Famitsu: Interview With Yoshida For Endwalker!

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Interview with Yoshida for FFXIV Endwalker 6.0

The New DPS will share the same slot as Dragoon!? A Joint Media Interview With the Producer and Director of Final Fantasy XIV Naoki Yoshida

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【FF14】『暁月のフィナーレ』の新規DPSは竜騎士と同じ枠に!? 『FF14』吉田P/Dメディア合同インタビュー

Famitsu Article Staff

Famitsu
Famitsu

The Announcement Showcase for Final Fantasy XIV (henceforth, “FFXIV”) was conducted back during the 6th of February, 2021.

Famitsu, along with other media outlets that also attended the event, managed to conduct an interview with Naoki Yoshida, the producer and director of Final Fantasy XIV. They’ve managed to conduct a short interview that focuses on the production goal and intent for the next expansion named Endwalker (Japanese name: Gyougetsu no Finale, lit. “The Dawning Moon of Finale”) that was revealed during that event, so it will be a good thing to have a read on what’s to come.

Disclaimer:

The original Japanese article states that the conversation with Yoshida is given a slight rephrase and edited for easy reading. Please note that the content and order of Yoshida’s comments may differ from the actual exchange.

FFXIV's Producer

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida Producer | JP | Square Enix
Famitsu
Famitsu

Naoki Yoshida

The Executive Director on the Board of Directors for Square-Enix and Head of the Third Business Division.

Worked as the Game Designer and Director for “Dragon Quest Monster Battle Road”, the first arcade title for the “Dragon Quest” series. He took over the duties of Producer and Director for “Final Fantasy XIV” in December 2010 and has maintained the position since then.

Currently working on “Final Fantasy XVI” as the Producer of the game as well.

Regarding The New Job

Famitsu
Famitsu

In this showcase you announced the new job, Sage, which is a barrier healer.

Since White Mage and Astrologian are pure healers, while Sage and Scholar would be barrier healers, I would like to know how they will be differentiated in their roles?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

This is something that we try to keep in mind for all jobs, not just healers, so that we are making sure not to create an extreme difference in balance between all jobs.

The biggest difference will be the game experience, so on the aspect of putting up barriers, the method of approach, for both sides, will change.

For example, in the case of Scholar, they will be able to utilise fairy to heal and put up barriers when in combat.

On the other hand, Sage’s specialised weapon Nouliths, aren’t pets so their game experience will completely differ from Scholars when it comes to their offensive and defensive behaviour.

We of course plan to ensure there will be no issues when it comes to balance no matter who the players choose so that they will never face obstacles when clearing content.

Famitsu
Famitsu

So if we have a 2 pure healer composition of White Mage and Astrologian, or 2 barrier healer composition of Scholar and Sage, will the feel of content progression change as well?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

I feel that it will depend mostly on player skill. Recently I’ve received feedback saying “There’s nothing much to do for healing” from the healers so we’ve increased the attack intensity on Eden Promise Savage, and made sure the damage received is tuned as tight as it can be.

Especially when early progression is concerned, if I were to put an example, having a composition of pure healers only would make clearing the content a bit hard to achieve. Without putting up barriers it will of course make things hard… so this flavoring aspect is why we purposely make our raid the way it is for this tier. Considering we split our job specifications for Endwalker, having one pure healer and one barrier healer will make clearing the content easier, and we plan to balance our content around that in mind.

I believe this has been mentioned earlier, but I do think some who utilises raid finder to do progression would think “so if I were to be matched with a composition of 2 pure healers, wouldn’t that mean it’s going to be impossible to clear?”, and they will have doubts about it.

In order to prevent that from happening, we’ll be adjusting our algorithm to match both sides (a composition of one barrier healer and one pure healer) as closely as possible.

Famitsu
Famitsu

In Endwalker, will there be a separation in healer roles so that it will be divided into both barrier healers and pure healers?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

The display will remain as healers. When it comes to instanced dungeons, any healer will be able to clear this, so there’s no need to worry about it. If we end up splitting the role, new players will understandably be confused about it, so we are going to make sure to not let that happen.

