If you are someone who is dying to play Final Fantasy 14but really don’t like playing with others, there’s good news: you can now play the entire game alone.
The Duty Support System, introduced in the Shadowbringers expansion, was a way to play through the new content without having to play without other real people. It was a good way to get through the main story without having to wait for other players or if you’re just too socially anxious. Square Enix has gradually expanded it to other expansions, and with the latest update, Patch 6.5, it is now possible to play the entire base game and the main story quests of each expansion itself. Well, technically speaking.
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The system matches you with relevant NPCs, so you’re not entirely alone, but it does feel more like you’re playing a Final Fantasy game that isn’t available online. With this patch, the Stormblood dungeons The Drowned City of Skalla, The Burn, and The Ghimlyt Dark can all be played with the mandatory support system, as well as the new dungeon Lunar Subterrane.
Of course, as an MMO, Final Fantasy 14 is naturally a social game, and I can’t comment on the quality of the NPCs since I haven’t experienced it myself. But it at least gives players more options to progress through the game. Now all Square Enix needs to do is add an offline mode and we won’t have to worry about servers ever shutting down.
There are also other additions to this chapter, such as new main story quests, which will apparently lead into the game’s upcoming Dawntrail expansion at some point. With the next expansion, you can expect Final Fantasy 14 to take a new direction, as the most recent expansion, Endwalker, concluded the decade-long saga, a rarity in the world of MMOs.