Final Fantasy XIV serves up a new anniversary story along with more special site updates

    
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Final Fantasy XIV serves up a new anniversary story along with more special site updates

Every year, Final Fantasy XIV provides players with a quartet of stories to commemorate its anniversary, and this year is no exception. Indeed, in the wake of wrapping up the Shadowbringers story, the game’s tales are exploring some of the lore around the edges of Norvrandt, and this one covers everyone’s favorite amaro as he looks back over his life. Yes, it’s all about Seto, and if all of the other stories about him haven’t yet made you misty-eyed… well, this one will probably do it.

Meanwhile, the game’s special site for patch 5.3 has been updated slightly, both with a description of the heretofore secret trial (so if you somehow still haven’t done the MSQ… well, spoiler warning) and more details on the cosmetic items arriving with the next round of Ishgardian restoration. This includes a dapper new outfit, new parasols, and of course information about the next region players will be rebuilding when patch 5.31 drops. That’s currently planned for next week, so get ready to start buying some clothes and building some firmament elements.

Source: Official Site (1, 2)

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Malcolm Swoboda

Question to players: do these quests never reappear on anniversary? Is it different each time?

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dthblayde

It is different each time yes. Every year a different story is told to commemorate the anniversary , along with different rewards.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Aw, shoot. Don’t care then.

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Bereman

It’s meant to celebrate that specific anniversary, with a unique message for that year from Naoki Yoshida.

I’m curious how having the same quests/event reappear every year would make you more likely to care than a unique one.

Not that it’s unique in being unique to the year – every “holiday” event is a new story with new rewards, with a little bit of remembrance carrying over (after meeting an NPC for the first time, they remember you helping out the next time they show up kind of thing, and that’s about it).

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Malcolm Swoboda

I’m curious how you can’t see it. Permanently missable content is a turn-off for me because I like to at least pretend I was there at a certain time it was released. Another layer of roleplay, if you will. I don’t mind if its shuffled off to the side, as long as its accessible. When for example, there’s a major NPC that says fun things that the community gets to commune over, but that in-game experience is gone forever, that’s nice for them, but I now can’t even pretend like I was there, and I feel more left out. Youtube and Reddit posts don’t cut it. I can tolerate temporary events, but only if I can have faith they’ll return in some form that preserves content.

And I play gacha games, which are chock full of temporary events. However, even in these, I gravitate towards, or stick with ones I learn do reruns, or implement the story scenes as part of a library reference for curious players. One of my favorite ones is shutting down later this month, and the way they’re doing it is pretty abysmal, but the one thing pulling me towards tolerance of the shutdown is that they’re putting all event cutscenes in the Archives menu for all of the month. It isn’t the same, but its something. Same for anniversary events; putting them somewhere isn’t the same, but its something.

The biggest thing to keep me away from a video game is if years later there isn’t a way for me to keep up in some substantial form, and that includes ‘community memories’. When Aion or Destiny 2 removes zones, now I won’t be able to talk to anyone about that. When WoW removes legendary questlines instead of just a reward (or a greater version of a new lesser reward!), I now have to wiki or Youtube the stuff to get a semblance of what went on. When developer/community tributes go away, I’ll have to take players’ word for it that it was really sweet. All in all, I consider content removal to be the act of last resort, not a FOMO to exploit, or a great opportunity of a ‘living, changing world’ (ask GW2 how that went). Hell, players could be long-time, but really struggling through this summer and unable to subscribe just for this anniversary period, and while many will accept not experiencing this particular anniversary quest, it rubs me the wrong way that they can’t at least enjoy it next year.

A lot of this is a PET peeve, but I don’t think its too difficult to understand.

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Louie

For what it’s worth the seasonal events are quite literally the only content in FFXIV that is temporary. AFAIK no other piece of content has been permanently removed in the now 7 years it’s been live. Even the one piece of content that didn’t work out was reworked and readded later.

I also hate when MMOs remove content for the exact same reason. It annoys me when I can’t at least experience content that older players got to. But XIV is one of the best in this regard, at least IMHO.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yep and I agree! Not salty, just apathetic to this.