It would be perfectly accurate if you picture Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft as rivals, but if you think that means two gangs of developers glaring at one another with constant animosity, we invite you to recalibrate your expectations of rivalry. Former WoW developer Nathaniel Chapman went to Japan and took the time to drop off a congratulatory card to the FFXIV team for the success of Shadowbringers, with signatures from Blizzard employees, as well as a signed Overwatch poster for composer Masayoshi Soken.
The card features a group of Murlocs painting a sign for an assembled pack of chocobos and moogles, while the Overwatch poster is… well, a standard poster, but with lots of development signatures. Chapman notes that he hopes players see the amount of respect and fellowship between developers in this field, even ones that are theoretically rivals for audience attention. Something to keep in mind during future “game X vs. game Y” arguments, perhaps?
A while back I gave some of the XIV devs a tour of Blizzard. On this trip, I was lucky enough to have them return the favor! I had the pleasure of meeting some of their team, and also brought a card from Blizz folk congratulating them on Shadowbringers (art by @teddybear_toast)! pic.twitter.com/1wkNNEyGha
— very cute dog haver (@pedrothedagger) October 1, 2019
I never thought I'd see Yoshi P next to something I made. I'm shook. 😭 Thank you @pedrothedagger for asking me to make something for the card! I had so much fun drawing this. https://t.co/0CUN4283nD pic.twitter.com/bDv5uDjJUx
— Kelli (@teddybear_toast) October 1, 2019
Recently our friend and bliz alum @pedrothedagger made a visit to Square Enix and dropped off a gift for @SOKENsquareenix while he was there. Lots of love for FFXIV on our team and a huge amount of respect for the talent of their dev team. Made me super happy to see this tweet! https://t.co/zRmiAyujXt
— William Warnecke (@ww) September 30, 2019