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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Saluka

Seen games where “Bob” and “Jim” the only 2 tank and healer left playing doing LFG from 8-10pm and the BGs no one runs and when they do it’s the same name pre made team each time. When it gets to that stage it will be time to close down. That is years away unless an IRL apocalypse occurs. Oh there is a trust system too forgot about that so yep improvements on that wouldn’t even see the need of other players for all MSQ quests.

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Danny Smith

Knowing Square Enix i would not be surprised if FF16 comes out in 2022 and in 2025 with FF14’s main story wrapped up it gets the FF11 treatment of smaller updates as a new FF17 mmo comes out on newer hardware, probably given the more recent trends in asia being an action mmo closer in line to FF15 Comrades or FF16 itself.

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Vanquesse V

I want XII online ;)
2022 for 16 doesn’t sound entirely implausible though probably a bit optimistic, but you never know with final fantasy – it could end up in a 12 year development hell

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IronSalamander8 .

I can definitely see why. I haven’t played in a bit now, mostly because of how things worked out for our group, but it’s a solid MMO and can be quite fun, if also hard to jump back into if you miss stuff.

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Vanquesse V

In my mind this is the most overrated mmo of all time, but lets be real: FFXIV will never end. With how XI is still going strong, and even getting new story content closing in on 19 years post launch I don’t see how XIV doesn’t keep going at least till the Sun dies but very likely beyond that as well.

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Vincent Clark

Your comment about the game being overrated aside (which, I humbly disagree with), I agree about it not ending anytime soon. Basically Yoshi-P is saying he has the wherewithal to plan out the next five years now…meaning five years from now he might be able to plan for an additional five more years based on the health of the game.

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Vanquesse V

or rather: in 5 years time they will look back and decide the budget for the following 5 years :)

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Eric Diaz

Well, he did say he wanted to keep working on it for the rest of his life. So id imagine it has at least that long, if not much longer. I hope so. It’s the best MMORPG I’ve ever played, and I will be playing till they shut it down one day.