Final Fantasy ‘free-to-play’ trial extended due to negative feedback

After negative fan feedback from players regarding Final Fantasy XIV’s UI systems and gameplay, and topped with a poor scoring on Metacritic, Square Enix is now extending the free-to-play trial period for the title.

Square Enix are going to fix nearly all of the problems reported by late November as they stated in a statement where the company were in complete admission of the improvements which fans deemed necessary. “Since the official launch of service on September 30, 2010, we have received a wealth of constructive feedback from the Final Fantasy XIV community, and the development and management teams would like to take this opportunity to express their sincerest gratitude,” states the statement.

Square Enix concluded to say that they “would like to assure players that the world of Final Fantasy XIV is constantly growing and evolving, and the voices of the community are essential to that process,” and that the development and management teams are carefully considering all player feedback, and working diligently to implement whatever changes and additions will serve to make Eorzea a better home for adventurers.”

Square Enix concluded by saying they “humbly ask for your continued support to this end”. Response on the game’s forum has been mixed, with some expressing great praise that Square Enix would act so strongly on fan feedback, while others complain that the changes are “too little, too late.”

Final Fantasy XIV PS3 release planned for March 2011. For more see the official website.