Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida wants to create an MMORPG “from scratch” before he dies.
“I’m a game designer, so I always have more ideas for games,” Yoshida said in a recent interview with Inverse. “I can’t talk about them here, but I think it applies to any game designer. I’m the kind of person who’s happy as long as they can make games, so even if it’s nothing special, I sometimes think I’ll feel free to make one more MMORPG title, from scratch, before I die.”
Although Yoshida, affectionately referred to as Yoshi-P by the Final Fantasy XIV community, didn’t elaborate on what kind of ideas he’d like to see in a new MMORPG (or whether or not it would be a Final Fantasy-branded project) he spent the interview imagining what the future of both MMOs and online gaming in general might look like. For example, quantum computing could have major effects on the genre and video games in general over the next five to ten years, according to Yoshida.
“This will dramatically increase server performance and elements that can be simulated,” he said. “It could lead to the creation of a living world that resembles reality, or even new ideas that create an actual online world.”
Although Yoshida wants to make a new MMORPG, his current one is unlikely to be going anywhere anytime soon. Final Fantasy XIV had a disastrous original launch in 2010, but thanks in part to Yoshida’s efforts, it was re-tooled and re-released in 2013 as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Fast forward to now, with Final Fantasy XIV breaking concurrent player records, Yoshida said he wants to make sure Square Enix’s MMO stays in business for “decades to come.” Given the fact that the game is the most profitable entry in the Final Fantasy series and was a major moneymaker for Square Enix in 2021, another 10 years of Final Fantasy XIV could certainly be a real possibility.
In addition to serving as director on Final Fantasy XIV, Yoshida is a producer on the single-player PlayStation 5 exclusive Final Fantasy XVI, which is slated for release sometime in the summer of 2023.
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