Yoshi-P teases some big announcements for the upcoming Fan Fest.
Final Fantasy 14 developers and players might be a bit worried right now, given that the game recently experienced “a third-party attack.” The hackers were trying to gain access to Square Enix’s account management servers via personal information from other websites, meaning those who use the same email and password for multiple accounts are at risk. You should be fine if you’ve changed your password though, and you can expect some big announcements at FanFest, according to director Naoki Yoshida.
In an interview with Famitsu, Yoshida mentioned that FF14 players can expect some “substantial” surprises and revelations. “It wouldn’t be right to have a FanFest without something substantial, so we plan to make this event full of surprises and fun waiting for you, so we hope you look forward to it,” he said, when asked if fans should raise expectations them (translated from aitaikimohi).
Yoshida also mentioned that unlike Endwalker, which was massively delayed due to the pandemic, the wait between patches won’t be too long. “We previously mentioned that we now need about four months between major updates, and we took that time into account when announcing the schedule for the Fan Festival,” he continued. “We hope our schedule doesn’t deviate too much from what you expect and that there won’t be too long a wait [between patches]. After we announced the Fan Festival dates, I’m sure a lot of people thought “oh, something like that [7.0] it will probably be released in that time frame.”
As pointed out by aitaikimochi, based on previous release schedules, and Yoshida saying they require at least a four-month window, 7.0 could be released around April 2024. All of this is looking at the Fan Fest dates in Japan – somewhere around beginning of 2024.
Final Fantasy will join Assassin’s Creed and Post Malone in a crossover with Magic: The Gathering as part of the Universes Beyond initiative. It’s not clear if these products will be Secret Lairs, Commander sets, or even full-on expansions. All we know as of now is that we will see this crossover in 2024.
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