Blizzard surveys World of Warcraft players about their Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker intentions

    
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“A rising tide raises all ships,” or so the axiom goes, which is appropriate when one considers how healthy competition is between bigger MMORPGs. And while it’s made very clear that there’s no animosity-filled feud between Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft (and people should stop beating tribal war drums over it), it’s very obvious at this point that Square-Enix’s popular MMORPG has gotten Blizzard’s notice on a competitive product level.

A Twitch streamer by the name of Jedith shared part of a player survey sent by Blizzard that asks, among other questions, how likely respondents are going to be playing FFXIV’s upcoming Endwalker expansion. The question is part of an emailed survey that seeks to “understand players better.”

While Jedith initially stated that the survey question suggests Blizzard is “clearly shaking in [its] boots” — a statement he defends as recognizing that Blizzard feels a palpable threat of competition — he later goes on to share a more nuanced reaction, writing, “It’s important to keep in mind, being ignorantly devout to either side isn’t productive. Blizzard sent out this survey to learn about its customers and make better decisions. Competition is a good thing – for both WoW and FF.”

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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David Goodman

I liked the comment when it was still a blank post as a placeholder. Not disappointed.

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kelathos .

Oh Blizzard.

FF14’s developers played Cata and MoP for inspiration. Their juggernaut is merely a reflection of your own design from 10 years ago. One that you abandoned for systems upon systems so you could chase metrics. Maybe if you had not thrown the baby out with the bath water….

Never too late to play FF14 and rediscover “fun”. Then ask yourselves if you want to deliver some to your players. While you still have some.

Signed, a recent unsub.

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Akara Zrye

You can tell who the WoW players are by the comments. They say something is trash because they cant zoom zoom. They cant handle playing an actual game. All they do is play patches. They complain about story, WoW doesnt have a story. I take that back. The story is lvl cap and grind endless systems that they throw away every expansion lol. The reason FFxiv is gaining popularity is because of the very foundation (ARR) on which its built on and continues to improve and get better at every expansion. Just because it isnt your type of game doesnt make it slow or trash. You just dont like JRPGs. And that’s the beautiful thing about it. Wow tries to appeal to everyone but WoW players, and a game made for everyone is a game made for no one.

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Aldristavan

Hard, hard pass on FFXIV. I put in my time, got to the end of ARR and its ridiculous 100 prereq quests before I could set foot in Heavensward and, just, no. I can’t. To paraphrase a terrible Southern phrase, you can’t swing a dead cat and not hit 10 cutscenes in that game.

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T

Not at all? Sorry, I’ve tried FF14 multiple times, and bounced off it every time. Just not my kind of MMO….

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BladedDingo

To be honest, if I didn’t have a friend already playing who got me and 3 of my other friends playing with him, I don’t think I would have played it for as long as I have.

I’d have probably started the free trial and quit after a couple of months. But my veteran friend was there to hold my hand for a lot of stuff and show me the game and now I really enjoy it.

but I can see why people would be turned off by it.

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KoboldWhite

Blizzard, this is beyond embarrassing… but then again, we all know you have no shame.

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Dankey Kang

I would pick anything Square over Blizzard any day of the week. SE is just far more human as a company; they have humility, respect and love for each other and that is reflected in FF14. They took that game from rags to riches (nearly at the cost of everything) and it paid off for SE big time, I’m happy for them.

As for WoW, hardly anyone that made WoW what it was is there anymore and modern Blizzard as a whole just seems like a vehicle to make Kotick’s pockets heavier. They have no morals (China fiasco) or respect for anyone (mass layoffs) other than the bottom-line, and as a result I have no respect for them. Rather than trying to understand players, they should spend more time trying to understand themselves because they are the problem.

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SmiteDoctor

Could have sworn I commented on this but I’d play this if the servers were more stable.

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Knight Porter

It’s a lot more stable than I remember WoW being, but I haven’t played since late WotLK, so maybe it’s gotten better?

