Final Fantasy 14 director discusses how feedback led to Heavensward

Last week was a monumental week for Final Fantasy XIV players. A Realm Reborn has expanded to become Heavensward, taking Square Enix's MMORPG into the skies for the first time. It's the latest in a continued rejuvenation for the game, so who better to talk to about it than the man that helped lead the way? Shacknews recently had the opportunity to talk to Naoki Yoshida, producer and director for Final Fantasy XIV.

"We value our user feedback greatly," Yoshida told our own Greg Burke at E3 2015. "It's one thing we do everyday. We check the forums, we get feedback from our players, we're always implementing that into the game. So for Heavensward, yes, definitely, we took user feedback and we've implemented it into the game, but it's not that we've waited until Heavensward to implement that feedback. We're constantly implementing that feedback in updates and patches that we have. For example, if players say there's something wrong with the user interface, we try to fix that as soon as possible and get that in before an expansion, through the updates. We're also getting feedback on things like reward systems, item drops, content difficulty. Not only are we getting feedback from the players, but we're also taking our own data on the backend and looking at how players are playing in certain areas and difficulty of areas and we're making adjustments from that. Adjustments in real-time to the game, as well as adjustments to new content that we're releasing for 3.0."

Yoshida goes on to discuss Heavensward's three new Jobs (the Dark Knight, the Astrologian, and the Machinist) and some of the refinements they underwent before hitting their current state. He also points out that while the expansion is finished, the team will remain active in regards to taking feedback and ensuring that the expansion is stable.

For our full conversation with Yoshida, be sure to check out the video below.

For even more about Heavensward, Shacknews also stopped to chat with assistant community director Matt Hilton. You can catch that full interview, regarding classes and content, below.

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