Square boss confirms PS3 FFXIV delay

Square Enix CEO and president Yoichi Wada has revealed that the PlayStation 3 conversion of Final Fantasy XIV will miss its planned March 2011 release date.

Writing in a message on the game’s official website, Wada revealed that the delay comes on the back of a recent reshuffling of the development team, following Square’s realisation that the troubled MMO wasn’t measuring up to the level of quality expected of the series.
“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,” said Wada.

“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.”

The restructuring of the core dev team sees Naoki Yoshida hopping in to the role of director and producer – positions formally held by Hiromichi Tanaka and Nobuaki Komoto, respectively – and Komoto-san assuming duties as lead designer.

Rounding things off, Wada also let slip that the 90 day free trial period for the PC version has been extended yet again. Here’s hoping the PS3 release benefits from the extra development time, as the PC release hasn’t exactly gone down a storm with critics.

We’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for more updates in the coming weeks and months.