Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida wants to make another MMORPG “from scratch” before he dies.
“I’m a game designer, so I always have several game ideas,” Yoshida said in a recent interview with Inverse. “I can’t talk about that here, but I think that goes for any game designer. I’m the kind of person who’s happy as long as they can make games, so even if there’s nothing in particular, I sometimes think that I would like to create another 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 kinds of ideas he’d like to see in a new MMORPG (or if it would be a Final Fantasy-branded or not), he spent the interview imagining what the future of MMOs and online gaming in general might look like. Quantum computing, for example, could have major effects on the genre and video games in general within the next five to ten years, according to Yoshida.
“It would dramatically increase server performance and things that could be simulated,” he said. “It could lead to the creation of a living world that looks like the real thing, or even new ideas that create a real online world.”
Even if Yoshida wants to create a new MMORPG, his current one is unlikely to go anytime soon. Final Fantasy XIV had a disastrous initial launch in 2010, but thanks in part to Yoshida’s efforts, was revamped 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 wanted to ensure Square Enix’s MMO stays up and running for “decades to come”. Considering the game is the highest-grossing entry in the Final Fantasy series and has been a major revenue earner for Square Enix in 2021, another 10 years of Final Fantasy XIV could certainly be a real possibility.
In addition to being director of Final Fantasy XIV, Yoshida is producer of Final Fantasy XVI exclusive to PlayStation 5, which is due out in summer 2023.
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