In his message, Yoshida detailed exactly what has been delayed by the work from home order including, “Delayed delivery of graphical assets due to the lockdown of cities in East Asia, North America, and Europe. Delayed voice recording due to the lockdown of cities in Europe. Delayed to development tasks performed by Tokyo staff due to work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations. Production and QA teams operating well below normal capacity due to work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.”
“We are terribly sorry for the disappointment this may cause our players, as we know you look forward to new patches. However, it is also important to prioritize the physical and mental health of our development team, without whom we would never be able to release the quality updates and features you expect from FFXIV[.]”Alongside the 5.3 patch delay, Yoshida says that players can expect longer than usual responses from the support desk, and a slowed implementation for bug fixes both as a result of the work-from-home orders.
This is the newest game delay as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic. Other major releases like The Last of Us Part 2 were also delayed because of the pandemic. Check out IGN’s Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers review for more coverage.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. He mains a Monk on Final Fantasy 14.