|Final Fantasy 14 team sets a raid world first, then|
On Monday, a Japanese Final Fantasy 14 raid team was the first in the world to defeat The Omega Protocol (Ultimate), a grueling endgame boss fight that was recently added to the MMO. A week later, they’re the subject of the MMO’s biggest controversy, their achievements having been stripped by the game’s developer, who called their use of third-party UI mods “extremely disappointing.” (opens in new tab)
Shortly after publishing a stern response to accusations that a Japanese raid team “cheated” by using third-party mods in their world first Omega Protocol kill, Square Enix revoked the achievement and titles from all eight players. (opens in new tab)
“It is extremely disappointing for me personally to see this commotion surrounding third-party tools once again in the wake of what happened with Dragonsong’s Reprise (Ultimate) (opens in new tab),” Yoshida wrote in the post. “As the individual who is entrusted with full supervision over [FF14], it is my responsibility to enact countermeasures and police the use of these tools, as well as educate people to not use these types of third-party tools—this is especially unfortunate when I, as a gamer, am cheering on everyone who is learning this content by trial and error and putting in the effort to clear.”
Yoshida reiterated that any use of mods, or “third-party tools” is forbidden in FF14, and said that, “if the presumption is that this content will be tackled and cleared with the use of third-party tools, then any reason to develop high-difficulty battle content seems to be lost.”
Even before Square Enix punished the raid team, the director said that if its investigations did prove they used third-party mods, “I, at the very least, will not recognize that team as the true World First.”
The Omega Protocol (Ultimate) scandal — in brief
- FF14’s patch 6.31 released last week with The Omega Protocol (Ultimate), a harder version of an existing fight made for the game’s top-tier players.
- As is usual with Ultimate-level raids, the unofficial World Race for Charity stream (opens in new tab) started to track and identify the world’s first kill.
- On Monday morning, the raid team, Unnamed_, posted screenshots of their kill and it quickly circulated around the FF14 community.
- A few hours later, an unlisted YouTube video (opens in new tab) was posted showing one of the players using several UI mods (specifically one that allows you to zoom the camera out to see the boss arena).
- The video sparked debate over the validity of Unnamed_’s world first kill. People began posting memes that depict the “zoom hack” from the perspective of the moon. Many of the memes nod to FF14’s recent, moon-related expansion.
- As a result of the video, the team was disqualified from the World Race and, due to Square Enix’s punishment, has had its kill wiped from FFLogs (opens in new tab), a popular site that ranks boss kill data (ironically gathered via teams using a mod).
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