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On Blue Protocol, Final Fantasy XIV's Naoki Yoshida Says More Options Make the MMORPG Genre Better

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Blue Protocol is highly anticipated among many, and Bandai Namco’s upcoming MMORPG can count another notable name among them: Final Fantasy XIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida.

Making comments in a recent stream (as translated by The Blue Protocol Database), Yoshida made a point that we should all keep in mind when it comes to our favorite MMORPGs. 

“Like, having many different games is when a genre starts to get lively,” he said, noting that several FF14 team members had left to join the Blue Protocol development team. The essence that you may have your favorite games, but having multiple MMOs in the space can well serve the genre into being better. 

“Having only one of a genre, or just a few, is really not good, not meaning it in a snobbish or condescending way,” he continues. Ultimately, other games are competition, sure, but it’s not just competition, as things could get stale otherwise, if there was no incentive to push for more. 

“There has to be different games and different experiences. We may reconfirm why FF14 is good, and then the same way some people will say ‘if there only was this and that functionality in FF14’. Where we’ll also answer, ‘ yeah, we’re also feeling it, we’re doing it too, this will definitely happen. We should definitely have it,” Yoshida concludes.

Ultimately, MMORPG teams can learn from each other, and a lot of that certainly goes on. Yoshida emphasizes with his comments that while the dev teams are developers, they’re also fans of the genre and pay attention to feedback. Having more options in the genre makes the genre overall better, and makes teams consider how to glean from what they see out there and make it their own.

While we’re all waiting for Blue Protocol, it is worth listening to, especially the next time someone dares to claim that there are too many MMOs or the genre is floundering.


Christina Gonzalez

Christina is MMORPG.COM’s News Editor and a contributor since 2011. Always a fan of great community and wondering if the same sort of magic that was her first guild exists anymore.