Shroud Explains His Issue With Final Fantasy 14

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a Final Fantasy XIV has been one of the most popular MMORPG titles in 2021. Earlier this year, it broke its all-time concurrent record on Steam 8 years after it was launched. However, one popular streamer has something negative to say about the game.


Twitch star Michael "shroud" Grzesiek loves the MMO genre, and he's been spending a lot of time playing New World from Amazon Game Studios, while also forcing himself to play World of Warcraft on occasion. During Shroud's recent co-stream of VALORANT Champions 2021, the 27-year-old Canadian content creator was asked by a viewer whether or not he had played Final Fantasy XIV. Shroud revealed that he has played it, but criticized it for not innovating enough.

"What does that even mean? Just how it looks. Its visuals, its UI, its gameplay... it's just something from like over a decade ago, you know, that hasn't changed. It hasn't updated, it hasn't gotten with the times, it has just stayed the same," Shroud explained.

Shroud has a point, but let's not forget that Final Fantasy XIV was released in 2013, but thanks to major expansions and improvements, the MMORPG continues to find a staggering amount of interest. The game's fourth expansion pack, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, was recently released, and it's drawn a huge amount of players. Recently, developer Square Enix suspended sales for the MMORPG because of its massive popularity. With this mind, thousands of fans might disagree with the notion that the game seems dated.

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Final fantasy XIV is currently available to play on Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.