FANTASY 14 PRODUCER WARNS: Gamers have grown familiar with meeting toxic players online, those who make the loudest noise in the communities of games. Countless “Minecraft” players who have joined a multiplayer server have stories of other players “griefing” them by blowing up their base or stealing their valuables, despite the iconic game’s largely positive community. Other multiplayer-heavy games like “Valiant” and “Call of Duty” earned the distinction of the highest harassment rates last year (via the Anti-Defamation League). “Final Fantasy 14” is the latest example of a title to receive significant trolling, enough to catch the attention of the game’s producer.

“Final Fantasy XIV” has come a long way since its less-than-stellar launch for PC in 2010, when it held a 49 on Metacritic for its laggy graphics and chore-like quests. After flopping at the start, it has become one of the most popular MMOs today. That 49 on Metacritic is now an 86, signifying how millions of fans find the game still worth playing over 10 years later for its accessibility and engaging story. But that passionate player base also means there are plenty of bad actors in the bunch.

Final Fantasy 14 Producer Warns Abusive Players

The team at Square Enix released its latest patch for the MMORPG earlier in April, adding new quests, a Duty Support mechanic, and the Crystalline Conflict battle mode, in which two teams compete to bring their tactical crystals to the opposing goal before the other. That particular model has become a source of player trolling, and one major “FF 14” producer has since taken steps to curb this unwanted behavior.

Defining abuse in Final Fantasy 14

In an official Square Enix blog post, Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida details an “unprecedented” volume of reports regarding taunting during Crystalline Conflict matches. He lists several examples of what he deems unacceptable behavior. Examples include but are not limited to: spamming Quick Chat with repeated phrases, sending messages like “Nice Job!” or “Good Match!” in a sarcastic manner, and launching fireworks after defeating an opponent.

Yoshida writes that the basis for determining abusive conduct depends upon the intent of the player and the effect of their taunting. He clarifies that this behavior is intolerable not only for the Crystalline Conflict mode, but in all other modes of online play, and is punishable by locking the player’s account. Suspensions will last between three and 20 days, but repeated instances of abuse or particularly malicious ones may lead to permanent bans.

Closing Fantasy 14 Producer Warns Abusive Gamers

The purpose of Crystalline Conflict is a contest of skill, according to Producer Yoshida. Players must bring their best selves if they hope to win, which means no room for ugly behavior. This extends outside of the game itself to harassment via social media, also punishable by bans.

No one enjoys a poor sport, whether they win or lose a game. With toxic behavior all too common in the communities of modern games, Square Enix’s actions should at least help weed out bullies and dissuade others from ugly behavior in the future, allowing players to resume Crystalline Conflict and other modes of play.

Final Fantasy XIV producer warns they will hand out PVP bans like candy

The team is noticing a large degree of inactivity during matches

Final Fantasy XIV is not known for its PVP content per se, but it is there. On top of the Wolves’ Den arena dueling system, there are also a few more concepts, like Frontline (a 24-person-team capture-the-objective-based game type), Rival Wings (a MOBA-like), and now, Crystalline Conflict (a tug of war similar to Overwatch). About that last mode! Final Fantasy XIV PVP bans might be coming for some of the player base.

Handled personally in a blog post from the producer (Naoki “Yoshi P” Yoshida), the Final Fantasy XIV team has openly warned players of an “unprecedented” amount of PVP misconduct reports. Most of them fall into two categories: inactivity and trolling.

Here are the general things that will get you Final Fantasy XIV PVP bans:

  • Uncooperative/Lethargic behavior
  • Taunting/Abusive behavior

Yoshida further details both of those key issues, including tackling the infamous discussion of using “nice job!” emotes/phrases as trolling. The producer confirms that if the team reviews a report and finds a user at fault, “Final Fantasy XIV may place a temporary suspension (of 3 to 20 days) on the reported player’s account. If repeated violations are confirmed, or the violations are deemed to be exceptionally heinous, the account may be permanently banned.”


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