Nicely, it seems this week didn’t deliver a lot in the way in which of recent details about Final Fantasy XIV patch 5.3. Or… it did, nevertheless it solely introduced one piece of data, and that one piece of data was vital however not notably illuminating. Sure, patch 5.Three shouldn’t be popping out till August 11th. Sure, that’s about two months from its unique deliberate launch date. And yeah, that makes this the longest patch hole within the sport’s historical past for the reason that relaunch.
Naturally, I’ve reactions. (I imply, it’s form of my job.) Many of the fanbase has reactions, and actually, most of these reactions have been nice and understanding. They’re centered round wanting everybody to be secure and wholesome alongside the way in which. Different folks have… effectively, let’s simply say they’ve had much less optimistic reactions. And whereas “ire” may not be my main response on this explicit scenario, hoo boy, that half positive elicits a useful dose of ire.
Let’s take a step again. One of many said causes for the delay was the easy actuality that the brand new alliance raid and Bozja content material wants playtesting, and that’s arduous to do with out folks within the precise workplace doing the playtesting. Some progression-minded gamers have taken this as an excuse in charge “informal content material” for the patch delay.
And for these of you in that boat? I wish to be as clear as doable with what I say subsequent: Piss off. Significantly. Hush up and go away. Unsubscribe, or perhaps simply go away for good. We don’t want you right here.
That is most definitely not the vast majority of folks, nor even the vast majority of progression-minded gamers, however the minority who acted as if this was someway the “fault” of content material that was not of their particular wheelhouse. And people folks? They will simply go away.
Not all content material is essentially for you. That’s nice. Savage isn’t for me. I don’t want the EX model of mainly any battle within the sport. Final makes no influence upon me. These items don’t influence my enjoyment of the sport. However the factor about FFXIV is that it actually, actually works time beyond regulation to supply content material for all kinds of various folks, and that’s actually all part of the content material and deployment roadmap. It’s not a matter of doing X for informal gamers after which Y for development, it’s a matter of guaranteeing that nobody is ever caught behind whereas additionally maintaining the content material everybody enjoys.
Possibly you don’t have any explicit want for this content material or it’s not for you. However for lots of people, it is vital. For the designers it’s vital content material. They need folks to play the tales which have been written and supply a enjoyable atmosphere for many completely different folks.
Should you don’t care in regards to the content material itself, effectively, nice, however that doesn’t imply it’s unimportant or doesn’t want playtesting. And for those who don’t have a lot to do in consequence, one of many constant refrains from the designers is that a part of the sport is having the ability stroll away once you need. Not feeling the urge to do something within the sport? Unsubscribe for a month or two. It’s not a giant deal!
It’s far extra vital that the group be capable of work safely and that the patch continues transferring ahead with deliberate content material in a method that doesn’t put anybody in peril. Should you can’t grasp that truth? You aren’t welcome on this neighborhood. That’s not what we’re about and never what I think about any of us need to be about. This is able to be simply as unacceptable if it have been a delay for correctly testing Savage. It’s a two-month delay as a result of we’re within the midst of a worldwide pandemic.
Sure, that does imply my predictions for delays could themselves be mistaken. I do know that is going to ripple via this patch cycle. Will it ripple via the following growth? Possibly! We don’t know but. It’s up within the air proper now, but when the worth of holding the group save as they work is that the following growth launches in August as a substitute of June, so be it. I’m greater than keen to simply accept that as the price of the group staying secure, and it’s past admirable how a lot work has been put into making the patches proceed regardless of circumstances.
As for me personally? That’s… difficult.
You’re conscious of the phrase “verify your privilege,” and so far as I’m involved, that’s very relevant to me throughout this upheaval. I acknowledge that I’m insanely lucky, each within the sense that my state actually has gotten issues beneath management and within the sense that I’ve been working and in a position to adapt to my working scenario fairly rapidly. Working from residence isn’t new to me. I don’t even have youngsters to deal with. The delay of issues to look ahead to is, actually, an extremely minor downside for me to have within the greater scheme of issues.
Furthermore, it’s straightforward for complaining about that to be seen as not directly an indictment of the group or a failure to acknowledge the superb work being achieved by Sq.-Enix to make sure that improvement continues and that everybody stays secure. I can solely think about the sheer quantity of labor mandatory to maneuver your complete group into with the ability to work at home or the workplace, particularly when you think about that most individuals don’t truly select their residing areas based mostly on with the ability to work at home. “Unprecedented” is a phrase that will get thrown round rather a lot for a cause at this level.
Having stated all of that? This sort of crushed me, sure.
Yeah, all it actually means is ready for one more month for brand spanking new content material. However this has not been an excellent 12 months for wanting ahead to issues, helped largely by issues being delayed or cancelled or pushed again and then cancelled and so forth. And talking purely from a standpoint of my psychological well being, after an assault of disappointments for the issues that have occurred up to now this 12 months, it feels… bleak.
Clearly, I don’t suppose that my emotional response overrides the truth that that is what must occur, nor do I really feel prefer it’s somebody’s fault. I wished issues to be in any other case, however wanting one thing doesn’t obligate you to get it. However it seems like a big sufficient further delay that the a part of me latching on to one thing to look ahead to is simply adrift via July, searching for one thing to really level to as “yeah, that’s taking place this month, you possibly can look ahead to it.”
So sure, it is smart. No, I’m not upset with the group or blaming anybody. However it’s form of arduous to pop off the bed with a smile at one of the best of occasions, and this positive didn’t assist. All of these issues could be true on the similar time, and for those who’re in an analogous place, hopefully it helps simply to have that validated.
Suggestions, as at all times, is welcome within the feedback beneath or by way of mail to [email protected]. Subsequent week, let’s check out the issues you are able to do throughout the anticipate the following replace, since we’ve acquired… you recognize, the remainder of the month.