Naoki Yoshida sees at least another five years of vitality in Final Fantasy XIV

    
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The fourth major expansion for Final Fantasy XIVEndwalker, is just around the corner (to the extent you can consider “planned for fall” to be just around the corner). Anyone who thinks that means the game is ending, however, is just plain wrong. That’s something producer and director Naoki Yoshida was clear about during the initial presentation, but it’s also a point made in a new interview with the Washington Post in which he stressed that based on current growth rates, the game easily has another five years of operation already being planned out.

Yoshida also elaborates on how the game’s staff handles its delivery cadence and how it manages to keep up a steady stream of content, mixing in a lot of time spent on familiar features and systems with some extra time devoted to more innovative features that take longer. He also reveals that the planning work for Endwalker was finished back in October 2019, to give a sense of how far out the team works. Check out the full interview for more tidbits about development and planning through release.

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