Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and prolonged social distancing mandates, the Final Fantasy XIV staff has confirmed that patch growth on the sport will probably be delayed by as much as a month.
Game director Naoki Yoshida outlined how the coronavirus is impacting FFXIV growth in a blog post, the place he mentioned 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 weeks late or extra.
“FFXIV relies heavily on our development and QA partners across the world, and at this point, we must accept that the situation will significantly impact our development schedule,” Yoshida wrote. “[W]e are at the moment undecided as as to whether it is going to be possible to restrict the delay to 2 or three weeks, or if it is going to be nearer to a month. We are terribly sorry for the frustration this will trigger our gamers, as we all know you stay up for new patches.
“However, it’s also vital to prioritize the bodily and psychological well being of our growth staff, with out whom we’d by no means be capable of launch the standard updates and options you anticipate from FFXIV, so we ask on your understanding as we modify our schedule in accordance with the state of affairs.”
Yoshida offered 4 clear explanation why FFXIV patch growth will probably be interrupted by the coronavirus:
- Delayed supply of graphical belongings because of the lockdown of cities in East Asia, North America, and Europe.
- Delayed voice recording because of the lockdown of cities in Europe.
- Delays to growth duties carried out by Tokyo employees as a result of work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.
- Production and QA groups working properly beneath regular capability as a result of work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.
He additionally mentioned that whereas patch growth will probably be delayed for the above causes, FFXIV’s servers will stay operational. Because of social distancing mandates, although, the help desk should preserve servers at residence. This might trigger replies from the help desk to decelerate, however Yoshida assured that “every World will probably be working as traditional, permitting everybody to proceed enjoying.”
In different Final Fantasy information, Square Enix announced a housing freeze in FFXIV. Because of how the coronavirus is affecting everybody, the studio is not punishing gamers who cannot pay their in-game mortgage. Square has “quickly droop automated housing demolition” whereas the pandemic remains to be happening.
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