So FF14: A Realm Reborn is in alpha testing right now, and assuming Yoshida is telling the truth, it could be that his two years of nearly thankless effort may have been worth it.
Not sure this statement was really nessecary...
A lot of people on these forums seem to be living in a bubble....
Other way around. Those outside the know are unaware of the levels of effort put into recreating this title, which they're flag shipping essentially as the renewal of their company's policy. Yoshida isn't just leading the charge for FFXIV here and everyone who's been following the game closely knows it. He's essentially leading the company image. SE will resurrect or fall on his efforts. I can't imagine the pressure.
However, I'm fairly confident in his ability to succeed in at least producing a title worthy of the franchise. My main concern is the company remembering the lessons learned by this title, and be absolutely sure to apply it to their company policies going forward.
Right now, Yoshi-P and Square Enix are two separate entities to me. I want that not to be the case in the best possible way.
As far as the release approximation, that's not the official word from SE, however I would take that as an indication of delay. Yoshida himself said they were two and a half months behind schedule so that would put them on late Q1 Early Q2.
My personal estimation is some time late summer/early fall, given Yoshida's uncompromising caution when it comes to this game's quality. Again, NA feedback has yet to hit alpha, and when it does, he's likely going to get hit with criticism he did not anticipate (given how unsatisfiable gamers in the west can be). He'll undoubtedly want to regard as much of it as feasible. Edited, Nov 25th 2012 7:42am by Hyrist