With yesterday’s release of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn presentation from the 25th anniversary event in Japan, we learned that Composer Masayoshi Soken took on Dalamud in an attempt to stop it from descending.
Why would a man attempt to take on the falling moon by himself? It’s a fair question and one that needs answering! Back in July, Soken wrote on his blog that if he received over 800 “likes” that he would stop Dalamud. 800 unique clicks later, Soken went one on one with Menphina’s loyal hound in one of the most epic battles Eorzea has ever seen.
Sadly, Soken admitted that he went easy on Dalamud for fear that A Realm Reborn would be delayed due to his efforts. But is that the real reason for his failed attempt?
Today on Twitter, Soken confirmed that “knee-high socks save the world!” and when asked if he had worn these socks when attempting to thwart Dalamud’s descent he answered, “I forgot to wear it!”.
Eorzea will go boom November 11th. Because Soken didn’t wear knee-high socks.
The main thing that makes a KH MMO a difficult sell is the fact that, well, let me sum it up: Disney. They’re not going to particularly want their characters on an ever evolving online world where their franchise(s) could, arguably, be slandered and graffiti’d by online hooligans. The ‘Disney Factor’ cannot be forgotten, and while Square-Enix has a lot of leniency for the offline Kingdom Hearts games, don’t think for a moment that there aren’t a ton of hurdles and pre-screening each title ultimately has to go through. Something that won’t fly on a fluid MMO.
But if not KH, then what?
Now, let me explain: I agree 100% with Fusion that a KH MMO would be an absolutely stellar idea. It would work oh so well. On the other hand, I tend to have gut feelings about things, and that is why this editorial is just that – My perception of the gaming industry from my experience from not only as a fan, but as someone whom has worked in it in the past. While all of Fusion’s points are dead on, the only issue I see is the fact that the game could arguably become something of an amusement park ride, where you’re barely playing the game so much as going along with it until you hit the end to celebrate with the rest of your level capped buddies. Most MMO’s are like this, aren’t they? Okay, not most… But Cataclysm sure took that route. Ooooh, burn. Wait, get it? Burn? Oh, never–
I won’t go into Nintendo’s stock dropping soon after E3, nor will I deny the fact that Nintendo is at least trying to be hardcore. It is, however, a bit akin to the moment where you realize your best friend; The one whom has a huge legendary high school reputation for heroism and fearlessness, has slowly matured into a middle-aged coward.
Now, this isn’t to say that Nintendo (or Miyamoto, whom is incredibly difficult to dislike or insult) doesn’t have a vision and genuine desire to create a console that everyone can enjoy. It also doesn’t mean that they are in the correct position to be making the decisions of what the consumer actually wants, especially due to their repeated (and obvious) ignorance towards the western audience. Reggie Fils-Aime does very little to help their case. Who are they using for their demographic studies?
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