Interviewed by Weekly Bunshun, FFXIV producer Naoki Yoshida spoke at length about the success of the MMORPG. A chance also for him to come back to the comments comparing the metaverse to Final Fantasy XIV. He specified that the two have nothing similar. Moreover, the metaverse is not a form of entertainment in itself.
Simply put, the metaverse is a virtual world conducive to the interaction of users who appropriate it through avatars. Although the word was noted in a 1992 book by Neal Stephenson, its popularity dates back to the conversion from Facebook to Meta.
As a result, the metaverse has become a hot topic among video game publishers and social networks. The proof: Yosuke Matsuda, president of Square Enix, expressed interest in this concept in a New Year’s letter.
However, some people find similarities between the metaverse and other existing virtual ecosystems such as MMORPGs.
Yoshida Naoki thinks otherwise
For Yoshida, the two have no correlation.
† For me, I see the Metaverse as ‘a system that replaces reality with a virtual world’. So I don’t think the Metaverse has anything in common with entertainment says the producer of FFXIV.
To add it:
† … In the Metaverse I’m thinking about, people can use an avatar in virtual reality, walk around Shinjuku or go shopping, just like in real life. While it may be fun, there is no entertainment. What’s so interesting about our real-world systems? This is how I feel. †
The mission of the metaverse is to replace reality with the virtual world without bringing us fun or entertainment. On its antipodes is Final Fantasy XIV, a video game where you can kill giant monsters with friends.
Yoshida, the man who saved FFXIV
Launched in September 2010, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) Final Fantasy XIV received several critical acclaim from gamers. So Square Enix had to call on Naoki Yoshida to restore the image of this new edition of the very popular game Final Fantasy. It was in Dec 2010.
A true MMO fan, the FFXIV messiah has started reviewing game content and developing a brand new MMORPG. Result : ” Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn was released in August 2013. It’s kind of a stripped-down MMO with solid gameplay and lots of quality-of-life features.
The balance was positive. rich reborn a year and a half later, it had more than 4 million users worldwide. Soon, more precisely on June 23, the FFXIV will see the release of its first expansion called ” skyward †
When asked about his possible participation in a Metaverse project, the boss of FFXIV clarified that he ” would do something cool in VR instead of a real Metaverse “. At the moment this is not on Yoshida’s agenda as it is not fun for many.
To say that certain personalities and companies in the Japanese video game industry are starting to get interested in the idea of conquering the metaverse. For example, Yoshinori Kitase (Square Enix) showed interest in the concept last year in a Famitsu end-of-year section.
Bandai Namco also said it plans to create an intellectual property metaverse with Mobile Suit Gundam.
Such lexical clarifications are welcome at this point, as the word “metaverse” is on everyone’s lips. Naoki Yoshida, a specialist in a universe very close to virtual reality, presents herself as a good profile for this.
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