Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn officially launches, but Square Enix is already working on future content for the game. Given the MMO’s required monthly subscription, this sort of future planning is to be expected — but how long will players have to wait for new content to arrive?
“We’re planning on doing a major update every three months once the game has been released, and continuously adding large-scale content,” game producer and director Naoki Yoshida said. “Ongoing support for the game will be included in the monthly subscription.
“We’ve already begun work on the first update that is currently called patch 2.1 and will introduce a large-scale housing system, as well as “The Wolves’ Den” — the first ever PvP content in the series. Furthermore, the update will include new dungeons, a new daily quest system, new Primal battles, extensions to the main story, and loads of other new content to enjoy,” he explained.
“There will be a significant update every three months, so everyone will be able to continue enjoying the game for a very long time!” Yoshida assured. “Of course we also have long-term plans to release full expansion packs, so watch out for future updates on those, too.”
Major updates to MMOs are to be expected, especially for subscription-based models, but it’s a little disconcerting that players will have to wait three months. Zenimax Online Studios, developers of The Elder Scrolls Online, recently revealed that they are hoping to release new content every four to six weeks. Guild Wars 2, a free-to-play MMO, meanwhile releases new content updates every two weeks.