After a number of changes were implemented with the arrival of the latest patch, FFXIV’s narrative is set to be moved on with the introduction of three distinct new groups.
We all know that in times of impending doom and drudgery the most effective solution is to establish “comprehensive command centres which combine the military, economic, and technological resources of a city-state.” That’s just common sense.
And that’s the direction FFXIV looks to be taking with the introduction of the Grand Companies – further game-lore details of which can be found on FFXIV’s dedicated page.
Whether these will form the basis for factions that players can align themselves with or will trigger some epic world-event is not clear at this point, though company-related quests will certainly feature – as producer Naoki Yoshida outlines in his forum post.
FFXIV was released on PC September 2010. A PS3 version is planned but there’s no release date as yet.