Final Fantasy XIV Online is filled with pleasure, and the hype stage for our subsequent growth, Endwalker, is continuous to rise forward of its launch on November 23 (early entry from November 19 when you pre-order). Often referred to as a Final Fantasy theme park, FFXIV has one thing for everyone — from an enticing story and intense battles, to gathering and crafting, and even quite a few minigames within the Gold Saucer for these so inclined.
One very particular piece of content that got here with the present Shadowbringers growth is one you’ll have heard about earlier than (or maybe seen some familiar-looking androids): Yorha: Dark Apocalypse.
The FFXIV growth crew welcomed NieR collection Producer Yosuke Saito and Director Yoko Taro as visitor creators to carry the Yorha: Dark Apocalypse crossover to FFXIV. Both groups, over the course of three years, poured their hearts and souls into creating an thrilling and unforgettable story and alliance raid collection.
The three chapters that comprise Yorha: Dark Apocalypse have been launched in October 2019, August 2020, and April 2021. This alliance raid faithfully recreated the backdrop of the NieR collection inside FFXIV, and launched characters, enemies, and a narrative that have been wholly paying homage to NieR video games — the white-garbed android 2P, a flawlessly recreated bunker (with 2B’s room!), and the gorgeous NieR soundtrack by Keiichi Okabe (together with some new, unique tracks), simply to call a number of.
The story begins if you encounter 2P — an android in white
The story of Yorha: Dark Apocalypse begins when the participant encounters a mysterious, white-garbed android, 2P, within the ruins of an excavation tunnel.
The participant follows 2P to combat a brand new menace known as “machine lifeforms,” however alongside the best way, black-shrouded androids 2B and 9S get of their approach.
If you’ve gotten performed NieR: Automata earlier than, your reunion with these acquainted faces in FFXIV is unquestionably a component we might love so that you can expertise by yourself. Not solely are the characters an enormous a part of it, however the lore and story development are additionally a fantastic point of interest, which each fall proper into the ambiance of the NieR collection.
“The time of revelation could also be at hand, however is that this story certainly one of hope…or despair?
Faced with a troublesome resolution, how will you reply…?”
Hopefully this fast intro piqued your curiosity, however now that this alliance raid collection is totally launched, we determined to carry collectively NieR Series Producer Yosuke Saito, Director Yoko Taro, and FFXIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida to debate their work.
How did such a singular crossover between the NieR collection and FFXIV come about?
Naoki Yoshida: FFXIV is a long-standing reside service title, and to ensure that us to stop content from turning into too cookie-cutter and thus carrying out our gamers with a repetitive expertise, we typically invite visitor creators to work with us and spice issues up. The alliance raid collection, “Return to Ivalice” that we launched throughout Stormblood was very effectively acquired, and between the recognition of NieR:Automata and my private want to work with Mr. Yoko on one thing, I made a decision to achieve out and see what we may do.
Yoko Taro: When I first acquired phrase about probably working collectively, I puzzled “Is FFXIV okay…?” I wasn’t intimately aware of FFXIV on the time, so, I used to be additionally a bit anxious if that crew can be okay with mixing in one thing so overseas into their sport world.
Naoki Yoshida: I keep in mind the very first thing Mr. Yoko mentioned after I reached out was, “Are you out of your mind?” (laughs)
The NieR collection has collaborated with different titles earlier than, however that is the primary time it could be crossing over into an MMORPG. Was there something you have been conscious about in that regard?
Yoko Taro: Once we started growth, I used to be very shocked by the assorted limitations we needed to work with from a manufacturing perspective. For instance, having an exterior server management when a bit of background music would begin taking part in was one thing that’s unthinkable with a console title.
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In preparation for creating this crossover, I requested what the FFXIV crew was anticipating, and so they informed me about “Return to Ivalice.” I referenced that in the first place to get an concept of the quantity of the search content.
Yosuke Saito: We have been lucky sufficient that NieR: Automata was approached by numerous titles to collaborate, and we adopted via with loads of them. In a lot of these instances, they solely concerned utilizing NieR characters as an avatar, or together with an look of 2B or 9S — extra have been a one-off with none substantial story behind them. This was the very first time we labored along with one other title on such a big scale, and to be sincere, the load it positioned on the crew was a lot bigger than I believed (laughs).
What would you want gamers who’ve but to play the content to maintain their eyes out for?
Yosuke Saito: The motivation may be so simple as “I want Yorha equipment!”, however it could be nice if individuals can contact upon the world of NieR via Yorha: Dark Apocalypse. If this alliance raid captivates you, it is likely to be price testing different titles within the collection, akin to NieR:Automata and NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, the up to date model of NieR Replicant launched this previous April. I might love for gamers to attempt these video games out as effectively.
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Yoko Taro: This raid collection mixes the worlds of NieR and FFXIV, however from the start I used to be considering, “I’m okay even if people don’t play this.” I wished it to be significant even when it wasn’t performed. I say this as a result of in MMOs, there are some gamers who simply log in and, for instance, play Doman Mahjong within the Gold Saucer all day. You don’t should play each single piece of content, however you all the time know that there’s content off within the distance ready for you. Having the choice to decide on what you do is what makes an MMO fascinating, and it makes MMOs that rather more strong than a console sport.
In order to unlock Yorha: Dark Apocalypse, your character must be excessive stage, so not all gamers will play via this content. What I’m making an attempt to say is, finally, no person has to do that alliance raid. (laughs)
That’s what makes MMOs nice.
(Really, although, you need to positively expertise Yorha: Dark Apocalypse—it’s superb)
Naoki Yoshida: I feel what Mr. Yokois saying right here actually hits the nail on the pinnacle, and that’s precisely the character of MMOs. Since A Realm Reborn, we’ve vastly expanded on the number of content gamers can select from, in order that gamers would have loads of “dishes” to take pleasure in — that is precisely the rationale why we added this crossover content.
Nobody has to play every part; we glance to offer all kinds of content, and there are quite a few gamers who take pleasure in a lot of them in their very own approach. Getting a way of belonging in our sport world your self makes all of it worthwhile.
It makes me completely happy even when our gamers see the content in sport and assume, “that seems really cool, I think I’ll want to do that someday.” I’ll proceed to put significance on creating an abundance of content that permits gamers to really feel this manner.
All three chapters of the Yorha: Dark Apocalypse crossover can be found, and FFXIV gamers who’re stage 80 and have accomplished the Shadowbringers predominant situation can expertise it proper now! If you aren’t fairly there but, fear not — as Yoshida talked about, new content is all the time on the horizon, and it’s one thing to look ahead to as you proceed your journey.
We’ll quickly have one other alliance raid collection following the discharge of Endwalker in November — this time round we gained’t be having a crossover with one other title, however Myths of the Realm might be an unique creation by the crew specializing in the Twelve, who’ve till now been shrouded in thriller…
Definitely one thing to look ahead to! Until then, we hope you take pleasure in every part else FFXIV has to supply.