Final Fantasy XIV has been doing a pretty decent job of getting timely patches out, but that may be slowing down now due to the coronavirus. The game's Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida posted a new update to the game's website recently that let fans know there would end up being some delays. We have an excerpt for you below, but essentially, based on the way the world is currently operating and how the city of Tokyo itself is dealing with the outbreak, the staff have been slowed down. With them being slowed down, it means that updates will not be coming out in a timely manner. This includes brand new content as well as any patches to fix lingering issues or new bugs that may crop up. (We're guessing there's an exception if one comes around and breaks the game.) However, they are maintaining the servers from home to assure they will continue running.
"FFXIV relies heavily on our development and QA partners across the world, and at this point, we must accept that the situation will significantly impact our development schedule. The reasons for this are:
- Delayed delivery of graphical assets due to the lockdown of cities in East Asia, North America, and Europe.
- Delayed voice recording due to the lockdown of cities in Europe.
- Delays to development tasks performed by Tokyo staff due to work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.
- Production and QA teams operating well below normal capacity due to work-from-home/shelter-in-place limitations.
Though it is clear that patch 5.3, which was planned for mid-June, will be delayed because of the above, we are at this time undecided as to whether it will be feasible to limit the delay to two or three weeks, or if it will be closer to a month. We are terribly sorry for the disappointment this may cause our players, as we know you look forward to new patches. However, it is also important to prioritize the physical and mental health of our development team, without whom we would never be able to release the quality updates and features you expect from FFXIV, so we ask for your understanding as we adjust our schedule in accordance with the situation."