Final Fantasy 14 problems associated with COVID-19

Final Fantasy 14 update will take some quiet time. In an announcement posted on the FF14 blog, the game’s producer and director Naoki Yoshida explained the current issues. Naoki explained that the Final Fantasy 14 team is based in Tokyo where a state of emergency has been declared. Hence, preventing measures were taken to keep their staff and everyone safe from the COVID-19.

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This highly affected their development for patch 5.3. The blog explained that patch 5.25 was released just on time, and staff members who could work from home along partners could support it.

However, in 5.3 case, which was set to release in mid-June. It can take much longer because FF14 development and QA partners across the world are unable to work. Here are the reasons

  • Delayed delivery of graphical assets due to the lockdown of cities in East Asia, North America, and Europe.
  • Delayed voice recording due to the lockdown of cities in Europe.
  • Delays to development tasks performed by Tokyo staff due to work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.
  • Production and QA teams operating well below normal capacity due to work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.

The company has requested everyone to understand the situation, hence avoid unncesary criticism.

“We are terribly sorry for the disappointment this may cause our players, as we know you look forward to new patches. However, it is also important to prioritize the physical and mental health of our development team, without whom we would never be able to release the quality updates and features you expect from FFXIV, so we ask for your understanding as we adjust our schedule in accordance with the situation.”

Lastly, the blog post ended with appreciation for fans. Furthermore, Naoki also suggested people that they should try more features in Final Fantasy 14, and let others know about the free trial that is on-going.

While many of us worldwide remain inside our homes, we should remember to let joy and laughter fill them?because in times like these, it’s especially important to find happiness where you can. I certainly hope that in delving into parts of FFXIV that you have yet to try?battles to be won, new jobs with which to hone your skills?connecting with in-game friends, and having fun together, your days will seem a little brighter. (It’s not a bad time to tell people about the free trial, if I do say so myself…)

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