In an interview with Famitsu, Final Fantasy XIV Producer Naoki Yoshida, or Yoshi-P, shared his hopes for the future of the MMORPG. While he stated that there will be many changes that will occur between Patch 6.1 and Patch 6.5, he shared his personal thoughts and feelings about the evolution of the game. In the interview, he elaborated on what he believes has made FFXIV such a success, as well as how the players’ lived experiences within the game contribute to this. [Thanks, Famitsu!]
Yoshi-P revealed he had a feeling of catharsis once Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker released, as the story that the team had effectively worked on for 10 years had come to a close. However, he went on to say that it wasn’t just the story that made Endwalker an emotional experience:
It was more than the story that made me emotional, it was also the fact that players live within this world (FFXIV) and have everyday experiences. Stand-alone single player RPGs definitely cannot make the same kind of impact. However, now that the story of Hydaelyn and Zodiark is over, I hope those people will continue to join us and move forward to relive this sense of excitement. I believe that Patch 6.1 is the first step towards this new goal, and up to Patch 6.5 there will be many changes.
The team would like to further develop the foundation of the game from here. Yoshi-P hopes players will continue to enjoy Final Fantasy XIV and potentially enjoy it more in the future than they do now. However, players won’t have to wait much longer as Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 is scheduled to arrive sometime in mid-April 2022.
Final Fantasy XIV is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.