Is FFXIV ready for Elder Scrolls Online
In mid-December when the ESO community announced the release of Elder Scrolls Online as of 4-4-14 I bet you could hear moogles and chocobo shiver from Tamriel. After Square-Enix released a broken unfinished game in Sept 2010 they revamped their team and the game and now have answered back nearly four years later with Final Fantasy XIV: a Realm Reborn. They concluded their first attempt at the game with an Extinction Event and which they in turn made a part of the storyline called the Calamity. With its new design, storyline, and completely overhauled engine model many would agree that it was worth the wait. The relaunch has been highly successful and subscriptions have climbed close to 2 million subscribers after the holiday season, far surpassing Square-Enix’s expectations. But with April 4th nearing, the question is whether FFXIV will continue to flourish or whether ESO will stop Square in its tracks.
With both MMOs being subscription based a lot of the comparison is going to be based on the gameplay. Fanboys for both games are going to buy their perspective games, but in the end a mixture of MMO fundamentals as well as ingenuity is what is going to make players think about switching sides. Final Fantasy being one of the founders of the RPG genre with years of immense success has provided developers with an abundant of familiar material and soundtracks. This fact lets it shine above the rest of other MMOs like Guild Wars 2 with its RPG console background boosting its sense of identity and keeping it true to the fanboys with its classic names, character designs, classic midi sound effects, and soundtrack. Another quality that separates it from other MMOs is the fact that it is designed to play on the gamepad. Of course mouse and keyboard options definitely exist for the PC gamers, but for the Final Fantasy console players it is nice for Square-Enix to stay true to the long time feel of the series through gamepad accessibility. The quests are unique in the beginning with a mixture of WoW based quests and some GW2 dynamic event style quests as well, but as the higher levels approach there is definitely the same amount of classic grinding.
Elder Scrolls Online is the series first take on an MMO and from the beta that we have seen it definitely seems like it is prepared to deliver. Even though in the beta, only one zone is unlocked, it is hard not to put your pc settings on high and try to peer over the horizon at what the future may hold. Developers have also said that the Skyrim zone will be drastically larger than the the single player version of the game so all of you that have put hundreds of hours into Skyrim (i know i have /facepalm), exploring every nook and cranny,
will be in for a treat. There are some elements of the game that feel like it is not as much of true elder scrolls successor but, the grasp of the lore and how it is represented during the gameplay and throughout the world is excellent. Another one of Elder Scrolls Online’s biggest qualities as well is how familiar the game feels to its single player rivals. Where a lot of other single player RPGs that are turned into MMOs feel like a totally different game with a different style this game keeps its past allure. As I went through the beta I felt
as if I was playing a new Elder Scrolls game with added MMO elements instead of playing a new MMO with Elder Scrolls characters. Playing a lot of MMOs over the years this is a refreshing feeling and it keeps the monotony of the early grinding at bay.
Due to the loyal fanboys of the Elder Scrolls universe and huge popularity of Skyrim there is no doubt that this game will start out as a huge hit whether it’s playing on the best gaming laptop or gaming console. With its familiar elements and its excellent fan service and this is Elder Scrolls game that series and MMO fans have been waiting for. FFXIV has a huge head start with its Realm Reborn release and has the fan base ( however betrayed they were) to keep this games subscriptions climbing. But on 4-4-14 we will see how many people put their chocobos in the stable and march into Tamriel with swords drawn.
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