However, high end 8-man contents like Extreme or Savage will definitely be recommending a composition of one pure healer and one barrier healer, therefore we are not thinking all the way of putting a clear separation on how it will be displayed.

Although, if we’re reaching the point where we judged our current setup ended up causing any confusions, there is a possibility that we will adjust it. However, as of right now our development progress is barely over ⅓ here, so our verdict as of now would be to proceed without overdoing things.

Famitsu
Famitsu

Considering the decision to split their specifications, would this mean there will be any adjustments or changes to the condition on how the Limit Break gauge builds up?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

We don’t think there will be any changes on the matter.

The conditions for accumulating Limit Break affects how many things are done in this game, including speedrunning.

If we put too much separation on classification here, we may end up creating a condition where doing certain stuff will create an advantage. Therefore we have no plans on doing further separation on the matter.

Sage Concept Art With Nouliths
Sage Concept Art With Nouliths
Sage In Action
Sage In Action
Famitsu
Famitsu

Like healers, tanks have their own classifications as MT or OT as of today, but will there be further separation or changes to their specialities in the future?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

Currently there are tanks that may or may not be suitable to be main or sub tanks here, but considering they are all playable in their current state, we have no plans on changing it at the moment.

Famitsu
Famitsu

Currently as we already have 4 melee DPS, there will be one more that will be added in Endwalker.

So I would like to know the decision behind adding another new melee dps, such as how you reached the decision, and how are you going to further classify their specialities within the category?

Recently we are seeing melee DPS have movement issues in Eden’s Promise and difficulties doing content even when players are outputting damage, so I would like to know if there are any adjustments planned on that matter.

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

First of all, I’d like to touch on the numbers.

With future expansions like patch 7.0 and beyond are getting released, in case if we are to, say, add a new tank, we will end up having more than 5 jobs in that category (which will be more than the number of melee DPS).

Since there are many players who enjoy playing DPS roles here, for me personally, I would like to avoid situations where we do not add jobs that perform attacks during the release of an expansion.

To go into detail, currently among all the melee DPS we have right now, Dragoon is the only one who is standing at a special position here and if we are to talk about filling the slot, it’s natural that we will add it there.

Furthermore, on the question of “facing strict situations as melee DPS”, I believe the dev team is well aware of that issue itself.

It’s common in any other MMORPGs you see in the market where creating high end content with complex mechanics included as part of the design’s direction will see the existence of jobs or classes that have their movement and attack distance restricted.

How to get around this is something we’re currently trying to figure out which techniques to add to which jobs for Endwalker in order to prevent this issue from happening… In any case, we are making it so that Ranged DPS will not always get the advantage, and like how we create mechanics, we’re also currently thinking at a different axis rather than just adding jobs to solve the issue.

Regarding The Lore Behind Endwalker

Famitsu
Famitsu

This time, we can see the monolith-like object that is located in front of Endwalker’s title logo, and not just that, there are also patterns that contain many mysteries.

Can you tell us about the concept behind the title logo?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

To give a decisive answer to that is actually difficult. (laughs bitterly)

I would usually approach Amano-sensei (refers to Yoshitaka Amano, the illustrator and character designer for many Final Fantasy artworks) directly and let him know my idea and concept for the logo, and he’ll illustrate them out after receiving the brief.

This applies to Final Fantasy XIV overall here but I think the story that is weaved throughout the Hydaelyn-Zodiark saga does have the aspect of “hope against despair” here. For example, the same is also true for the image of that slight despair that was felt when the legacy of FFXIV was running, and from there comes the release of “A Realm Reborn”.

How the players will manage to find hope within the “despair over the apocalypse” situation will also be included as the theme for this expansion. The heroes who will face the hardships with the despair looming around them… this will be the nuance I wish the players would understand here. I apologise however for not being able to provide a more clear answer to this question right now.

Famitsu
Famitsu

So in regards to the logo, we’ll know the full story once we play Endwalker.

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

That’s correct.

I believe players will be able to get the full picture once they go through the expansion, thinking “So that’s what it is all about!”.

On the circular thing that was illustrated behind the title logo - now is it really the moon? Perhaps it might even be the planet Hydaelyn… and this is where I want players to enjoy the upcoming main story on Patch 5.5 and it would be good for players form various speculations at the same time.

