Today, the first of the three-part series about the birth and rebirth of FINAL FANTASY XIV was made available on Noclip’s YouTube channel.
FINAL FANTASY XIV is one of the most popular MMOs of its generation. It’s usually ranked alongside the likes of World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. Its second expansion, Stormblood, was officially released on June 20, bringing a plethora of changes and additions meant to improve the soon-to-be four years old game. Despite its undeniable success, Square Enix’s second MMO had a rough start.
First released in 2010, the first version of FINAL FANTASY XIV was met with harsh criticism due to its unfinished state. It ran on the Crystal Tools engine, which also powers the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy, and due to its reception, it was only made available for the PC. The story of how FFXIV came to be and why its original release was such a failure is an interesting discussion point within the industry documented by the YouTube channel Noclip in a three-part series that made its debut today, June 23.
Danny O’Dwyer and his team went to Japan to learn more about the history of the game’s development from Square Enix itself. The series is similar in spirit to Speakers Network‘s (a YouTube channel directly linked to the podcast Speakers of Hydaelyn, both of which focus exclusively on FFXIV content) The Fall and Rise of FINAL FANTASY XIV, which entails how the game’s catastrophic release led to the massively popular A Realm Reborn. On Twitter, Danny O’Dwyer says “I like to think of [Noclip’s] series as a companion piece, from the developer’s perspective” after referencing the Speakers Network work.
To anyone interested in game development and the video game industry itself, the history of FINAL FANTASY XIV is a rather interesting topic worth checking out. The first part of Noclip’s documentary is now available free of charge on YouTube, but we would also highly recommend the Speakers Network six-episode The Fall and Rise of FINAL FANTASY XIV.