Naoki Yoshida is looking to the future with Final Fantasy XIV. The latest expansion, Endwalker, ended the story that Final Fantasy XIV has been telling for about a decade. There's a formula to these things, but that's all changing with the current set of patches releasing with Final Fantasy XIV right now.
Usually, an expansion for Final Fantasy XIV will release and the game will tell a story, but not quite end up. We'll usually spend the next three patches completely finishing whatever storyline is currently going on. When Endwalker released though, it changed everything.
In Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker, we ended the story in the base expansion. All of the plot threads were wrapped up to the point that they could have ended the game forever right there. They didn't of course. What should have happened is that from 6.1-6.3 we would have wrapped up Endwalker and then 6.4 and 6.5 would have set up the next expansion.
The first post Endwalker patch released a few months afterwards, and 6.1 started an entirely new storyline. The stuff going on right now, is apparently, not what we'll be focusing on when a new expansion comes back. And this time, we'll be waiting until 6.5 to set up the next expansion.
This all comes courtesy of Naoki Yoshida who did an interview with Famitsu recently. The interview was translated by Games Radar+, so a big thank you to them for translating the interview and allowing the game's North American audience to read it.
For now, it looks like Final Fantasy will focus on what started in 6.1, that being the story happening with the voidsent. We'll be visiting the thirteenth world, which was consumed by darkness before Final Fantasy XIV ever started.
Regardless of what's coming, Final Fantasy fans have proven they're sticking around for the foreseeable future. And Final Fantasy XIV has proven that we can trust the game to keep releasing amazing content.
Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.2 is releasing later in August!