When Final Fantasy XIV’s Futures Rewritten patch arrives next month, it includes a nifty feature called explorer mode that will essentially allow players to wander back through your completed dungeons so you can explore, take pictures, and get up to all kinds of shenanigans. Imagine the video footage you can score in there!
I personally love this feature. It’s fluffy and unnecessary, and that’s exactly why it’s catching attention. I haven’t seen anything like this in an MMO since classic Guild Wars, which did something similar by letting players go back into mission maps as explorable zones after the mission was done. But unlike FFXIV, Guild Wars did populate the zones with basic mobs, though not bosses. FFXIV’s is definitely better for the pure explorer.
This is just one of dozens of explorer-friendly mechanics I can think of that I wish more MMOs offered. How about you? What explorer goodies should be in more MMOs?