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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn’s First Expansion Will Let You Fly



In a recent “Letter from the Producer” video Q&A, the development staff of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn answered questions pertaining to various aspects of the game’s future. One such question asked about the first expansion to the game, which is currently in development.


“Well, naturally we’re working on this now, and while I can’t go too deep into detail at this point in time, I can tell you that one of the themes revolves around a great conflict that spans across millennia,” replied main scenario writer Kazutoyo Maehiro. “Beyond this, I can only ask you to stay tuned for additional details in the future.”


Producer Naoki Yoshida added, “I spoke a bit before about the expansion, and I said we were deciding on whether we should swim or fly. Well, we decided to go with flying so players can expect to look to the skies in the coming expansion.”


Another question asked whether the development team has any plans to release a roadmap for the future of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. This is something that producer Naoki Yoshida didn’t seem to be very keen on.


“We were able to launch the game according to schedule, and managed to release patch 2.1 in a short period of time,” Yoshida replied. “With that said, we’ve been receiving a lot of requests asking for smaller more frequent updates to give players more things to do, or challenges similar to Treasure Hunts that whole free companies can take part in, so we are currently discussing adopting a development method that allows us to implement smaller updates alongside our core objectives.”


“We’ve made adjustments to our roadmap, so releasing it would constrain us from adapting as we go along. Rather than a definitive roadmap, we would like to provide an update list similar to the one used during 1.0, which would show the status of updates, and are planning to do so after the PlayStation 4 version has launched. With this method, we plan to update the list around the time each Letter from the Producer is released, and I think this will make it easier to get a sense for how various updates are progressing.”

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.