Endwalker Logo
Endwalker Logo
Endwalker Yoshitaka Amano Art
Endwalker Yoshitaka Amano Art
Famitsu
Famitsu

The main job for this expansion looks to be Paladin here, does this mean you’ve picked the job because of its connections to FFIV, or is there any other reason behind the job selection?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

When I thought of how to illustrate what hope means to myself and other people in a straightforward manner, I thought Paladin would be the most suitable one to represent that theme among all the jobs in FFXIV. When I think about who would be the first one to move forward while carrying the burden of everything even when cornered, this job would be the best to represent that… so it was a straightforward reason and also the major one behind this decision.

To tell the truth, I did struggle a lot on that. To me, instead of portraying something that subverts everyone’s expectations, I’d say the desire to surpass the scope of imagination is actually much stronger here.

For example, the initial story structure of Shadowbringers would have the aspect of how tiring it must be for the players to be referred to as the heroes, or the Warriors of Light. Then from there the (both sides of) story became subverted, and the concept I ended up presenting was to have players “taking up the mantle and fight as the Warrior of Darkness” in order to “fight against the light to take back the darkness”.

So for the story this time, I want to change the experience by flipping the story inside out and look at it from an opposite perspective, therefore by deciding that we would want to illustrate the conclusion of the Hydaelyn-Zodiark saga at this particular timing, we then affirmed our resolution to deliver the conclusion that befits the epic finale you see in any Final Fantasy titles.

The Final Fantasy titles you’ve played up until now usually have the final portion of the story where it went “The Magical Continent floats up the sky!” or “This world is going to end!”, correct? In Endwalker, I’d like players to think of the overall saga as a story with the volume equivalent to (a new game software) once we reach there.

Famitsu
Famitsu

It may be too early to talk about this but would it be possible for you to tell us what you think Paladin’s new skills are going to be?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

We have Paladin’s major skill - Passage of Arms here so it would be hard to create something that surpasses this. (laughs)

But of course, just because our main character is using Paladin this time does not mean we’re giving it a favor… so this is something I can say that is not limited to Paladin but to all jobs here, this also applies to parts where people would go “We want that too!” and by making it look even more awesome would make players who have their own favorite job like them more.

These are the ones we are currently making here and we would like players to look forward to it. We really want to work hard to meet your expectations.

The Warrior Of Light, Meteor, As A Paladin
The Warrior Of Light, Meteor, As A Paladin
Famitsu
Famitsu

On the topic of music, the impactful element which is essential to the story experience. I’d assume that Soken-san (Masayoshi Soken, the sound director of Final Fantasy XIV) will be giving his all into the sound production for this expansion.

Aside from working on the music for the expansion, have you given other notable instructions to him, and if so, can you share more details on the matter?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

It would feel too persistent if all the music is made to be overgrandious like those you hear in those impressive epic movies. So I told him to “make the strength of the music buildup to be nicely distributed across the scenario”.

To both Soken and I, the song Shadowbringers did pose quite a challenge for us. You can hear the Crystal Tower theme halfway into the song and it did give a Final Fantasy feel in it, but once you think over removing that part, the whole song was overall a challenging rock-based song.

I do think the song is very well received among the players here so in this expansion I requested Soken to have him “present them in a bold way that befits the situation of how the story of “FFXIV”, the game served as the 14th title in the series is coming to its first major end”.

I’m also sure that Soken would once again go “this is impossible with this schedule!” but at the same time still do his best on the matter. So I’d like all the players to look forward to his work once again.

Famitsu
Famitsu

Whenever there is a new announcement of a new expansion, there will be topics about what the thematic colour of this expansion would be.

May I know if there is a colour for this expansion?

Considering the appearance of Paladin and its white coloured equipment seen on the teaser trailer which stands out a lot throughout, I wonder if there is any other colour that would serve as the candidate for this expansion?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

This answer may contain subtle nuances but the dev team referred to that as platinum.

When thinking of trying to adopt the expression of of dawn as reflected in “Dawning Moon” seen on the title*, I told the staff members that “it’s neither black nor white, but a platinum-yellowish glitter that can only be seen in that very moment”, and their response to that remark was a face that gives out an expression of “you sure are asking a lot from us”. (laughs)

You can see that there are barely seen elements we have included that show either a faint gold or yellow in the logo.

