Final Fantasy XIV producer Naoki Yoshida has announced that mod support will be coming to Square’s massively-multiplayer title. The process will be slow, but it is on its way. In an interview with GameSpot at the Game Developer’s Conference, Yoshida said “We’re working on mod support UI integration” for those interested. “We’ve heard people and their desire for mod support and we acknowledge that. We’re working towards implementing it.”
In the meantime, players can look forward to more legacy items from other Square titles. In particular, the team has been looking into crossover content with the upcoming
Final Fantasy XV, possibly doing something similar to a previous Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns event where the protagonist makes an appearance.
Yoshida says he has
“been talking with [XV director Hajime] Tabata about it. We’d love to do something together.” What exactly that will be is still up in the air, but you can probably expect to hear more about a XIV – XV event before too long. Apparently, the development team is quite fond of this sort of legacy content, and perhaps one of the most interesting suggestions Yoshida mentioned in his interview was a Deep Dungeon-inspired event or dungeon, in which players would go down into a long, expansive dungeon, but would have to start over from the beginning if they left before getting to the end. He also said he would like to see something done in reference to going to the moon in Final Fantasy IV, but that is all just ideas at this point.
The producer has high hopes for
Final Fantasy XIV – his goal is to keep updates going for at least the next ten years. To him, the decade milestone is the mark of a truly great MMO, like World of Warcraft or Everquest, both of which have persisted through a lot of gaming’s history.