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FFXIV VR mod releases, letting MMO fans enjoy Eorzea in a new light

The Flat2VR FFXIV VR mod is out now in alpha, letting players explore the world of Eorzea in the MMORPG from an all-new perspective, albeit at their own risk

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Modding community Flat2VR has released its FFXIV VR mod in alpha, letting players enjoy the world of Eorzea from a whole new perspective while they wait for the FFXIV 6.3 release date in January. Already one of the best MMORPG games around, Final Fantasy 14 offers a varied and gorgeous world to explore. It’s also filled with beloved characters built up across its emotional storyline that makes it one of the best single-player MMOs, and no shortage of player-made giant ladies and catgirls wearing the saucy leggings of Nier: Automata protagonist 2B, making it quite the spectacle to wander about in.

Now you can explore the world of Final Fantasy XIV in full VR, courtesy of the Final Fantasy XIV VR mod alpha, which is out as of November 12. It’s important to stress up front, however, that the experience requires FFXIV Quick Launcher, which the developers admit is not in line with the game’s Terms of Service. They say that they don’t believe players should get in trouble for making use of it as long as they don’t publicly show themselves doing so (numerous FFXIV streamers have been temporarily suspended in recent months for streaming while using UI mods and graphical tweaks). However, we’d recommend exercising caution.

Despite the concerns around the safety of its use, there’s no question that the mod is an impressive feat. Fans of Final Fantasy 14 who have come to love every corner of its world over the years will no doubt be delighted to experience the immersion of exploring them in virtual reality. We’re also certain that plenty of you will relish the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of its cast members.

The mod offers support for both third-person and first-person play, although one of its creators notes that the first-person mode is somewhat experimental (and it generally isn’t a great way to play FFXIV anyway, though it is handy for inspecting all those wonderful glamours you come across). There’s also support for motion controls, though its initial release recommends making use of FFXIV’s excellent controller support due to an ongoing issue with the way mouse controls interact with the VR menus.

You’ll also need a fair amount of graphical oomph if you do want to try this out, as the team recommends you’ll need an RTX 3070 or equivalent card to maintain the stable 90 fps required to play VR while minimising potential motion sickness. While this initial release is just an alpha, the team says they have a huge roadmap planned – if nothing else, it’s certainly a gorgeous and impressive technical spectacle.

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