End Final Fantasy 14 The first Dragonsong’s Reprise world race it has become a bit controversial today as Square Enix has released its first announcement on the subject. Instead of personalized congratulations to the first team in the world, they paired up general praise for the community with a post detailing their thoughts and rules about third-party tools. They also claimed copyright the first video in the world which contained some signs of these third-party tools.
For those unfamiliar with third-party tools, this is a term used in MMOs, and most often by FF14 players, that refers to anything that changes or helps the game from the outside. This is a wide, wide list, from model switches and graphics settings to hacks and cheats. IN official blogproducer Naoki Yoshida defines it as:
- Use tools that make it easier for players to complete content.
- Modify the user interface to display additional information.
- Using package falsification tools.
- Any actions or public statements that promote the use of third party tools.
Three and four are probably pretty obvious, first used for flat cheating given how your character is set up or what he does. The two have their own specifics, which we will address below. One is where much of the problem lies, and it is believed to be the reason for its removal the first video in the world. From memory, and based on community reports, it contained a common tool used by some players that automatically tells how and where to run for certain mechanics. This version of the same is clear from another perspectivewhich does not contain these automatic additional descriptions remains available.
By comparison, for the previous ultimate, The Epic of Alexander, there was a personalized image and a specific message that congratulates Thoughts in a Second on official Twitter. Yoshida refers to this in her post, saying that “by congratulating via an official Twitter account and confirming the timestamps, we want to recognize your achievements and contribute to the excitement of the community. However, if our recognition encourages excessive competition and controversy to the point that players resort to third-party tools, I regret to say that we may need to reconsider commenting in the future. ”
The post goes on to talk about data mining and a screenshot leak that Square Enix believes originates within the company, and the legal action being taken for both. Data-mining is the act of extracting information from a game client (or elsewhere) when it is not yet available to players, and then usually distributing it. This is a very common practice in World of Warcraft, on which the whole fan site and news industry is based, but much less common and far less accepted in FF14. The publication mentions that legal proceedings are being considered and taken when it comes to data mining. Contrary to particularly persistent rumors, Yoshida also says she mimics the full FF14 server and playing on it would be impossible.
We’ll have to see how this story unfolds as news of the removal of a copyright lawsuit spreads through the community. I contacted SE for comment.
Written by Ben Barrett on behalf of the GLHF.