Bringing Hope to the Masses

Yoshi-P has won our trust by adhering to his schedule and holding nothing back.

If you need further evidence that Naoki Yoshida is the right man to lead Final Fantasy XIV, then look at what happened during the past two weeks.

On Feb. 17, an update on the Lodestone Web site announced Patch 1.15b would be released the same day. Because Naoki "Yoshi-P" Yoshida told us to expect the first batch of quests to be implemented after the beginning of February, many of us assumed this would be the update that finally brought quests to the game. We were wrong.

Frustration, doubt and trolling filled the forums in the days following the anti-climactic Patch 1.15b, and who could blame us for feeling a little upset? Even those of us who are having fun playing the game are yearning for content to fill this beautiful, empty world. Getting nothing from what we thought would be a significant patch was definitely disappointing.

Yoshi-P needed just one week to restore optimism among the playerbase. Two weeks later, many of us are giddy with excitement over what’s about to come.

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First, he posted an outline of the upcoming Patch 1.16, which revved up excitement in the forums. The outline for the patch, which is schedule for release in early March, includes items such as world quests, storyline quests, magic point refresh, adjustments to item wear and improvements to the targeting system.

The next day, he posted the second FFXIV Players' Poll, this time surveying players about possible changes to the battle system. His poll delved into serious topics ranging from implementing auto attack to adding instanced battlefields.

Then, earlier today, Yoshi-P posted his fourth Letter from the Producer on the Lodestone Web site. He explained the implementation of side quests had been delayed "for a few days" to ensure quality in the North American and European versions of the game. Then he briefed us on the upcoming official forums, and he showed us concept designs of class-specific armor – strikingly similar to black mage and dark knight artifact armor – that will eventually be added to the game.

And in between those two postings, Yoshi-P swung through Europe and gave an open, informative interview to

Some people still criticize Yoshi-P, saying he's all talk with no results. One poster labeled him as nothing more than a walking, talking ad campaign. To say he's accomplished nothing is not only short-sighted, but it’s also naïve. This man has single-handedly restored faith in Final Fantasy XIV. He has not only stopped the exodus of players from the game, but he appears to be bringing people back. And he’s done something nobody else at Square Enix has ever done – he's mastered the art of communication – and with that, he's given the playerbase someone to rally behind.

All talk and no results, you say? Please.

If you read back over everything Yoshi-P has told us so far, he hasn’t said anything that he didn’t follow through on. Trolls and critics will quickly point out that quests weren’t implemented in February as he originally indicated. However, he never said quests would definitely be released in February – we did – and secondly, if Patch 1.16 arrives as scheduled, the quests will only be a couple of weeks late. That’s pretty darn good, considering everything on Yoshi-P’s massive laundry list.

If you look back to Yoshi-P's first Letter to the Producer, you'll notice one of his top priorities is improving the game's battle system. In his letter (which preceded Patch 1.15a), he says, "Though the next version update will introduce a relatively small number of changes, preparations are already underway to bring further improvements in the near future via a number of smaller-scale patches, including the release of quests and system-side adjustments. At present, we intend for something new to be released about twice a month. Overhauls to the battle system and user interface will also be ongoing, which will make it easier for the players to enjoy the new quests and content being released."

Looking back, Yoshi-P is keeping his word of implementing about two updates per month. He’s virtually on schedule for implementing quests. He has overhauled, and is still overhauling, the battle system and user interface. And if the second Players' Poll is any indication, he’s still planning meaningful revisions to the battle system.

And through it all, the new producer continues to keep us apprised on everything being worked on by the development team, regardless of how close each feature is to being deployed.

It's time for us to stop being so paranoid about this game's future, and to start having a little more faith in this new development team. It's time to accept that Yoshi-P's promotion was more than a PR move (which, to be honest, is exactly what I thought when he was first promoted). For years, those of us who played Final Fantasy XI begged for a development team as open as this. Now, we've got it, and anyone who's not a troll should be thankful.

It's time to let Yoshi-P work his magic. For his first trick, he reinvigorated the playerbase of a game without content. I can't wait to see what he's going to do next.


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# Mar 07 2011 at 9:14 PM Rating: Default
Please Thayos, I hope you are not speaking for everybody when you throw the word trust in your opening sentence. Look, I've played my share of Final Fantasy games and found a lot of good in all, BUT: let's not be blind sided. Yes, we had an update currently but we also lost grinding on doblyns(not worth sp per battle anymore). I too believe this game will prove to carry the Final Fantasy name and I do very very much enjoy playing and yes I know the doblyns example is small potatoes but please speak for yourself when you throw the word trust out there. I'm pretty sure that there many out there that feel that there trust still needs to be earned. Thank you for reading. And now back too playing, Thanks.
# Mar 03 2011 at 10:08 AM Rating: Excellent
95 posts
I'm excited. Yoshi-P and the new team have given me hope for the game. Most of the problems I had with the game have been fixed, with one last thing I would really like before I delve into this game again: quests & missions. I have recently started playing again after my departure in December, and I have really been enjoying my time in Eorzea.
Yoshi ftw!
# Mar 02 2011 at 7:32 AM Rating: Excellent
Yoshi's presence adds excitement to my daily rl routine. I can now be excited every morning to check out the lodestone to see if Yoshi has some news. I was worried for awhile in the down time, but now I'm comfortable that FFXIV is on a fruitful path. Yoshi's upbeat personality also serves to add a lighthearted, friendly aspect to the dark, faceless SE that I've known for so long. If Yoshi keeps doing what he's doing, I'll continue to have faith in this newly reinvigorated installment of my favorite series! GO YOSHI!!
Why do people cry about Jump so much?
# Mar 01 2011 at 5:22 PM Rating: Decent
What is with the whiny baby syndrome about adding a jump feature? You act like it will ruin the game, when in fact all it will do is add a little realism. So to all you naysayers I say ************************** whiners
Why do people cry about Jump so much?
# Mar 02 2011 at 12:39 AM Rating: Decent
200 posts
Realism you think jumping with 150 pounds of plate chain and equipment is Realism. i suppose Unicorns would also add to this realism, god know's chocobos aren't enough.

