Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) Producer Naoki Yoshida recently posted a new "Letter from the Producer" to update FFXIV fans on where the game's development is since the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged japan last month. Development has been set back a bit, but content is still in the works. Part of the upcoming 1.17 update had to be pushed to 1.17a, but players will be seeing a special in-game holiday event this month. However, due to time constraints and setbacks from the disaster, FFXIV will forgo a planned in-game event that was set to coincide with a Japanese holiday next month.
Yoshida also took some time to speak with Gamasutra recently about the rather rocky launch of FFXIV that was met with a series of bad reviews and disgruntled players. The company has yet to charge players a subscription fee due to the lackluster state of the game at launch, which eventually led to the replacement of most of the leadership team and Yoshida being tapped as the new Producer/Director.
"The reason we're doing this is we're showing the players, yes, it's still costing us a lot of money, and we're not getting that money back yet, but we're serious about making these changes. This is one of the ways that we can show players that we are serious and we are taking it seriously."
You can read Naoki Yoshida's full interview at Gamasutra.