Final Fantasy XIV for PS3 has been delayed, while the free trial for the PC version has been extended.
In a message on the game's official website, Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada apologised to fans and explained that the development team had been "restructured" because it was felt that the MMO wasn't reaching the levels of enjoyability required.
Here's Wada's message in full:
"Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Final Fantasy XIV.
While more than two months have passed since the official launch of Final Fantasy XIV service, we deeply regret that the game has yet to achieve the level of enjoyability that Final Fantasy fans have come to expect from the franchise, and for this we offer our sincerest of apologies.
After thorough deliberation on how to meet those expectations, it was decided that the most viable step was to approach improvements under new leadership and with a restructured team.
To realize this vision, and in doing so, provide our customers with a better game experience, we have assembled our company's top talent and resources.
Taking over the role of producer and director is Naoki Yoshida, a passionate individual for whom customer satisfaction has always taken top priority. Not only is he one of our Group's most accomplished and experienced members, Naoki Yoshida is also a charismatic leader possessing the skill to bring together and effectively helm a team which encompasses a wide range of responsibilities. We also welcome several new leaders handpicked from other projects to work with the existing talent on FINAL FANTASY XIV.
We realize time is of the essence and are fully determined to provide our customers with quality service. It is because of this that we ask our customers to be patient until we are able to confidently present them with a concrete plan outlining FINAL FANTASY XIV's new direction. The free trial period will be extended until that time.
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.
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 FINAL FANTASY XIV team is working hard to bring our customers an unparalleled adventure, and we ask for your continued understanding and support as we march ever diligently towards that goal."
Square Enix director Nobuaki Komoto confirmed that, content wise at least, the PS3 version of Final Fantasy XIV was "100% complete" towards the end of last month.
The MMO hasn't been having the best of times though. Square Enix has extended the PC free trial once already back in October thanks to 'the state of the game'.
Our friends over at PC Gamer reviewed FFXIV around that time and gave it a lowly 3/10 review.