Interviewed by Weekly Bunshun, Naoki Yoshida, producer of FFXIV, spoke on many aspects of the MMORPG’s success. It was also an opportunity for him to return to comments comparing the metaverse to Final Fantasy XIV. He pointed out that there is nothing similar between the two. Besides, the metaverse is not a form of entertainment in itself.
Simply put, the metaverse is a virtual world worthy of the interaction of users worthy of it through avatars. Even when the word was spotted in a 1992 book by Neal Stephenson, its popularity began with Facebook’s conversion 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 have found similarities between the metaverse and other existing virtual ecosystems such as MMORPGs.
Yoshida Naoki thought differently
For Yoshida, the two have no relationship.
“ For me, I see Metaverse as ‘a system that replaces reality in a virtual world’. That’s why I don’t think Metaverse has the same fun “said the producer of FFXIV.
To him add:
” … In the Metaverse I think, people can use an avatar in virtual reality, and walk around Shinjuku or shop, just like in real life. While it’s fun, there’s no fun. What is interesting about our real -world systems? That’s how I feel. »
The mission of the metaverse is to replace the reality of the virtual world that does not bring us pleasure or entertainment. At 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 has received a lot of criticism from gamers. That’s why Square Enix had to call Naoki Yoshida to restore the image of this new edition of the very popular game Final Fantasy. In December 2010.
The FFXIV messiah, a true MMO fan, has started to change the content of the game and develop a new MMORPG. Result: ” Final Fantasy XIV: Realm Reborn released in August 2013. It’s a kind of stripped-down MMO with solid gameplay and lots of quality of life features.
The balance is positive. The kingdom is born again counts more than 4 million users spread around the world a year and a half later. Soon, more precisely on June 23, FFXIV will see the release of the first expansion called “ heavenly “.
Asked about his possible involvement in a Metaverse project, the FFXIV boss clarified that he “ make something more fun in VR than a proper Metaverse “. Right now, it’s not on Yoshida’s agenda, because it’s not fun for most.
To say that some personalities and companies in the video game industry in Japan are starting to be interested in the idea of a metaverse coverage. Yoshinori Kitase (Square Enix), for example, already expressed interest in the concept in a Famitsu year-end column last year.
Bandai Namco also said it intends to create a metaverse of intellectual property with Mobile Suit Gundam.
Such lexical explanations are accepted at present, because the word “metaverse” is on everyone’s lips. Naoki Yoshida, a specialist in a universe very close to virtual reality, presents himself as a good profile for it.
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