Live from Japan… it’s Naoki Yoshida!
Tomorrow, the producer-cum-director for Final Fantasy XIV will be hosting the game’s anniversary telecast on YouTube where he “will be answering various questions sent by players around the globe.”
It’s unclear whether the quirky personality of Yoshi-P will translate on-screen, but Square Enix is betting that its closest thing to a Shigeru Miyamoto can convey an upbeat outlook for the still free-to-play MMO.
Final Fantasy XIV hasn’t exactly had a spectacular year. It had a dismal launch, but has been pushing for a rebound if recent patches are an indication. Almost all the systems that proved unplayable, including the FFXIV Gil economy, have either been revamped or removed entirely based on fan feedback.
Yoshi-P will mention all that, a few bits about patches 1.19 and 1.20, and a few roadmap reveals for what’s coming for the next year or so. If he stays as candid as he has been with his usual written Letter from the Producer – which won’t be hard because he’s planned to answer some personal questions – then this two-part YouTube broadcast should be a blast.
Here are the details if you plan to catch him live.
Date & Time
- First Broadcast : From Oct. 4, 2011 5:00 a.m. PDT
- Second Broadcast : Somewhere between end of October and early November
How to view the live broadcast
- Please access the following page on YouTube Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sDJD23dIqw
How to submit questions
- Please follow the official FFXIV Twitter account (@FF_XIV_EN) and send a tweet with #XIVLive hash tag during the live broadcast.
First Broadcast(Oct. 4, 2011)
- Questions on patch 1.19 and a patch in the near future
- Questions about Naoki Yoshida himself
Second Broadcast(Sometime between October to early November)
- Questions on patch 1.19 that have surfaced after the implementation
- Questions on patch 1.20 and beyond and the future of FINAL FANTASY XIV
“Wait, but I can’t understand Japanese!”
Don’t let that stop you. An English translator is expected to post Twitter blasts for us stateside fans. If you can’t catch the live feed, the official forums will host a recap, presumably with stills of the FFXIV commander-in-chief gesturing in hilariously awkward ways. Because we already know he’s game for anything, right?