Final Fantasy XIV New Year's Message
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Naoki Yoshida Talks About Future of Final Fantasy XIV in New Year’s Message

Now that 2024 has begun, Naoki Yoshida, the producer and director for Final Fantasy XIV, shared details about the game’s future in a New Year’s message. In his greeting, he explained how the current plans for future updates and preparations for the Tokyo 2024 Fan Festival on January 7, 2024 are faring.

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Yoshida admitted that the Final Fantasy XIV development team in Japan has been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Fan Festival 2024 in Tokyo, as well as the 7.0 update and Dawntrail expansion. The team hopes to ensure the conclusion to the world tour is a success. Yoshida also noted that even though the event would take place in the large Tokyo Dome, the same Fan Festival shenanigans would ensue.

Yoshida teased that a note was “delivered” to his office. It reads as follows:

FFXIV New Year's Message
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It seems that this note was sent to generate hype for the Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail expansion.

Yoshida also included that the team is tasked with overhauling “ten years’ worth of graphic development,” and stated these changes may take some time to be fully implemented. He said that many may even go unnoticed considering the scope of the operation. These updates will be created with the idea of maintaining long-term service for Final Fantasy XIV in the future, with him noting that he hopes it will continue for another ten years.

Finally, he noted, “With ‘haste makes waste’ as our mantra, we intend to tackle the obstacles before us with a deliberate thoroughness.”

Final Fantasy XIV is playable on the PS4, PS5, and PC. It will also come to the Xbox Series X in Spring 2024 and will support cross-play.

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