A long time has passed since Naoki Yoshida stepped up to the helm of what many considered a sinking ship, starting to steer Final Fantasy XIV towards what it is now, and what will ultimately become A Realm Reborn. It’s been a strange period, dominated by a striking contrast between negativity and hope for the future.
Today marks a full stop in that period. The servers just went down for the final maintenance and characters are being saved for the much awaited transfer to the upcoming A Realm Reborn. Whatever progression will happen from now on will exist in a limbo and will be forgotten once the new game will launch.
It’s truly the end of an era for Final Fantasy XIV players, and again the future is marked by a stark contrast between destruction and hope. Will A Realm Reborn be what Final Fantasy XIV should have been from the start or maybe even better? Only time will tell.
In the meanwhile, there’s a little more to come before the destructive impact with the bloody moon Dalamud and before the curtain closes on Final Fantasy XIV. Naoki Yoshida promised on the forums that the weather will get freaky in the game after this maintenance, and encouraged players to check it out.
The count down to the crash of the moon is still ticking, and in 250 hours the sky will truly fall on Eorzea. According to Square Enix players can expect a very special gran finale. What will happen exactly? Your guess is as good as mine.
In the meanwhile, after scrambling for weeks to achieve whatever we could before the big transition, we’re frozen between time and space. Our glorious characters are reduced to data that will be loaded in the new servers, ready to awaken into a world reborn.
As a closing note, I’ll leave you with a little something that I find appropriate (borrowing the idea from Andrew Tindall from Twitter. It’s just perfect, so I can’t not use it here). See you on the other side!