Final Fantasy 14 players are still enjoying the recent content drop of patch 6.1, which added new main storyline quests, Crystalline Conflict PvP mode, Adventurer Plates, and many other shiny new features. There’s so much to be excited about, plus one thing in particular to be disappointed about – I’m looking at you, Housing Lottery System – but I can’t help but already look forward to the next big thing to come. awaits us on the horizon.
I’m talking about Data Center Travel, of course. We were promised this would launch as part of patch 6.18, so hopefully we won’t wait too long. However, I’m already aware that it won’t be the travel system I really want when it arrives. Once introduced, players will be able to visit worlds in other logical data centers, but only while they are in the same physical data center as their home world. This means that you are still limited to visiting data centers in your own region, so as my main character is on the Ragnarok server on Chaos Data Center, I will be limited to visiting other European data centers only. Not so cool, huh?
Square Enix said the new Data Center Travel system was designed to allow cross-regional travel, but due to difficulties with economies and different in-game values, this will be limited at first. Still, Square Enix will pay attention to players’ opinions on whether wider travel is introduced later. It seems likely that the community will push to have inter-regional travel, but when we get there is another matter altogether.
I appreciate we need this test period where it only allows us to travel in the same region to avoid breaking things on a larger scale, but I really hope we don’t have to wait long to get what we really want. Maybe it’s because the EU data centers seem a little calmer than some of the others in terms of social events or community projects, but I find myself visiting NA data centers with Alternate characters way more than I need to jump into other UE ones.
There are so many amazing people and places in the FF14 community that I love to go to, bard groups, RP cafes, dance groups, theater shows – you name it, and someone in the community did. It’s easy enough to cast an alternate character to visit, provided the world isn’t locked to character creation, of course, but it’s just not the same as if I was on my main.
When visiting clubs or DJ sets on an alt, I don’t have the full range of emotes and am stuck with the rather boring dance option. I can’t participate in themed costume events because I usually wear clothes I get from the veteran rewards program and I don’t have a Gil in my name on a new character. As a result, I just don’t feel like it’s really me when i visit on an alt.
In addition to social events, I also want to be able to play with my friends and colleagues across the pond. I love working with an international team here at TheGamer and many of us play FF14, but we’re spread out across different regions. I can’t wait until we can have proper TG sessions where we can party and take content together.
Patch 6.1 was bittersweet for me. I loved that we were all excited about it and there was new content to tackle and discuss, but I would have loved it even more if I had been able to check out the new content with my colleagues rather than with chance. I’m really bad at PvP and raiding, so having friendly faces that are a bit more sympathetic to my failures would definitely allow me to try it out more often, and sadly my old Ragnarok mates haven’t played in over a decade. ‘a year.
I know I may sound rather spoiled for wanting more and being a little impatient about it, especially considering how far the game has come. We were limited to our home worlds until World Travel be implemented and we let visit any other world in our data center. It’s not a perfect system of course, and having to queue to enter another world can sometimes be a hassle, but it’s a luxury for sure, and it’s drastically changed the way players exploit the Hunts and FATE.
I hope the travel system will be improved regarding data centers, as this will be launched through the character select screen instead of an Aetheryte after you have already logged in, which might lead you to face two heavy queues in a row as you queue to enter your own world, then queue again to skip worlds. The downside is that there will be a few more restrictions when it comes to traveling around the data center, as you won’t be able to chat with your free enterprise or cross-world linkshells, but since many of us are using Discord alongside FF14, I think you’ll be fine.
I just want some FF14 buddies to play with again. I am fully aware that I could just use the global transfer service to be with at least one of my colleagues, but I have too much nostalgia for my home FC, as well as the slim hope that my friends might reconnect one day, so I just can’t bring myself to give up on Ragnarok just yet.
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