With the announcement of a model new Remaining Fantasy 14 enlargement that is giving everybody large Remaining Fantasy X vibes, followers are clamoring for the addition of Remaining Fantasy’s favourite sport: Blitzball. Sadly, sport director Naoki Yoshida (Yoshi-P) has a message to everybody begging for the bizarre, underwater soccer sport: “No Blitzball!”
That is what Yoshi-P instructed followers throughout at this time’s Remaining Fantasy Fan Fest 2023, when whereas discussing updates to the Golden Saucer in upcoming patches, followers started to eagerly shout “Blitzball” from the viewers. Nope, sorry! No Blitzball!
The viewers in Las Vegas wasn’t alone in wanting Blitzball, both. On-line, the Remaining Fantasy 14 neighborhood has reacted dramatically to Yoshi-P’s dismissal of their sport of alternative:
THE STATE OF BLITZBALL WANTERS pic.twitter.com/jsAAF1pEmN
— Ray @ Deryk fanclub (@ONTHEBIGBRIDGE) July 28, 2023
One fan referred to Blitzball’s considerably checkered status, which has cut up followers because it’s introduction in Remaining Fantasy X.
Hoping my days of utilizing this are restricted however as a result of no blitzball, I gotta hold spreading it pic.twitter.com/rz8gTLVcQq
— Native Man Too Indignant To Die ? (@SwervoT3k) July 28, 2023
And different followers are simply unhappy.
Yoshi P. “No blitzball”
— Dravion #FFXVI spoilers (@Umbral_Ice) July 28, 2023
Yoshida: We shall be updating The Gold Saucer.
Viewers: Its Blitzball! pic.twitter.com/dGlMEqzxCz
— Zimeization (@Zimeization) July 28, 2023
Blitzball was first launched in Remaining Fantasy X, dividing followers with its deep however typically complicated tackle water sports activities. It supporters cheered its roster recruitment, league play, and assorted methods, however its detractors derided it as clunky and troublesome to study. Nonetheless, it is an indelible a part of Remaining Fantasy X’s legacy — the final word expression of Remaining Fantasy’s many PS2-era minigames.
Whereas this appears like a bunch of followers being goofy, it is not completely with out precedent for followers to anticipate Blitzball could be on the horizon. Remaining Fantasy XIV has a wealthy historical past of grabbing content material, concepts, and references from different Remaining Fantasy titles, so together with Blitzball would hardly be unprecedented. However throughout at this time’s reveal of the new Dawntrail enlargement, we additionally acquired a have a look at a brand new allied race, the Pelupelu, which appeared in Remaining Fantasy X and X-2. The Pelupelu reveal, mixed with the brand new area Tural being very beach-forward, led many to anticipate that Blitzball may make an look. Sadly, no.
It has been an enormous day for Remaining Fantasy 14 followers. The sturdy new enlargement reveal at this time provides them lots to chew on for some time, however we additionally discovered that the MMO is lastly coming to Xbox consoles subsequent spring after years of fan requests. Sadly, Blitzball will not be there to welcome it, however there’s at all times subsequent enlargement, Warriors.
Rebekah Valentine is a senior reporter for IGN. Acquired a narrative tip? Ship it to firstname.lastname@example.org.