Square Enix stated the MMORPG’s subsequent replace may arrive as much as a month later than deliberate.
Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prolonged social distancing mandates, the Final Fantasy XIV staff has confirmed that patch growth on the game will probably be delayed by as much as a month.
Game director Naoki Yoshida outlined how the coronavirus is impacting FFXIV growth in a weblog submit, the place he stated that the subsequent replace will arrive later than anticipated. While Patch 5.2 launched in February 2020, it seems to be like the subsequent one scheduled for mid-June may drop two to 3 theyeks late or extra.
“FFXIV relies heavily on our development and QA partners across the world, and at this point, they must accept that the situation will significantly impact our development schedule,” Yoshida wrote. “[W]e are at this time undecided as to whether it will be feasible to limit the delay to two or three theyeks, or if it will be closer to a month. We are terribly sorry for the disappointment this may cause our players, as they know you look forward to new patches.
“Hotheyver, it’s also essential to prioritize the bodily and psychological well being of our growth staff, with out whom they might by no means be capable of launch the standard updates and options you anticipate from FFXIV, in order that they ask on your understanding as they modify our schedule in accordance with the scenario.”
Yoshida provided four clear reasons why FFXIV patch development will be interrupted by the coronavirus:
He also said that while patch development will be delayed for the above reasons, FFXIV’s servers will remain operational. Because of social distancing mandates, though, the support desk will have to maintain servers at home. This may cause replies from the support desk to slow down, but Yoshida assured that “every World will probably be operating as common, permitting everybody to proceed taking part in.”
In other Final Fantasy news, Square Enix announced a housing freeze in FFXIV. Because of how the coronavirus is affecting everyone, the studio isn’t punishing players who can’t pay their in-game mortgage. Square has “briefly droop automated housing demolition” whereas the pandemic remains to be happening.