Everyone is raving about Final Fantasy 14's new expansion, Endwalker, and while the emotional story beats and comradery around this new event ushered in longer queue times and a sense of collective joy among fans, it also brought low-poly grapes. Square Enix has since juiced 'em.
In the patch notes, the developer explains why the grapes were so blocky to begin with (thanks, PCGamesN). The polygon count was lowered to ease system memory in Labyrinthos. Simple, but effective. The unexpected side-effect was that the grapes became a meme. The internet is forever unpredictable. They aren't hyper realistic now or anything – this isn't Final Fantasy 15's many soup dishes – but they are a little less jagged.
"We will miss you, grapes," the official Final Fantasy 14 Twitter said. "You were truly remarkable." The patch also adds some other bits like a normal version of the Pandaemonium raid, but the grapes are the highlight, eh? The game is now playable if you're able to get into it. You just have to wait in line for a bit.
Square Enix has blocked sales and free trials in an attempt to alleviate server pressure, servers that it cannot expand due to the rampant chip shortages. So these grapes are on show for the special few who manage to breach the gates and get into the action, but if you're doddering about staring at fruit, you're holding up somebody who might want to get into Endwalker's story content. But eh, it's a justifiable reason.
The next big thing for Square Enix to touch on is its Aether currents, glowing green whispers in each new zone that you have to examine to let your mounts fly around. Well, as far as the community is concerned. They aren't too popular among players given how grind-y they are, but that's an MMO staple at this point.
If you have time this Christmas – a lot of time at that – and can manage to get in, Endwalker'll take you around 50 hours to beat, tying up a decade-long story that fans have been eagerly waiting to get into. Yet here we are talking about grapes.
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