Though Shadowbringers began its story with unique weather conditions where the night never comes, we are preparing another surprise for the players once again in the game. We are going to adjust the game to fit the colour theme that we’ve decided here so I’d like the players to think that the game will provide a somewhat platinum feel here.

I apologise if the colour expression ended up being vague but the overall image would be to express the glitter that is born after running through and reaching the finale of the story.

The “Dawning Moon” refers to the Japanese title of Endwalker.

Famitsu
Famitsu

Please allow me to dive deeper into the game experience.

Up until now we have “Flying” and “Swimming” added to provide something we can forward to, but will there be anything similar added for the expansion this time?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

In regards to new field movement actions, I’ve shared with my team and let them know that it’s alright not to add any new ones for this expansion. Especially since this expansion will conclude the Hydalyn-Zodiark saga, we would like to focus on bringing the feel of “Wow, we’ve come this far now. This game is definitely about to end!” and flare up the tension, and the entire expansion will be devoted to portray that whole conclusive feel.

With that in mind, the focus will be completely on how the player would control their character, progressing and at the same time experience the story and proceed to win many battles, and enjoy the adventure along the way. It’s because we precisely think that this would be the best game experience that we can offer that we made our mind to deliver this expansion pack with this experience in mind, therefore we want the players to pay their attention on this part. This is the first reason why we did not want to include any new actions this time.

And the other reason would be… well I’m sorry but I don’t think I have any more ideas for this. (bitterly laughs)

Considering this expansion is about traveling to the moon, and I was told by the dev team that “is it going to be zero gravity?”. But then I told them, “Wouldn’t that be the same as swimming”, as well as cases where you would no longer be able to land back to the ground once you jump high. (laughs)

Considering all the basic controls that revolve around game experiences are already in the game, I do think it’s not necessary to forcefully implement any elements just for the sake of it, and doing so would just end up having to go through such nuisance to make it work.

With that, my message to the dev team was mainly “You don’t have to do that”. Rather, I’d welcome anyone to let me know if they have any good ideas in mind! (laughs)

Famitsu
Famitsu

So in other words, will the experience on the moon be “normal”?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

I believe that even in the real world, there are still researches going around that try to figure out what is the true nature of the moon, what lies at the far side of the moon, as well as what will happen to our universe in the future.

On top of that, there is a moment here where we have illustrated the bigger picture of “our own moon” and through that, players would get the feel that “I see, so this is how the FFXIV dev team defines the moon”, and that’s our goal here.

Furthermore, when you start looking up the moon, there is this sense of mystery that arouses your imagination…that’s the kind of thing we want to do here. Although the nuance may seem vague for now, we do plan on putting forward our portrayal of what we think the moon is like, since this is Final Fantasy we’re talking here.

By the way, the moon somehow has oxygen, so there will be no such thing as having any suffocation gauge that will appear on the screen, nor any elements that stop you from being there for long periods. (laughs)

That aspect and its backstory will be told in the story so please look forward to it.

Regarding The Additions And Changes To The Content In Endwalker

Famitsu
Famitsu

We would like to talk about the Island Sanctuary.

Will the design of the content include players utilising their mounts to deliver their produce directly as the part of the commerce gameplay aspect?

If that’s the case, it feels like the content will contain Time-to-Win aspects that allow players to be at advantage depending on how much time they spent on it, and the issue of challenging other content will become harder for these players to do.

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

The concept of this content is about “slow life” here so for example, elements that pit the players to compete against each other, or forcing the players to explore an area in an extremely efficient and speedy manner will be prevented at all costs. Although it will still require some form of communication with others, please think of this content as something you can do largely solo.

Regarding the aspect of commerce, we do plan on creating a system where you can plant crops and grow specialties in this inhabited island that you will spend time exploring, and with the game’s distribution system, you can trade or even exchange the results of your crops and specialties for gil and rewards.

We are not planning to include any elements that require any players to work hard because someone else has completed this particular achievement. It’s just that we want players to be able to explore and develop the island at their own pace.

