Current and former Blizzard employees congratulate the Final Fantasy XIV staff on Shadowbringers

    
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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?

Source: Twitter via Reddit; thanks to Chad for the tip!
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kgptzac

The elite club of subscription based MMOs is only getting smaller, so I guess it’s a natural thing to do.

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kothoses

The Best developers are always those who wear their inspirations, be it TV, Game or Book on their sleeves.

If you look at any triple A game, the ones that arrogantly proclaim “We are not like anyone else, we will learn and make our own mistakes” etc etc are the ones that stumble struggle and get a lot of backlash critically and/or commercially.

Blizzard have never been shy about showing where their inspiration comes from. The only game of theirs I can remember that was somewhat of a “first of its kind” was Diablo.

Yoshi wears his admiration for Blizzard and what they did with WoW and Diablo proudly, he also references a lot of other games as inspiration.

It is no surprise that both release games that go on to do very well, when you learn from other people both good and bad, you skip a lot of the whole learning phase.

I have been around a lot of game developers, designers and producers, and you can always tell the good ones because they always have a story or an example to accompany their statements. The bad ones just arrogantly push their way as the one and only right way and ignore any critique that does not fit to their head cannon image.

Thats not to say originality is bad, but if you are going to re-invent the wheel, atleast know why the wheel that already exists does not satisfy you.

All of which is a long way of saying stuff like this is very cool, and leads to only good things for everyone involved.

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Utakata

Mmmrrrggglll… /kupo! o.O

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David Goodman

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… Now i wish i was a good enough artist to draw a Murloc-Moogle hybrid monstrosity…

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kajidourden

Bit late but okay.

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agemyth 😩

Most devs just want to make the best product they can.

The awful tribalism and Us vs Them crap comes from the broken economic need to grow infinitely and own every part of the market.

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Loopy

And often times also the zealotry of their individual fan bases.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Game devs going after each other in a hostile way is very much the exception rather than the rule. The fans though…

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Jaymes Buckman

Sports. Comics. Whatever. Same thing.

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Sorenthaz

Well and Yoshi-P has stated many times that he’s a huge Blizzard fan and would love to do a collaboration with them between FFXIV and Diablo/Warcraft.

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Nathan Aldana

heck, the base design of ff14’s gear systems are literally inspired by wrath-era token systems

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Sorenthaz

That and the tomestones are similar to the valor marks or whatever. Which I think is great because quite frankly it was stupid for WoW to remove that IMO. Even with the weekly tomestone cap, it feels nice to know that I’m working towards a definitive upgrade of my own choosing.

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DG

Very cool