Our interview with Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida.
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Enter Naoki Yoshida. He became the producer and director in December 2010 and proved instrumental in the game’s relaunch as A Realm Reborn in August 2013.
Despite the failure of FFXIV 1.0, there was enough hype around A Realm Reborn that even with increased server capacity, the game was overwhelmed with new players at launch.
Streamer MrHappy tells Inverse that with the help of FFXIV’s community, he learned to acknowledge the expertise of other players rather than “trying to be a know-it-all.”
“During that first keynote address, my legs trembled under the jubilant cheers from the crowd. I became so nervous that I started to race through the presentation.”
Yoshida notes the difficulty of focusing on storytelling in an MMORPG. The ongoing nature of the genre and the need for lots of repeatable content often drive other MMOs toward shallower stories.
Both were so popular that the upcoming Endwalker is adding male Viera, and female Hrothgar are in the works.
As Endwalker approaches, FFXIV has gotten an influx of new players, some coming from another giant of the MMORPG genre, World of Warcraft.
Some players worry that “WoW refugees” could bring toxicity into the friendly FFXIV community, but streamers we talked to are not worried.
FFXIV heads into Endwalker with an estimated 3.07 million daily players as of August 2021. Yoshida says the expansion concludes an eight-year story arc and sets up even bigger things to come.