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Posted Tue, Dec 22, 2009 by B. de la Durantaye

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It's rare that an MMOG developer will ever state they plan on taking on World of Warcraft as a serious competitor. In fact, this is the only time we remember anyone going on record and saying that. But this is just what Square Enix has done with their plans for Final Fantasy XIV. Will the new title be able to fell the beast? We take a look at this prediction in today's Loading... To Slay a Dragon.


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Last week president of Square Enix, Yoichi Wada, stated in an interview that they believe Final Fantasy XIV will be a serious rival to World of Warcraft's throne. That's a pretty bold statement, and no one to my recollection has ever made such a claim. A typical developer response when asked if their game will take on WoW is something along the lines of "that's not what we're trying to do. We're simply making an alternative game."

The Final Fantasy franchise certainly has the name to make a good attempt at taking over the number one spot. The IP has been a favorite of many gamers all the way back to the original Final Fantasy game which was released at the end of 1987. That's a full four years before Blizzard was even founded and a whopping seven years before the pioneer Warcraft: Orcs & Humans was born in 1994. Does older necessarily mean better though?

Well, let's take a look at this analytically. Using the term "better" may be a bit fast and loose. WoW isn't necessarily a better game than some others, much like a burger from McDonald's isn't necessarily better than one from Red Robin. McDonald's has more customers though, and by business standards would be viewed as a more profitable and successful franchise. So to take over WoW's #1 spot on the top of the charts, maybe we don't necessarily need to look at the quality of the game but simply the market appeal. Can Square Enix market a game as successfully? It would be tough as the MMO market has already been deeply penetrated.

This leads us into another hurdle any game would face when vying for the title of top dog. MMO gamers by nature are viciously territorial. We needn't look any further than forum posts when a new game is about to launch to see a large number of fans of other IPs expressing their opinions that the new game will suck. Trying to convince a player to leave their current game, particularly if they're still enjoying it, is much like trying to take a bone from a wild dog. You're probably going to get bit in the process.

Wada's statements seem to demonstrate that they're not going into the fight blindly. He said that they "believe there is a number of people that will stay attached to each title, but we are optimistic in that sense for Final Fantasy." An important part of any battle is knowing what you'll be facing, and by this statement it would seem Square Enix are quite aware of what lies ahead.

Will Final Fantasy XIV have what it takes to defeat World of Warcraft? We will certainly find out. But one thing's for sure; after a statement like that, many will be watching.

Who will hold the title over the next decade? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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