You can use this place to contain and admire your favourite minions earned throughout the game, or you can bring animals into the place and grow them too. We would like players to enjoy them casually, and we’ll do our best to include elements that don’t require any form of competition against the players so they don’t have to worry too much about it.

Island Sanctuary
Island Sanctuary
Famitsu
Famitsu

With the Trust system implemented during Shadowbringers, I believe players who prefer going solo have enjoyed the opportunity to progress and are largely happy over the implementation of this system.

Regarding new features that are going to be added to the Trust system coming Endwalker, will you be able to share some details on the matter, or will there be updates that will make solo players happy, and if so please tell us more about it.

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

Since this involves the scenario here so I don’t think I’ll be able to touch upon the updates too directly.

I’ve received many questions from players around the world where they wanted the feature to “expand to being able to clear 8-man content alone”, or “wouldn’t new players be happy if they can use the Trust system for old content?”. Personally I do want this feature to be expanded all the way through and by doing so should allow more players to have the chance in using this feature.

However, the algorithm of the Trust system is created with a strict, full-scratch method for each instance dungeon and it is thanks to this that the NPCs can move very smoothly here… therefore it required an enormous amount of development cost to make it work. We know this arduous process should be reduced, and we have to figure out how to incorporate this feature for a more general purpose use.

These are the challenges that we are facing right now. Although I cannot disclose the details right now, we’ll be happy if players can take that we are currently heading into expanding the feature into that direction.

Regarding the instance dungeons that will be encountered along with the story progression, all of them will be Trust compatible for the upcoming release of Endwalker. At the very least players should not have issues progressing the dungeons when they run through the story.

Of course, last but not least we’re also planning on having members of the Scions fighting their best in the battle and those moments will be included as part of the game experience.

Estinien
Estinien
Famitsu
Famitsu

In this expansion we’ll see belts getting removed from the game, but will the other equipment compensate for the loss of stats?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

To begin with, the stats provided by the accessories in terms of single item alone does not particularly have any effect on the overall stats.

Of course the impact on the stats would be big once we accumulate all the stats provided by the accessories, but just removing the belt alone affected only a small amount of stats in terms of its numbers.

However, in order to prevent the playing feel from being drastically altered because of the removal, we do plan on adjusting them appropriately so players do not need to worry about this.

In order to answer your question once again, we do plan on reallocating the stats and its parameters provided by the equipment we’re planning to remove elsewhere. On the other hand, the fact that our plan to downscale on stats for the upcoming expansion will have a big impact here so even if we are not changing inner formula calculations, the degree of the results brought by that change may be more pronounced compared to the results felt by the equipment slot removal.

However, even if that’s the case, we do plan on assuring that the change will be to the point where players will not even notice it and will gradually feel at ease.

Incidentally, when I brought up the question of the issue related to Materias, the dev team immediately responded to it and prepared a message to the players stating “there is no need to remove the Materias and we’ll do something about it so there is nothing to worry about”. So once the belts are given to Calamity Salvagers for safekeeping, you can once again approach them to have the Materias removed from the equipment so there is no need to prepare in advance at all.

Famitsu
Famitsu

Will it be possible to continue exchanging belts for Grand Company Seals as well?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

Including desynthesising and all, that’s possible.

Aside from not being able to equip it, the only other change would be to add something like “This equipment was once thought to have protected adventurers’ waists” in the description section, I guess. (laughs)

Famitsu
Famitsu

On the new small scale PvP, I believe that it will be a content that can be enjoyed with role unrestricted and a small number of players. This reminds us of a 8 vs 8 battles implemented in the past, what are the different changes that can be seen in the upcoming small scale PvP content?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

Not only the rules will be changed but everything including the map as well.

Currently healers are in the state where they have the biggest responsibility and burden here and depending on their role in healing, their decision may affect the outcome of the battle.

On the other hand, there were strong inclinations where healers don’t feel motivated due to how taxing healing has become.

So our plan right now is to have all participants have self healing, and battle by utilising the speciality and characteristics of each job.

Famitsu
Famitsu

Will the feel be more like The Feast instead of Frontlines?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

I think there is a rule in The Feast which is to “take down the enemy”, but having this rule alone will not guarantee survival.