my fear is the jumping tard syndrome which plagues every MMO that implemented it. dur look at mes i canz jump repeatly threws the intir citah. i left that ****, i don't want to go back to it.

am i ********* your dame right i am.
# Mar 01 2011 at 4:18 PM Rating: Default

Edited, Mar 1st 2011 5:22pm by braingame
# Mar 01 2011 at 4:14 PM Rating: Good
Actually just to clarify, Yoshi never said we would have quests in February, he specifically said that there would be "No" content patches in February. He said that the first of the content patches would be at the beginning of March, he also said that the February patches would be laying the foundation for the content patches starting in March.

I posted before I read your article all the way through, to clear up on that, I never seen where he said quests would become available if the patch arrives on time. Not am I saying you are wrong but somehow I missed that part.

Edited, Mar 1st 2011 5:20pm by braingame
Yoshi-P only as good as the people he's working with
# Mar 01 2011 at 11:37 AM Rating: Decent
200 posts
Yoshi is very crafty with his words. i understand his line of work needs to be crafty. at this point its really all smoke and mirrors. don't get me wrong id rather like the "smoke and mirrors" than the "well this is boringly fun" mentality of it all. overall Yoshi's Team is doing a job well done. sometimes i think Yoshi is praised a little to highly for speaking on behalf of the Dev Team after all its not a one man army.

what has got me all fired up, is the fact that i believe there to worried about what we(Players) want rather than what the game needs. i know there worried they might ***** up, **** of there fan base (we are already pretty pissed, you can't make it much worse)and scare what remain off.

rewind almost a decade and if they did this with XI it would have been a WoW/UO/EQ hybrid. We don't need a jump action (if your fat *** cant walk around and obstacle in game its time to peel it of the chair and do some jumping jacks) We don't need the sh*ty UI, which would have worked fine if commands where client side there are not(they never will be, therefor the Current UI will never work Correctly.) we don't need Glowing Neon Signs that say (NPC quest giver here).

if these changes are implemented i can almost guarantee you the people that begged for those changes will leave and go back to there super it'll wipe your *** for you easy games, as soon as they start charging money.

that will make everyone that wanted this game to be unique to be extraordinary leave. if it happens like this SE will never make another FF online title. Ever.

Edited, Mar 1st 2011 12:38pm by FelixValmont
# Mar 01 2011 at 11:08 AM Rating: Good
Case in point. I came back to the game a few weeks ago, when I started seeing all the changes beginning and being promised. The excitement of things to come kept me going in XI for a long time. The new leadership has brought that excitement back to me for XIV. I didn't have that with the old leadership! I have faith :D
allmost there....
# Mar 01 2011 at 9:44 AM Rating: Decent
He’s doing a good job.
and he is very open minded, we do want a dev team like this.

but unfortunately, im still angry at the previous dev team/leadership
for messing up what i had been looking forward to for years.
yoshi, you are inspiring and revitalising the game,
and i am waiting with great anticipation to see what
game YOU plan on making.

My frustrations with the game is to do with its launch,
and the poor state the previous "Director" left it in.
and unfortunately, its still preventing me from enjoying the game fully.
i love FFXI, met some great people.
but there was so much to do. some of it boring, some of it unacceptable.
some of it just right
so until you’ve actually made these changes, i cant enjoy the game.
and so wont play much-if at all.

but understand.
I have faith in you as a director, and i believe you can fix and restore "FFXI" and make it a worthy FINAL FANTASY title.

i cant play expectation.
but your doing a good job!
I've been saying the same thing
# Mar 01 2011 at 8:39 AM Rating: Good
36 posts
Some people, however, just need something to complain about.
Actions speak louder then words (no quests...)
# Mar 01 2011 at 6:49 AM Rating: Decent
191 posts
Come back to reality Thayos.
Actions speak louder then words (no quests...)
# Mar 01 2011 at 11:09 PM Rating: Excellent
Nah, I think I'll just download the update Thursday and keep playing.
Thayos Redblade
# Mar 01 2011 at 12:40 AM Rating: Decent
simply put this is a beautiful article thanks alot! I believe he's doing what needs to be done and he knows exactly what we want as players like I always say "Let me ***** this duck you sit back and watch the feathers fly!" but from Yoshi-P stand point! GJ Yoshi can't wait to watch you do you and gimme a RED CHOCO GO GO ELITE!!
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