A change is coming for people who use Steam for Final Fantasy XIV. FFXIV will soon require account linking between the Steam account version and an official Square Enix account. Square Enix announced it will be required starting in March 2022. Once it happens, folks will have to use the New Launcher Layout option too.
Square Enix cited FFXIV Steam account linking as a means to ensure security. A person must have the game’s license. Once the change goes through, people need to go through the one-time process. This ties it to a Square Enix account. It also means after that people need to launch the game from Steam to play and can’t use Original Launcher Layout.
This process won’t be required until after the Letter from the Producer LIVE Part LXVIII presentation. Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida will go over things to come on February 18, 2022. It is possible there could be a more exact window for FFXIV Steam account linking and other technical updates. Ahead of that presentation, people can also submit questions for Yoshida to possibly answer.
Final Fantasy XIV and its Endwalker expansion are available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. Square Enix will need to link their Square Enix and Steam accounts sometime in March 2022.