The element of occupying your opponents base will also be added here so by moving away from the aspect of just “take down enemies” will bring out the casual aspects of this content as well as and its strategic gameplay through utilising the map.

Furthermore, other than the rating match, we’re making this game to cater to players who aim for a more free and flexible play; and those who only want to raise their PvP rank and fight their way through to get rewards, and either side will be able to match up and play.

As for the rewards, the content will offer not only equipment, but also rewards that will entice the players and fulfill their needs, and that’s what we are working on right now. We hope to provide you more details on that part in near future.

Famitsu
Famitsu

On The Feast, due to the self-healing issue that you mentioned earlier, it feels like the balance situation is currently not looking good.

I remember there was a request about wanting adjustments to separate in between dealing with large scale content as well as The Feast, may I know if this has been looked into?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

We’re planning on separating them starting with the next small scale PvP content.

Famitsu
Famitsu

So the current version of The Feast will have the same adjustments as well.

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

Whether this means The Feast will remain or not I haven’t decided.

We may close down The Feast for the time being, and that’s what we can say for now. We want to fully commit and focus on the new content here and obtain feedback for the new content, and when that happens, we may end up splitting our playerbase if The Feast remains open, and the adjustments will be hard to do.

Therefore, the possibility of closing The Feast temporally is high.

Famitsu
Famitsu

You mentioned the name Hildebrand during the announcement showcase earlier. Ever since he flew away during Stormblood, there was no news or anything about him in Shadowbringers.

Does this mean he’ll be making his own on the next expansion?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

I’m positive that he was summoned to Norvandt (The Heroes Gauntlet instance dungeon), therefore his story would continue from what happened during Stormblood. (laughs)

Regarding Hildibrand, there were some concerns where his content may have become stale, repetitive and lacking. Therefore we wanted to let the content rest for a bit and have him recharged a bit before we bring him back. Since he’s a character that is very well beloved by fans around the world, there were many voices and feedback on how they want to see the continuation of his adventures, therefore we are preparing for his return and do our best to answer the expectations of our players.

So please look forward to his return… I guess this will do for now? (laughs)

Famitsu
Famitsu

Will there be any graphic improvements for the expansion this time? If so, will there be any demand on higher PC spec requirements?

Naoki Yoshida
Naoki Yoshida

No, not at all.

We’re improving the rendering on the Playstation 5 and allow players to play with slightly better graphics. The rest will remain basically the same. However, we do think of reworking the graphics engine in the future.

All the assets we’ve created for the past 10 years ended up in enormous amounts here and on top of that, the data folder structure will have to be restructured in order to make this work. In addition to that, there’s also a demand for 4K texture support.

To begin with, I think we will have to change the way we work on creating the graphics in order to do this.

For example, to make the mantle flutter even more, we will have to change the concept called “bones” that are located on the rig, install a physics engine on it, and it is necessary to perform physical adjustments on each character in order to make this work. Doing so will end up overperforming here, so in order to deal with this, we will have to ensure that it will be possible to turn off the character physics calculations of other players. But if we do so, the mantle visual seen on other players will end up cracking because of this.

All of these elements will have to be included and fixed from the ground up, and considering we want to deliver the best game experience due to the importance of the end of Hydaelyn-Zodiark arc as well, the progress is currently put on hold for now.

However, we are indeed laying preliminary arrangements, and we are conducting research here. This applies to the Data Center Travel that was announced earlier but we are moving our projects forward on a multiyear basis here. so in a way, players are able to go on exciting adventures with the current spec required and this will be unchanged for now, and I want players to be able to do so without worrying too much.

However, you can interpret this whole answer as “Yoshida did mention that he wants to do this”, and I don’t mind if you tell readers that.

Adding to that, it would be great if you could also let them know that it will be a tremendous amount of work involved here. (laughs)

Closing Words From AkhMorning

We hope, with the Announcement Showcase that aired last week in tandem with PLL #62, that you have enjoyed this thorough translation covering Yoshida’s interview about the upcoming expansion Endwalker. Those of us at AkhMorning are very excited about 6.0.

Part 2 of “How Eden’s Gate Was Made!” is still in the works and will be released in the near future.

Please look forward to it!

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