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SmiteDoctor

Well in WoW I can stay logged in long enough to pick a server and make a character.

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BladedDingo

Might be a you problem, because I’ve never run into any issues with the servers in the 6 months I’ve been playing.

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David Goodman

I started playing FF14 finally, and I think I have a pretty good “new player” point of view. I’m currently level 60 (but only just started into Heavensward content; the XP boost is…significant on preferred servers.)

It’s got it’s flaws. it’s got a lot of them, and I think there’s a lot of areas where people are probably going to give up at before it gets better, and I absolutely wouldn’t blame them for it.

But for all that, I’m enjoying my time in it now. Once you get out of the gods-awful ARR story, it improves greatly.

The issue I have with WoW isn’t that I don’t like the game, or that I don’t like the story. I actually do like Shadowlands, it’s just… I finished it. The story that was available to me, I completed. And Blizzard just hasn’t delivered. (and i’m not resubscribing for just a single patch’s worth of content, i’ll wait until there’s enough there to justify a month’s subscription.)

So i’m probably in the minority of the MOP crowd in that I WANT more WoW retail content, i’m just looking elsewhere for my ‘fix’ because they’re bad at providing it :)

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Jokerchyld

I left WoW last week for the simple reason its not fun anymore. I absolutely LOVED Legion and everything it brought (artifacts – the endless grind – the story – chose where you want to go – all of it). This was the WoW I wanted. The problem is they couldn’t figure out how to keep it going. BfA was OK imo because again I liked logging in and having the choice of what I wanted to do. But they messed up Artifact replacement and Artifact-to-Azerite grind. Artifact grind was fine. Azerite grind was tedious. Shadowlands I tried so hard to like I questioned why I was playing.

Wow has a great art style. An excellent combat system. And a beautiful world to explore. Blizzard has done a poor job tying all of that together into a cohesive experience. Its become a game meant to quest to get to max level to raid and mythic+ ad infinitum. And as an afterthought they provide sub-average content for the players who don’t want to do that. Thats not fun. Thats not a world.

I started FFXIV (again) a week ago and will admit its a strong mental adjustment to get through ARR (Im still in it). I was playing from the perspective of “rush to max level” and this game doesn’t play like that. But if you can shift your view to a single player FF RPG that has MMO components the experience changes. And thats the draw. FFXIV for all of its flaws provides a cohesive world like you are living in the game. There are so many systems I got overwhelmed by level 10. There is stuff I still haven’t unlocked at level 20. This all provides an experience of working towards something slowly. The crafting is in depth and practically its own class. The combat is slow because of the 2.5 GCD but that just serves to teach people the rotation (something WoW says figure out for yourself or find a guide). Do I wish I had more buttons to push? yes. Is it so bad that I cant play the game? No. And I wont get into how great the idea of having all jobs (i.e. classes) on the same character. I started out as Paladin and before I even unlocked it I switched to Bard which brought me to a different area to explore.

And thats the difference for me. WoW is all about endgame at the sacrifice of everything else. FFXIV is all about the Journey encompassing everything else into the experience. The latter is more fun to progress through on my own schedule than the former.

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Saluka

FFXIV did a good job of copying WoW but WoW did a bad job at copying FFXIV so I can get superior versions of the gameplay I’m after by playing FFXIV over WoW. One of many examples: PotD / HoH vs Torghast.

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David Goodman

While I don’t necessarily agree with your first statements, I absolutely agree with POTD/HOH

I play those, and i’m honestly upset at how badly they dropped the ball with Torghast. That was probably what i was looking forward to most in SL, and… yeah.

Actual rewards! What a novel concept for content!

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Paragon Lost

After being a pretty dedicated player of WoW since the tail end of Vanilla, I decided to pass on purchasing the most recent expansion. Not only that, for the first time ever I uninstalled WoW even.

I have no plans to return and all my game time is spent in ESO or logging into GWII once in awhile. Well played Blizzard on driving so many of your long time players away.