So what does the completely redone Final Fantasy XIV engine look like? I have no idea. I’m not in the alpha test. Considering I got into the beta last time only at the absolute tail end of everything, I am not really surprised. That isn’t the point; the point that I’m meandering toward is that the game could play like the previous version with quests and a lick of paint or it could play like a completely different animal altogether. I have to wait and see, as most of you do.
I will say this, though: I’m hoping Yoshida’s awareness of the larger world of MMOs is coming through strongly. Unlike his predecessor, Yoshi-P seems very aware of the fact that there are games out there aside from Final Fantasy XI, and that’s not even counting the existing love letters to longtime series fans. That having been said, there are at least a few things I hope he’s swiping from the industry for the relaunched version when it finally comes out. As I’ve said before, it’s not enough for the game to just be capable; it has to really stand out, and I think there are a few ideas to draw on in that regard.