Why Final Fantasy 14 is so popular now
We can no longer ignore the massive exodus of players to Final Fantasy 14. And frankly speaking, this is unprecedented for any game that lasts as long as FFXIV possesses. Gamers are noticing that the servers are jamming and even the Square Enix store is having trouble pulling out the codes fairly quickly.
Some call it a “World of Warcraft “ exodus, as many come from the longtime “king” of MMORPGs. Frankly, though, it’s not that simple.
A perfect factor storm from across the gaming space has led to the past few weeks. Yes, that includes the backlash against the inspiration of the game, World of warcraft, which even the game director praised. But gamers can access any other MMORPG including Guild Wars 2, which has a free account system similar to FFXIV, and a perfectly decent story.
So what fueled the threshing train for FFXIV? It’s been moving for a while, in fact, and many factors over the past few years have fueled it.
It’s been improving for years
One of the first things you’ll hear about FFXIV is that it only improves after A kingdom reborn, the base game. In fact, although it is “the base game”, A kingdom reborn is actually the 2.0 edition of the game, so it’s already “better” on its own.
The tale of FFXIV The rebirth of the title is integral to the game’s fame. Director Naoki Yoshida, who previously helped keep the game going. Dragon Quest afloat for Square Enix, was on board for FFXIV 1.0, which, despite many quirks that are still praised to this day, was considered a complete and utter disaster. The game performed a canonical reset by unleashing Bahamut, one of the franchise’s most powerful creatures to date, onto the real-time world – and killing the client and servers at that exact moment.
Since then, the quality of the game has only improved, especially when it comes to its writing, an essential necessity in the game. Final fantasy franchise. Toward the sky, the first expansion of the MMO, was considered a phenomenal work of art; a grandiose tale of high fantasy that subverts and critiques the common tropes of the genre. And while Stormblood isn’t considered as good – common complaints include feeling rushed, with obviously two story and exploration expansions merged into one – it’s still a perfectly fine set suitable for most players.
In addition to the previous expansions being repeated successes, over the years, Final Fantasy 14 introduced and revamped its combat systems and endgame content to make it more accessible to new players.
Released in July 2019, Shadowbringer this is where most gamers say the game, and even the Final fantasy franchise, has peaked so far. He shot a higher metacritic score than almost every other game in the franchise. This is probably where we can say that the increase in the number of players trying FFXIV has started, but the quality of the game alone is not enough to attract hundreds of thousands of new players.
Extended home time, extended testing
Already, FFXIV had a free trial for a while with a lot of standard anti-bot restrictions: no marketplace, no social requests or private messages, a currency limit. Notably, he only reached level 35, which only leads players to a major reveal of the character before leaving them on an awkward cliffhanger. Of course, this also doesn’t allow for a more complete kit of combat class abilities, as the first major “benchmark” for class execution is level 50 (and continues every 10 levels. ).
When the pandemic hit in early 2020, even the limited trial was more than enough for many players to jump on and give Final Fantasy 14 one shot before fully committing to the game and subscription. There was an obvious increase in the number of players, as many “quiet” worlds started to have queues during peak hours.
However, around the same time, the FFXIV the team announced that patch 5.3, Crystal reflections, would extend the trial. First, mark this patch in your mind, if you keep track of the timeline the extended trial was also part of a host of other quality of life and end of life updates. Shadowbringer bow.
If you’ve been in the gaming community for the past few months and seen the ‘free trial’ meme, that’s pretty much where it came from. Patch 5.3 extended the free trial to include Toward the sky and increased the level cap for all classes, combat and non-combat, to 60. And as discussed previously, Toward the sky is damn good; a lot, a lot players prefer it Shadowbringer by simple personal opinion (not that one is radically inferior to the other).
But the hype was not fueled by the lawsuit alone. Crystal reflections is still hailed as some of the best story content to date. It is even considered by some to be better than the rest of Shadowbringer. It also implemented flights to base game areas, implemented this expansion’s mandatory upgrade content, introduced a fan-favorite ‘tribe’ daily quest (which has a literal tank as a reward) , and more.
In other words, the release of the free trial during a golden age of FFXIV content, in the midst of a global stay-at-home pandemic, has driven the hype train. And yes, the trial made a difference, and director Naoki Yoshida told us that in a recent interview. Once again, presenting the free trial to friends has become a meme, and bunny girls are now wreaking havoc in the gaming community.
World of Warcraft’s Worst Enemy (Not FFXIV)
Now for the elephant in the room: the World of warcraft Exodus.
Wow players converting to FFXIV has been a phenomenon for quite some time. “WoW Refugees” is a common term for these players, who often pit their old home against FFXIV relatively acceptable user base, accessible combat, transparent development team, and cohesive history.
These were fairly neutral and even relaxed assessments from these “refugees” until recently, like the vitriol towards World of warcraft and its development team has been bubbling over for a few months now. The players were waiting WoW first expansion patch, 9.1, for about nine months, hoping at least history would improve. Meanwhile, complaints about a toxic playerbase, time-limited story content, and grinding that practically felt like forced labor continued to bubble up and exhaust players.
In the meantime, there has been a slow conversion of the curious Wow and other game content creators at FFXIV. While many of those pulling numbers on YouTube and Twitch have taken the leap, including Jesse Cox and Rich Campbell, the biggest to date has been Wow-YouTuber and streamer focused on Asmongold. While he had previously swept FFXIV and even turned down a sponsorship from Square Enix (to keep his take on the game honest, he claims), it seems pressure from his fellow creators prompted him to try the game. over 200,000 viewers and it continues to play to this day as it progresses.
So what Wowpatch 9.1 of ‘s was dropped last week. Unfortunately for Activision-Blizzard, it didn’t give so much a breath of fresh air Wow the players were hoping. In fact, the story contained what has been almost universally described as a terrible, shallow twist for a character who was, to say the least, troubled. It seemed like the nail in the coffin for many gamers, as memes and chat threads came out calling Wow his own worst enemy.
The good problems of FFXIV
Here we are now, with what is essentially one of, if not the biggest exodus to a non-new game in gaming history. The closest player increases I can think of would be No Man’s Sky or Warframe, but neither comes close to what happened here with Final Fantasy 14.
The first obvious sign that things were filling up was that, even now, it has become nearly impossible to create a character on an XP server in North America. Or any server, for that matter – my friend’s wife had to create a character on Balmung, which in the past was pretty much the only server I had to actively camp on to access due to its scene. massive role-playing game. Many have noticed that every city-state in the game is full of “shoots” – new players who have a shoot icon on their heads.
And now, sometimes the Square Enix online store doesn’t even allow players to buy the game because there apparently aren’t any keys left to hand out. Most New games don’t even make it, let alone a nine-year-old version of an MMORPG.
It looks like the servers are getting an infrastructure upgrade, especially since the next expansion, Endwalker, will have another new region of servers as well as Data Center Travel. It’s November, however, which is about four months away.
For now, it looks like Final Fantasy 14 and its players will have to stick to these good issues among others that come with a wave of curious new players.