Final Fantasy 14 Director Says There’s a Distinctive Difference Between MMOs and the Metaverse

Naoki Yoshida said he doesn’t believe the metaverse is “entertainment”, adding how he doesn’t see the concept as being similar to MMOs like his own Final Fantasy 14.

Comparisons have been made between the two since the whole shitty metaverse craze exploded last year. Our own Nat highlighted virtual worlds like Second Life and Habbo Hotel as superior versions of the idea, while Gabe Newell said he doesn’t understand the noise when MMOs serve a similar purpose for decades. But for Yoshida, it looks like he’s trying to put some distance between his MMO and the metaverse.

In an interview with Weekly Bunshun, translated by SiliconEra, the director and producer said, “For me, I see the metaverse as ‘a system that replaces reality with a virtual world.’ So I don’t think the metaverse has anything in common with entertainment. .”

Hundreds of players gathered at Wolves' Den Pier in Final Fantasy 14.

(Image credit: Square Enix)

“In the metaverse I’m thinking of, people will be able to wear an avatar in virtual reality and walk around Shinjuku or shop, just like in real life. While it might be fun, there’s no entertainment there.’ What is so interesting about the systems of our real world?’ It’s how I feel.”

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