Final Fantasy 14 director says he wants to work on the game for the next 10 years

A female miqo'te white mage in Final Fantasy 14.
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Final Fantasy 14's producer and director Naoki Yoshida has said that as long as he's in good health, he intends to continue working on the game for the next decade.

He made the comment during the Final Fantasy 14 mahjong tournament live stream, which was loosely translated over on Reddit (opens in new tab). He already mentioned in a November 2021 Famitsu column that he was making preparations for the next 10 years of the MMO, and it looks like he intends to remain at the helm for its entire duration. He added that looking to the future has left him pretty busy, so much so he hasn't had a chance to try the new raids that landed at the end of December.

Yoshida also announced that a "special edition" Letter from the Producer—livestreams that go over upcoming patches, expansions and game changes—will broadcast sometime in February. It looks like it'll be going over the roadmap for future patches in Endwalker (opens in new tab), and the direction of the game now it wrapped up an 11-year story. A preview for Patch 6.1 will land in March which should provide an in-depth look into major changes, main story quests and new raids.

There's a good chance Final Fantasy 14 wouldn't have been so successful without Yoshida, and it's nice to see that he doesn't intend to leave the game behind any time soon. It seems like he's got his hands pretty full right now—critically-acclaimed MMOs aside, he's also producing Final Fantasy 16 which was recently revealed to be around six months behind (opens in new tab) development.

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Mollie spent her early childhood deeply invested in games like Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which continue to form the pillars of her personality today. She joined PC Gamer in 2020 as a news writer and now lends her expertise to write a wealth of features, guides and reviews with a dash of chaos. She can often be found causing mischief in Final Fantasy 14, using those experiences to write neat things about her favourite MMO. When she's not staring at her bunny girl she can be found sweating out rhythm games, pretending to be good at fighting games or spending far too much money at her local arcade.