The last fan question at the PAX East 2023 Final Fantasy XIV panel asked Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida what his personal aims might be for the game for the next 10 years. While he initially brought up the possibility of increased support for more regions and platforms, he also noted that the FFXIV estate furnishing limits will increase sometime in 7.X.
Here’s what Yoshida’s had to say about what’d he’d like to achieve in the future with FFXIV, and the tidbit about estate furnishing limits came up at the end:
Personal goal, right?
I mean, I do mention that Final Fantasy XIV is my life’s work. But at the same time, it is, well, work. It is a business. It might not tie necessarily into my “personal” personal.
For example, with Final Fantasy XIV I know there are certain regions that don’t have full support. So for example, setting up a physical data center so that we don’t have to worry too much about latency. Or there are certain languages that not supported, so it would be nice if we could start working on looking into some of those.
Otherwise, platforms… there are still certain platforms that we’re not, we don’t have the game on.
And then another thing would be, and this would be quite an undertaking, trying to connect all of the different regions so that no matter where you are in the world, you’ll be able to sync up with and party up with other players.
That said, we’ve been running the game for over 10 years at this point, but each time, it’s one step forward. With each system, it would be a little incremental improvement that we make or the different elements that we’re kind of building upon one another. So with Endwalker of course, narrative-wise we’ve reached a sort of conclusion, but we still want to deliver surprising and exciting story. I think continuing to build on that seems like a long way to go? But I think that might actually be the closest way to get there.
And something in the near, can I say near, future on this. We’re thinking 7.X series? We would love to look into increasing the number of furnishings you can place in your estate. We’re working really hard. It’ll be a bit of a wait, but…
But yeah, I mean, even now everything is just building upon the different blocks we’re laying down. That’s how Final Fantasy XIV has gotten as big as it has. I think we just want to keep going. Also, I think we are building upon the things we have put into the game, but then we love the communication that we have with our players. I think you guys are a big part of the steps that we’re taking to put more things into the game. I feel like this communication has built up a trust between the developers and players.
Oh, and that kind of gave me an idea for my personal goal. 10 years from now I would love to be back at PAX East and to see you guys again.
In addition to the 7.X estate furnishing increase and thoughts about additional FFXIV platforms and regions, Yoshida briefly discussed the graphics update. He noted the team did a “midway review” ahead of the 2023 Fan Festival in Las Vegas.
Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC.