He notably modernized the launcher
Popular FFXIV Producer Naoki “Yoshi P” Yoshida’s influence has extended beyond this single project, as we learned last year. Not only has he risen through the Square Enix ranks in recent years, but he’s also a producer and basically the face of Final Fantasy XVI; and apparently helped consolidate Final Fantasy XI for a new generation of gamers.
On the 20th anniversary commemorative website of Final Fantasy XISquare Enix has caught up with Yoshida and current XI producer Akihiko Matsui, to talk a little about the synergy of the two currents Final Fantasy MMOs are. Interestingly, Matsui actually worked on the original incarnation of Final Fantasy XIV before returning to XI. Their paths crossed several times!
Although the cat is massive, one of the biggest takeaways is it [as translated by Siliconera] Yoshida modernized the current launcher/installer for Final Fantasy XI. This actually took place in 2019, when Matsui personally asked Yoshida to investigate the game’s archaic launcher and bring it into a new era. Matsui even admits he needed the upgrade, and Yoshida reflects on how some of the tech terms were outdated. The goal was to eliminate paralysis when players return to play for the first time or after a long break.
Yoshida also talks about his approach and how in business terms it was much easier to approach this as a limited time project. He explains that Square Enix does have two active MMOs in service, but if he and his team of engineers were able to sell “just three months of work” to the company, it was easier for Square Enix to acquiesce, knowing that they would be back to work on XIV after this time. Yoshida credits the earlier MMO experience for making the whole process faster, since they’ve already been around the neighborhood.
Although it’s in Japanese, the whole thing is worth reading in a translated way (which gets the point across) if you have any history with either game.