until the revamp is complete.
With supplies of the game still plentiful, brave gamers can visit any local Slackers or Gamestop, plunk down the purchase price, and try the game for no subscription cost—and hope that this do-over does some good.
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